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Brightcove Inc., the leading global Internet TV platform, announced the formation of a majority-owned Japanese subsidiary, Brightcove KK. The new subsidiary is backed by $4.9 million in new investment from Brightcove Inc. and four market-leading Japanese strategic partners: Dentsu, Inc., J-Stream, Inc., transcosmos, Inc. (transcosmos), and Cyber Communications, Inc. (CCI). Three of the investment partners, Dentsu, J-Stream, and CCI, along with Brightcove Inc., will be sales agents for Brightcove KK in Japan, giving Brightcove KK immediate and powerful access to the Japanese market.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Brightcove KK will operate a localized version of Brightcove’s award-winning, on-demand Internet TV platform, which is currently used by media companies and marketers across North America and Europe. With Brightcove KK, Japanese media companies and marketers will gain access to the most powerful and scalable software as a service (SaaS) solution available for online video players, distribution, and advertising.

“Brightcove enters the Japanese market at a time when household broadband penetration has surpassed 50 percent, presenting enormous opportunities for media companies and advertisers to build online businesses and engage audiences,” said Jeremy Allaire, chairman and chief executive officer, Brightcove. “It is a great privilege to be partnering with the market leaders in Japan for digital media and advertising. By combining the proven Brightcove technology with the capabilities of our partners, Brightcove KK will give media companies and marketers in Japan a unique solution for implementing their online video strategies and unlocking the potential in the market.”

The Brightcove KK partners represent the market leaders in Japan in digital media, advertising, and content delivery.

  • Dentsu, Inc. is the largest advertising company in Japan with a market share of approximately 30 percent and has over 6,000 clients Groupwide.
  • J-Stream, Inc. is Japan’s largest content delivery network specializing in streaming media for content providers and business corporations.
  • transcosmos is Japan’s leading information processing outsourcing company adopting the latest Internet technology through the strategic investment and business development.
  • CCI is Japan’s largest interactive adverting company that currently has more than 30 percent of the country’s digital brand marketing, a popular advertising serving technology, and online advertising network.

These companies bring tremendous reach into the media and marketing sectors in Japan, and will help ensure the success of Brightcove KK in the Japanese market.

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Apple will open its newest retail store on Boylston Street in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay on Thursday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m. EDT. The Apple Store Boylston Street is Apple’s largest store in the US with two floors of Macs, iPhones and iPods for customers to experience hands-on, as well as a top floor dedicated to innovative services including the Genius Bar and personal training through Apple’s popular One to One program. The Apple Store Boylston Street also introduces Pro Labs to Boston, offering free, in-depth training on Apple’s industry-leading pro applications including Final Cut Pro.

Apple Store being built on Boylston Street.

“We are thrilled to bring Apple’s unique retail experience to Boston,” said Ron Johnson, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail. “Our Boylston Street store has a fantastic location to serve people where they work, live, study and play, and we think everyone in the Back Bay community will embrace it as their own.”

The knowledgeable staff at the Apple Store Boylston Street includes more than 165 highly trained Specialists, Geniuses and Creatives with amazing talent drawn from the local community and Boston’s finest universities. This incredible team offers personalized instruction and hands-on experience for customers who want to learn more about everything from getting started with a Mac to making a Hollywood-quality movie. Last quarter Apple retail stores delivered more than 580,000 one-hour personal training sessions through its One to One program.

Every Apple retail store offers customers great ways to get the most out of their Mac, iPod(R) and iPhone(TM), such as free advice at the Genius Bar, popular in-store workshops and special programs for kids. Customers can also book a free appointment with a Personal Shopper to get expert buying advice or help selecting the perfect gift for everyone on their list. The hands-on Apple retail store experience gives customers a chance to test-drive Apple’s entire product line including the all-new MacBook Air, the world’s thinnest notebook, as well as the revolutionary iPhone and widescreen iPod touch.

Nearly 350 million people on three continents have visited Apple retail stores since they opened in May 2001. Apple now operates 210 stores in five countries including the US, UK, Japan, Canada and Italy.

The Apple Store Boylston Street is located at 815 Boylston Street, convenient to the Prudential Center and Copley Square, the Berklee School of Music and Fenway Park. It joins eight existing Apple retail stores in Massachusetts including popular stores in Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Burlington and Hingham.

New flagship Apple store on Boylston.

Apple Store Boylston.

Apple Store, Boylston

Picture Courtesy: Jeff Dlouhy, brokentrinkets

At this point in time I cannot reveal much. But all I can say, the new Apple Store at Boylston Street will look something like this (minimized version): 😉

Apple Store Boylston Street.

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Dr. Shan Nair was announced today as the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award, presented by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC).

Dr. Shan Nair 2008 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business.The awards honor Asian American entrepreneurs and executives with great achievements in business nationwide. In honor of the recipients, an awards dinner will be held May 28 at The Waldof-Astoria in New York City. The 2008 awards recognize achievements from 2007 and is the first and largest business award program for the Asian American business community.

“All this year’s award recipients have faced the challenges of running a business head-on with outstanding success. Asian Americans are a successful group of individuals and this is why our organization wants to recognize the talent among the community,” says John Wang, president of AABDC.

Dr. Shan Nair, Co-Founder of Nair & Co is an Oxford University trained Ph.D. nuclear physicist and Charter Member of TiE-Boston and has a unique blended background in high technology, software and accounting. Dr. Nair has lived in 13 countries in South East Asia, Europe and the Middle East becoming multi-lingual in the process and placing him in an excellent position to understand international issues. When the Chernobyl accident occurred, he was one of the two UK technical experts assisting the European Commission on its post-accident risk assessment.

Once the UK power generation industry was privatized in the early 1990s, he retrained as an accountant within the industry and left to found Nair and Co. He introduced and trained UK legal practices in the Law Society’ Practice Management Standards and now uses his expertise to ensure Nair’s quality standards for clients continue to reflect the Sarbanes-Oxley (SAS-70) certification requirements. Dr. Nair is also responsible for the overall development of the group’s policies, strategies and goals. He has driven the company’s strong focus on using IT to leverage business advantage.

The award program also serves as an advocacy channel for many corporations to demonstrate their support for cultural diversity by nominating distinguished Asian American executives for the program. Previous award winners include Grace Wu Vice President of Merrill Lynch; Vivek Shah, President of Digital Publishing, Business & Finance Network at Time Inc.; Sandeep Gupta, Principal of Deloitte & Touche, LLP; Grace Hwang, Director of Reporting & Analysis at Verizon Wireless; Rachel Lam, Senior Vice President of Investments & Group Managing Director at Time Warner; Nawzer Parakh, Vice President for Operations & Global Business Manufacturing Director at The Dow Chemical Company; and Ansso Wang, Assistant Vice President of Corporate and International Affairs at American International Group (AIG).

For more information about the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards visit http://www.outstanding50.com/.

About Nair & Co

Nair & Co provides businesses an integrated solution geared to making your company’s thrust to expanding business overseas less risky, stress free and more strategic in the finance, tax, HR, compliance and legal arenas. Specialized in working with the unique challenges of US-based technology companies, Nair & Co has headquarters in the UK and offices in USA, China, Japan and India and acts for nearly 700 foreign operations in over 40 countries. Nair & Co employs highly qualified international specialists as your one point of contact client service directors to support your international registration, tax, accounting, compliance, HR and payroll needs. Our unrivalled knowledge base, attention to detail and superior work ethics protect your company’s operations more effectively and save you time and money in the long run. For more information, visit http://www.nair-co.com.

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The United States’ infrastructure problems could reach crisis proportions in the next 10 years if steps are not taken to attract more private capital to the sector or overhaul the nation’s antiquated regional infrastructure planning process. This is one of the key findings in Infrastructure 2008: A Global Perspective, a report published jointly today by Ernst & Young LLP and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

The report estimates that the US currently has a US$170 billion annual funding gap for infrastructure projects. However, the gap is widening every year and there are fears that the gap could balloon over the next few years as local and state governments experience “revenue shrink,” particularly from lower property tax collections.

“Frankly, the US has been coasting when it comes to infrastructure spending, especially when compared to growing economies such as China which spends about nine percent of GDP on vital infrastructure,” said Dale Anne Reiss, global leader of real estate, Ernst & Young, LLP. “The economic uncertainty facing us means that public infrastructure is in even greater jeopardy,” said Ms. Reiss.

“It is clear from the experience of other countries that public private partnerships (PPPs) are an essential tool in planning, building and maintaining vital infrastructure,” said Mike Lucki, head of Ernst & Young’s global infrastructure services group. “Failure to fully embrace this model in the US could lead to our economy falling behind more of our global competitors,” Mr. Lucki added.

The report concludes that infrastructure funds – private vehicles set up to invest in infrastructure assets – currently hold an estimated US$400 billion in capital for investment. This, combined with broader adoption of the PPP model, could alleviate much of the current strain on public coffers caused by the need for radical improvement in local, state and regional infrastructure, says the report. However, the report also questions whether the US has the political will and determination to take a long term approach to the infrastructure issue.

“Unfortunately, the infrastructure debate in this country only moves forward when catastrophic examples occur of the state of our bridges, roads, airports and water systems,” said Mr. Lucki. “If we are going to address this issue and be in a position to challenge rampant economies such as China over the next few decades, we have to take a much more considered and holistic approach and not wait for another structure to collapse. We need to create a mindset to have the will to build,” he added.

The EY/ULI report provides a snapshot of current and planned infrastructure investment in a variety of categories across the globe, with an in-depth look at the United States, China, Japan, India and Europe.

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About Ernst & Young

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Madonna’s exclusive performance at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will be available live to millions of fans via an online broadcast at http://music.msn.com/madonna, it was confirmed today by MSN and Control Room, which announced that the show will stream live Wednesday evening, April 30, at 10 p.m. EDT in the United States and will be available on demand to international audiences on May 15. Along with some past hits, Madonna will be debuting several new songs including her 37th No. 1 smash single “Four Minutes” from her upcoming CD Hard Candy, which is scheduled to be released on April 29. The Control Room- produced show will also include never-before-seen rehearsal footage, a pre- recorded interview with Madonna and her full performance, giving fans around the globe unprecedented access to one of the biggest music events of 2008 by simply logging on to MSN Music In Concert.

“Madonna is a legendary performer, and we’re thrilled to be bringing this live online broadcast to her fans on the heels of her Hall of Fame induction, her record-breaking 37th top-10 single ‘4 Minutes,’ and in conjunction with the launch of this hotly anticipated new album,” said Aaron Grosky, Control Room president. “As experts in bringing live music performances to the Web, Control Room will deliver Madonna fans an online experience that captures the excitement and authenticity of this exclusive show.”

Control Room, the leading producer and distributor of world-class entertainment content, delivers nearly 40 live music shows per year to the MSN Music In Concert series. Past performances have included international superstars such as Rihanna, Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow and many more. Coming in May, fans can watch performances by Jack Johnson and Daughtry. The Music In Concert series (http://music.msn.com/inconcert), which is available in 42 countries and 21 languages through the international MSN network, gives music fans worldwide the chance to see live music performances from their favorite artists.

“MSN Music In Concert is one way we are bringing together the best and most compelling entertainment content on the Web,” said Rob Bennett, general manager, entertainment, video and sports, MSN. “Madonna has a huge international following, and we are very excited that we’re able to offer the exclusive webcast of her concert to her fans around the world.”

About Control Room

As the leading producer and distributor of world-class entertainment, Control Room’s live music programming showcases the world’s biggest artists from a variety of venues through multi-platform broadcasts via television, broadband and wireless platforms. Control Room has produced and distributed nearly 100 live music events delivering the highest quality productions in the industry with 8-10 camera shoots in Native HD (1080p) and using Dolby 5.1 to ensure the most compelling audience experience. In 2007, Control Room produced the largest entertainment event in history, Live Earth. On July 7, 2007, the 7-continent, 24-hour music extravaganza featured 150 of the world’s leading artists to raise awareness for the Climate Crisis with a message of solutions and personal responsibility.

About MSN Video

MSN Video is one of the largest free programmed video services on the Web, watched by more than 12 million unique users per month. In addition to streaming news, entertainment and sports video clips from more than 50 content partners including “The Today Show,” FOX Sports, MSNBC, Reveille, Control Room, CBS, News Corp. and Fox Entertainment Group, MSN Video presents a broad array of live events to online audiences worldwide. More than 50 top advertisers support MSN Video, which is available to consumers at no charge. MSN Video is available on the Web at http://msnvideo.com to consumers in the U.S. MSN Video is also live in Australia, Canada, France (English and French), Japan, Netherlands, U.K., Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Mexico, Sweden, Belgium, Taiwan, India, Vietnam, Russia and in Spanish in the U.S. MSN Video is coming soon in China, Norway, Argentina, Chile and Columbia.

Overall, MSN, Windows Live and Microsoft.com attract more than 550 million unique users worldwide per month. With localized versions available globally in 42 markets and 21 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide. Most recently, MSN partnered with Control Room to stream Live Earth, the largest online entertainment event in history, with over 62 million streams worldwide.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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