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Outblaze Wins Prestigious APICTA Award

OutblazeVideo Named Best ‘Tools and Infrastructure Application’ of 2007
Riverside, CT, 18 December, 2007: Outblaze (www.outblaze.com), the world’s largest online service platform providing white label email, collaboration, security and social media services, today announced its OutblazeVideo service has been named Tools & Infrastructure Application of the year at the 7th Annual Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards competition. OutblazeVideo is a white label platform that deploys a social media sharing service on a client’s web site, allowing the client’s users to create, edit, and share video clips, photos, and presentations in a social networking environment.

“This award is further international recognition for our world-leading video content sharing service,” said Stefano Bensi, Outblaze’s Managing Director, North America. “There is a great deal of interest in this technology among service providers and media businesses in the United States as they start to build fully-converged social media platforms for their users.”

The APICTA Awards provide industry-wide recognition to Information & Communication Technology (ICT) innovators in the Asia Pacific region. Candidates for the awards are nominated by APICTA Network members in 16 countries and economies in the Asia Pacific region based on the best qualifiers in local-league ICT competitions.

OutblazeVideo is a full suite of multi-media creation, editing and sharing tools offered in one turnkey web-based service, and is ideal for clients who wish to leverage the growing popularity of social media. The service is customized to the look and feel of the client’s brand and can be easily integrated with other messaging and communication tools in the Outblaze product suite to create a comprehensive and appealing consumer portal. OutblazeVideo is operated, maintained, and upgraded by Outblaze, but controlled by the client.

With support for most major image and video formats, a customizable interface, search capabilities, sharing tools, and multilevel metadata indexing, OutblazeVideo is designed to let clients tap the success of user-generated content and social networking. End users not only upload and share their content, but also are able to edit that content using OutblazeVideo’s online editing suite, which includes flexible and straightforward layout tools and hundreds of transitions and effects.

“We are honored to receive APICTA’s distinguished recognition for our social video service,” said Yat Siu, CEO and Founder of Outblaze. “OutblazeVideo is a versatile product that lets portals and media companies improve their social media offering without having to develop and manage additional products.”

Siu added, “OutblazeVideo’s ground-breaking editing capabilities inspire users to let their imaginations run wild. It’s more than just a great way to share memories with friends and family, it’s a way for users to let their creativity flourish.”

About Outblaze
Outblaze operates the world’s largest online service platform providing white label email, collaboration and social media services to service providers, telecoms operators, corporations, academia, media and publishing companies and portals. The company services 76 million users across 480,000 domains. The Outblaze suite of services also includes online scheduling, file sharing, and protection against spam, viruses and phishing. Outblaze is reliable, affordable and fully customizable and helps clients make these services a profitable part of their business. Founded in 1998, Outblaze is privately held with offices in the USA, the UK and Hong Kong. For more information visit www.outblaze.com.

About the APICTA Awards
The Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards is an international Awards Program initiated by the Multimedia Development Corporation of Malaysia to increase ICT awareness in the community and assist in bridging the Digital Divide. By providing networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region, the program is designed to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity, promote economic and trade relations, facilitate technology transfer, and offer business-matching opportunities via exposure to venture capitalists and investors.

Participants of the Awards Program comprise members of the APICTA Alliance. They are guided by the Framework of Cooperation identifying how member-economies can work together in support of the Awards Program as well as other programs that foster development and growth of the ICT industry in the region. Its 16 member-economies include Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. For more information visit www.apicta.com and www.sitf.org.sg/singapore2007/.