17th November 2008

SilverBirch Completes Sale of Crossroad Mobile

Toronto – SilverBirch Inc. has announced that it has completed the sale of its 60% stake in Crossroad Mobile, LLC. For
nominal consideration, the assets and related liabilities have been transferred back to the purchasers. Under the agreement, the effective closing date is September 30, 2008.

The transaction will result in the elimination of just over $40K of debt in relation to a Secured Promissory Note and reduces further dilution for SVB’s shareholder with the immediate cancellation of 1,800,000 warrants.
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17th November 2008

Nat Abraham named as Head of Distribution at Breakthrough Films

Toronto-based distribution company, Breakthrough Entertainment announced Nat Abraham as its Head of Distribution. Mr. Abraham will oversee daily operations including worldwide sales, pre-sales and co-production opportunities.

Most recently Head of Canadian Sales and Acquisitions at Breakthrough, Mr. Abraham has been instrumental in the company’s recent acquisitions including Science of the Senses, Fraud Squad and The World Without Us.  He spearheaded Breakthrough’s collaboration with Canadian-based production company, Partners in Motion producers of Crime Stories, Re-Inventors and Disasters of the Century, all of which are distributed by Breakthrough Entertainment. Under his direction, Breakthrough also became one of the largest suppliers of third party factual programming  as well as high definition concerts to Canadian broadcasters including Coldplay, Gwen Stefani and The Tragically Hip to name a few.

“Nat has had a tremendous impact on our distribution division,” said Peter Williamson, Partner/Executive Producer, Breakthrough Films & Television “As our new Head of Distribution he will continue to drive international sales as well as our growing library of programming.”

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17th November 2008

DISTIL Best in International e-Learning Competition

Digital Games-Based Learning Company scores Best in Show and Best Service/Product Provider at DevLearn 2008

DISTIL Interactive Ltd., an Ottawa-based leader in the use of digital gaming technology as a corporate learning environment beat a field of 40 learning technology vendors to win two key awards at last week’s DevLearn conference in San Jose CA.

The Best in Show was awarded for the digital learning environment “Business in Balance: Implementing an Environmental Management System” developed in collaboration with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) teaches organizations how to develop an environmental system for their workplace. The Best Product/Service Provider category was awarded for across-the-board product excellence.

“This is an exciting achievement by the DISTIL and CSA teams,” said CEO Robert Thompson. “While we strongly believe in digital gaming’s power as a corporate learning tool, being recognized by the attendees at North America’s largest international e-Learning showcase is a great endorsement. We believe a key ingredient in our Best Product/Service Provider award was our integrated assessment technology which mines the game-play data to provide feed-back to learners and to provide their organization with detailed performance information.”
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12th November 2008

Parallels wins 2008 Triggerstreet Online Film Festival

VFS Release – Paul St. Amand’s widely acclaimed documentary Parallels has taken top honours at the 2008 Triggerstreet Online Film Festival, an initiative for emerging filmmakers co-founded by two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey. Chosen by festival judges Sam Mendes, Robin Williams, Jeff Goldblum, Rufus Wainwright, Roger Waters and Dave Stewart, this is the latest in a long line of accolades for the up-and-coming director, a graduate of the one-year Film Production program at Vancouver Film School (VFS).

Telling the captivating story of two US Army deserters of the American and Vietnam wars, the short documentary was produced during Paul’s year at VFS.

“I knew my student work at VFS could be a calling card and a career springboard, but I am surprised and delighted that Parallels is still making noise after more than two years,” says Paul, now based in Bedford, Nova Scotia.
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12th November 2008

ESRB Announces New Video Game Rating Summaries

New Resource Provides Parents with More Detailed Information on Game Content Just in Time for the Holiday Shopping Season

NEW YORK – The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which assigns age and content ratings for computer and video games, today announced the availability of “rating summaries,” a new, supplementary source of information about game content that parents can use when considering which games to purchase for their children this holiday season and beyond. The new rating summaries will be accessible when searching for rating information via the ESRB website at www.esrb.org, its rating search widget, and a new mobile website at m.esrb.org.
“Research shows that the vast majority of parents who purchase games for their kids are aware of and regularly check ESRB ratings, but parents can always use more help when making choices as to which games are right for their children,” said Patricia Vance, president of the ESRB. “With our new rating summaries, which provide exclusive and unprecedented insight into the nature of the content that triggered a given rating assignment, parents will be that much more empowered in making those choices.”

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12th November 2008

D-BOX Closes Licensing Deal With Black Box – EA

LONGUEUIL – D-BOX Technologies Inc. announced today that it has concluded a licensing agreement with Black Box, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. This licensing agreement will allow Black Box to integrate the unique D-BOX Motion Code(TM) technology on the soon to be released PC version of Need for Speed(TM) Undercover game. D-BOX Motion Code(TM) technology is proprietary software that powers a range of Motion systems featuring high performance actuators designed to provide real-time response to on-screen action.

“We are very pleased and thrilled about the idea of working with Electronic Arts; one of the world’s leading interactive software company” stated Claude Mc Master, President and Chief Executive Officer of D-BOX Technologies. It is a first significant step to integrate D-BOX Motion Code(TM) in the video game market. Through this licensing agreement, we are in a position to raise the awareness of millions of video game players worldwide to the D-BOX Motion immersive experience which is perfectly adapted to their needs and expectations.”
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12th November 2008

Awe-Inspiring Prizes Available through Make-A-Wish Online Auction

Proceeds make wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses
Toronto – There are only three days left to place bids on twenty-five awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping prizes in the Make-A-Wish(R) Canada Awesome Anniversary Auction. This online auction, hosted on eBay.ca runs only until noon, Saturday, November 15, 2008.

Prizes include:

A train trip through the Rockies, a 7-day Alaskan cruise, an amazing Sony electronics package, a champagne hot air balloon ride above our country’s capital, and many, many more. Visit www.makeawish.ca/auction to check out the amazing prizes and place your bids today! All proceeds will support wish-granting activities across Canada.

Winners will enjoy their prizes even more knowing that they have helped grant wishes for children, ages 3 through 17 with life-threatening illnesses. Make-A-Wish Canada is celebrating 25 years of creating magical wish experiences and bringing smiles to the faces of children, who, due to their illness, may be missing out on some of the joys of childhood that other kids take for granted.

Make-A-Wish Canada exists because some wishes can’t wait for someday. Through its eight regional chapters, Make-A-Wish Canada, grants wishes to create hope and happiness for children with life-threatening illnesses. Founded after a group of individuals helped a young boy fulfill his dream of being a police officer, Make-A-Wish International is now the largest wish-granting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 200,000 children.

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12th November 2008

Siemens Canada honoured by Sheridan College

MISSISSAUGA – Nov. 12 – Siemens Canada was presented with the Technology Award at the Sheridan College Big Picture Gala event, held on October 23 in Brampton, Ontario. Siemens President and CEO, Guenther Scholz, was on hand to accept the award on behalf of Siemens and its 6,000 employees in Canada.

“Siemens is honoured to receive this award from Sheridan College, as it reflects our strategy of exploring innovation through education,” said Scholz. To meet the challenges of the 21st century, future generations will require new kinds of knowledge. Siemens promotes advanced education and further training of young people. “Our partnership with Sheridan College is part of our commitment as a knowledge-based company to sustainable economic development and a forward-looking society,” he said.
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12th November 2008

VoIPshield Uncovers Security Flaws in Microsoft VoIP Products

OttawaVoIPshield Laboratories, the research division of VoIPshield Systems Inc., is making its first-ever announcement in a new category of research related to security vulnerabilities in VoIP and Unified Communications (UC) systems. These vulnerabilities affect applications that use media stream protocols like RTP (Real-time Transport Protocol), a popular standardized packet format for delivering audio and instant messaging over the Internet.

The Microsoft products affected are Office Communications Server 2007, Office Communicator and Windows Live Messenger. These products deliver software-powered VoIP, presence, instant messaging and audio/video/Web conferencing functionality to end users. Microsoft estimates that over 250
million computers worldwide run these applications. All use RTP to deliver the content of the message; therefore all are vulnerable to this class of attack.
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12th November 2008

GoPrint2.com Creates A New Standard In FTP And File Transfer Services

Toronto – After having launched their Web accessible custom print driver for the print industry on April 7, 2008, RACAD Tech, Inc., a leading provider of Internet based solutions, has evolved their GoPrint2 service into a composite suite of Web-to-Print solutions. Included in this suite is the new file transfer capability available via the GoPrint2 FTP replacement module.

“The GoPrint2 FTP replacement module is an affordable solution that will help printers handle large files from clients without the overhead of buying FTP servers or expensive FTP services,” said Reuben Ben Quesus, President and CEO of RACAD Tech, Inc.
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