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In the largest cybersquatting judgment ever, a federal court in the Northern District of California has awarded Verizon $33.15 million in a case in which an Internet domain registration company tried to take advantage of Verizon and Verizon customers by using Internet names chosen to be easily confused with legitimate Verizon names.

The default ruling came in a case filed by Verizon against OnlineNIC, a company based in San Francisco that had unlawfully registered at least 663 domain names that were either identical to or confusingly similar to Verizon trademarks. The court concluded that OnlineNIC’s bad-faith registrations of Verizon-related domain names were designed to attract web users who were seeking to access Verizon’s legitimate websites and calculated an award based on $50,000 per domain name. Neither OnlineNIC nor counsel representing the company appeared in court in OnlineNIC’s defense.

“This case should send a clear message and serve to deter cybersquatters who continue to run businesses for the primary purpose of misleading consumers,” said Sarah Deutsch, Verizon vice president and associate general counsel. “Verizon intends to continue to take all steps necessary to protect our brand and consumers from Internet frauds and abuses.”

Verizon has won a string of similar cases. In three earlier cybersquatting cases, courts granted contested preliminary injunctions against three different violators. Verizon has increased its vigilance in trademark cases as part of its broader effort to protect its brand and put its intellectual property innovations to work.

Verizon’s intellectual property legal group was named one of the five best in the world by the International Law Office, with the support of the Association of Corporate Counsel. The organizations named Verizon a winner in their Global Counsel Awards for 2008, based on an “in-depth analysis of in-house lawyers and legal departments worldwide.”

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 71 million customers nationwide. Verizon’s Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation’s most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 228,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.

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The French Trade Office in San Francisco has announced the beginning of the French Tech Tour (FTT). The week long mission will introduce 11 French technology startups to the movers and shakers of Silicon Valley. The 11 finalists were selected from over 24 applicants by 9 supporting companies including AT&T, Cisco, Ebay, Google, HP, Intel Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and Symantec. Backed by UBIFRANCE, the FTT focuses on bridging the gap between Silicon Valley and Paris. The week of workshops and one-on-one interviews will also include a mini-conference on May 21st called Valley Talk: Make It or Break It where both French and U.S. startups will learn strategies for business success.

In its second year, the FTT has quickly gained recognition in both the U.S. and France. Referred to as the home of some of the best high tech clusters in Europe, French companies continue to raise the technology bar for their U.S. counterparts. Participation in this tour furthers the collaboration between the two countries. This year’s startup companies include:

Bobex – a leading B2B e-marketplace, active in 6 countries, makes markets more transparent by matching local buyers and suppliers for non strategic products & services.

Exaprotect – a provider of regulatory and audit compliance log monitoring, event management for threat detection, and change management to allow business policy based network configuration change.

DELCREA – the inspirer in resolving the challenges of email from both diagnostic to efficiency solutions for individuals to large companies. Their software brings an innovative approach to control, organize and secure email faster and easier while reducing time building knowledge bases from existing content, and eliminating all risk of compromising internal and external business sensitive data.

myERP.com – a complete web-based ERP solution using Google technology (GWT & Google Apps) and covering all functional fields of company management around a single database: CRM, Commercial Management, Logistics, Points of sale, Finance & Accounting, Purchases, Production, Quality.

Maeglin – a mobile phone software company specialized in peer-to-peer exchanges. At Maeglin, we free people’s mobile, with Pleex a Mobile social networking software that allows content back up & sharing.

Momindum – the technology leader in the creation of rich media presentation. Our software generates, from recorded speech, professional presentations using synchronized documents and indexed video; our rich media are capitalized in a base with deep-tagging technology.

Newscape Technology – the top innovator in software graphical engines on mobile devices to enable the development of new applications using massive 2D / 3D vector data, textures, Content / Advertising and topography.

Sinequa – a search specialist created with the vision that corporate information is complex, heterogeneous and poorly organized. Sinequa has built a corporate search solution that can access to all sources and applications, managing security, using linguistic and semantic algorithms to add context to information and to offer intuitive navigation combined with efficient search.

STG Interactive – has invented a way for everybody on the planet to create their own secure and user-friendly mini-site, called a “frogans,” located on the Internet via its frogans address. STG Interactive provides developers and Internet users with free standard technology for authoring and browsing frogans, and is the directory provider of frogans addresses.

TellMeWhere – the first local search engine where relevancy of results are guided by recommendations of people you can choose and where content can be enriched and corrected by end-users, provides a better alternative to current local search engines or directories.

Twinsoft – an actor in Enterprise Mashups whose flagship product, Convertigo Enterprise Mashup Server helps companies reuse their existing assets to build new and exciting WEB 2.0 composite applications for a fraction of the cost and time needed to complete software rewrites or traditional development.

Each company will hold one-on-one meetings with supporting companies’ corporate development teams, as well as interviews with media, training for presenting and demoing at conferences in the U.S. and introductions with some of the valley’s fast-growing startups.

The Valley Talk mini-conference will host keynote speaker Eric Benhamou CEO of Benhamou Global Ventures, Chairman of 3Com and former CEO of Palm. The show will include an in-depth talk with leading editor’s and analyst from CNET, Fortune, GuideWire Group and VentureBeat. Along with demonstrations from each company the event will conclude with a panel of leading executive in business development from sponsoring companies outlining what they are looking for in partnerships as well as potential acquisitions.

“Our goal is to build deeper relationships between the tech communities here in Silicon Valley and in France,” said Aymeril Hoang, Director, Information & Communications Technology, Embassy of France in the U.S. Trade Office. “By bridging this gap we can open the door to new opportunities for both countries. It’s as much about introducing Silicon Valley to the technology leadership in France as vice versa. Hopefully we are fostering and growing the big companies and partnerships of the future.”

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DeepRockDrive, the world’s first interactive online concert venue, has launched a global free concert series in partnership with Pepsi. Featuring five of today’s hottest musical artists including multi-platinum Disturbed, the series reinforces DeepRockDrive’s prominence as the world’s most popular destination for online, interactive concerts.

Presented by Pepsi, five compelling live acts will be performing to global audiences beginning May 16th through May 29th 2008. Kicking off with country music’s hottest new act, Lady Antebellum on May 16, the series continues with YouTube sensation Marie Digby on May 18, singer/songwriter/ guitarist Matt Nathanson on May 27, R&B performer Lloyd on May 25 and culminating with hard rock’s Disturbed on May 29.

Each concert will feature interaction between fans and artists using the revolutionary service that DeepRockDrive has created.

By logging on to http://www.DeepRockDrive.com, music fans around the world will experience a live, online, interactive exchange between performers and their audience where the fans collaborate with artists in real-time to build magical live experiences. Fans can send shout outs to the stage, vote on the next song in the set, personalize camera angle selections and send digital applause to the artists on stage in the form of emot-applause(TM), which are video game-like icons, such as hearts, fists, and lips that blow a kiss. These animated icons appear on giant screens in front of the artists while they perform.

Thanks to the support of Pepsi, the shows in this series are available free of charge, bringing a front row seat to music fans from Las Vegas to London, San Francisco to Singapore, and anywhere where a broadband connection is available.

Of the band’s participation in DeepRockDrive, Disturbed singer David Draiman said, “We are looking forward to taking part of something this unique and powerful.”

The innovation extends to the marketing of the concerts, as DeepRockDrive’s service enables a direct bridge between artists and their fans. Marie Digby, born from her channel on YouTube, created this direct invitation to her fans to attend the show – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzcKij_1RK8

“We jumped at the chance to be a part of this innovative, online experience with DeepRockDrive and the Pepsi Concert series, exposing Matt Nathanson to a worldwide audience,” said Tricia Rice, the Director of Digital Media at Vanguard Records.

“Thanks to the early support and commitment to innovation from Pepsi, DeepRockDrive has built the next generation of live entertainment,” said DeepRockDrive co-founder Danny Socolof.

Free tickets for all shows are available now at http://www.DeepRockDrive.com. Fans can grab a ticket and invite all of their friends. Live music has a new home…yours, and it’s powered by Pepsi!

About the Artists

Disturbed, which is frontman David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, drummer Mike Wengren and bassist John Moyer, self-produced their forthcoming album “Indestructible” which will be released June 3rd on Reprise Records. The first single from the album, “Inside The Fire,” marks the band’s sixth Number One single at Active Rock, and their fastest-rising single to date. Known for their punishingly powerful music and Draiman’s passionate, socially conscious lyrics, Disturbed has sold a collective 10 million copies worldwide of their three albums – 2000’s RIAA-certified triple-platinum The Sickness, 2002’s Billboard album chart-topper Believe, and their second consecutive Number One Ten Thousand Fists – since forming in Chicago in 1996.

Lady Antebellum – Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood – blend classic and contemporary country with R&B soulfulness, giving them a unique sound that’s generating a deafening buzz as one of modern country’s brightest hopes. Their self-titled debut, LADY ANTEBELLUM, debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Charts, their debut single, “Love Don’t Live Here,” is a Top Ten hit and still climbing, and the trio has been nominated for “Top New Group” at the 2008 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. They’ve performed on the legendary Grand Ole Opry, and have opened shows for some of the top names in country music including Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson. Lady Antebellum will be touring all across the country this summer, giving their enthusiastic fan base many opportunities to see them live.

Lloyd is mid-stream in a solid career growth mode: his 2007 album, Street Love, which debuted at No. 2 on both the national Billboard Top 200 album chart and the R&B/Hip-Hop album chart, was certified gold within eight weeks of its release, and spun off two major smashes: “You” featuring Lil Wayne, an R&B/Hip-Hop No. 1 and Top 10 pop hit; and “Get It Shawty,” a No. 4 R&B/Hip-Hop track and Top 20 Hot 100 entry. Lloyd’s upcoming LESSONS IN LOVE is in stores on July 15th with a top-tier list of collaborators including Nelly, Tricky and The-Dream, Polow Da Don, J-Lack, Jasper and Big Reese and Eric Hudson.

Marie Digby’s recently released debut album, Unfold (Hollywood Records) debuted at # 29 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. The album, described by People Magazine as “radiant guitar pop,” also reached # 2 on the iTunes album chart and # 3 on Billboard’s Digital Top 100 album chart. The first single, “Say It Again,” is in heavy rotation on Hot AC stations across the country. Since Digby burst onto the national stage in 2007 via YouTube, she has become the 7th most subscribed artist, and her homemade videos have accumulated more than 26 million views. Marie also became one of the faces of GAP’s “The Sound of Color” campaign, landed on top 40 radio charting with her version of Rhianna’s “Umbrellla,” and has had her music featuredon MTV’s the Hills, CW’s One Tree Hill, and Smallville. Marie will embark on a nationwide tour kicking off on May 20.

Matt Nathanson’s current Vanguard CD, Some Mad Hope, has spawned two singles, “Car Crash” and “Come On Get Higher” which continue to grow in popularity with fans and radio alike. I “Come On Get Higher” was featured in the Amazon/Pepsi Stuff national radio campaign in the past few months and the track is currently rising up both Triple A and Hot AC radio charts. His music has been prominent in such acclaimed shows as Private Practice, NCIS, One Tree Hill, Women’s Murder Club and will be heard in upcoming episodes of Men In Trees.

About DeepRockDrive

DeepRockDrive was founded in 2007 by music industry marketing veteran and MEGA founder Danny Socolof, and former Microsoft Xbox executive producer Jeff Henshaw. By harnessing the excitement of live performance and the interactivity of the Internet, DeepRockDrive is creating the world’s most popular online destination for interactive live performances. The Company is headquartered in Las Vegas and Seattle with 25 employees and a community comprised of over 50,000 passionate artists and fans worldwide.

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Las Vegas based SellingSource, LLC, an Inc. 500 company, has named veteran Silicon Valley public-relations practitioner Ron Kalb director of communications to oversee corporate PR, communications and other marketing outreach activities for its 11 companies providing technology-driven marketing solutions for lenders.

Silicon Valley PR Veteran Ron Kalb.With some 30 years’ experience, most in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Kalb has represented an array of blue-chip technology and financial services companies including Agilent Technologies, Bank of America, Borland, Coopers & Lybrand, GE-Calma, Hewlett-Packard Co., Sprint and Visa USA. He held senior management positions at global PR firms Burson-Marsteller and Porter Novelli. Prior to joining SellingSource.com, Kalb guided public relations strategy at R&R Partners, Nevada’s largest integrated marketing firm.

SellingSource.com Vice President of Marketing Keven Ellison thinks Kalb is joining the company at the right time. “Ron’s experience, strategic approach to communications and creativity make him a perfect fit for us as the company continues growing and gaining greater market leadership,” Ellison said.

About SellingSource.com

SellingSource, LLC, named number 109 on the 2007 Inc. 500 list, develops technology and marketing solutions for the specialty finance industry. Its affiliated companies offer turnkey lender solutions, data solutions, consumer communication services, prepaid and stored-value marketing solutions, consumer acquisition services, payment processing and infrastructure solutions including co-location and disaster recovery hot sites. For more information, please visit http://www.sellingsource.com.

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StumbleUpon, one of the most popular ways to discover new Web sites and videos on the Internet, announced that it has reached a major milestone of five million registered users and almost five billion ‘stumbles’ since its debut in the fall of 2001 – with over one billion ‘stumbles’ to-date in 2008 alone. A ‘stumble’ equates to a Web site delivered to a user when they press the Stumble button on the StumbleUpon toolbar.

“Reaching these incredible milestones is evidence that people need and want a personalized way to discover great content on the Web,” said Michael Buhr, general manager, StumbleUpon. “People are looking beyond traditional search for better ways to sift through the vast amounts of content online and discover what is interesting, useful and relevant to them.”

Online content is growing exponentially year-over-year and, according to a recent IDC study, individuals are now spending more time on the Internet than they do watching television. This combination has created huge demand for solutions that help people quickly and easily discover personally relevant Web sites, online videos, photos, blogs and other online content. With StumbleUpon, people are tapping the wisdom of crowds to get personal recommendations of great Web sites and Web content that matches their needs and interests and, more importantly, content they would not have found via a traditional search engine.

As traditional search continues to move at a steady pace, StumbleUpon’s growth is skyrocketing. While a recent comScore report found a 48% growth in U.S. online searches from March 2007 to March 2008, StumbleUpon saw an impressive 134% increase during the same period. Additionally, if stumbles would have been counted on comScore’s most recent U.S. Search Engine Rankings study, StumbleUpon would have placed ahead of Facebook and Amazon. These findings, coupled with StumbleUpon’s rapid momentum, further prove the need for tools that help users cut through the clutter of the Web in order to discover what’s personally interesting and relevant to them.

To get started discovering great Web sites and videos, visit StumbleUpon.

About StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon discovers Web sites based on your interests, learns what you like, and brings you more. With over 5 million users and approximately 10 million stumbles daily, StumbleUpon is one of the most popular ways to discover great content on the Internet. The company was founded in 2001 and is based in San Francisco. eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) acquired StumbleUpon in May 2007.

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TechWeb (Formerly CMP) and O’Reilly Media, Inc., co-producers of the annual Web 2.0 Expo, have announced the winner of the Launch Pad start up program. Triggit, one of six on-stage presenters, took home the title of People’s Choice Winner on Thursday, April 24th during Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco at Moscone West.

This year Web 2.0 Expo hosted a Venture Capital Edition of the Launch Pad program, showcasing the best Web 2.0 startups and providing a unique public forum for unveiling new companies and products. Web 2.0 Expo, in its second year, is the leading global gathering of developers, designers, marketers, and business professionals building the next generation Web.

Triggit Logo

Triggit, the winning startup, helps bloggers and small website owners make money. This simple WYSIWYG editing tool uses just one line of JavaScript to enable instant drag-and-drop publishing of AdSense, Amazon and other affiliate programs and ad networks. Triggit can source, integrate, optimize and track ads on the site, making ad management and monetization pain-free.

“We’re thrilled with being titled People’s Choice Winner at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco,” said Zachery Coelius, Triggit CEO. Voting was conducted at Launch Pad via a real-time SMS system where the audience was asked to play the role of VC and select the company of their choice.

Triggit wins Launch Pad at TechWeb and O\'Reilly’s Web 2.0 Expo

“Competition was tough this year because of all the interest in the new Launch Pad: VC Edition format,” said Brady Forrest, Web 2.0 Expo Co-Chair. “Triggit was one of 160 companies that vied to be on stage this year so they deserve a big round of applause for winning over the VC judges and audience with their live demo presentation. We’ll be watching this promising company.”

Triggi Website Monetization

A forum for creativity, engineering, and innovation, Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco includes a multi-track conference, an “unconference” program called Web2Open, a major tradeshow, and many networking events. Web 2.0 Expo will hold its first New York event September 16-19 and will return to Berlin for Expo Europe in late October 2008. Both events will feature Launch Pad. To see more details on Launch Pad: VC Edition, visit: http://www.web2expo.com/sf/launchpad

To read the official Web 2.0 Expo blog, visit: http://blog.web2expo.com

About TechWeb

TechWeb, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise, InformationWeek.com, bMighty.com, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

About O’Reilly

O’Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O’Reilly has been a chronicler and catalyst of leading-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying “faint signals” from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

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