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Murgado Automotive Group Acquires Two Mercedes-Benz Dealerships in Central Virginia

Murgado Automotive Group

Murgado Automotive Group, a leading automotive retailer with dealer franchises in Florida, Illinois, and New Jersey, today proudly announced its acquisition of two Mercedes-Benz dealerships in Central Virginia. The addition of Mercedes-Benz of Richmond and Mercedes-Benz of Midlothian marks the 25th and 26th dealerships, respectively, to join the Murgado Automotive Group portfolio. The company represents many of the top global automotive brands, ranging from economy to ultra-luxury vehicles. This acquisition aligns with Murgado Automotive Group's long-term strategic plans for expansion into burgeoning markets across the eastern and midwestern regions of the United States. The sale closed on October 3, 2023. No staffing changes have been announced. “Mercedes-Benz of Richmond and Mercedes-Benz of Midlothian have been top performers for decades in Central Virginia,” said Mario Murgado, CEO of Murgado Automotive Group. “I want to thank both the McGeorge family for working with us on this opportunity, and Mercedes-Benz for trusting our company to build on the legacy of the dealerships and one of the most recognizable brands in the world.” Mercedes-Benz has been part of the McGeorge family of dealerships since 1968, as the dealership group has moved and expanded its facilities to better serve Central Virginia's luxury car marketplace. “It's humbling to succeed a dealership group that has been built from the ground up and is now run by a third-generation leader,” said Murgado. “We, too, are passionate about our family-owned operations and are eager to introduce our unique brand of automotive retailing to Central Virginia, all while honoring our predecessors and Mercedes-Benz." Murgado Automotive Group, founded in Miami, Fla. in 2001, is a family-owned and operated automotive retailer with 26 dealer franchises in Florida, Chicago, New Jersey, and now Virginia. The company represents leading automotive brands, including Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Ferrari, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen. With a commitment to exceptional customer service and operational excellence, Murgado Automotive Group has been recognized as one of the top automotive retailers in the United States. More information is available at Contact Details John P. David +1 305-724-3903 Company Website

October 03, 2023 02:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Unwiring officially launches to empower individuals in the fight against social media's negative impacts and unethical practices. The organization is led by Saahil Mishra and a diverse team of passionate teens who’ve developed several initiatives to catalyze positive change within social media. “I worry about the impact of social media on my generation. A surge in social isolation, mental health issues, disinformation, and political polarization has challenged our connection on both an interpersonal and societal level,” said Saahil Mishra, founder and social media activist. Mishra also serves as a research assistant at Stanford Social Media Lab and writer for the Poynter Institute’s Media Wise. Earlier this year, Mishra participated in his first TEDx Talk event in San Francisco. Unwiring is educating and empowering young people to drive real, representative change within social media. The team curates timely educational resources including a series of self-produced online videos, curriculum on social media’s inner workings and impacts, and editorial pieces centered around the youth perspective on social media’s harms and possible solutions. Unwiring also is hosting a ReDesign challenge for youth to pose ideas for social media reformation this fall and a youth summit in 2024. United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a call for urgent action by policymakers, technology companies, researchers, families, and young people alike to gain a better understanding of the full impact of social media use. Recent research shows that adolescents who spent more than three hours daily on social media faced double the risk of experiencing poor mental health outcomes, such as symptoms of depression and anxiety. “When we advocate for internal platform changes, business model regulations, major culture and paradigm shifts, we can together build a healthier more connected future,” adds Mishra. “We invite teens to join us in this important movement by sharing their stories with us.” Visit and engage on Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, X formerly known as Twitter: @unwiring_org. Contact Details Unwiring Anne Shanahan, Community Relations Liaison +1 562-810-3016

October 03, 2023 08:05 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Only-Of-Its-Kind Filterbaby Launches on Thirteen Lune


Filterbaby, the first and only clinically tested and dermatologist recommended skincare water filter for the face is expanding its retail footprint. The brand has launched on Thirteen Lune, the popular E-Commerce site for minority founded beauty brands. Since its 2022 inception, Filterbaby has seen tremendous growth; selling nearly 100,000 units and garnering over half a million followers on social media and one billion views on Instagram, Tiktok and Youtube. "We at Filterbaby are absolutely elated to be welcomed into the Thirteen Lune community. This remarkable space, dedicated to empowering minority founders, resonates deeply with our values and aspirations. We are putting a flag on the ground stating that water quality significantly impacts skin; our mission is to transform people’s life through better water. We are so glad that Thirteen Lune is providing the ideal platform to amplify our mission. We're honored to join this collective force for positive change in the beauty industry." said Xin Shui, CEO/Founder of Filterbaby. While millions of skincare products flood the market, there is a striking absence of emphasis on the quality of water, a fundamental factor essential for achieving good facial skin health. Consumers spend thousands of dollars on skincare each year to optimize their skin health, yet the most fundamental element, water used to clean skin, is often subpar. Filterbaby’s founder is a third-generation female healthcare provider who had experience of treating over 10,000 patients. She discerned a profound correlation that exists between water quality and skin health. “There is a real necessity for this product as tap water quality is subpar in most states with excess chlorine or chloramine, microplastics, hard metals, unregulated chemicals, and infrastructure issues. Over the past few months, we received hundreds of before and after photos from customers with skin specific issues from eczema, rosacea, acne prone and dry skin who saw drastic improvements using Filterbaby,” explains Xin. By filtering impurities and micro-contaminants in tap water as small as 0.2 microns, Filterbaby ensures users receive higher quality water to improve their skin's health. It is clinically tested to improve skin hydration in just 2 weeks. Through consumer studies, it is also found to reduce irritation, protect epidermis, ultimately leading to radiant and healthier skin. In addition to Thirteen Lune, Filterbaby is sold on as well as Amazon, Urban Outfitters, and Their starter kit retails for $89. About Thirteen Lune: Thirteen Lune is an e-commerce destination designed to inspire the discovery of beauty brands created by Black and Brown founders that resonate with people of all colors. It reframes how Black, Brown and minority founded beauty brands are perceived not only from an industry perspective, but also for the consumer giving each brand a platform to educate and engage a wider audience. About Filterbaby: Research shows that most US households’ tap water contains chlorine, micro-plastics, heavy metals, and hundreds of unregulated chemicals. Filterbaby was created to reduce all of these skin irritating and harming pollutants. The brand has undergone certified third-party skin hydration lab measurement testing which showed that the filter helps increase hydration within two weeks of use. Clinically tested & dermatologist-recommended, made for skincare. Healthier skin starts with your water. Available on, Amazon, Urban Outfitters, and Thirteen Lune. Contact Details Colleen Mathis absolute R relations

October 03, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Wishpond Announces Integration of Brax with Facebook

Wishpond Technologies Ltd.

Wishpond Technologies Ltd. (TSXV: WISH, OTCQX: WPNDF) (the “ Company ” or “ Wishpond ”), a provider of marketing-focused online business solutions, is pleased to announce the integration of Brax with Facebook, a strategic enhancement in the way that businesses manage their advertising campaigns on the world's largest social media platform. “We are proud to launch the integration of Brax with Facebook and look forward to helping our clients achieve their online advertising goals,” said Ali Tajskandar, Chairman and CEO of Wishpond. “Facebook is one of the largest platforms offering digital advertising and so integrating with them will prove to be powerful as it provides our customers with an optimal way to create, manage, evaluate their facebook ad campaigns. We expect our Brax customers to not only operate their facebook ad campaigns more efficiently and effectively, but to also get better return on investment on their ad spend as a result.” This new integration paves the way for advertisers to harness the power of Brax's advanced ad creation tools and robust rules engine, enhancing their return on investment while streamlining their ad management processes. The key features of the integration are: Easier Ad Creation: Brax users can seamlessly create and manage their Facebook campaigns and ads directly within Brax's platform, simplifying their workflow and saving time. Simplified Ad Spend Control: Users gain the ability to manage their Facebook ad spend directly through the Brax platform, providing greater financial oversight, control over their advertising budgets and return on ad spend. Rule-Based Campaign Actions: Users can create custom rules to automate actions at the campaign level, from pausing underperforming campaigns to adjusting bids in real-time. Users are also able to leverage Brax's scheduling features to enable 24/7 campaign optimization. Improved Visibility on Return-on-Investment: Brax offers a centralized hub for advertisers to compare the performance of multiple ad networks including Facebook, Taboola, Outbrain, Revcontent, MGID, and Yahoo. Our customers are now able to make more informed data-driven decisions on which advertising networks are delivering the best ROI. This newest integration is expected to be an important milestone in Wishpond's mission to serve its existing customers, many of whom are already actively advertising on Facebook. For more information on the Brax integration with Facebook and how it can be used to improve Facebook advertising campaigns, please visit Grant of Incentive Awards Wishpond also announced the grant of 1,350,000 performance share units (“ PSUs ”) (together, the “ Awards ”) under the Company’s Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan (“ Plan ”) to certain officers for an aggregate of up to 1,350,000 shares in the capital of the Company. The PSUs were granted effective October 1, 2023 (“ Grant Date ”). The PSUs vest on the one-year anniversary of the Grant Date based on the achievement of certain specific performance metrics approved by the board of directors of the Company (the “ Board ”). WISHPOND TECHNOLOGIES LTD. Per: “Ali Tajskandar” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer About Wishpond Technologies Ltd. Based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Wishpond is a provider of marketing-focused online business solutions. Wishpond is a leading provider of digital marketing solutions that empower entrepreneurs to achieve success online. The Company’s Propel IQ platform offers an “all-in-one” marketing suite that provides companies with marketing, promotion, lead generation, ad management, referral marketing, sales conversion, and outbound sales automation capabilities on one integrated platform. Wishpond replaces disparate marketing solutions with an easy-to-use product, for a fraction of the cost. Wishpond serves over 4,000 customers who are primarily small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in a wide variety of industries. The Company has developed cutting-edge marketing technology solutions, including an AI powered website builder, and continues to add new features and applications. The Company employs a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model where most of the Company’s revenue is subscription-based recurring revenue which provides excellent revenue predictability and cash flow visibility. Wishpond is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker “WISH”, and on the OTCQX Best Market under the ticker “WPNDF”. For further information, visit: Cautionary & Forward-Looking Statements Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This press release may contain certain forward-looking information and statements (“forward-looking information”) within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, that are not based on historical fact, including, without limitation, statements relating to the potential success and business results from the Brax integration with Facebook and statements regarding the ease of integration with existing infrastructure used by customers, containing the words “believes”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “intends”, “will”, “should”, “expects”, “continue”, “estimate”, “forecasts”, “schedule” and other similar expressions. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to comment analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of the Company, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking information in this press release are reasonable, such forward-looking information has been based on expectations, factors and assumptions concerning future events which may prove to be inaccurate and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company’s control, including, but not limited to, risks associated with the protection of intellectual property of the Company, risks associated with the ability of the Brax integration with Facebook to integrate with existing technologies used by the Company’s clients, and the risk factors discussed in the public disclosure documents of the Company which such risk factors are incorporated herein by reference and are available through SEDAR+ at The forward-looking information contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and are made as of the date hereof. The Company disclaims any intention and has no obligation or responsibility, except as required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Contact Details Pardeep S. Sangha Investor Relations, Wishpond Technologies Ltd. +1 604-572-6392

October 03, 2023 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Binance Japan Partners with MUFJ To Develop Stablecoin, $QUBE Outpaces $UNI As Top-Performing DeFi Token

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InQubeta ($QUBE) has emerged as one of the top DeFi projects in the cryptocurrency space, outperforming platforms like Uniswap ($UNI) as its prices grow by close to 100% during one of the most bearish times so far this year in the cryptocurrency space. InQubeta showcases how impactful decentralized finance projects can be as it opens up artificial intelligence (AI) investments with smart contracts, ERC20 coins (commonly called non-fungible tokens), and an Ethereum-based blockchain. It skirts the obstacles that make it almost impossible for a large portion of the global population to use traditional investment services. With InQubeta, anyone with a debit/credit card or a cryptocurrency wallet can buy equity in AI startups on its non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace. Meanwhile, Binance recently partnered with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) to develop a new stablecoin based on multiple currencies. The currency will be developed on the Progmat Coin platform, which was developed by MUFG. The platform meets Japan’s rigorous regulations for the issuance and management of stablecoins. Top DeFi projects to invest in: InQubeta ($QUBE) outpaces $UNI Investors who join the $QUBE presale during its beta stage are close to doubling their investment and newcomers can still enjoy 3x returns before the event ends. Over $3.3 million has been raised so far as investors scurry to attach themselves to the first cryptocurrency project that has the potential to be a major player as the artificial intelligence revolution unfolds. Artificial intelligence has come a long way since the days when it was no more than a cool concept showcased in popular sci-fi media. These days, AI concepts many people never expected to materialize are now a reality. Driverless taxi cabs now carry fares in cities like San Francisco and Tesla recently demoed its Optimus humanoid robot performing tasks like sorting different objects autonomously. There’s no question about it; AI is about to transform the world in ways many of us have never imagined. It will disrupt almost every existing industry, creating opportunities for savvy investors to walk away with substantial profits. Thanks to InQubeta, it's now easier than ever to gain access to these opportunities. A new way to invest There are no hurdles to jump over when investing in the InQubeta network. Anyone with a crypto wallet or a credit/debit card can invest by buying $QUBE. The project’s native token is used to buy equity-based NFTs sold by AI startups looking for funding. Investors acquire part ownership of these companies by buying their NFTs, which serve as stocks, on the InQubeta marketplace with $QUBE. The value of ERC20 coins purchased can be monitored in each investor’s InQubeta account and traded on the marketplace whenever they wish. Investing directly in the project by holding or staking $QUBE could earn investors as much as investing in AI startups does. A 1.5 billion $QUBE cap and burn protocols encourage the long-term price of $QUBE. Binance and MUFJ collaborate on new stablecoin The new stablecoin being developed by Binance and MUFJ will be tied to the Japanese yen and incorporate other currencies like the U.S. dollar. This will allow users to use the stablecoin to carry out transactions in multiple currencies. A new stablecoin could end up playing a major role in Binance’s partnership with the Japanese market. It will also help to diversify Japanese financial services. Summary InQubeta is one of the best DeFi projects launched this year and its presale has emerged as one of the most lucrative opportunities. Some analysts have $QUBE prices growing by as much as 100x once launched as it funnels capital to AI startups by making it easier to invest in the technology. Visit InQubeta Presale Join The InQubeta Communities Contact Details Solomon

October 02, 2023 10:32 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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News Direct Commemorates International Podcast Day ™

News Direct

Today, September 30 th, is International Podcast Day ™, which News Direct is excited to celebrate, as it has recently entered into the exploding podcast space. The company views podcasting as integral to its continuing evolution as a multi-tiered, diversified content distribution and amplification platform. It was only 12 days ago, on September 18 th, that the firm announced the News Direct Podcast Channel, an innovative new product that harnesses the growing popularity and messaging impact of podcasts while leveraging the substantial SEO power of the site. International Podcast Day™ represents a celebration of the power of podcasting, and News Direct is marking the day with a blog about this not-so-new (the first podcast was in 2004), but suddenly hot communications format, titled The PR Podcast Comes of Age. Gregg Castano, News Direct CEO and Founder, noted, “Podcasting has been around for 19 years, so its recent surge in popularity has been a surprising, but welcome, development as it relates to the Public Relations industry. This makes podcasting a natural next step in the evolution of our business model from an ultramodern newswire into a multichannel communications platform. International Podcast Day™ provides us with an ideal opportunity to highlight this newest addition to our product suite.” News Direct is a technology-driven content distribution and amplification platform for PR, IR, corporate communications and marketing professionals. Our automated platform delivers a completely reimagined, modernized user experience for newswire users that has reshaped the industry landscape. Additionally, the company has expanded its offerings to include an array of technology-enhanced message amplification tools ranging from sponsored content to podcasting products, all from one online destination. Contact Details News Direct Gregg Castano Company Website

September 30, 2023 01:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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News Direct Hires Respected Industry Veteran Kim Deonanan to Lead Its UK and European Sales Efforts

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News Direct today announced the addition of newswire industry veteran Kim Deonanan to its sales team as European Regional Sales Manager. Kim previously spent more than 18 years with Business Wire, where she served successfully in roles ranging from UK Sales Manager to Group Vice President, Europe. She will be responsible for business development in the United Kingdom and throughout Western Europe. Kim brings a wealth of industry experience and significant professional relationships to News Direct and has earned a deep level of respect within the newswire space with colleagues, clients and competitors alike. “I was partly responsible for bringing Kim on board at Business Wire and I came to trust her immensely and admire her greatly for her dedication, professionalism and talent”, stated Gregg Castano, Founder and CEO of News Direct and former Business Wire president. “She is one of the most knowledgeable people I can think of when it comes to the newswire industry. We are extremely pleased and fortunate to be able to bring someone of her caliber to our team and we're very excited to have her spread the News Direct gospel throughout the UK and Europe.” News Direct is a technology-driven content distribution and amplification platform for PR, IR, corporate communications and marketing professionals. Our automated platform delivers a completely reimagined, modernized user experience for newswire users that has reshaped the industry landscape. Additionally, the company has expanded its offerings to include an array of technology-enhanced message amplification tools ranging from sponsored content to podcasting products, all from one online destination. Contact Details News Direct Gregg Castano Company Website

September 28, 2023 09:36 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Digitalbox CEO upbeat on outlook for 2024 despite challenging first half

Digitalbox PLC

Digitalbox PLC (AIM:DBOX) CEO James Carter speaks to Thomas Warner from Proactive after the digital media company published its interim results for the six months to 30 June 2023. Carter discusses the challenges faced by the business during the first half of the year, noting that despite forecasting a tough period, the company did finish ahead of its internal budget. Two primary issues were highlighted: the reduced traffic from major platforms like Google and Facebook and the risks of algorithm changes and content strikes. Carter cited an instance where Entertainment Daily was blocked from Google's Discover feed, resulting in a significant drop in traffic. Another challenge was a 95% reduction in page reach on Facebook for a post about a Netflix show. To address these challenges, he says Digitalbox has optimised its website performance and is pivoting towards on-platform video content distribution. The company also acquired assets from Social Chain during the post-period, boosting their social media following. Carter expresses optimism about the global ad market's recovery and hints at potential future acquisitions for Digitalbox. Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813

September 28, 2023 09:26 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Locality Appoints John Brohel as Chief Financial Officer


Locality, the industry’s preeminent local television solutions provider, today announces the appointment of John Brohel as Chief Financial Officer. Brohel brings 30+ years of experience in global financial and strategic planning to his new role, and has proven to be a key player in the accelerated growth of major entertainment studios. He will play a crucial role in Locality’s investments in technology, people, and products related to solving the needs of advertisers and inventory owners across local broadcast and streaming advertising. He will report directly to Ann Hailer, president of broadcast, and Keith Kazerman, president of streaming at Locality. Brohel joins Locality from AMC Networks where he was executive vice president of finance and responsible for global financial and strategic planning, as well as overall financial management of AMC International business units. Prior to AMC, Brohel held the position of chief financial officer at Leftfield Entertainment. There, Brohel led the financial management of the company's four business units — Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, Loud TV, and Outpost Entertainment. “This is an exciting strategic addition to our team,” said Ann Hailer, president of broadcast at Locality. “John’s expertise in financial planning and building structured processes for overall financial success for companies will play a pivotal role in the continued growth of Locality and in turn, our clients.” Keith Kazerman, president of streaming at Locality, added, “John's vast experience, particularly within the entertainment sector, positions us strongly as we bridge the traditional and digital realms within local video. His strategic approach to value creation and financial management will be instrumental in realizing Locality's long-term vision.” “I’m excited to join the Locality team as chief financial officer,” said Brohel. “Locality is committed to increasing collaboration across streaming and broadcast. As chief financial officer, I’m in a unique position to help the company develop new opportunities for clients and drive more dollars to local TV by investing in the right tech, people and products that push our solutions forward.” About Locality Locality is the industry’s preeminent local television solutions provider, committed to addressing the evolving needs of advertisers by unlocking the power of local and driving dollars to the local video marketplace. Locality brings together the best talent in both broadcast and streaming helping brands tap into the mindset of the local consumer and precisely reach optimal markets, nationally. Having served more than 1,500 ad agencies and 4,500 advertisers, to date, Locality offers the best premium inventory that the industry has to offer to help brands optimize their spend and target audiences at scale. Our team resides in 11 office locations across the U.S. designed to strategically service 100% of DMAs. For more information, please visit Contact Details Julia Worthington +1 973-722-7881

September 28, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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