Cbeyond shares top business tips to keep information secure

Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY) has shared its top five tips to help businesses secure critical information, maintain business continuity and ensure ongoing productivity.

These guidelines, part of Cbeyond´s “Technology Ally” best practices series, are designed to help SMBs better communicate the benefits of securing information when addressing employees and customers in particular.

Cbeyond recommends the following five best practices: Understand the importance of your data; Consider the benefits and risks of deploying new technology; pay attention to security basics; Encourage employees to exercise caution; and Implement a formal security policy.

Cbeyond, a cloud and communications services provider, is the technology ally for small and mid-sized business. For more information, visit www.cbeyond.com and follow Cbeyond on Twitter: www.twitter.com/cbeyond.

Air Canada, Sprinklr sign agreement for social media platform

New York-based social relationship platform Sprinklr said that Canada´s flag carrier Air Canada will use the Sprinklr Social@Scale Platform to manage its customer relationship presence in social media.

According to the firm, Air Canada joins a growing roster of carriers using the Sprinklr platform including Virgin America, Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ: RJET), and Turkish Airlines.

Air Canada identified multiple requirements for its social relationship platform, including the capability to scale across all social channels, enable coverage for service teams in all time zones, and ensure that customer contact over multiple networks could be executed in a consistent brand voice.

Sprinklr provides the social infrastructure for more than 250 brands and plans to improve enterprise-wide social infrastructure through what Sprinklr calls “the 5 C´s of Social Management Success; content, conversations, campaigns, collaboration, and community.

Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 59 Canadian cities, 53 destinations in the United States and 67 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.

For more information visit www.aircanada.com.

Expected attendance up 7% for World Routes

UK-based airline and airport networking event organizer Routes said that more than 215 airlines have confirmed their participation at its World Routes event in Las Vegas with attendance 7% up year on year compared with last year´s World Routes in Abu Dhabi which saw over 650 airline delegates in attendance.

According to Routes, the last week has seen registrations from two airlines that have not attended World Routes for a number of years, namely Royal Jordanian, led by director Fleet, Network Planning and Alliances, Basma Majali, and Virgin Australia whose GM Network Planning Hope Antzoulatos will lead their planning team in Las Vegas.

There is a very strong presence of North America based carriers signed up with the major full service carriers United (NYSE: UAL), Delta (NYSE: DAL), American (OTC: AAMRQ) and US Airways (NYSE: LCC) signed up.

On the low cost front Southwest (NYSE: LUV), JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) and Spirit (NASDAQ: SAVE) will all be present in Las Vegas, along with Allegiant, Sun Country, Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK) and Virgin America whilst, from North of the border, Air Canada, Air Transat, WestJet and Sunwing will also be represented at the event.

From Latin America key operators including LATAM, Avianca, Aeromexico and COPA Airlines are also all confirmed.

A strong Chinese presence will be in Las Vegas with registrations received from the big four Chinese carriers; China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Air China and China Eastern, whilst ANA and JAL will be present from Japan.

Other major operators confirmed from the Asia Pacific market include Vietnam Airlines, China Airlines, Thai Airways Intl and Philippine Airlines. Further registrations have also been received from Qantas and Jetstar, who will be present from Australia, Routes said.

From Europe, Air France will bring a significant presence to the event as will the Lufthansa Group, with British Airways, KLM, Alitalia and SAS amongst the other major airlines signed up.

Confirmed European low cost carrier presence comes from easyJet, Norwegian, Germanwings and Transavia whilst the Middle East contingent is led by Emirates, Etihad, Qatar and Oman Air.

The 19th World Route Development Forum, which will take place on 5-8 October 2013, is co-hosted by Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and this year marks the first time that a Routes event has taken place in the US.

Find out more at www.routesonline.com.

Mazda picks Rackspace for its web and application hosting

Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX) has announced that Mazda North American Operations has chosen to build its web presence in the United States, Mexico and Canada, along with its MyMazda application, on Rackspace technologies to accommodate its 2.1m unique monthly visitors.

Mazda has adopted the Rackspace Critical Application Services with its proactive monitoring function for additional service level coverage. Using a combination of dedicated servers and managed virtualization resources, Mazda is able to improve reliability for its mission critical sites and shoulder performance requirements during national broadcast advertising campaigns such as a recent CNN campaign period when website traffic spiked more than 50 percent from an average of 85,000 daily unique visitors to 130,000.

Headquartered in San Antonio, Rackspace is the open cloud company and founder of OpenStack, the standard open-source operating system for cloud computing. For more information, visit www.rackspace.com.

London-listed Vodafone launches bid for Kabel Deutschland

UK’s Vodafone Group Plc (LON:VOD) said on Tuesday it had launched a voluntary public takeover bid of EUR87.00 (USD115.43) per share in cash for German cable operator Kabel Deutschland Holding AG.

The price per share includes the payment of the EUR2.50 dividend announced by Kabel in February.

The offer, which is being carried out via the buyer’s unit Vodafone Vierte Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, is part of a EUR7.7bn deal agreed between the companies on 24 June. It is conditional upon a minimum acceptance level of 75% and will run until 11 September. As of today, Vodafone has bought 3.8m shares in the target, or around 4.2%, it said.

Vodafone has previously stated that it would fund the deal with cash on hand and debt.

The purchase will provide Vodafone with an attractive platform for TV and fixed broadband in Germany and create a leading integrated player in its biggest European market. The enlarged entity will have 32.4m mobile, 5m broadband and 7.6m direct TV customers, as well as EUR11.5bn of pro forma revenues in Germany, the buyer has said.

SolarWinds revenue up 21% of prior year quarter

SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) has reported total revenue for the second quarter of 2013 ended June 30, 2013 of USD77.5m, a 21% increase over total revenue for the second quarter of 2012.

License revenue was USD31.1m for the second quarter of 2013, representing a 6% increase over license revenue for the second quarter of 2012. Maintenance revenue was a record USD45.4m for the second quarter of 2013, representing a 31% increase over maintenance revenue for the second quarter of 2012.

On a GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share were USD0.30 for the second quarter of 2013 compared to USD0.26 for the second quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were USD0.40 for the second quarter of 2013 compared to USD0.33 for the second quarter of 2012.

SolarWinds provides powerful and affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. The company´s website is at http://www.solarwinds.com.

Garmin Pilot app adds terrain and obstacle awareness for iPad, iPhone

Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN) unit Garmin International Inc. said it has announced an updated version of the Garmin Pilot app for the iPad and iPhone that incorporates the display of both terrain and obstacles on Garmin´s dynamic navigation maps, VFR Sectionals, IFR high and low en-route charts.

These best-in-class terrain and obstacle overlays also include visual alerting of potential hazards and projected impact points.

Garmin Pilot v5.1 features the ability to overlay terrain and obstacles simultaneously on the moving map page. Adding to its feature-rich capabilities, pilots have the ability to view the moving map page in a track-up format, ensuring flight plan information is upright and easy to read. Garmin Pilot´s dedicated terrain page displays terrain and obstacles in either an arc or 360-degree view, further enhancing situational awareness.

Garmin Pilot uses intuitive colours to help the pilot discern, at a glance, their proximity to terrain. In addition, it provides a visual Caution or Warning alert for potential conflicting terrain and obstacles given the aircraft´s projected flight path. Terrain data leverages highly detailed data found in Garmin avionics and portables and comes in various resolutions to provide pilots the flexibility to select the level of detail they prefer for their device.

Garmin International is a subsidiary of Garmin. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin Pilot is a trademark and Garmin and SafeTaxi are registered trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones gets court approval of motions bankruptcy case

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: MXT) said that the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has approved several first day motions filed by the company, allowing it to pay employees and vendors, among other things.

The US Bankruptcy Court´s approval allows the company to maintain its day-to-day operations without disruption while effectuating its previously announced comprehensive recapitalization and debt restructuring. The company commenced its voluntary prepackaged Chapter 11 cases in the US Bankruptcy Court on July 23, 2013.

Under the Chapter 11 plan of reorganization, Maxcom will complete a recapitalization and debt restructuring that is expected to significantly reduce Maxcom´s debt service expense and position Maxcom for growth with a USD45m capital infusion.

The company has engaged Lazard Freres & Co. LLC and its alliance partner Alfaro, Davila y Rios, S.C. as its financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Santamarina y Steta, S.C. as its US and Mexican legal advisors in connection with its restructuring proceedings and potential Chapter 11 case. The Ad Hoc Group has retained Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Cervantes Sainz, S.C., as its US and Mexican legal advisors. Ventura has retained VACE Partners as its financial advisor, and Paul Hastings LLP and Jones Day as its US and Mexican legal advisors, respectively.

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones, S.A.B. de C.V., headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico, is a facilities-based telecommunications provider using a “smart-build” approach to deliver last-mile connectivity to micro, small, and medium-sized businesses and residential customers in the Mexican territory.

Brittin named as International Air Cargo Association secretary general

Miami-based trade group The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) said it has appointed Doug Brittin as its new secretary general effective August 15.

According to the association Brittin brings over 33 years of experience to the post, which has included senior roles in the transport and logistics industry as well as in government. During a career in the transportation industry, he held executive level sales, marketing and operational positions with companies such as BAX Global, Panalpina, Emery and Menlo Worldwide.

He also has experience of the rail and trucking sectors. In 2007, he joined the US Transportation Security Administration as air cargo manager, where he was responsible for the development of the Certified Cargo Screening Program, as well as policy, forwarder programs and screening technology development.

In May 2010, he was promoted to division director for air cargo at TSA headquarters in Arlington, VA, where his expanded responsibilities included all-cargo carrier programs, development of risk-based security programs, and management of the division´s USD 122m annual budget.

TIACA is a global not-for-profit trade association representing all segments of the air cargo and air logistics industry.

Find out more at www.tiaca.org.

Delta Airlines to resume Minnesota-to-Mazatlan direct flights

Atlanta USA-based carrier Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) said it will operate four non-stop flights per week to Mazatlan Mexico from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minnesota from December 2013 to April 2014.

This is a 237% increase in the total number of Delta flights to General Rafael Buelna International Airport compared to the 2012-2013 Winter season, as well as a 129% increase in the duration of service. Flights will resume on Friday, December 20, 2013.

During winter 2012-2013, Delta Air Lines operated three direct flights per week to Mazatlan from Minneapolis. This year´s extended service will increase the total number of seats to Mazatlan from 2,850 to 9,600 and will more than double the number of weeks of service from seven to 16.

In May, the Mazatlan Hotel Association announced that Sun Country airlines will also resume non-stop service to Mazatlan from Minneapolis in December, with weekly flights starting Saturday, December 21, 2013, and twice weekly flights on Saturdays and Tuesdays starting on January 11, 2014.

Each Sun Country plane will have the capacity to carry 162 passengers.

Find out more at www.gomazatlan.com.