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Half Of Consumers Wish Banks Were More Proactive About Delivering Relevant Advice and Products—Blend Says Its Cloud Banking Software Makes That Possible

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By Rachael Green, Benzinga Amid the highest inflation since 1981, consumers across the United States are not only struggling to keep up with their savings goals, many are falling deeper into debt to cover the rising cost of living. One study by LendingTree last year found that 43% of Americans were likely to resort to credit cards and loans to pay for necessities or emergencies in the six months following the survey. This situation has caused many to look to banks to do more to promote financial wellness and education to help their customers navigate these challenges while staying on track to meet their financial goals. Blend Labs, Inc. (NYSE: BLND) is one player helping banks to empower their customers with greater access to resources and providing an easier/simplified method for entry with a more streamlined digital experience and manage their financial well-being. Here’s how the cloud banking software developer’s platform is enabling financial institutions like PNC (NYSE: PNC) and US Bancorp (NYSE: USB) to deliver more personalized, proactive service to their customers. Consumers Want Financial Institutions To Do More For Their Financial Well-being A Forrester Consulting survey of over 2,000 banking consumers and over 100 lending strategy leaders found that 72% of customers want to see offers that are tailored to their personal needs and 71% are open to switching to a new bank if presented with a relevant product offer. As a result, two-thirds already have financial products from multiple different financial institutions. Despite that fragmented banking landscape, the survey found that more than 50% of consumers would rather stick to one primary bank for all their needs if they could. However, they expect their banks to do more to make that possible. 52% said they rely on alerts from the bank about important changes to their financial health and half of all respondents wished their bank took a more proactive approach to deliver relevant information and advice about their financial well-being. How Blend’s Cloud Banking Platform Makes Proactive, Personalized Service Possible Blend’s cloud banking software leverages consumers’ application information, credit score and other third-party data that banks have access to in order to help banks present personalized offers for financial products to help customers meet their goals. A consumer whose application for an unsecured credit card was denied could be presented with an offer for a secured credit card, for example. Similarly, a mortgage lender could send an offer for a home equity loan to a consumer who’s shown interest in remodeling their home. Automation is one of the key advantages of Blend’s software, not just for banks but also for consumers. Key features like single sign-on (SSO) authentication allow customers to fill out applications in a fraction of the time by pre-filling them with information that the bank already has. For example, consumers who already have a credit card with the bank have already provided a lot of the information that would be needed in an auto loan application when they applied for the card. Blend’s SSO authentication would save them the hassle of filling out all that same information over again. In addition to pre-filled information, banks can use Blend’s instant income verification to process applications faster. For example, this and other automation tools eliminate 11.9 hours of work per loan on average and shorten the overall loan cycle by 7.3 days for banks that are using Blend’s mortgage technology, according to a Blend-commissioned survey by MarketWise. These and many other digital tools could help banks develop a more proactive, customer-focused approach amidst the current economic uncertainty –- helping build deeper relationships with customers while empowering those same customers to make more informed decisions about their financial well-being. This article was originally published on Benzinga here. Powering the Future of Banking Blend is the infrastructure powering the future of banking. Financial providers—from the largest banks, fintechs, and credit unions to community and independent mortgage banks—use Blend’s platform to transform banking experiences for their customers. Blend powers billions of dollars in financial transactions every day. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. This article contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements generally relate to future events, future performance or expectations and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements in this article may include, but are not limited to, our expectations regarding our product roadmap, future products/features, the timing of new product/feature introductions, market size and growth opportunities, macroeconomics and industry conditions, capital expenditures, plans for future operations, competitive position, technological capabilities and strategic relationships. The forward-looking statements contained in this article are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from the outcomes predicted. Further information on these risks and uncertainties are set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements in this article are based on information available to Blend and assumptions and beliefs as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, Blend does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise. Contact Details Investor Relations IR@blend.com Company Website https://blend.com/

January 25, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Cisco’s Cybersecurity Resolutions Everyone Needs to Make

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/0zh5C-cLOgk While cybersecurity has become a top concern among consumers, especially as scammers and hackers have grown more creative, many struggle with how to practically protect themselves – what can they do to protect their identities, savings and credit? The security team at Cisco is on the cutting edge of cybersecurity – battling hackers, uncovering the latest scams and seeking out the weaknesses that leave people and businesses vulnerable. The team at Cisco has revealed its first-ever list of cybersecurity resolutions – the top hacks they expect to see targeting consumers and what the average person can do to protect themselves. In conjunction with the release of the cybersecurity resolutions J. Wolfgang Goerlich conducted a nationwide media tour providing expert insights and shared the top tips and tricks to help anyone create their own cybersecurity resolutions. Topics that Wolfgang discussed included: What do individuals need to know about current cybersecurity threats? What are the most persistent cyber threats for individuals? Unveiling of Cisco’s first-ever list of cybersecurity resolutions How the average person can protect themselves Top cybersecurity tips included: You Need to be Diligent Don’t click links from unknown sources - including text messages which have become a leading attack vector. No longer are suspicious links primarily sent through phishing emails If you get a suspicious text message or phone call, look for where it’s coming from. The way hackers have adapted - we must as well Consider Your Privacy Don’t connect to public networks or access sensitive data on your mobile devices. Do you need to grant an app access to your contacts, location or photos? Know what companies are asking of you - major companies, like Apple and Google, tell you the permissions upfront what they need; however, if the company doesn’t clarify what it can do with your data, don’t just click the agree to terms and conditions box; read it. Consider The Apps You and Your Kids Use Look at the news around TikTok - with local governments putting bans/restrictions in place, the future of the platform for all users remains up in the air Stay informed - have conversations with your kids around what you say and do online Consider the Security Efforts of the Apps you Use When you download an app, you’ve likely been asked, “Allow ‘app’ to track activity across other companies’ apps and websites?” notification from Apple - be mindful of what this means about your personal data before making a decision For example - does your banking app require multi-factor authentication? What about other apps that have access to your most private info? Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

January 25, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Global Farmer Network Mobilizing farmer members in Argentina

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Global Farmer Network® (GFN®) is excited to announce the upcoming inaugural event, “Mobilizing the GFN in Support of a Resilient Agri-Food System”. The momentous occasion will bring together more than 60 current GFN members, plus 16 new cohort members from over 25 countries, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As part of this year’s mobilization efforts, Global Farmer Network’s board decided the initial 2023 roundtable and communication training event for incoming cohort members would also mark the perfect occasion and location for bringing together past roundtable classes. “Argentina has a long history of developing technological, organizational and institutional innovations for sustainable agricultural production based on the farmer-to-farmer knowledge transfer model,” shares Maria “Pilu” Giraudo, one of the event’s organizers, a farmer, and a current GFN member from Argentina. “Argentina also provides strong experience in collaborative action with academia, scientific and technological platforms and farmer organizations to facilitate a meeting focused on the transfer and mobilization of knowledge from farmer to farmer that only the GFN has the capacity to promote and implement,” she adds. The inaugural GFN mobilization event will bring together farmers who are agricultural advocates from around the world on February 5-11. The agenda includes communication training for new cohort members; multiple roundtable discussions where the farmer members will be able to share their challenges, ideas, and thoughts on various hot button issues; a field trip to the Rosario Grain Exchange; and the opportunity for members to connect with each other, as well as members of the Argentinian media. GFN is excited to announce the addition of 16 new farmer members. Those members include: Jacob Froese, Canada Ganesh Nanote, India Prakash Puppalwar, India Diana Lenzi, Italy Shuichi Tokumoto, Japan Zeinab al-Momany, Jordan Semeh Roberts, Liberia Jose Luis Quintana, Mexico Stella Thomas, Nigeria David Danio, Philippines Efren Robles, Puerto Rico Pacifique Nshimiyimana, Rwanda Aaron Moore, UAE Brad Clark, USA-Wisconsin Harold Grall, USA-Texas Ryan Speer, USA-Kansas Other current members will also be joining from Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Honduras, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Poland; amongst other countries. GFN is committed to connecting farmers and amplifying their voices, and this mission shines through by training and supporting farmer leaders from around the world. The upcoming roundtable provides the opportunity for all GFN members to be in one location for the first time, and more than a third of the GFN’s current membership will be attending. It is a moment that many members are looking forward to. “I want to say that it was a dream, it is a dream, a huge dream that we are days away from coming true, to be all together,” Giraudo said. To follow along with the event live on social media, check out the hashtag #GFNMobilizing where members will share live recaps from the ground in Argentina. U.S. Media are also welcome to reach out for an interview with any of the farmer members by reaching out to delaney@agculturemarketing.com A list of full members attending will also be available via email request. Please reach out to Mary Boote Roth. To learn more about the Global Farmer Network and the mission of connecting farmers and serving the global agricultural community, visit: globalfarmernetwork.org ### Established in 2000, the Global Farmer Network® (GFN®) amplifies farmers’ voices in promoting trade, technology, sustainable farming, economic growth, and food security. Currently with 239 members, representing 6 continents, and 61 countries, the Global Farmer Network identifies, engages and supports strong farmer leaders from around the world who can work with others to innovate, encourage and lead as full stakeholders in the work that is being done to fill the world’s food and nutrition security gap in a sustainable manner. Global Farmer Network: connecting farmers and amplifying our voices. Contact Details Delaney Howell +1 563-299-3035 delaney@agculturemarketing.com Company Website https://globalfarmernetwork.org/

January 24, 2023 05:21 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Travel Technology Association Files Comments with DoT Supporting Transparency & Consumer Protections

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The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the voice of the travel technology industry and consistent advocate for public policy that supports a competitive and transparent marketplace, filed comments today in response to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on “ Enhancing Transparency of Airline Ancillary Service Fees ” (DOT-OST-2022-0109). “Travel Tech has long supported the U.S. Department of Transportation’s efforts to ensure consumers have access to critical ancillary fee information. We did so in 2014 and are doing so again in 2023,” stated Laura Chadwick, President & CEO of the Travel Technology Association. “For too long, consumers have lacked the consistent ability to know the true cost of different flight options.” In its comments, Travel Tech addresses how ancillary fee information should be provided to ticket agents. In its proposed rule, the DOT seeks to omit global distribution systems from receiving mandatory ancillary fee data from airlines. “Travel Tech strongly recommends that ancillary fee data be shared with all channels that distribute fare and schedule information,” Chadwick continued. “It is the most simple and direct way to solve the issue of ancillary fee transparency for consumers.” Travel Tech also filed a petition today requesting a hearing on DOT’s proposed requirement to display the critical ancillary fee information on the first page of online search results. Travel Tech addresses this matter in its comments. “Our members are the leading innovators in creating consumer-friendly online travel information sites. We are deeply concerned about the DOT’s first-page search results requirements included in the proposed regulation. These rules, if adopted as written, will clutter and confuse the online air travel shopping experience for consumers. This is especially true for travel comparison sites that display multiple airlines’ schedules and fares,” said Chadwick. “In our comments and hearing petition, we argue that the Department should not displace ticket agents’ well-established expertise with a government-regulated website design mandate. Ticket agents should have the flexibility to design appropriate displays of ancillary fees and develop innovative new methods for consumers as well,” Chadwick continued. ### About Travel Tech The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) is the voice of the travel technology industry, advocating for public policy that promotes transparency and competition in the marketplace to encourage innovation and preserve consumer choice. Travel Tech represents the leading innovators in travel technology, including global distribution systems, online travel agencies and metasearch companies, travel management companies, and short-term rental platforms. To schedule an interview with a Travel Tech spokesperson, contact Dan Rene of kglobal at 202-329-8357 or daniel.rene@kglobal.com. Contact Details Travel Technology Association Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 daniel.rene@kglobal.com Company Website https://www.traveltech.org.

January 24, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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‘Ready for Ron’ launches $3.3 Million National Independent Expenditure Campaign

Ready for Ron

Ready for Ron, the only credible independent group working to draft Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to run for President, launched a $3.3 million Independent Expenditure campaign to build the grassroots “ground game” to support a DeSantis Presidential candidacy. As detailed in a recent FEC report the campaign includes $2.3 million in national television advertising – at a rate of $100,000 per week – and $1 million for phone, mail, and digital outreach efforts. “This is a critical investment to engage the public with our message that Joe Biden and the Democrats are the problem, and electing Ron DeSantis is the solution. We must build up the national volunteer network it will take to win,” stated Dan Backer Counsel to Ready for Ron. “Following 3 straight election losses, it is clear, blowing big money on consultants for flashy ads that just talk at voters fails – but we see time and time again that our unique strategy of direct engagement creates real results around which we can build a winning ground game. We are pursuing a volunteer driven strategy that cuts out high-priced consultants and puts every penny into building the infrastructure to support a DeSantis candidacy.” In an interview with the Financial Times, Backer explained that “the purpose of the ad spending was to create ‘the backbone of a real ground game’ for DeSantis and ‘convince DeSantis that he has the grassroots support to run and win in a general election’. He added that Ready for Ron wanted to ‘bring in a whole host of people who aren’t part of the current universe’, including those who are not part of Trump’s base of conservative voters, which has dominated Republican campaigns in recent years. Fox News reported that In November Ready for Ron had already announced its petition has received more than 100,000 signatures. The petition is also the focus of a lawsuit Ready for Ron brought in the U.S. District Court for D.C. against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) challenging an FEC Advisory Opinion preventing Ready for Ron from sharing with Governor DeSantis the names of those who signed a petition encouraging him to challenge Joe Biden. Comments from Dan Backer featured in a Newsmax story focused on how the Ready for Ron “…spending should help ‘offset any competitive advantage that any other campaigns may or may not have”….between now and a hoped-for eventual announcement of a DeSantis candidacy. Politico also reported the news in its popular Playbook and Influence newsletters. In interviews with The Daily Caller and The Washington Examiner, Backer stated, “Ready for Ron is investing heavily in drafting Ron DeSantis to run for president in 2024, knowing that he is the Republican Party’s best chance to win back the White House. DeSantis’ pro-freedom platform has made Florida the best state to live in America — I know, I moved here — and we won’t stop until that platform goes national for all Americans to enjoy.” Since its launch in late May, Ready for Ron has enlisted more than one hundred twenty thousand supporters to build on-the-ground grassroots support, generated significant media attention, and produced and placed advertising to convince Ron DeSantis to run for President. Ready for Ron has emerged as the most successful and credible independent organization in support of a Ron DeSantis candidacy. Following nearly nine months of work by Ready for Ron, Governor DeSantis has a growing lead in polls in key states. The advertising efforts, phone calls, petition, and grassroots campaigns are helping generate significant leads in early primary and key battleground states and in the hearts and minds of the American people. Ready for Ron continues its TV and online advertising efforts to engage Americans to sign the petition at ReadyForRon.com to Draft Ron DeSantis to run in 2024. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with a ‘Ready for Ron’ spokesperson, please contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or dan@readyforron.com. Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 dan@readyforron.com Company Website https://www.readyforron.com/

January 23, 2023 02:15 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Minuteman Press Franchise in Denver Acquires 31-Year Business A Great American Print Shop

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Abel Corral, owner of Minuteman Press in Denver located at 4725 Paris Street, Suite 200, has acquired independent printing business A Great American Print Shop from retiring owner Frank Hibberd. A Great American Print Shop operated in Denver for 31 years. When Frank received a mailer from Minuteman Press, he reached out to Regional VP Jack Panzer. Jack says, “Frank wanted to retire and I told him about our unique ability to help independent print shops sell their business. I connected him with Abel, who had expressed interest growing and expanding his business through an acquisition. I am glad they were able to work out a deal, and I wish Frank all the best in retirement.” On the acquisition, Abel Corral says, “The acquisition came about on the heels of our three year anniversary; this is also our second acquisition in two years. I was looking for a way to grow my business and so I let it be known to Jack Panzer that I’d be interested in acquiring another print shop.” Abel continues, “A Great American Print Shop was strategically located within an area that I already reach and market to and so this acquisition just seemed like a good fit. I really liked that this was an established business with growth potential that I feel my team could capitalize on. The potential upside, close proximity, and perfect timing all came into play.” He adds, “The acquisition included an established client base, paper inventory, some equipment including cutters, and access to Frank during the transition. I expect this acquisition to help increase revenue by 20-25%. Also, this acquisition benefits AGAP’s customers in three key ways: First, we have received all of the previous artwork for AGAP clients to ensure a seamless transition as we serve their print, design, and mailing needs. Second, we will be able to offer promotional products and apparel to AGAP clients, which were not previously available. Third, we will be providing value-added local customer service and client support. Our Minuteman Press location is near Peoria & Interstate 70: 4725 Paris St. #200, Denver, CO 80239, inside the Pinecreek Office Center. We are also offering free delivery to AGAP customers.” Abel concludes, “I’m very grateful that my Regional VP Jack Panzer helped me by presenting this opportunity and helping me through the process. I expect this could be a game-changer for our business.” Abel Corral’s Minuteman Press franchise in Denver is located at 4725 Paris Street, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80239. For more information, call or visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/co/denver20/ Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and see Minuteman Press franchise reviews at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com. Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

January 23, 2023 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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PIERCE COUNTY AND COMCAST PARTNER TO BRING HIGH SPEED INTERNET TO KEY PENINSULA

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Pierce County and Comcast have finalized an agreement that will expand the availability of high-speed internet services on the Key Peninsula. Comcast will construct the infrastructure and make available a fast and reliable fiber-rich network and full suite of services to over 526 Key Peninsula homes and businesses, including multi-gig broadband speeds for residential customers and speeds up to 100 Gbps for business customers. Pierce County is working to facilitate the expansion of broadband infrastructure to underserved areas of Pierce County. This program partners County funding with broadband service providers to build infrastructure for the benefit and quality of life of residents and to enhance economic opportunities for local businesses. The approximately $5 million high-speed internet expansion project is being funded as a public-private partnership between Comcast and Pierce County, with the County contributing $3.75 million of federal funding allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). “Now, more than ever, it is crucial that people have access to high-speed Internet,” said Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive. “Whether for work, school or entertainment, we want to help all County residents enjoy the benefits of this important infrastructure.” “Today’s announcement about the expansion of high-speed internet services on the Key Peninsula is an extension of our commitment to investing in and expanding our network to ensure that more residents and businesses across our region have the important broadband connections they need for their educational, professional and personal lives,” said Roy Novosel, vice president of engineering, Comcast’s Pacific Northwest Region. “We are proud to connect these communities with fast, secure and reliable internet service that is built to meet their needs today and into the future.” Once permits are obtained and construction has begun in the public rights of way, Comcast will create an online resource for residents seeking information about the network build in their neighborhood, including answers to frequently asked questions and product and service details. For more information about Pierce County’s broadband expansion initiative please visit www.PierceCountyWa.gov/BoostingBroadband Information about Comcast’s broadband investments in rural communities and the Key Peninsula expansion is available at Rural Broadband Expansion | Comcast Washington. About Pierce County Nearly 1 million residents live in Pierce County, the second largest county in the state of Washington. Our mission is to build strong communities that people are proud to call home. From the top of towering Mt. Rainier to the sparkling shores of Puget Sound, and everywhere in between, Pierce County is an amazing place to live, work and raise a family. Pierce County Media Contact: Erin Babbo, communications manager, 253-442-4452, Erin.babbo@piercecountywa.gov About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with over 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. Contact Details Comcast Andy Colley andy_colley@comcast.com Company Website https://washington.comcast.com/

January 23, 2023 08:55 AM Pacific Standard Time

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NLPC Calls Upon Special Counsel to Search Biden’s Senate Records Stored at University of Delaware for Additional Classified Documents

National Legal & Policy Center

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) has called upon the Special Counsel to conduct a search of Biden’s Senate records stored at the University of Delaware. The request follows revelations that additional classified documents were discovered Friday at President Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, during a 13-hour search by the FBI. The documents reportedly include at least one document from the time that Biden served in the Senate. In 2011, Biden donated a treasure trove of documents from his 36-year career in the U.S. Senate (January 1973-January 2009) that fills 1,875 boxes and also includes 415 gigabytes of electronic records. During his Senate career, Biden was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee or its ranking member and had access to many classified documents. “The FBI needs to search the entire 14,000 square foot Penn Biden Center where classified documents were found by his private attorneys searching only Biden’s private office on November 2 nd. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who served as managing director also had an office there. The FBI also needs to search Biden’s Senate records stored at the University of Delaware as well as his beach home,” said NLPC Counsel, Paul Kamenar. “This scavenger hunt for classified documents has been a total farce and insult to the American people,” said Peter Flaherty, Chairman of NLPC. “The House Oversight Committee, Special Counsel, and NLPC’s FOIA investigation need to get to the bottom of Biden’s mishandling classified information.” NLPC has also criticized the handling of this matter by Biden’s private attorneys who are not cleared to review classified information and who may have tainted evidence of a crime with their fingerprints and mishandling. A major question remains unanswered: why did Biden decide two years after he occupied the White House to move his office at the Biden Center and why hire expensive private attorneys to do so instead of Biden Center staff? Other locations that Biden occupied since leaving office in January 2017 should also be searched. He first had a temporary transition office set up by GSA near the White House. Then a temporary Penn Biden Center facility was opened mid-town in Washington, D.C., before the office was opened in February 2018 near the Capitol. Biden also rented a 12,000 square-foot mansion in McLean, Virginia at $20,000 a month after he left the White House, about twice the size of his home in Wilmington, Delaware. NLPC has been investigating the Biden Center since early 2020 and its funding by Chinese donations, much of it anonymous. NLPC filed a complaint with the Department of Education in May 2020 and with the Department of Justice that both Hunter Biden and the Biden Center should be registered as a foreign agents with China under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. ### Please visit http://www.nlpc.org. For more information or to schedule an interview with a NLPC spokesperson, please contact Dan Rene at drene@nlpc.org or call 202-329-8357. Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action. Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 danrenejr@gmail.com Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

January 23, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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How FatBrain AI Is Helping Protect Small Businesses From Ransomware Attacks

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By Faith Ashmore, Benzinga Small-to-medium-sized enterprises, also known as SMEs, make up over 90% of businesses around the world and approximately half of global employment. In the U.S., SMEs account for 44% of all U.S. economic activity and produce the bulk of GDP output. These SMEs are heavily reliant on, and often at the mercy of, programs like QuickBooks and Salesforce. 64% of QuickBooks users come from SMEs, and of that percentage. Salesforce has over 150,000 subscribers. While these programs are fantastic tools for SMEs, they are also vulnerable to ransomware attacks. SMEs do not have the same technical expertise, staffing, and secure infrastructure that companies like Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), IBM (NYSE: IBM), and Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) do. Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help bridge the technological divide. FatBrain AI (LZG International, Inc.) (OTCQB: LZGI) is on the front lines of this battle. FatBrain markets itself as “AI for Everyone” and caters specifically to SMEs. The company is focused on simplifying decision-making for SMEs and giving them the power to harness big data and AI to grow, protect and expand their businesses. How Is FatBrain Protecting SMEs From Ransomware Attacks More than 50% of SMEs are expected to experience a ransomware attack, and when this happens, all the data stored on QuickBooks and Salesforce could be lost or at the very least inaccessible for an extended period. For small businesses, this would be devastating and costly. FatBrain has created RansomProof - AI software that can have a real impact on securing a small business’ systems and data and ensure small businesses will be safe. RansomProof is free forever to SMEs because the company believes in leveling the playing field between big businesses and SMEs. RansomProof is simple to use - SMEs simply need to register their QuickBooks and Salesforce accounts with FatBrain’s RansomProof and their data will be backed up daily, 365 days a year; no expensive consultants or advanced technical knowledge required. All data between FatBrain’s servers and the company is encrypted with the highest industry standards (128-bit TLS). Data is kept secure with multiple servers housed in secure data centers that have strict access controls. By ensuring that data is constantly backed up, SMEs can rest assured that even if a ransomware attack comes their way, they are protected and their data is safe. FatBrain is bringing AI to small businesses in a digestible, simple way. To learn more about RansomProof, click here. This article was originally published on Benzinga here. FatBrain AI (LZG International, Inc.; OTC: LZGI) is the first and leading provider of powerful and easy-to-use AI solutions to millions of businesses of tomorrow driving the majority of the global economy, empowering them to grow, innovate faster and savemoney. FatBrain’s innovative solutions transform continuous learning, narrative reasoning, cloud, blockchain and Web3 technologies into auditable, explainable and easy to integrate products. FatBrain’ssubscription model allows all companies to deploy its advanced AI solutions quickly and easily, securely utilizing them on premises behind their firewalls or via cloud. The AI 2.0 pioneered by our teams is like WAZE for business growth, using advanced peerdynamics technology to automatically learn patterns from individual and peer behavior. This allows us to deliver coached, personalized AI solutions at hyperscale. FatBrain unifies insights from SaaS applications, turbo-charged by peer and market dynamics: 1) Realize attainable goals from explainable peer performance. 2)Turbo-charge human expertise with superhuman AI insights. 3) Accelerate growth through the contributory network effects. 4) Simplify harnessing data across common apps and market signals. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Shawn Carey ir@fatbrain.ai Company Website https://fatbrain.ai/

January 23, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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