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Pittsburgh, PA – Liberated Syndication, Inc. (OTCQB: LSYN) (“Libsyn”) announced today that it closed its acquisition of Internet hosting company Pair Networks, Inc. (Pair) on December 27, 2017. Libsyn paid $13.5 million in cash and issued 1,579,613 shares of restricted common stock valued at $2.5 million to acquire 100% of Pair. The combined businesses represented approximately $23 million in annual revenue and approximately $7 million in EBITDA for 2017.

“We are very excited about the opportunities that come from combining these two great, long standing, Pittsburgh-based companies,” said Chris Spencer, Libsyn CEO. “We have tremendous confidence in Pair’s leadership and employees and we intend to fuel revenue growth for the combined entities through sales and marketing investment, cross selling new and existing hosting products and streamlining network computing infrastructure.”


In order to finance the transaction, Liberated Syndication borrowed $10 million under a newly established Senior Secured Credit Facility (the “Bank Facility”) with First Commonwealth Bank, which also was closed on December 27, 2017. Borrowings under the Bank Facility are at variable rates which are, at the borrowers’ option. As of December 27, 2017, interest is set at LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) plus 175 basis points, or 3.44%.

Pittsburgh-based Capital Foundry, LLC acted as advisor to the Company and Arranger for the Bank Facility.

As of December 31, 2017, the combined companies had approximately 82,000 monthly subscribers for hosting services. Management believes there are many cross selling opportunities including website and blog hosting services for podcasters, full-service WordPress solutions for website and blog development, domain name registration and hosting, as well as co-location hosting services for larger podcast networks, an area of significant potential growth in the podcasting industry.

“Podcasts are expected to continue to grow in popularity and have become an integral part of brand strategy along with websites, blogs and social media outlets. Pair’s hosting, domain and WordPress offerings are the tools podcast producers look for to develop online strategies to extend their reach,” said Laurie Sims, Libsyn President. “Libsyn is often seen as a media company because of the type of content we host, but we are fundamentally a hosting platform. We have a lot of synergy with Pair and understand the monthly subscription business model. We are thrilled to add the Pair team, its reliable infrastructure and world class support they provide.”

Additionally, Libsyn management believes there are growth opportunities to be had by capitalizing on Pair’s vast computing infrastructure, cloud based hosting services
and utilizing Pair’s highly regarded customer support team. Focused cyber security services is another area of additional revenue growth potential given recent threats and limited expertise for small and medium-sized businesses.

Management plans to host a shareholder conference call during the first quarter of 2018 to outline its plans for the combined companies in greater detail.

About Liberated Syndication
Liberated Syndication (Libsyn) is the world’s leading podcast hosting network and has been providing publishers with distribution and monetization services since 2004. In 2016 Libsyn delivered over 4.59 Billion downloads. We host over 3.2 Million media files for more than 35,000 podcasts, including typically around 35% of the top 200 podcasts in iTunes. Podcast producers choose Libsyn to measure their audience, deliver popular audio and video episodes, distribute their content through smartphone Apps (iOS, and Android), and monetize via premium subscription services and advertising. We are a Pittsburgh based company with a world-class team. Visit us on the web at www.libsyn.com.

About Pair Networks
Pair Networks, founded in 1996, is one of the oldest and most experienced Internet hosting company providing a full range of fast, powerful and reliable Web hosting services. Pair offers a suite of Internet services from shared hosting to virtual private servers to customized solutions with world-class 24×7 on-site customer support. Based in Pittsburgh, Pair serves businesses, bloggers, artists, musicians, educational institutions and non-profit organizations around the world. Visit us on the web at www.pair.com.

Capital Foundry
Capital Foundry, LLC, is a Pittsburgh-based investment bank with a focus on small to medium sized enterprises. The bedrock of Capital Foundry is the deep and varied experience of its people, and the businesses the leadership team has helped to grow and transform.

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Datacenter.com, an exceptionally ambitious data center provider that paid over $500,000 to buy its domain name while planning a targeted global roll-out of large-scale colocation data centers, unveils its on-demand colocation services model designed to scale, Datacenter.com Start Direct Cabinets. With a month-to-month contract and no minimum term, the pay-as-you-go colocation offering provides cloud-like elasticity including highly flexible power and connectivity options.

Last week, Datacenter.com announced the official opening of its ‘green’ Amsterdam flagship colocation data center, Datacenter.com AMS1 – the company’s first facility that will total 54.000 square feet (5.000 square meters) of colocation data center space upon completion. The Amsterdam facility features a unique, highly energy-efficient data center setup with indirect adiabatic cooling technologies and a calculated pPUE figure of 1.04. Today, Datacenter.com announces the go-to-market strategy for their globally planned data center services operations. With this pay-as-you-go colocation offering featuring terms of contract flexibility, Datacenter.com intends to do things completely differently in the global data center services market.


The new offering, Datacenter.com Start Direct Cabinets, provides customers the opportunity to gain the benefits of enterprise-grade, pay-as-you-go colocation services on a flexible 30-day contract term. This colocation offering comes with flexible connectivity contracts as well, through which customers are enabled to easily adjust to changing networking requirements and public cloud platform access (such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, or Oracle Cloud). The pay-as-you-go colocation offering with short-term commitments would help customers respond quickly to any shift in business requirements.

To learn more about Datacenter.com’s Start Direct Cabinets and their pay-as-you-go colocation offering with cloud-like elasticity, visit: https://datacenter.com/solution/colocation-services/start-direct-cabinet/.

‘Innovative Approach’

Datacenter.com expects its Start Direct Cabinets to seamlessly fit the hybrid cloud requirements of a broad portfolio of potential customers including Cloud Services Providers (CSPs), Enterprises, SMBs, Managed Services Providers (MSPs), Systems Integrators (SIs), and Internet Services Providers (ISPs). Start Direct Cabinets would cater to the needs of end-users as well as channel partners seeking highly flexible, low-risk investments.

“As our colocation business is founded by some industry veterans, we are aware that long-term colocation data center contracts are no longer convenient,” said Jochem Steman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Datacenter.com. “With the launch of Start Direct Cabinets, Datacenter.com is responding to these cloud-like flexibility requirements. Next to our ultra energy efficient and highly modular thus scalable data center infrastructure, the introduction of Start Direct Cabinets is yet another example reflecting Datacenter.com’s innovative approach to deploying enterprise-grade colocation services.”

Capabilities of Datacenter.com Start Direct Cabinets include:

• Flexible colocation services – Pay-as-you-go install with month-to-month contract, no minimum term.
• Flexible power configurations – low to high-density options (from 3.68kW to 7kW)
• High-volume racks available – 54U cabinets (1200mm deep x 600mm wide)
• Multiple connectivity options – users may select their individual networking infrastructure, including Internet feeds, cross connects, et cetera.
• Managed engineering services – remote hands, 24×7 staffing onsite, et cetera.

Built in several phases, Datacenter.com’s new colocation data center marks the beginning of a global facility rollout in selected markets. Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Southeast business district featuring one of the highest fiber densities in the world, the new facility is engineered to deliver 2N critical power redundancy. This would allow for concurrent maintenance without interruption.

Phase 1 of this carrier neutral data center facility in Amsterdam provides 19.500 square feet (1.800 square meters) of net technical colocation space. On top of its high energy-efficiency (pPUE: 1.04), Datacenter.com AMS1 is running entirely (100%) on green power generated from renewable resources, which would keep their environmental footprint to a minimum. Over 60% of phase 1 has already been pre-let to a variety of leading customers among which many cloud providers.

About Datacenter.com
As an extremely ambitious carrier-neutral data center provider, Datacenter.com has scheduled the rollout of several large-scale, flexible colocation data centers worldwide in the coming years. Headquartered in Cyprus, Datacenter.com will start with the delivery of colocation services from its premises in Amsterdam. This flagship data center, Datacenter.com AMS1, represents the first phase in an ambitious targeted rollout. It spans 54.000 sq. ft. and features a calculated, highly energy-efficient pPUE of 1.04. Other locations worldwide are soon to follow. Datacenter.com’s investors have committed themselves to invest heavily in state-of-the-art data center infrastructure – to meet the market’s growing need for energy efficient, highly interconnected and modular colocation facilities, in which organizations can flexibly and securely host their critical IT infrastructure while cloud computing needs are addressed. Datacenter.com’s customized, reliable and innovative data center solutions are accompanied with the company’s best-in-class customer support. To learn more about Datacenter.com, visit: https://datacenter.com.

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Datacenter.com, a recently established European colocation data center provider that paid over $500,000 to buy its domain name while planning a targeted global roll-out of large-scale colocation data centers globally, announces it has completed the first phase of its flagship data center in Amsterdam, Datacenter.com AMS1. This highly energy-efficient facility features a unique data center setup with indirect adiabatic cooling technologies while achieving a calculated pPUE figure of 1.04.

Built in several phases, Datacenter.com’s new flagship data center – the company’s first, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Southeast business district featuring one of the highest fiber densities in the world – will total 54.000 square feet (5.000 square meters) of colocation data center space upon completion. Phase 1 of this carrier neutral data center facility in Amsterdam provides 19.500 square feet (1.800 square meters) of net technical colocation space and is now open for business.


Adjacent to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) and Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, Datacenter.com Amsterdam AMS1 is engineered to deliver 2N critical power redundancy, allowing for concurrent maintenance without interruption. Each data center development phase is designed and constructed so as to ensure no interruptions to the existing infrastructure and data halls during installation and commissioning of future development phases.

100% Renewable Energy, ISO 14001:2015

Over 60% of phase 1 has already been pre-let to a variety of leading customers, commented Datacenter.com CEO Jochem Steman. “Our highly secure, highly reliable colocation data center in Amsterdam generated serious interest from multiple customers prior to go-live,” said Mr. Steman. “Our company management and engineering team gained trust and commitment from a significant part of those prospects. Among them quite a lot of cloud providers, also large ones, planning to reduce the cost of their global network access and improve their business performance. Our highly efficient data center infrastructure with high-density power levels and multiple low-latency connectivity options to choose from will cater to the needs of HPC, finance and gaming customers as well.”

With a calculated pPUE of 1.04, Datacenter.com AMS1 is one of the most energy efficient thus cost effective data centers in Amsterdam – with very limited power and cooling capacity required per unit of IT. The facility not only utilizes this advanced, patented indirect adiabatic cooling technology without the need for raised floors, it also features the latest generation of highly energy efficient Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) systems. On top of that, Datacenter.com AMS1 is running entirely (100%) on green power generated from renewable resources, which would keep their environmental footprint to a minimum.

“We’re not just trumpeting our environmental credentials,” said Mr. Steman. “Datacenter.com is able to submit third party evidence – as we’ve been awarded ISO 14001:2015 environmental certification among other certifications that we think are must have accreditations for an enterprise-grade colocation provider.”

Digital Media, Financials, CSPs, Enterprises

“The ultra-low pPUE figure and the ISO 14001:2015 accreditation not only reflect our environmental efforts,” added Mr. Steman. “Green technological innovation is the key to building future-proof colocation data centers while achieving an operationally efficient, high-performance computing environment for applications that include HPC, financial trading, and gaming. Datacenter.com Amsterdam AMS1 will serve new market demands from the digital media sector, financials, cloud service providers and enterprises requiring demanding, highly available and carrier-neutral data center space in Amsterdam – utilizing the international network density and low latency fiber connectivity in this area.”

Initial colocation customers have already begun to install their equipment in Datacenter.com AMS1. Another Datacenter.com facility location already planned includes Dallas, TX. “There is obvious demand for a new world-class carrier neutral data center provider with global coverage,” added Mr. Steman. “With Datacenter.com AMS1 we offer our customers the most advanced, efficient and sustainable data center architecture in Amsterdam to date. It’s just the beginning however of a global roll-out through which we will help our colocation customers achieve successes worldwide.”

About Datacenter.com
As an extremely ambitious carrier-neutral data center provider, Datacenter.com has scheduled the rollout of several large-scale, flexible colocation data centers worldwide in the coming years. Headquartered in Cyprus, Datacenter.com will start with the delivery of colocation services from its premises in Amsterdam. This flagship data center, Datacenter.com AMS1, represents the first phase in an ambitious targeted rollout. It spans 54.000 sq. ft. and features a calculated, highly energy-efficient pPUE of 1.04. Other locations worldwide are soon to follow.

Datacenter.com’s investors have committed themselves to invest heavily in state-of-the-art data center infrastructure – to meet the market’s growing need for energy efficient, highly interconnected and modular colocation facilities, in which organizations can flexibly and securely host their critical IT infrastructure while cloud computing needs are addressed. Datacenter.com’s customized, reliable and innovative data center solutions are accompanied with the company’s best-in-class customer support.

To learn more about Datacenter.com, visit: https://datacenter.com.

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NEW YORK, NY – Namecheap has partnered with New York On Tech to provide digital training and resources to students from local New York City high schools.

New York On Tech helps underrepresented young students prepare for academic and professional careers in technology, connecting them to opportunities and industry experts. They also provide training courses to enhance digital skills.


“Creating an online presence is an absolute must for the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. Combining Namecheap’s technology with New York On Tech’s mission will help provide students with the tools and skills they need to help them in all areas of their lives. In doing this, we hope to contribute to building the tech talent of tomorrow! Our partnership is incredibly exciting,” said Richard Kirkendall, CEO of Namecheap, Inc.

Namecheap will provide digital tools—such as free domains and other resources—so students can easily create a website. They will also run a series of workshops that help students understand how an online presence can make life milestones more attainable. Examples include applying for college and internships, and the most effective way to search for jobs.

The workshops will consist of several two-hour training sessions focused on the importance of self-branding. The students will also utilize resources provided by Namecheap, and put their best work online for prospective college admissions or employers.

“Our partnership with Namecheap will allow New York On Tech students to gain a fundamental understanding of how they can showcase the skills they are learning in our program via the world wide web to attract new opportunities,” said Jessica Santana, Executive Director, New York On Tech. “An online brand is critical in a 21st-century workforce and economy and we are excited to partner with industry leaders like Namecheap to provide these tools and resources to students.”

By making these sessions personally relevant and engaging, Namecheap’s goal is to empower students and encourage them to take their next steps toward their academic or career goals.

The partnership launch event will be held on November 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor, in New York City.

About Namecheap
Founded in 2000 by Richard Kirkendall, Namecheap is a leading ICANN-accredited domain name registrar with more than 8 million domains under management. The company offers domain names at some of the best prices in the industry, with full-featured hosting packages, secure SSL certificates, and WhoisGuard privacy protection services.

About New York On Tech
New York On Tech programs provides the tools and skills students need to further themselves in technology. They work with more than 50 high schools, companies in various capacities and mentor/volunteers/instructors throughout New York City to help provide access to computer science and technology education to students.

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Peter Sunde, a former co-founder of Pirate Bay has launched a domain name registration anonymization service. The service is called Njalla and offers protection for customer data and privacy. Instead of the customer owning the domain, the company will own it on behalf of the customer.

Njalla isn’t a domain registrar and doesn’t offer ownership by proxy, like many other privacy services. They own the domain fully for the customer and give the customer full control over it. The domain can even be transferred to the customer or another third party without charge.

Read the full story here.

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For a web presence, apart from the website itself, you need to register a domain name, and also sign up for webhosting.

Now, most people will use two different companies – a domain registrar to register the domain name, and a web-hosting provider for website hosting. That is the sensible thing to do.

But many webhosts will offer a “free domain” as part of the hosting package, and it is easy to fall for this trap. There, I said it, a trap!

Once a web-hosting company controls both your domain name and website hosting it has you by the short and curlies. They can basically control and dictate your online presence. You’ll be at their mercy, no kidding. If they subsequently want to charge you an exorbitant domain renewal fee, they can. Want to transfer your domain name to another domain registrar? Or move your webhosting elsewhere? Good luck with that! You’ll probably be stuck with them… for life.

So, use some common sense and keep your domain name and web hosting separate. You’ll be glad in the long run. 🙂

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