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Thu., Mar. 3, 2016
Feds Look at PR Newswire Sale, Closing Moved
By Editorial Staff
prnUBM, the parent company which agreed to sell PR Newswire to Cision last month for $841M, said that federal regulators have asked for information about "certain PRN products."
Category: PR Services
Fri., Feb. 12, 2016
Nasdaq Moves to Acquire Marketwired
By Editorial Staff
marketwiredNasdaq is acquiring news release disseminator Marketwired, bolstering the exchange's PR services offering alongside its existing Globe Newswire product.
Category: PR Services
Thu., Feb. 4, 2016
Cision Enhances PR Edition Platform
By Jon Gingerich

VisionSoftware giant Cision on Thursday unveiled several major upgrades to its PR Edition platform.

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Thu., Jan. 28, 2016
PR Software Start-Up Locks Up Funding
By Editorial Staff
ProwlyPR software platform Prowly said it has locked up $1.1M in early stage funding.
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Tue., Jan. 12, 2016
Marketing Maven, DNA Eye E-Commerce Push
By Editorial Staff
direct marketingLos Angeles-based Marketing Maven has aligned with e-commerce marketing shop DNA Response to handle social media marketing and PR for consumer brands using marketplaces like eBay and Amazon.
Category: PR Services
Wed., Jan. 6, 2016
GTCR Acquires Onvoy
By Jon Gingerich

GTCRChicago-based private equity firm GTCR has inked a deal to acquire Minneapolis-based telecommunications provider Onvoy, LLC.

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Tue., Dec. 15, 2015
Cision Buys PR Newswire for $841M
By Greg Hazley
cisionCision has inked a deal to acquire PR Newswire for $841M from UBM, after months of speculation as the London-based publisher and trade events producer sought a buyer of the profitable news disseminator.
Category: PR Services
Mon., Dec. 14, 2015
D S Simon Partners With Guinness World Records
By Jon Gingerich
DS Simon MediaGuinness World Records has teamed up with New York-based D S Simon Media for a joint marketing collaboration.
Category: PR Services
Thu., Nov. 12, 2015
Paul Adds 'Life Coach' to Offerings
By Greg Hazley
mike paulNew York counselor Mike Paul is offering reputation "life coaching" sessions, a bid to help clients cope with 24/7 reputation management.
Category: PR Services
Wed., Nov. 11, 2015
UBM: PR Newswire Sale 'No Certainty'
By Greg Hazley
PR NewswireUK-based UBM, more than a month after confirming talks to sell its profitable PR Newswire operation, said discussions are ongoing but no deal is certain.
Category: PR Services
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.
Category: PR Services
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.
Category: PR Services
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.
Category: PR Services
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.
Category: PR Services
Wed., Aug. 19, 2015
Cision Tops G2 Crowd's Study of Press Release Distribution Services
By John O'Dwyer
G2 Crowd ReportCision ranks first for press release distribution tools in a report released today by G2 Crowd, a business software review platform.
Category: PR Services
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.
Category: PR Services
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.
Category: PR Services
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.
Category: PR Services
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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