Contract Employment Opportunities Increase by 8% in May

oDesk has released online work figures for May 2010, to coincide with the
Employment Situation Summary for May 2010 published by the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics. Online work on oDesk, a marketplace that connects
590,000 contractors with employers at thousands of companies worldwide,
increased 8 percent over April 2010, marking a fourth straight month of
increasing online employment.

Contract workers make up more than one-third of the U.S. workforce, and
more than 90 percent of U.S. firms now use contract talent on a regular
basis. Online work provides employment for people with a wide range of
technical and non-technical skills, from programming and web development,
to writing, bookkeeping and administrative support; anything that can be
set-up, managed or delivered over the Internet.

Here is an overview of the oDesk Online Employment Situation Summary:

– 47,281 new online jobs were posted to oDesk in May, an increase of
3,670 over April
– 589,718 total workers were registered with oDesk in May, an increase
of 37,153 or 6.7 percent over April
– $8,873,388 was earned by workers on oDesk in May, an increase of
$222,862 or 2 percent over April
– The top remote contractor countries for May were the United States,
India and the Philippines
– The top employer countries for May were the United States, Canada and

“We have a front row seat for the rise of the remote work economy.
The continued interest in contract work speaks to the new order of the
working world — the jobs are returning, but both businesses and workers
are choosing more flexible relationships,” said oDesk CEO Gary Swart.
“The future of work lies in contract workers building long-term,
successful careers online — and companies and individuals must learn how
to forge productive working relationships within this new dynamic.”

Interested in viewing the complete report on online contract work? Please

About oDesk
With more than 590,000 contractors in more than 169
countries, oDesk ( is the largest and fastest-growing
marketplace for online work.

For employers: Guaranteed work — every hour billed is an hour worked.
Screen captures of each contractor’s desktop taken at random intervals
allow employers to audit the hours and work completed so they have
confidence every hour billed by a remote team member is an hour worked.
This capability also enables the employer to collaborate more closely and
re-direct the contractor if necessary, much like you do when you manage
by walking around your office.

For contractors: Guaranteed payment — every hour worked is an hour paid,
without the hassle of invoicing or slow-paying clients, making oDesk the
preferred marketplace for professional contractors including software
engineers, web developers, graphic designers, writers, researchers,
administrators, and customer service agents.

Find oDesk on Facebook at:
Follow oDesk on
Twitter at:

Erica Benton
oDesk Corp.

Copyright 2010, Market Wire, All rights reserved.

Zong Delivers First One-Click Payment Service to Android Developers

Private Beta Begins Today for Integration of Mobile Payment Platform into
Android Applications
MENLO PARK, Calif.–(Business Wire)–
Zong (, the leading mobile payments platform for sellers of digital
goods and services, announced today it has created the first one-click mobile
payment solution for Android and is opening a private beta for developers to
integrate this payment option into their applications. The new payment solution
creates a seamless experience for users who can now make a purchase within an
application with just one click; no registration or log-in is required. The Zong
platform automatically verifies the user, bills their mobile phone account and
returns them to their application or game without delay.

Android handset sales have exceeded previous leader iPhone in the US, reports
The NPD Group (1), while iPhone applications accounted for 99.4% of mobile
application downloads in 2009 according to Gartner (2). Many developers have
cited a lack of payment options as one of the major barriers to development and
revenue generation on Android.

“Mobile developers have customarily focused on the iPhone because it has been
difficult to monetize applications on Android. But now with over 100,000 new
Android handsets activated daily, the market opportunity is growing rapidly and
with an easy payment tool, developers will now be able to easily generate
revenue from that market,” said Zong CEO David Marcus. “Zong already boosts
revenues for many merchants of online goods and services and now we intend to
bring the same benefits to handsets.”

Android developers can visit to request an invitation for
the private beta. Approved Android developers will be able to download the Zong
Android SDK for easy integration of in-app payment. Zong will work with
participating developers to ensure that the software is integrated in a way that
optimizes the user experience and meets the developer`s needs.

Zong works with thousands of merchants in popular virtual worlds, online gaming,
social networking and digital content properties. Zong is the only mobile
payments service that combines carrier billing with credit, debit and prepaid
cards and therefore the first company to allow multiple payment options via the
mobile phone. For more information on the private beta or request an invitation,
go to

(1) The NPD Group, “Mobile Phone Track, 2010″

(2) Gartner, Inc., ” Magic Quadrant for Mobile Consumer Application Platforms,

About Zong

Zong is the leading mobile payments platform for sellers of digital goods and
services. Its frictionless payment experience converts shoppers into buyers at
rates up to 10 times greater than traditional payment methods. Zong leverages
direct connections with mobile network operators around the world to provide a
secure payment solution with unrivaled connectivity and service quality. Zong is
the mobile payment provider for Facebook Credits and also works with hundreds of
leading destination sites, such as Gaia Online, IMVU and Playdom. Reaching over
2 billion mobile users, Zong provides localized payment capabilities in over 30
countries in 16 languages. Zong is the only mobile payments platform that
combines the high conversion rates of carrier billing with the low costs and
flexibility of payment card networks. Zong is based in Menlo Park with offices
in Paris and Geneva, and is backed by Matrix Partners, Advent Venture Partners
and Newbury Ventures. For more information, please visit

Brew Media Relations
Dorothy Jean, 212-677-4835 x. 12

Copyright Business Wire 2010

Vitamin D Offers Reseller Program for Popular Video Monitoring Software With Advanced Video Analytics

Vitamin D Video Channel Partners Can Drive Revenue by Adding Significant Value
to IP Camera Offerings
MENLO PARK, Calif.–(Business Wire)–
Smart video pioneer Vitamin D today introduced a reseller program for its
popular Vitamin D Video software. Built on a breakthrough new platform for
intelligent computing, Vitamin D Video delivers sophisticated video analytics at
a fraction of the cost of competitive solutions, enabling small to mid-size
businesses and institutions to more cost-effectively monitor their premises. The
result is a larger accessible market for vendors of security and video analytics

For resellers already distributing network and IP cameras, Vitamin D Video
represents an immediate opportunity to increase revenues by adding significant
value to current offerings with little added cost. Companies reselling Vitamin D
Video have access to special channel pricing models geared towards small to
mid-size installations not available directly through Vitamin D, as well as
training and tools needed to successfully market and support Vitamin D Video

Interested parties can learn more at

Heralded by publications such as The Financial Times, Network World and Cnet as
a highly innovative solution, Vitamin D Video has shown strong consumer success
since its launch earlier this year, and is gaining traction among businesses and
institutions such as schools, universities, retail operations and property
management companies looking for affordable ways to install and maintain
security systems.

With Vitamin D Video`s ease of implementation, resellers can help customers
overcome concerns about complexity and maintenance. Ideal for four- to
eight-camera installations, it requires zero configuration and can be used with
most IP cameras right out of the box. Now businesses previously deterred by
expensive enterprise-oriented installation costs have affordable access to
enterprise-level monitoring.

Vitamin D Video automatically scans hours of footage and distinguishes between
humans and other moving objects to find specific predefined events without the
time-consuming task of manually viewing the video. Its object recognition goes
beyond traditional motion detection to significantly reduce false positives
often found when monitoring businesses, buildings or campus environments.

Through the intuitive software, rules can be applied to deliver on-screen, email
or SMS alerts to any number of people in real time. For example, the software
can be instructed to alert when a person is seen entering and leaving through a
specific door within a large field of vision. Additionally, Vitamin D Video will
narrow down many days worth of video into a “highlight” reel of noteworthy
incidents – a task that previously took many hours of costly time to complete.

Vitamin D is currently rolling out its reseller program around the world,
already working with resellers in Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East and the
United States.

Aditya Sahaya, director of business development for Prologix Distribution, said,
“We provide the most cutting-edge solutions to our customers to help them
advance and protect their businesses in the most productive and cost-effective
ways. Vitamin D Video not only offers us an innovative new service with a
breakthrough pricing structure, but greatly increases the value of existing
investments in IP cameras and infrastructure for our customers throughout the
Middle East and India.”

“We`re seeing strong demand for Vitamin D Video from businesses who see a need
for robust security but have been shut out by high prices and concerns over the
maintenance costs of typical offerings,” said Celeste Baranski, chief executive
officer of Vitamin D. “Additionally, many customers around the world prefer to
have local representation for their business technology needs. Working with
resellers helps us scale much more effectively and in a meaningful way for our
partners and their customers.”

HTM from Numenta: A New Kind of Intelligent Computing

Vitamin D Video is built on technology called Hierarchical Temporal Memory
(HTM). HTM is a brain-inspired theory of intelligence that is the basis for a
new technology from Numenta, a company founded by mobile computing industry
pioneers Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky along with cofounder Dileep George. HTM
allows computers to learn and recognize patterns in very large amounts of
complex data in a robust, accurate and scalable fashion.

About Vitamin D

Vitamin D was formed in 2007. The company brings elegant user experience design
together with new artificial intelligence to create software that simplifies
people`s lives. Vitamin D is the leading independent application developer on
the Numenta platform, and one of the first companies to launch a commercial
application to take advantage of the power of HTM. It is located in Menlo Park,

Vitamin D
General Inquiries:
Greg Shirai, 650-323-0120

Copyright Business Wire 2010