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Inside Edge, the First Indian Original, Becomes the Top Watched Show on Amazon Prime Video within a Week

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  • The show has an IMDb rating of 8.3, with over 1100 votes in just one week; higher than any 2017 blockbuster movie
  • Becomes the second best performing Original on Prime Video, with more percentage of unique streamers in its home market than any other show

(NASDAQ: AMZM) Amazon’s first Indian Original Inside Edge broke multiple records in the first week of its launch as customers got hooked on to the Game behind the Game! From its launch on 10th July, it fast became the most watched title on Amazon Prime Video, catching the imagination of a cricket and entertainment loving nation. The new series has been an instant success, receiving an overall rating of 8.3 on IMDb. It is the second best performing Original, with more percentage of unique streamers in its home market than any other show except The Grand Tour (in the UK). Amazon Prime Video also witnessed an unprecedented response with highest number of streaming customers on the service in the week of launch.

Apart from being the first Indian Amazon Original, the series also marked another first – the first ever IMDb premium title page in India. Inside Edge also has the highest completion rate of any show on Amazon Prime Video: once customers get started, they just can’t stop watching all the episodes! The first customer to binge watch the entire series did it in just 7 hours, watching all 10 episodes start to finish without even taking a break! The series attracted viewers across the length and breadth of the country, with customers from Jammu to Ernakulum to Port Blair streaming Inside Edge!

Roy Price, Head of Global Content, Prime Video said, “We are proud to be launching our first original series in India as part of our global effort to bring the greatest entertainment and creators to Prime Video. Our top show in Japan – HITOSHI MATSUMOTO Presents Documental – Germany – You Are Wanted – and in the US – The Man in the High Castle – are all Originals and we’re excited to add Inside Edge to this roster of high-quality content.”

Nitesh Kripalani, Director and Country Head, Amazon Video India said, “The success of Inside Edge is momentous for Amazon Prime Video in India; it’s step 1 in our promise to create the most compelling and entertaining Indian Originals for global audiences. We are humbled by the response to Inside Edge and it is the most binge-watched show on Prime Video India. We will keep working hard to add more content selection and make more Originals with the best of India’s talent, writers and filmmakers.

Twitter is ablaze after members watched Inside Edge

  • Watched Ep 1&2 of #InsideEdge on @AmazonVideo and it’s off to great start! Congratulations” tweeted Sameer Nair, ex-CEO Balaji Telefilms and ex-CEO of Star TV  
  • “Bingewatched #InsideEdge. A delightful Amazon Original. India’s first. Congrats” tweeted Pritish Nandy – Founder, Promoter and Non-executive Chairman, Pritish Nandy Communications.

Inside Edge is a pacy tale that captures the world of cricket and entertainment as we know it… and as we don’t. This exhilarating series follows the twists and turns in the lives of powerful characters as they reveal the game behind the game. Set within a season of the Powerplay League, a cricketing event, the central characters are the Mumbai Mavericks team that weave you into their complex stories, their challenges and triumphs, their sub-plots into a vortex of manipulation, love, ambition, voyeurism, deceit, greed, lust and betrayal.

The show has brought together talent from Bollywood with Vivek Anand Oberoi as a menacing mastermind; team owner and film star played by Richa Chadha, team captain played by Angad Bedi and team coach by Sanjay Suri. Tanuj Virwani, Sarah Jane Dias, Amit Sial, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sayani Gupta are also seen in prominent roles in the series.

Executive Producers: Farhan Akhtar & Ritesh Sidhwani; Created byKaran Anshuman; Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha, Angad Bedi, Sarah Jane Dias, Sanjay Suri, Sayani Gupta, Tanuj Virwani, Siddhanth Chaturvedi and Amit Sial

Amazon Prime Video has the largest selection of latest and exclusive movies and TV shows, stand-up comedy, ad-free across Indian and Hollywood movies, US TV shows, top/popular Indian and international kids’ shows, stand-up comedies, award winning Amazon Original shows along with content from top Bollywood, regional, Indian and international studios – all available in one location/service.

To watch these and other new release Hollywood and Bollywood movies, US TV shows, kids’ programming and Amazon Originals, please visit www.PrimeVideo.com or download the Amazon Prime Video app today and sign-up for a Prime membership.

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CyberArk Acquires Vaultive to Advance Privileged Account Security for the Cloud

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CyberArk (NASDAQ: CYBR), the global leader in privileged account security, today announced the acquisition of certain assets of privately-held Vaultive, Inc., a cloud security provider. The deal closed today.

The CyberArk Privileged Account Security Solution is the industry’s most comprehensive solution for protecting against privileged account exploitation anywhere – on-premises, in hybrid cloud environments and across DevOps workflows. Building upon the Vaultive technology, CyberArk will deliver greater visibility and control over privileged business users, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) administrators. By delivering a cloud-native and mobile experience, Vaultive will extend the CyberArk solution to these highly privileged users, which are frequent targets for cyber attacks.

“The Vaultive team brings innovative technology and advanced cloud industry experience to CyberArk. We look forward to incorporating the technology to add additional depth and proactive protection for enterprises facing an expanding attack surface in the cloud,” said Udi Mokady, chairman and CEO, CyberArk. “Vaultive provides a strong building block to accelerate CyberArk’s cloud security strategy, making CyberArk the only vendor able to extend privileged account security to administrators and privileged business users in cloud environments with this level of granularity and control.”

According to IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $277 billion in 2021.1 Privileged business users and SaaS, IaaS and PaaS administrators have broad and often unlimited access to a range of social media, web-based sales operations and financial applications. That access must be monitored and controlled consistently across multiple types of applications, and be done in a way that doesn’t change the way cloud administrators and privileged business users work.

“I'm extremely proud of everything that the Vaultive team accomplished," said Ben Matzkel, founder and CTO, Vaultive. "It's becoming increasingly clear that customers desire a unified security approach that extends from the data center to the cloud. Fortified with Vaultive's technology and its team, CyberArk is uniquely positioned to meet this critical need. We look forward to working closely with CyberArk customers around the world to advance their privileged account security strategies for the cloud.”

This acquisition furthers CyberArk’s leadership in securing modern infrastructure and applications. Using CyberArk Conjur, organizations gain a comprehensive secrets management solution for DevOps toolchains and cloud-native applications. Additionally, CyberArk offers cloud platform support across AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and has validated the ability to stand up a privileged account security solution in AWS in 15 minutes or less. With the acquisition of Vaultive, CyberArk extends its leadership to secure privileged access to SaaS, IaaS and PaaS applications by administrators and privileged business users.

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Vivo partners with China Mobile to drive 5G advancement

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Vivo announced its partnership with China Mobile on the “China Mobile 5G Device Forerunner Initiative” at the GTI Summit 2018 at Mobile World Congress. Combining the efforts of industry players including Vivo, the program will accelerate the development of next generation 5G devices. The program aims to launch the first batch of 5G pre-commercial devices for scale-up trial application showcase, plus establish support for the development of 5G devices, chipsets and component supply chains. Shi Yujian, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Vivo attended the summit and joined discussions on the latest R&D of 5G devices with industry leaders from other partner companies.

The “China Mobile 5G Device Forerunner Initiative” led by China Mobile brings together more than 20 of the industry’s most influential and capable chipset manufacturers, component manufacturers and end-solution providers, forming a strong industry ecosystem for 5G development.

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Vivo outlines 5G device commercialization

“The smartphone industry’s growth is increasingly driven by the user experience, which has significantly grown the influence of smartphone manufacturers on communication standards and regulations. For Vivo, 5G is both an opportunity and a challenge as technology changes emerge

more rapidly so the pace of market change is faster than ever. Continuous innovation is the only way to forge ahead in today’s dynamic era,” Mr. Shi said at the event.

5G networks will deliver higher speeds, lower latency and more bandwidth than ever. As applications of these key features in mobile communications broaden, 5G devices will take on different forms. While AR/VR and wearables continue to evolve, the 5G smartphone will continue to be the core platform for mobile users with its unmatched user base size.

Vivo believes the 5G smartphone will act as a hub for Smart Sensors, Smart Control and Smart Services. Smartphones will detect and analyze user behaviour, form a control centre for the Internet of things and deliver personalized AI-enabled services. Vivo also plans to launch its 5G pre-commercial devices by 2019 and officially release a commercial 5G smartphone by 2020.

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Long-term commitment to 5G development

Vivo began its research into 5G not long after the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) shared their vision of 5G. Vivo set up its 5G Research Institute in Beijing in 2016 and became one of the largest device providers at the 3GPP group to help develop 5G technologies. In the past year, Vivo has activated 5G antenna and frequency related development to further accelerate Vivo’s pace of 5G innovation. Vivo’s partnership with China Mobile on 5G started in 2016 with a joint solution that reduces power consumption of 5G devices. Vivo was also a key contributor to the China. Mobile led GTI 5G Device Whitepaper and China Mobile 5G Technical Requirements for Large Scale Field Trial.

To enable the unique consumer experience shifts that 5G will bring, Vivo has also been working closely with Qualcomm on a 5G demonstration to showcase the power of 5G applied across a range of end-to-end usage scenarios.

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Epson Takes the Lead in the Inkjet Printer Market in India

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Epson, the world leader in digital imaging and printing solutions, today announced that it has secured the No.1 position in the Inkjet printer market (by Volume and Value) for the calendar year 2017, as per a leading research firm*. Epson attained the No. 1 position for the calendar year 2017, after beating competitors including HP and Canon. Inkjet printers led the overall market with 52.2% share in Q4 2017.

As per IDC's Hard Copy Peripherals (HCP) Quarterly market report (2017 Q4), Epson sold 705,656 inkjet printers in CY 2017 to lead the market. Epson captured 42% of the Inkjet market by Volume and 54% in value, while HP followed with a volume market share of 40 % and value share of 32%. Canon lagged behind at 16% volume share.  Epson has been the leader in the Inkjet market by Value share for a few years now. As per IDC, Epson L380 has been the highest selling printer model in the Inkjet category. Epson M-series (Monochrome InkTank) witnessed significant growth from Tier 2 and 3 cities as channel partners effectively developed newer markets such as Cooperative banks, State Government, etc. where end consumers preferred the Mono InkTank to a Mono Laser printer.

"It’s been a great year for Epson and we are delighted to have achieved the No. 1 spot in the Inkjet printer market by value and volume for the calendar year 2017. At 54%, we have captured the majority of the market in terms of value. It is a great testimony towards our investment in technology and building commercially viable products. Epson were the pioneers and the first to launch InkTank printers in India. Since then, Epson's InkTank Printers have been embraced by cost and quality conscious consumers across segments, be it home usage, commercial usage in print and copy shops or office usage for black and color printing.” said Mr. Samba Moorthy, Vice President-Sales & Marketing, Epson India.

InkTank printers were first introduced by Epson in 2011 and have helped consumers across the home, commercial and office segments to print more by keeping the cost under control. The extremely low cost per print of 7 paise for Black and 18 paise for Colour** offered by Epson struck a chord with consumers and Epson has seen sale of InkTank printers in India go up exponentially over the years. In January 2018, Epson launched 5 new WiFi InkTank printers – L4150, L4160, L6160, L6170, and L6190. These new WiFi InkTank printers are compact with the integration of the ink tank into the printer, unlike the previous models. The L-series WiFi printers lower the total cost of ownership to businesses with its ultra-high page yields of 7,500 Black pages and 6,000 color (CMY)  pages for each complete set of 4 ink bottles.  The new L series WiFi printers offer the smallest footprint amongst all brands of InkTank printers. The cumulative global sales of Epson's high-capacity InkTank inkjet printers have surpassed 20 million units. In India alone, Epson has sold over 2 Million InkTank printers since its launch.

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