WinHEC Taipei is Back to Taiwan in 2015

In-depth discussions with hands-on exploration of Windows 10 on hardware technologies

WinHEC Workshop Taipei will continue in future as Microsoft aims to create cross-platform business opportunities with hardware and software partners in Taiwan

TAIPEI, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — After seven years, WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Community) returns with a new format for Windows’ hardware partners. Following the launch event of the series held in Shenzhen in mid-March, WinHEC Workshop Taipei kicks off today (April 7th) with four days of technical training sessions, hands-on labs, and face-to-face technical consultations for Windows 10 hardware developers. WinHEC Workshop Taipei has generated significant interest within the local hardware ecosystem, with nearly 400 invited engineers attending from OEM, ODM, IHV and IBV partners.

Windows 10 is the first operating system that can serve as a cross-device platform; it supports desktop computers, mobile devices, wearable devices, the Internet of Things (IoT); connects and controls various types of devices and creates entirely new business opportunities for Microsoft’s hardware partners in Taiwan. There is no question that Taiwan is a global leader in terms of hardware technology, and with the development of IoT industry, the Windows ecosystem built up over the years by Microsoft and hardware partners in Taiwan has expanded from traditional computers, tablets, mobile devises to wearable devices and the IoT. The fact that Microsoft holds its WinHEC Workshop again in Taipei highlights the importance of its Taiwanese hardware partners in the era of the Internet of Things.

Mujtaba Hamid, Principal Program Manager, Partner & Customer Engagement R&D, Microsoft shares that “whether manufacturing or design capability, the hardware industry in Taiwan has long played a strategic role on the global stage, and Microsoft has closely collaborated with its Taiwanese partners over the years. To build the Windows ecosystem in Taiwan, Microsoft has held different events and forums over the past two decades, for instance, the PlugFest held for 5 consecutive years and the TechDays events. And now after a gap of 7 years, we are re-launching WinHEC Workshop in Taiwan, which not only shows our promise of deepening our presence here, but also signifies that the technical collaboration between Microsoft and its hardware partners here will continue to enable design and manufacturing of great Windows based devices.”

“In this WinHEC Workshop Taipei, we will not only share the most novel innovations of Windows 10, but also focus on the hands-on lab practice for hardware devices running on Windows 10, helping hardware/firmware developers, product planners and company decision-makers address issues encountered during development stage through in-depth interactions with Microsoft engineers. This way, hardware devices designed for Windows 10 can be launched with the latest operating system, allowing us to create more business opportunities together,” says Anne Yang, Principal PM Manager of Operating System Group at Microsoft Taiwan.

With nearly one hundred companies participating, WinHEC Workshop Taipei will spur Windows 10 business opportunity for Taiwan based hardware engineering partners

Nearly 400 engineers from around a hundred companies have been invited to attend WinHEC Workshop Taipei, April 2015. This event not only focuses on sharing and demonstrating Windows 10 platform and technology, it will also provide indicators on how tech firms can win business via IoT devices operating on Windows 10. In addition, the event includes sessions of hands-on Lab, where participants can have robust interactions and exchange with Microsoft engineers based on their requirements through team practice and testing.

As Miller Chang, Vice President of Advantech Embedded Core Group points out: “Advantech is honored to be invited to partake in this year’s WinHEC Workshop, and I am pleased to see the WinHEC event returning to Taipei. We have personnel register for the training sessions so they can learn the latest Windows technologies. We are also launching Gateway products with Windows 10 IoT capability, which offer a comprehensive IoT solution when they are coupled with Azure.” Martin Sun, President of Wacom Technology Solution BU also says: “Wacom has worked closely with Microsoft in pen and writing areas since the time when Windows Tablet PC were first launched. Writing has always been the most original, natural and the easiest way of human communication and self-expression. With the advent of modern technology, Wacom and Microsoft have maintained their commitments to offering users the perfect writing experience. We will be launching a series of pen products that are compatible with Windows 10 DirectInk platform, allowing users a unique experience comparable to that of writing on paper.”

Furthermore, in terms of wireless networking, many IT giants are upgrading the interoperability between operating systems and hardware/software and improving efficiency by utilizing the new WDI (Wireless Driver Interface) structure offered by Windows 10. For example, Microsoft’s partner Realtek will soon unveil a series of wireless network chips that use the WDI structure; the chips will support the new Internet application of Hotspot 2.0 as well as Hang Detection Recovery and can effectively improve convenience for users.

Microsoft Windows 10 IoT — Your key success factor in the IoT Era

WinHEC Workshop Taipei 2015 underscores Microsoft’s investment in and services provided via the Internet of Things, including Windows 10 IoT and Azure IoT services. It is expected that Windows 10 IoT, a platform designed for device manufacturers will be launched this summer. Windows 10 is an operating system that can not only run on PCs, tablets, and mobile phones but will also usher in the new era of IoT. Windows 10 supports different types of development boards used by Makers and commercial device builders to quickly bring new IoT devices to life while allowing hardware manufacturers and social communities to have an opportunity to shine in the constantly evolving world of the IoT. From small gateway devices to POS systems, Windows 10 can be adopted to enhance a wide range of devices, such as robots or specific medical equipment. Windows 10 IoT provides a platform with enterprise-grade security that integrates devices with the cloud. With Microsoft’s Azure IoT service, companies are able to set up IoT easily by using the service on their existing IT assets, and start the link and communication among the devices and between them and the cloud.

After Windows 10 is released, Microsoft will launch a new version of Windows for small device that will be free for Makers and commercial device builders to unlock new scenarios. In collaboration with Raspberry Pi, Intel and Qualcomm, Microsoft will provide a series of development boards for manufacturers, helping partners to bring Windows 10 to the internet of things. With Windows 10 integrating the support for various devices including desktop, mobile, wearable, and the IoT devices, the application of sensors in each of these devices has become more important. Windows 10 is able to support both the traditional and newer types of sensors, making its support to sensors all inclusive. Vishay Capella also works with Microsoft, whose UV sensor products will support all platforms that operate on Windows 10. Furthermore, with even closer collaboration with Microsoft, STMicroelectronics has made all of its humidity sensors compatible with Windows 10, thus providing a comprehensive solution to environment sensors used in homes, in an industrial environment or on mobile devices.

The WinHEC Workshop Taipei is re-launched after 7 years, which signifies Microsoft’s commitment and investment in collaborating with its local partners. Microsoft aims to encourage the trend of the Internet of Things with Taiwan IT companies by sharing the latest technology and having robust exchanges. Moreover, WinHEC Workshop Taipei will be organized regularly, providing more useful information to local IT companies. The next WinHEC event will be scheduled in May 2015. For more information please visit the official event website: http://www.winhec.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and business realize their full potential. Microsoft Taiwan Corporation has established in Taiwan since 1989. For more than two decades, our partnership with business, customers, communities, and government allow us to continue our commitment to being a responsible local industry partner as well as perform our Corporate Social Responsibility.

Press Contacts

Jessica Chuang PR Manager at Microsoft Taiwan
Tel: (886) 2-3725-3663
Mobile: 0955-091-099
email: v-jchu@microsoft.com

Peter Teng Account Director at Veda International
Tel: (886) 2-2704-3024 #168
Mobile: 0936-115-461
email: peter@veda.com.tw

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Zebra Medical Vision Launches the Most Comprehensive Medical Imaging Research Platform Globally

SHEFAYIM, Israel, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Completes $8m seed round led by Khosla Ventures to accelerate the creation of imaging insights tools for HMOs and ACOs

Zebra Medical Vision launched a closed beta of its Medical Imaging Research platform and announced funding of $8 million led by Khosla Ventures, with participating parties DeepFork Capital and Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) CEO Marc Benioff. The company’s solution enables researchers to quickly develop imaging algorithms and insights based on large scale datasets and advanced processing power. Zebra’s commercialization pipeline will then expedite clinical application of imaging research products.

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With a billion people joining the middle class by 2020, and an aging global population, the demand for medical imaging is rapidly increasing. Fast, accurate diagnosis is paramount, and is getting increasingly difficult to achieve with existing Radiology resources. Medical Imaging storage has grown tenfold since 2005 according to a Frost&Sullivan report and continues to grow with more advanced modalities. Therefore there is an acute need for accurate automated tools to enable high quality diagnostic insights at scale.

“Advances in machine learning and computer vision have made it possible to create diagnostic quality algorithms based on big data, that surpass current reading accuracy rates. Such algorithms will reduce false positives, identify false negatives, provide earlier diagnosis of cancer or other diseases and unlock incidental findings hidden in the vast amounts of imaging data that resides within archives of health providers,” said Elad Benjamin, Zebra Medical CEO and former General Manager of the Carestream Healthcare Information Solutions group.

“I have frequently commented that technology will reinvent healthcare as we know it,” said Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures. “Zebra is combining the power of machine learning, computer vision and big data to do just that in medical imaging – creating a sandbox through which imaging innovation can occur and be delivered to patients. We are proud to back such a team and an ambitious endeavor and look forward to seeing the outcomes of the platform.”

Zebra’s platform offers a cloud-based, fully hosted research and development environment. This includes access to large datasets of structured, de-identified studies, storage, state-of-the-art GPU computing power and support for a multitude of research tools. The platform also enables research groups to collaborate and create joint tools.

“Zebra is the only platform today that offers such seamless access to both the tools and the needed datasets and research environment – and at such a large scale,” said Professor Gabriel Krestin, Professor of Radiology, Chair of Radiology at Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam and past President of the European Society of Radiology. “This will finally enable providers to bring medical imaging into the fold of large scale clinical analysis and population management.”

The Zebra platform is initially being launched to select research groups. Researchers and machine learning practitioners can apply for an invite here. ACOs and HMOs are welcome to participate and learn how can better imaging insights improve care and reduce costs.

About Zebra Medical Vision Ltd  

Zebra Medical Vision has set out to create the world’s largest medical imaging insights platform. We believe that by providing machine-learning researchers the needed tools and datasets we can accelerate development of advanced decision support tools and diagnosis needed to serve the worlds population. Headquartered in Kibutz Shfayim Israel, the Company was founded in 2014 by Co-Founders Eyal Toledano, Eyal Gura and Elad Benjamin.  

More info at http://www.zebra-med.com

Contact:
Elad Benjamin  
info@zebra-med.com

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EEGlobe Introduces Single Source, Online Platform Connecting the Clean Energy Industry Across the Globe

— Highly Specialized Searchable Databases Enable Companies and Professionals to Keep Pace with Rapidly Growing Clean Energy Industry

NEW YORK, April 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — EEGlobe today announced the official launch of a unique, single source, online platform that is fundamentally reshaping the way the clean energy industry connects and grows. For the first time, clean energy companies and job seekers can easily connect to grow their business, careers and industry innovations through one platform exclusively focused on the clean energy industry.

“Having developed clean energy programs nationally over the past 10 years, building a team and developing local and national partnerships was always a challenge as we scaled our business,” said Karan Raina, Founder & CEO of EEGlobe.  “We are excited to offer a solution to this problem for the thousands of clean energy companies facing this challenge.”

To meet these needs, EEGlobe’s launch introduces its first two services: a Company Search and a Job Search.

The Company Search helps companies grow their brand, increase website traffic, and most importantly, create productive partnerships by connecting companies and professionals across the industry. By utilizing its innovative platform, customers are instantly able to search and locate specific energy industry companies by service or product anywhere across the world, with the ability to narrow the search all the way down to Country, State/Province and City.

The Job Search uniquely specializes in clean energy positions and empowers clean energy companies and candidates to find each other based on needs, skills, experience and location.

“We are seeing tremendous growth in the clean energy sector across the board,” said Raina.  “Connecting with the right partners and hiring the best talent is extremely difficult but critical in continuing that growth. EEGlobe is an innovative platform that creates a solution to those challenges. We are excited to transform the way people interact and do business moving forward within the clean energy industry.”

The first phase of EEGlobe’s launch will include the Company Search & Job Search. The planned rollout will continue with the release of additional innovative services throughout 2015.

About EEGlobe

EEGlobe is an innovative online marketplace dedicated to connecting the clean energy industry. It offers customers a simple, streamlined, easy-to-use platform where clean energy industry stakeholders can come together, connect and create opportunities that will shape the future of energy on a global scale. Its highly specialized searchable platform equips companies throughout the clean energy industry with the tools to connect with each other and talented job candidates to help their businesses succeed as the leaders of this rapidly changing industry. Our goal is to continue exploring new ways to make the clean energy industry more connected than ever before

Learn more about how EEGlobe is revolutionizing how the clean energy industry connects and grows at www.EEGlobe.com.   

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Cheetah Mobile Announces Strategic Business Partnership with Nanigans

BEIJING, April 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE: CMCM) (“Cheetah Mobile” or the “Company”), a leading mobile Internet company that provides mission critical applications to help make the Internet and mobile experience speedier, simpler, and safer for users worldwide, today announced that it has signed a commercial agreement with Nanigans, Inc. (“Nanigans”), a leading worldwide provider of social and mobile advertising software and pioneer in advertising automation software. The commercial agreement comes in conjunction with Cheetah Mobile’s recent strategic investment as the lead investor in Nanigans US$24 million Series B financing.

Pursuant to the commercial agreement between Cheetah Mobile and Nanigans, Cheetah Mobile will be the exclusive partner of Nanigans in the Greater China region to manage campaigns for advertisers using Nanigans advertising automation software. In addition, Nanigans will be the exclusive third-party advertising automation software provider used by Cheetah Mobile for advertising spend in certain social and mobile apps, until the end of the term of the commercial agreement. Furthermore, Nanigans currently plans to integrate Cheetah Mobile’s advertising inventory onto the Nanigans platform, and the two companies will cooperate on co-marketing activities.

Mr. Sheng Fu, Chief Executive Officer of Cheetah Mobile, stated, “We are pleased to announce this business partnership with Nanigans. Nanigans plays an important role in the social and mobile advertising ecosystem, as evidenced by its strong customer base. Investing in Nanigans advertising automation software is a significant step for us, as we actively build up our advertising platform and enhance our capabilities globally. We look forward to this deeper cooperation with the Nanigans team and we are confident in our ability to create the world’s first-class tools for advertisers and publishers.”

Ric Calvillo, co-founder and CEO of Nanigans, stated, “Asia Pacific is the second largest digital ad market worldwide, with China representing more than half of the region’s spend, according to eMarketer.* Cheetah Mobile, a leading mobile Internet company in the region, shares Nanigans’ commitment to developing best-in-class technology and delivering true value to advertisers worldwide. We look forward to this strategic partnership and using our collective social and mobile expertise to enable more advertisers in Greater China to benefit from our software.”

Cheetah Mobile has been rapidly expanding its advertising efforts to complement its industry-leading user base of more than 395 million mobile monthly active users. The Company recently announced that it reached a definitive agreement to acquire global mobile advertising network MobPartner. Cheetah Mobile’s partnership with and investment in Nanigans will accelerate the Company’s expansion efforts by unlocking the Chinese market for Nanigans, improving advertising campaigns across social and mobile channels, and opening up Cheetah Mobile’s existing inventory to Nanigans’ influential customer base.

About Cheetah Mobile Inc.
Cheetah Mobile is a leading mobile Internet company with approximately 395.4 million mobile monthly active users in December 2014. Its mission critical applications, including Clean Master, CM Security, Battery Doctor and Duba Anti-virus, help make the Internet and mobile experience speedier, simpler, and safer for users worldwide. Cheetah Mobile is the publisher of Clean Master, the #1 mobile app in the Google Play Tools category worldwide by monthly downloads in December 2014, according to App Annie.

The Company also provides various platform products such as Duba.com, Cheetah browser, game centers, and mobile app stores to provide multiple user traffic entry points and global content distribution channels for its business partners.

About Nanigans, Inc.
Nanigans advertising automation software powers the world’s leading in-house performance marketing teams. Offered as Software-as-a-Service, Nanigans software features programmatic media buying, predictive revenue optimization, and real-time business intelligence across today’s most valuable social and mobile channels. Nanigans is headquartered in Boston, with offices in New York, San Francisco, London, Sydney and Singapore. To learn more visit: www.nanigans.com

*Source: eMarketer, http://www.emarketer.com/Article/APAC-Digital-Ad-Spending-Jump-Over-30-This-Year/1011693

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Shanda Games Limited Enters into Definitive Merger Agreement for Going Private Transaction

HONG KONG, April 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Shanda Games Limited (NASDAQ: GAME) (“Shanda Games” or the “Company”), a leading online game developer, operator and publisher in China, announced today that it had entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Agreement”) with Capitalhold Limited (“Parent”) and Capitalcorp Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent (“Merger Sub”).

Pursuant to the Agreement, Parent will acquire the Company for cash consideration equal to US$3.55 per ordinary share of the Company (each, an “Ordinary Share”) and US$7.10 per American Depositary Share of the Company, each representing two Class A Ordinary Shares (each, an “ADS”), in a transaction valuing the Company at approximately US$1.9 billion. This price represents a premium of 46.5% and 53.8%, respectively, over the Company’s 30- and 60-trading day volume-weighted average price as quoted by NASDAQ Global Select Market (“NASDAQ”) on January 24, 2014, the last trading date immediately prior to the Company’s announcement on January 27, 2014 that it had received a “going private” proposal.

The consideration to be paid to holders of Ordinary Shares and ADSs pursuant to the Agreement also represents an increase of approximately 2.9% from the original US$3.45 per Ordinary Share and US$6.90 per ADS offer price included in the January 27, 2014 “going private” proposal.

Immediately following consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Agreement, Parent will be beneficially owned by a consortium (the “Buyer Group”) comprising (i) Ningxia Yilida Capital Investment Limited Partnership, a limited partnership formed under the laws of the People’s Republic of China and an affiliate of the Company’s acting CEO, Mr. Yingfeng Zhang, (ii) Ningxia Zhongyincashmere International Group Co., Ltd. (“Ningxia”), a company formed under the laws of the People’s Republic of China, (iii) Orient Hongtai (Hong Kong) Limited, a company incorporated and existing under the laws of Hong Kong (“Orient Hongtai”), (iv) Orient Hongzhi (Hong Kong) Limited (“Orient Hongzhi”), a company incorporated and existing under the laws of Hong Kong and an affiliate of Orient Hongtai, (v) Hao Ding International Limited (“Hao Ding”), a company established under the laws of the British Virgin Islands, (vi) Ningxia Zhengjun Equity Investment Partnership Enterprise (Limited Partnership) (“Zhengjun Investment”), a limited partnership organized and existing under the laws of the People’s Republic of China and an affiliate of Mr. Yingfeng Zhang, (vii) Ningxia Silkroad Equity Investment Partnership Enterprise (Limited Partnership) (“Ningxia Silkroad”), a limited partnership organized and existing under the laws of the People’s Republic of China and an affiliate of Ningxia, and (viii) Ningxia Zhongrong Legend Equity Investment Partnership Enterprise (Limited Partnership) (“Zhongrong Legend”), a limited partnership organized and existing under the laws of the People’s Republic of China and an affiliate of Ningxia. Merger Sub is a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Parent. As of the date of the Agreement, the Buyer Group collectively beneficially owns approximately 75.7% of the Company’s issued and outstanding Ordinary Shares, representing approximately 90.7% of the total number of votes represented by the Company’s issued and outstanding Ordinary Shares.

Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Agreement, Merger Sub will merge with and into the Company, with the Company continuing as the surviving corporation and becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent (the “Merger”), and each of the Ordinary Shares issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger (including Ordinary Shares represented by ADSs) will be cancelled in consideration for the right to receive US$3.55 per Ordinary Share or US$7.10 per ADS, in each case, in cash, without interest and net of any applicable withholding taxes, except for (i) 48,759,187 Class B Ordinary Shares held by Yili Shengda Investment Holdings (Hong Kong) Company Limited, an affiliate of Mr. Yingfeng Zhang, 48,759,187 Class B Ordinary Shares held by Zhongrong Shengda Investment Holdings (Hong Kong) Company Limited, an affiliate of Ningxia, 80,577,828 Class A Ordinary Shares held by Zhongrong Investment Holdings (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd., an affiliate of Ningxia, 61,776,334 Class A Ordinary Shares held by Orient Hongtai, 61,776,335 Class A Ordinary Shares held by Orient Hongzhi, 107,438,129 Class A Ordinary Shares held by Hao Ding and any Ordinary Shares held by Parent, the Company or any of their subsidiaries immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger, each of which will be cancelled without payment of any consideration or distribution therefor, and (ii) Ordinary Shares owned by holders who have validly exercised and not effectively withdrawn or lost their rights to dissent from the Merger pursuant to Section 238 of the Companies Law of the Cayman Islands, which Ordinary Shares will be cancelled at the effective time of the Merger for the right to receive the fair value of such Ordinary Shares determined in accordance with the provisions of Section 238 of the Companies Law of the Cayman Islands.

The Buyer Group intends to fund the transaction through cash contributions from Zhengjun Investment, Ningxia Silkroad, Zhongrong Legend (collectively, the “Sponsors”) or their affiliates pursuant to equity commitment letters entered into between Parent and each Sponsor. The Sponsors have also entered into limited guarantees in favor of the Company pursuant to which they have agreed to guarantee certain obligations of Parent and Merger Sub under the Agreement.

The Company’s Board of Directors, acting upon the unanimous recommendation of the special committee of independent directors formed by the Board of Directors (the “Special Committee”), unanimously approved the Agreement, the plan of merger required to be filed with the Registrar of Companies of the Cayman Islands in connection with the Merger and the transactions contemplated thereby (the “Transactions”), including the Merger, and resolved to recommend that the Company’s shareholders vote to approve the Agreement and the Transactions, including the Merger. The Special Committee, which is composed solely of independent directors who are unaffiliated with Parent, Merger Sub, any member of the Buyer Group or management of the Company, exclusively negotiated the terms of the Agreement with the Buyer Group with the assistance of its independent financial and legal advisors.

The Merger, which is currently expected to close in the second half of 2015, is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval by an affirmative vote of shareholders holding two-thirds or more of the votes represented by the Ordinary Shares (including Ordinary Shares represented by ADSs) present and voting in person or by proxy as a single class at the extraordinary general meeting, which will be convened to consider the approval of the Agreement and the Transactions, including the Merger. The Buyer Group beneficially owns sufficient Ordinary Shares to approve the Agreement and the Transactions, including the Merger, and has agreed to vote in favor of such approval. If completed, the Transactions will result in the Company becoming a privately-held company and its ADSs will no longer be listed on NASDAQ.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is serving as financial advisor to the Special Committee, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is serving as U.S. legal advisor to the Special Committee, Haiwen & Partners is serving as PRC legal advisor to the Special Committee and Walkers Global is serving as Cayman Islands legal advisor to the Special Committee. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is serving as legal advisor to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is serving as U.S. legal advisor to the Company and Global Law Office is serving as PRC legal advisor to the Company.

Southwest Securities Co., Ltd. is serving as financial advisor to the Buyer Group and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. is serving as U.S. legal advisor to the Buyer Group.

Additional Information about the Transactions

The Company will furnish to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a report on Form 6-K regarding the Transactions, which will include as an exhibit thereto the Agreement. All parties desiring details regarding the Transactions are urged to review these documents, which are available at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov).

In connection with the Transactions, the Company will prepare and distribute a proxy statement to its shareholders. In addition, certain participants in the Transactions will prepare and distribute to the Company’s shareholders a Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement. These documents will be filed with or furnished to the SEC. INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY THESE MATERIALS AND OTHER MATERIALS FILED WITH OR FURNISHED TO THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY, THE TRANSACTIONS AND RELATED MATTERS. In addition to receiving the proxy statement and Schedule13E-3 transaction statement, shareholders also will be able to obtain these documents, as well as other filings containing information about the Company, the Transactions and related matters, without charge, from the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov) or at the SEC’s public reference room at 100 F Street, NE, Room 1580, Washington, D.C. 20549. In addition, these documents can be obtained, without charge, by contacting the Company at the following address and/or phone number:

Shanda Games Limited:
No. 1 Office Building
No. 690 Bibo Road
Pudong New Area
Shanghai 201203
The People’s Republic of China
Phone: +86-21-5050-4740

The Company and certain of its directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees may, under SEC rules, be deemed to be “participants” in the solicitation of proxies from our shareholders with respect to the Transactions. Information regarding the persons who may be considered “participants” in the solicitation of proxies will be set forth in the proxy statement and Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement relating to the Transactions when they are filed with the SEC. Information regarding certain of these persons and their beneficial ownership of the Company’s Ordinary Shares as of March 31, 2014 is also set forth in the Company’s Form 20-F, which was filed with the SEC on April 29, 2014. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in the proxy statement and Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement and the other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available.

This announcement is neither a solicitation of proxy, an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities and it is not a substitute for any proxy statement or other filings that may be made with the SEC should the Transactions proceed.

Cautionary Statement concerning Forward Looking Statements

This news release may include certain statements that are not descriptions of historical facts, but are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any such statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, uncertainties as to how the Company’s shareholders will vote at the meeting of shareholders, the possibility that competing offers will be made, the possibility that various closing conditions to the Merger may not be satisfied or waived and other risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company’s filings with the SEC, as well as the Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement and the proxy statement to be filed by the Company in connection with the Merger. Shanda Games does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

About Shanda Games

Shanda Games Limited (NASDAQ: GAME) is a leading online game developer, operator and publisher in China. Shanda Games offers a diversified game portfolio, which includes some of the most popular massively multiplayer online (MMO) games and mobile games in China and in overseas markets, targeting a large and diverse community of users. Shanda Games manages and operates online games that are developed in-house, co-developed with world-leading game developers, acquired through investments or licensed from third parties. For more information about Shanda Games, please visit http://www.ShandaGames.com.

Contact

Shanda Games Limited
Ellen Chiu, Investor Relations Director
Maggie Zhou, Investor Relations Associate Director
Phone: +86-21-5050-4740 (Shanghai)
Email: IR@ShandaGames.com

Christensen:
Christian Arnell
Phone: +86-10-5900-1548 (China)
Email: carnell@ChristensenIR.com

Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004 (U.S.A.)
Email: lbergkamp@ChristensenIR.com

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QuEST Global Recognized at the Golden Globe Tigers Summit Awards 2015, Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Conferred Award for Best Leadership Program for Middle Management 

QuEST Globals leadership development program was recognized as the Best Leadership Program for Middle Management and won the prestigious Golden Globe Tigers Awards for Excellence & Leadership in Training and Development. Dr. Wing Lam, Vice Chancellor, GlobalNxt University (A Manipal Group Institution) received the award on behalf of QuEST Global at the Golden Globe Tigers Summit Awards 2015 on March 25 in Kuala Lumpur.

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The Golden Globe Tigers Awards aim to recognise leaders in education and academics, marketing, branding, CSR and social innovation across individuals and organisations that have excelled under various categories.

QuEST Global’s leadership development program, conceptualized in 2013, builds and nurtures leaders from within the organization to establish a strong leadership pipeline for the future. The Executive Development Program (EDP) and Managerial Development Program (MDP) were custom designed in collaboration with GlobalNxt University (A Manipal Group Institution), a pioneering academic institution. The university customized its programs – CSLD (Certificate in Strategic Leadership Development) and CGBL (Certificate in Global Business Leadership) to address the specific requirements of QuEST. The two programs targeted senior and middle management teams at QuEST and were designed to give participants global exposure, interaction with peers across the world and meaningful leadership skills.

Niketh Sundar, Senior VP of People functionat QuEST Global said, “We are excited and happy to win The Golden Globe Tigers Award for our leadership development initiative. At QuEST Global, we have always believed in nurturing our people through continuous development and providing them with progressive opportunities. GlobalNxt University’s customized training programs for QuEST have helped us in our vision of creating a sustainable organization.”

Congratulating QuEST Global, Dr Wing Lam, Vice Chancellor, GlobalNxt University (A Manipal Group Institution), said, “I am happy to have received the award on behalf of QuEST Global. The continuous development programs we build for QuEST match their ideologies and intentions. We wish the best for QuEST and trust the programs have the long term, desired effect we have all been working on. This award is a testament to QuEST Global’s commitment to people development.”

To know more about the learning initiatives by QuEST Global and GlobalNxt University, please log onto:
https://www.globalnxt.edu.my/gnxt/corporate-education/client-case-studies/quest-global-case-study.html

About QuEST Global 

QuEST Global is a focused global engineering solutions provider with a proven track record of over 17 years serving the product development & production engineering needs of high technology companies. A pioneer in global engineering services, QuEST is a trusted, strategic and long term partner for many Fortune 500 companies in the Aero Engines, Aerospace & Defence, Transportation, Oil & Gas, Power, Healthcare and other high tech industries. The company offers mechanical, electrical, electronics, embedded, engineering software, engineering analytics, manufacturing and supply chain engineering transformative solutions across the complete engineering product lifecycle.

QuEST partners with customers to continuously create value through customer-centric culture, continuous improvement mind-set, as well as domain specific engineering capability. Through its local-global model, QuEST provides maximum value engineering interactions locally, along with high quality deliveries at optimal cost from global locations. The company comprises of more than 7,000 passionate engineers of nine different nationalities intent on making a positive impact to the business of world class customers, transforming the way they do engineering.

http://engineering.quest-global.com

About GlobalNxt University (A Manipal Group Institution) 

GlobalNxt University (A Manipal Group Institution) is a pioneering academic institution committed to educational innovation and transformation. Bringing together distinguished faculty from around the world, an interactive learning approach, and a state-of-the-art online learning platform, the university offers students access to rigorous, individualised education anytime, anywhere. The university’s globally diverse student and faculty population is currently represented by over 72 different countries. In addition, through close industry partnerships, the university has talent development programmes with over 100 multinational companies. The university’s unique academic heritage and experience in online education is founded on U21Global, an online education initiative originally pioneered by a group of international universities. GlobalNxt University is part of Manipal Global Education Services (MaGE) which provides a wide range of education services to institutions in India and owns and operates several state of the art campuses in Antigua, Dubai, Malaysia and Nepal.

For more information visit http://www.globalnxt.edu.my

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Tips on How to Clear Up Confusion with Your Content

NEW YORK, April 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — With content creation at an all-time high and with some brands scrambling to take up content as a marketing tactic, it’s no wonder that readers are confused.  This confusion can have a real impact on how effective brands can be in their content-led marketing efforts.

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@SteveLazuka, Founder of Interact Media, understands this unique challenge that brands face, and in his latest article posted to PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit, Lazuka suggests ways that brands can take a step back, slow down and reevaluate before diving into their next content-led program.  He believes that creating content that will be truly valued likely means thinking about the process differently, such as:

  • Missing the mark.  Ensure that your content isn’t aiming too high or too low for your reader. This can be measured with “readability” and it is particularly important so that you are not alienating your audience.
  • Understanding readability.  Readability is defined as the ease with which a written text can be understood by a reader.  The majority of writers will craft their copy based on the inherent knowledge of the audience they are writing for.
  • Scientific approach.  These days you can take it a step further with a scientific approach called the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Score mechanism. This tool evaluates the reading ease level and grade level of your content and provides you explanations of both – allowing you to customize your content as precisely as possible.

For further discussion on ways that you can customize your content to clear up confusion with your audience, click here: http://bit.ly/1BOwRXW.

PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that provides small businesses and entrepreneurs the tools to develop an affordable public relations and marketing plan that helps generate interest from potential customers, engage with key audiences and grow their businesses. The toolkit features relevant content such as informative white papers, interactive webinars and how-to articles and premium access to educational resources, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of special offers designed specifically for small businesses. To request information on how PR Newswire can help your small business, click here. You can receive updates on new Small Business PR Toolkit content by following @prnsmallbiz on Twitter.

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