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Wed., Sep. 23, 2015
Cision Said to Be Bidder for PR Newswire
By Greg Hazley
CisionCision, whose private equity parent made a splash by acquiring Vocus and Gorkana last year, is reportedly among bidders for PR Newswire.
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Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
Ukraine Firm, CEO Pay $30M in Newswire Hack
By Greg Hazley
jaspenA Ukrainian company and its CEO agreed to pay $30M to settle federal charges of profiting from a massive, $100M newswire hacking scheme unveiled in August.
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Tue., Sep. 15, 2015
Former PR Newswire Chief Travels to TLG
By Greg Hazley
ninan chackoNinan Chacko, who was ousted as CEO of PR Newswire in July, has been named CEO of Travel Leaders Group, the Minnesota-based retail travel agency giant.
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Fri., Sep. 11, 2015
New Emojis in the Pipeline
By Matthew Schwartz
emojisBrands and organizations will have a slew of emojis to deploy in their communications and messaging, thanks to new emojois that will soon be available on Apple’s devices, including the iPhone.
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Wed., Aug. 19, 2015
Cision Tops G2 Crowd's Study of Press Release Distribution Services
By John ODwyer
G2 Crowd ReportCision ranks first for press release distribution tools in a report released today by G2 Crowd, a business software review platform.
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Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
Newswires Hacked: US Charges 32 in Scheme That Reaped $100M
By Greg Hazley
wiresAuthorities have broken up a global fraud scheme that hacked into three major newswires since 2010 and reaped $100M in illicit profits by trading on the information in press releases before they were disseminated.
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Tue., Jul. 21, 2015
UBM Replaces PR Newswire CEO
By Greg Hazley
gray, chackoUBM has moved to replace PR Newswire's CEO with the parent company's chief financial officer, months after a report that UBM is shopping the profitable news dissemination service.
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Tue., Jun. 16, 2015
Cision Unloads UK Units to Assuage Regulators
By Greg Hazley
cisionCision will divest the UK operations and assets of both Cision and Vocus to Access Intelligence, the London-based enterprise software purveyor.
Category: PR Services
Fri., May 8, 2015
PR Vets Unveil Crisis Portal, Software
By Greg Hazley
crpCrisis PR veterans Jim Haggerty and Thom Weidlich have unveiled CrisisResponsePro, a subscription software platform and content hub meant to provide information on and serve companies enmeshed in crisis or litigation communications.
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Fri., May 1, 2015
UBM Explores Sale of PR Newswire
By Kevin McCauley
UBMBritain's UBM, which is largely a trade show organizer, is exploring the sale of non-core PR Newswire, a deal that could fetch more than $700M.
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Mon., Apr. 6, 2015
Broadcast PR Exec Jim Hill Dies at 64
By Greg Hazley
jim hillJim Hill Jr.,VP and co-owner of broadcast PR provider News Broadcast Network, died March 27 after a battle with cancer. He was 64.
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Mon., Mar. 23, 2015
Cision Acquires Social Platform Viralheat
By Greg Hazley
viralheatPR software provider Cision has acquired social media management and anlytics platform Viralheat to boost its social offering.
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Fri., Feb. 27, 2015
CHR Continues PR Shopping Spree, Nabs AirPR Marketplace
By Greg Hazley
marketplaceNew York-based marketing holding company The CHR Group has inked its fourth PR acquisition in the past year, snapping up the software-driven PR marketplace of AirPR that connects early stage companies and small businesses with PR counsel.
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Fri., Feb. 27, 2015
Currency 'Headwinds' Cut Gains at PR Newswire in 2014
By Greg Hazley
ubmPR Newswire's 2014 revenue declined three percent to $302.1M, mostly due to currency effects, as underlying growth actually ticked up 3%.
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Tue., Feb. 10, 2015
Marketwired Splits from Sysomos, Names CEO in Shakeup
By Greg Hazley
ahmedMarketwired has split from its Sysomos social, analytics and monitoring platform and named new leadership in a revamp under private equity owner OMERS.
Category: PR Services
Tue., Jan. 13, 2015
MediaTracks Celebrates 25 Years
By Greg Hazley
MediaTracks staffMediaTracks Communications, radio/audio services provider for PR pros at companies such as Walmart, McDonald's and Coca-Cola, hit the 25-year mark this past Dec.
Category: PR Services
Mon., Jan. 5, 2015
Factors in Picking Media List and PR Measurement Services
By Todd Murphy
murphyMany complaints about the accuracy of media lists were made in a December LinkedIn discussion. Here are points to consider when looking for a vendor.
Category: PR Services
Tue., Dec. 30, 2014
Monitoring Firm Acquires Bulldog Assets, Ragan Eyes Webinar Purchase
By Greg Hazley
mediamiserCanadian media monitoring supplier MediaMiser has acquired key assets of Bulldog Reporter for $135K with plans to re-start the bankrupt PR trade publication after a federal judge approved the deal despite objections from the case's bankruptcy trustee.
Category: PR Services
Mon., Dec. 29, 2014
PR Services Vendors Dissected in LinkedIn Bull Session
By Jack ODwyer
servicesCision, Vocus, Gorkana, Meltwater, BurrellesLuce, PR Newswire, Media Miser and TV Eyes get puffs and pans in a 3,671-word confab on LinkedIn. PR people struggling to find the right media distribution and measurement service can find answers here.
Category: PR Services
Wed., Dec. 24, 2014
UK Probes Cision/Gorkana Link
By Kevin McCauley
Cision & GorkanaThe British antitrust watchdog today announced it is reviewing Cision's $300M-plus acquisition of Gorkana Group to gauge its impact on competition in the United Kingdom.
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