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News Article | December 1, 2016
Site: techcrunch.com

Music streaming startup Spotify is introducing a new series of original artist recordings called Spotify Singles. The company plans to record a couple of songs from each artist in its in-house New York studio and update the main Spotify Singles playlists every Wednesday. As the name suggests, the Spotify Singles concept channels back the good old days of vinyl and CD singles. You shouldn’t expect more than a couple of tracks from each artist and band. The first song will be a new recording of an original track, and the second song is supposed to be a cover song. If you’re a heavy Spotify user, you know that Spotify already released original recordings called Spotify Sessions. These sessions were basically live recordings of a small concert in Spotify’s office or at SXSW. The main difference between Spotify Singles and Spotify Sessions is that there’s no audience clapping in Spotify Singles. Spotify Sessions will be phased out in favor of a new name called “Spotify Live.” I couldn’t find any example of a Live recording just yet, but I expect more or less the same thing as Spotify Sessions. As usual, this content is also available on individual artist pages, which makes it much easier to surface it. While fans love acoustic and live versions of popular hit songs, cover songs could also have a big reach. Spotify wants you to be able to find your favorite artist covering another great artist exclusively on its platform. This way, it makes Spotify more compelling for subscribers. Now that Apple Music and Spotify are fighting hard to become the dominant music streaming platform, Spotify is ramping up exclusive content and features that are going to make you stick to the service. Here’s the first playlist with the inaugural Singles:


News Article | November 28, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

APS (Powered by Payscout) is pleased to announce it is partnering with the nationally-recognized Sessions Firm for a number of compliance-related initiatives. “Partnering with The Sessions Firm affirms our efforts to assist our merchants with best practices in the ARM industry,” said APS Vice President Jennifer Brummett. “It is a testament to our commitment to our customers and enhances our credibility in the ARM space.” The Sessions Firm will work with APS on several compliance-related initiatives, including the review of APS’ solution for handling Regulation E payment requirements. The Sessions Firm will also assist in the review and explanation of outstanding issues facing potential merchants for Payscout’s Risk Department. The partnership builds on an existing relationship that featured a joint presentation at the recent ACA International convention in Denver, Colorado entitled, “I’m Watching You! Complying with the CFPB’s Vendor and Client Management Responsibilities.” This type of thought-leading presentation demonstrates the industry knowledge that both APS and The Sessions Firm can provide to ARM merchants and underscores the cultural synergy between the two entities. Bryan Shartle, a partner at The Sessions Firm, commented: “Everything we have seen so far, as well as the work we have done together, confirms our view that APS has a tremendous amount of knowledge about the ARM space, truly cares about the challenges its merchants experience in complying with regulations, and wants to make that process as simple as possible.” The Sessions Firm will also proactively monitor APS’ merchant portfolio for potential problems that would require intervention and implementation of best practices to address. Brummett added, “We are very pleased to have the expertise of The Sessions Firm in our corner. This partnership represents our commitment to Integrity/Trust and Reliability, two of Payscout’s Cultural Attributes and key features of the services our customers have come to count on from us.” APS has been a leading provider of payment processing services to the ARM industry for over 10 years. It serves many of the top U.S. debt collection agencies and accounts receivable management companies directly and through integrations with over a dozen of the top rated software providers to the industry. Through its competitive rates, ability to offer services in a highly scrutinized market, and a variety of unique, value-added protection and verification tools to help its ARM clients stay in compliance, APS has become a trusted advisor and thought leader in the ARM industry. APS was acquired by Payscout, Inc. in October 2015. Since then, it has been fully integrated into the Payscout operation and has the ability to offer all of the global services that Payscout is known for. The APS brand has been maintained in the ARM marketplace because of its longstanding name recognition and reputation in the industry. “Payscout Supports the Entrepreneurial Dream One Transaction at a Time.” Payscout is a global payment processing provider covering six continents by connecting merchants and consumers via credit, debit, ATM and alternative payment networks. What differentiates Payscout is its mission “to support the entrepreneurial dream one transaction at a time.” Payscout achieves this by being a thought leader in the payments industry. Its “Go Global Now” technology platform gives merchants instant access to 100+ countries, billions of consumers and trillions of dollars. Payscout offers payment processing solutions for brick-and-mortar and eCommerce transactions, and has earned acclaim as a new-generation provider of merchant banking services, specializing in online/eCommerce retailers with a predominant proportion of card-not-present (CNP) transactions; it is one of the few providers to deliver a true global payment solution that encompasses all merchant risk verticals. Customers can access Payscout’s credit card processing services via a state-of-the-art, web-based user portal and through direct interactions with highly-trained experts. In addition to supporting thousands of clients across a multitude of industries and all 50 American states, Payscout maintains global partnerships with VISA USA, Bank of America Merchant Services, VISA Europe, VISA Latin America, VISA Asia Pacific, MasterCard Worldwide, China Union Pay, Deutsche Bank, First Data and Payscout Brazil. Payscout was recognized as one of America’s fastest-growing privately-held companies in 2014, 2015, and 2016, ranking #2,416 in 2014, #434 in 2015, and #383 in 2016 on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500/5000 list. Within the financial services industry, Payscout placed #140 in 2014 and #24 in 2015. For more information, visit http://www.payscout.com. Sessions, Fishman, Nathan and Israel, commonly referred to as The Sessions Firm, was founded in 1958. The Firm’s Consumer Defense Practice Group is the largest national practice group dedicated to representing debt collectors, creditors, and other financial institutions. We provide sophisticated consumer defense representation with no “start-up” time. Since 2001, we have defended tens of thousands of consumer lawsuits throughout the country. We have also defended over a thousand class actions and assisted many clients in resolving complex consumer litigation. In addition to litigation defense work, the Firm is also nationally known as experts on compliance and regulatory issues involving the various federal and state regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, Attorneys General, and state and municipal licensing authorities. The Firm’s 12 offices are located in the nation’s top “litigation hot spots,” including California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Texas. For more information, visit http://www.sessions.legal.


Khan S.A.,Sessions | Bhatti R.,Islamia University of Bahawalpur
Webology | Year: 2012

The paper aims to explore different applications of social media for marketing of library and information resources and services. It investigates the respondent's attitude towards the usefulness of social media in marketing of library. A survey research method was administered by using a peer-reviewed and pilot-tested questionnaire. Data were collected from librarians and LIS school academicians working at Bahauddin Zakariya University of Multan and the Islamia University of Bahawalpur. Findings showed that respondent's attitude was positive; majority agreed that the use of social media is important to capture the attention of online users and helps in distance learning and knowledge sharing. Respondents recommended the use of Facebook, Wikis, LinkedIn, Blogging, YouTube and online groups for marketing different library services. They indicated that inadequate training opportunities, lack of knowledge, privacy and identity theft, slow speed of internet and electricity failure are the problems for applying social media in libraries of Pakistan for marketing library resources and services. They demanded for trainings for social media usage and suggested that libraries should develop social media page for maximum exploitation of library services. Study recommends that libraries should develop their marketing plan for utilizing social media for news and service alerts and quick updates to online users and fund raising. © 2012, Shakeel Ahmad Khan and Rubina Bhatti.


Trademark
Sessions | Date: 2016-02-16

Coffee; Coffee pods.


Trademark
Sessions | Date: 2016-06-06

Athletic apparel, namely, shirts, pants, jackets, footwear, hats and caps, athletic uniforms.


Trademark
Sessions | Date: 2016-02-09

Coffee.


The present invention provides a method of attenuating the formation or reducing the severity of neurogenic swelling and/or neurogenic inflammation in the tissue of a patient via applying a composition comprising a hydrophilic foam substrate and a polymeric hydrophilic agent to a portion of the surface of the skin in an amount and at a location sufficient to attenuate formation of or reduce the severity of neurogenic swelling and/or neurogenic inflammation.


Patent
Sessions | Date: 2012-04-04

A foam-based wound dressing for covering a wound on an extremity. The wound dressing includes a composite body having two distinct layers joined along a portion of their perimeters to form a least one open end. Each layer includes a hydrophilic foam matrix attached to a urethane film.


Trademark
Sessions | Date: 2016-03-10

Beer; Beer wort; Beer, ale and lager; Beer, ale and porter; Beer, ale, lager, stout and porter; Beer, ale, lager, stout, porter, shandy; Beers; Black beer; Brewed malt-based beers; Flavored beers; Malt beer; Malt liquor; Pale beer; Porter; Wheat beer.


Trademark
Sessions | Date: 2016-02-05

Downloadable mobile applications for distribution of multimedia contents in the form of audio and video sessions in the following topics, namely, women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement; Computer software for distribution of multimedia contents in the form of audio and video sessions in the following topics, namely, women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement that may be downloaded from a global computer network. Educational services, namely, developing, arranging, and conducting educational conferences and programs and providing courses of instruction in the field of women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement.; Educational services, namely, providing on-line workshops, seminars, conferences, training, classes in the field of women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement.; Providing educational demonstrations in the field of women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement.; Providing educational mentoring services and programs in the field of women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement.; Providing a website featuring non-downloadable videos in the field of women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement.; Providing a website featuring non-downloadable videos on inspirational or motivational topics for women; Providing education courses in the field of women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement offered through online, non-downloadable videos and instructor assistance.

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