Friday, April 28, 2017

Grey Cloak Tech, Inc.’s (GRCK) Fraudlytic™ Catches Hands in the Ad Revenue Cookie Jar

You may not have heard of Kessler’s Flying Circus (KFC), because, since its high-flying days in 2007, the FBI has clipped its wings. But while it was airborne, KFC generated over $5 million in one 12-month period by exploiting a fraudulent technique known as “cookie stuffing”. Cookie stuffing is just one pernicious technique that is costing online advertisers billions, driving the industry to rely increasingly on outfits like Grey Cloak Tech, Inc. (OTC: GRCK), a developer of industry-leading click-fraud detection software, to stop fraudsters from putting their hands in the ad revenue cookie jar.

Online advertising fraud is a growing problem. In March, a CNBC (http://dtn.fm/m1IlU) report suggested ‘that ad fraud will cost brands $16.4 billion globally this year, and that nearly 20 percent of total digital ad spend was wasted in 2016.’ Cookie stuffing is one approach favored by scammers, since it is very easy to pull off.

An FBI press release (http://dtn.fm/Cn6Oh) revealed just how easy as it detailed the machinations of the KFC fraud. KFC set up websites that attracted traffic quickly; one offered an app that showed the physical location of visitors to a MySpace profile. Using that app and similar ones created by KFC on its websites would ‘stuff’ a cookie into the user’s browser. Surreptitiously, the cookie included KFC’s eBay Affiliate ID number. When the user subsequently visited eBay and conducted a “revenue action”, KFC would receive a commission, even though the user did not click on an eBay ad or link.

Cookies, of course, are legitimate text files stored in a user’s browser by a website that has been visited by the user. Originally meant to store status information such as name, home address, email address and telephone number, there is increasing concern that they are now being employed to track a host of other private areas, such as the sites visited by users.

Grey Cloak Tech’s detection software can stop cookie stuffing and other forms of digital advertising deceit such as impression fraud, URL masking and click fraud. Impression fraud occurs when an ad is recorded as having being seen when it has not been seen. One technique used by fraudsters to generate these fraudulent ad impressions is to put ads in tiny one-pixel-by-one-pixel windows, which, of course, no human eye can detect. A web page can have dozens of these, which means that every visitor to the page generates impressions for ads he cannot even see.

URL masking or domain masking means that visitors to a website are stealthily directed to another website. It can be used to fool buyers into thinking they’re buying premium inventory when they are instead getting low quality placements. It has also been used to trick advertisers into running ads on sites with illicit or stolen content, which tend to generate lots of traffic but little ad revenue.

As these nefarious practices continue to grow, Grey Cloak Tech’s detection software will become increasingly important. For example, its Fraudlytic™ cloud-based, secure platform will monitor internet traffic in real time, blocking malicious and false clicks, while allowing real consumers to view offers and buy. The company has deep roots in the online advertising industry and is committed to restoring data integrity to the digital marketing industry. Fred Covely, founder, president and chief technology officer, has been involved in all aspects of software product and company development for many years. William Bossung, director and co-founder, was a partner and co-founder with Covely in a previous successful software company.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.GreyCloakTech.com

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SinglePoint, Inc. (SING) is Poised for the Marijuana Tipping Point, Explains CEO in Recent Podcast

After ballots on November 8, 2016, seven more states, including California and Florida, will now permit the use of marijuana for either medical or recreational use. Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have passed initiatives or laws legalizing medical marijuana or regulating its adult use like alcohol or tobacco. Yet cannabis remains illegal under federal law, and banks are reluctant to open accounts for marijuana shops and dispensaries, leading to a variety of unfortunate results. It seems obvious that the current disharmony between state and federal law is not maintainable, and a tipping point when financial institutions open their doors to the marijuana industry must come. SinglePoint, Inc. (OTC: SING) expects that will happen soon and is poised to be a ‘first mover’ in providing payment solutions to the cannabis vertical through its SingleSeed payments subsidiary.

California State Treasurer John Chiang highlighted the problems facing marijuana establishments when he wrote President Trump earlier this year.

“This conflict between federal and state rules creates a number of problems for the states that have legalized cannabis use, including difficulties collecting tax revenue, increased risk of serious crime, and the inability of a newly legal industry under state law to effectively engage in banking and commerce.”

Last month, Chiang’s office announced ongoing discussions with the Cannabis Banking Working Group ‘to discuss solutions that provide greater access to banking to California’s future $7 billion legal cannabis industry. The working group was appointed to figure out how to address problems caused by the unwillingness of federally regulated banks to handle money from pot businesses.

The skittishness by banks to engage with the industry is nothing new to SinglePoint. About two years ago, the company started putting point-of-sale terminals in marijuana dispensaries in Washington and Colorado and was “doing very well until the banks shut it down,” explained Greg Lambrecht, CEO and founder of SinglePoint, in a recent podcast interview (http://dtn.fm/OPap5). However, that has not stopped SinglePoint, which continues its ‘no touch’ approach to avoid violating federal law. The company is offering dispensaries other products like text message marketing. The strategy now is to build relationship channels that can be used to capture the payments business when banking restrictions are relaxed.

This distribution strategy has worked well for CEO Greg Lambrecht in the past. He used it at PCI, a leading consumer product distribution company, where he negotiated agreements with the nation’s largest retail outlets such as 7-11 (Southland Corp), Albertson’s, and Costco that resulted in 25,000 retail accounts. Greg then led PCI through a NASDAQ-listed initial public offering (IPO), raising $10 million in the process. SingleSeed will provide point-of-sale terminals that allow patients and patrons of marijuana establishments to use their debit and credit cards to make purchases or the ability to pay by text.

SinglePoint’s ‘no touch’ strategy is evident in its recent acquisition of Convectium, which has developed ‘the world’s first’ oil-filling system for cartridges and disposable vape pens. Currently, these are filled by hand, but using Convectium’s machines, developed in China, would greatly increase productivity. Convectium’s 710Shark and 710Seal system can fill and package 100+ cartridges or disposable vape pens in 30 seconds, making it the fastest filling and sealing system of its kind. With a market that extends to over 52 countries, Convectium expects 2017 revenues to dramatically increase based on sales of the machine and repeat sales of the vials.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Singlepoint.com

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

SinglePoint, Inc. (SING) Finds Growth Potential Outside of Mobile Payments Market

Being a publicly traded holding company gives SinglePoint, Inc. (OTC: SING) a chance to target candidate companies and help them grow. Such has been the case on the mobile technology and mobile marketing fronts. By connecting client companies to their best target markets, mobile technology can be made available at reasonable rates, but an interest in these organizations means profit potential for SinglePoint. However, the company hasn’t limited its investment opportunities. The cannabis industry is thriving as legalization (medical and/or recreational) has occurred in 29 states and counting. Expansion beyond mobile payments has enabled the company to find more opportunities for investors.

SinglePoint recently acquired a stake in Convectium, maker of an important filling and packaging machine for vape cartridges and pens. In 2016, the $6.7 billion legal cannabis market in North America was up 30 percent from 2015, according to Arcview Market Research. Illicit sales have declined, but there’s a growing market. By contrast, mobile payment transactions exceeded $8.7 billion in 2015, according to eMarketer, which forecast 210 percent growth in 2016. The more modest 30 percent growth in the legal cannabis market, however, represents the increase in momentum for legal cannabis and related products.

Convectium has set anticipated increases in sales volume to triple digits over 2016. SinglePoint’s investment not only enables Convectium to work towards its goals, but for the holdings company to diversify revenue streams. The initial stock and cash consideration continues to help grow Convectium. The marketing of the 710Shark and 710Seal system for filling and packaging disposable vape pens is financially supported. Functionality alone is driving demand, as the system can fill/package over 100 vape pens in 30 seconds.

SinglePoint is also finding growth through its SingleSeed.com subsidiary. The cashless payments solution is built on the latest technology, serving shopkeepers and consumers. Text messaging is used to connect with customers in the cannabis business and helps increase loyalty, communication, and sales. SingleSeed is even supporting the sale of non-cannabis items. Its Pay-by-Text™ offering enables mobile phone payments and provides a convenient way to make purchases at a shop or trade show, or on-the-go using a mobile phone app-like checkout page.

With its recent Convectium investment and SingleSeed initiative, the company is growing its hold on the lucrative cannabis industry. Profit and revenue are possible even without touching a single marijuana plant, as the industry continues to expand with marketable cannabis-related products. In fact, the legal market is expected to grow at 27 percent CAGR through 2021, to a level that Arcview estimates can reach $22.6 billion. An already successful holdings company, SinglePoint expects to see even more success as investments in the cannabis market are sure to increase in value.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Singlepoint.com

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Code Green Apparel Corp. (CGAC) Puts Green in Your Bank, Green on Your Back

Environmentally friendly practices are becoming more and more important for industries that are trailed by long traditions of waste. Bringing fresh green practices to the apparel industry, Code Green Apparel Corp. (OTC: CGAC) is working to reduce the environmental impact of this industry by reclaiming textile waste that has heretofore rotted in landfills. Instead, this pre-consumer waste is now being recycled and reused in the making of new garments, with countless mounds and pounds of textile waste being diverted from the landfill and used in the creation of uniforms and other apparel products.

Code Green Apparel’s recycling technology accomplishes multiple enviro-friendly aims. In reclaiming cotton from those huge mounds of textile waste, the company is not only reducing and reusing waste but is simultaneously saving massive amounts of water. While cotton is one of the most desirable textiles on earth, it is also one of the thirstiest crops, and it can take thousands of gallons of water to grow the amount of cotton needed to make just one shirt or pair of pants. By recycling the cotton from textile waste, Code Green Apparel is saving huge amounts of water that would have otherwise been consumed in growing fresh cotton crops. Not only is Code Green Apparel recycling cotton from massive amounts of textile waste, but the company is imbuing polyester and other fabric blends with new life as well.

Once Code Green Apparel returns textile waste to its original form, it is handled in the same way as any other textile at a typical garment manufacturing facility. What’s more, the apparel products created from this recycled material have the same look, feel, and performance quality of a non-recycled clothing item. In weaving yarns and sewing fabrics, the company adheres to the same industry standards as any other apparel manufacturer. The difference is, of course, that environmental harm is significantly reduced thanks to Code Green Apparel’s green and sustainable practices.

There is also one other notable difference: Code Green Apparel’s uniforms and products are less expensive than non-recycled apparel items. The company’s factory direct business model lets businesses purchase uniforms for their employees at a lower cost than would be incurred if purchasing non-recycled apparel. The environment wins, and so do American businesses!

For more information about Code Green Apparel, its practices and products, visit www.CodeGreenApparelCorp.com

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CD International Enterprises, Inc. (CDII) is Helping to Balance Payments between the US and China

One of the most puzzling aspects of the debate on U.S. trade with China is the absence of any reference to the balance of payments. The focus has been and continues to be on the current and trading accounts and the U.S. deficits on those accounts. Firstly, it is unclear why we should be worried that China is willing to accept entries in a ledger in exchange for tangible goods. Secondly, the focus on merchandise trade and services means not seeing the forest for the trees. The trade deficit must be balanced by a surplus in other balance of payment accounts. For every Chinese widget an American consumer buys, China gets U.S. dollars, most of which find their way into U.S. Treasuries, but they are increasingly finding their way into other asset classes. Facilitating that process and assisting Chinese companies to invest directly in the U.S. is CD International Enterprises, Inc. (OTC: CDII), a U.S.-based company that sources industrial commodities and provides business and management corporate consulting services.

The current account, which includes the merchandise trade account, is just one of three major accounts that make up the overall balance of payments, so called because it is an accounting device, which, like a balance sheet, is meant to balance. Apart from the current account, the balance of payments includes the capital account and the financial account. Transactions in the current account are offset by balancing transactions in either the capital account or financial account. This means that Americans are buying Chinese goods on current account, while Chinese are buying American assets on the capital and financial accounts.

Those dollars leaving American shores have been finding their way back. Earlier this year, the Financial Times reported a surge in Chinese corporate investment into the U.S. (http://dtn.fm/rS1M6), writing that ‘Chinese companies invested a record $45.6 billion in the U.S. in 2016’. This was three times as much as the Chinese direct investment in 2015. Now, China’s long-term investment in U.S. physical assets exceeds $100 billion for the first time, taking employment by Chinese-owned U.S. companies to about 100,000.

CD International Enterprises is part of that direct investment nexus. The company is geared to provide advice to Chinese entities on the U.S. capital markets, cross-border transactions, Sino-American joint venture structure, foreign invested entity structure, mergers and acquisitions and divestitures. CD International will also undertake screening and due diligence of potential acquisition targets for Chinese corporate buyers.

The consulting services it offers comprise just one division of CD International. The company also trades commodities through its wholly owned subsidiary CDII Minerals, Inc., which sources, aggregates, and distributes iron ore, manganese ore, and scrap metal for companies in the People’s Republic of China.

In April, CD International announced the launch of its newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary, Green Products Distribution, Inc., and the associated online store Green CBD Products (http://dtn.fm/rr8kC), aimed at the Chinese-speaking diaspora.

The launch of Green Products Distribution and the associated online store is a key part of the company’s expansion plans. With this launch, CD International’s chief objective is to retail CBD-based products to Chinese-speaking communities, which collectively represent a global market of over two billion people. After getting the online store up and running within the next several weeks, the company plans to contract an online marketing firm to promote the online store and its products in Chinese-speaking communities across the world. Other plans under consideration by CD International include developing a mobile app for optimal distribution of CBD-based products through mobile devices and the bulk distribution of cannabidiol (CBD) crystal in the U.S.

The company has also entered into a partnership agent sales agreement with NutraFuels, Inc. (OTC: NTFU), a manufacturer and distributor of naturally derived, liquid-based health and wellness nutraceutical products. Under the terms of the agreement, CD International will market NutraFuels’ available product lines to the global Chinese-speaking population. These include five unique oral spray daily health and wellness products containing industrial hemp-based CBD. These supplements have been shown to support various daily health and wellness goals, including weight loss, stress relief, improved energy and focus, better sleep and lasting pain relief.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.CDII.net

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How Quest Resource Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: QRHC) Plans to Use Business Waste to Fuel Triple-Digit, Top-Line Growth

Humans are a wasteful bunch, and our habits in the business world are no different. While a minimal amount of waste in the workplace is recycled, Texas-based Quest Resource Holdings (NASDAQ: QRHC) believes the nation’s corporations can do a lot better. As a provider of sustainability, recycling and environmental services, Quest is focused on strengthening its own top line while helping large corporations reduce their operating cost and minimize their eco-footprint.

Through its Quest Resource Management Group and Early911 subsidiaries, Quest designs and manages sustainability, recycling and resource management programs for the automotive, grocery/restaurant, industrial, property management and sustainability industries. With more than 38,000 client locations across the country, Quest has managed more than 1.37 million tons of waste, including used motor oil, trash, organics, used tires and card board.

In January 2017, Quest expanded its reach into the construction and demolition (C&D) industry, which spent $1.18 billion in 2016 alone – marking the industry’s highest level of spending in a decade. According to the Department of Commerce, the increase correlates with rising demand for project services and waste management as construction companies seek to minimize risk and cost, increase insight and control, and address environmental goals of clients.

For Quest, this means opportunity. Quest leverages its national footprint and cloud-based service and reporting platform to provide clients the ability to control cost, access waste disposal alternatives, streamline logistics, and increase efficiencies. Using the C&D industry as an example of this strategy, Quest’s construction-centered offerings include general requirement services such as temporary offices, storage containers, toilets and hand washing stations, holding tanks, water tanks and dumpsters. C&D waste and recycling services include solutions for materials such as wood, concrete, roofing, drywall, metal, plastic and blast media recycling, as well as hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

These solutions are executed through a time-saving, streamlined process in which Quest handles incoming requests, schedules and manages services, and provides LEED® credit tracking and sustainability reporting, enabling busy construction managers to focus on building their projects.

To facilitate its own growth, Quest operates an organic and acquisition-based strategy that creates a base of recurring revenues generated through fees for waste and recycling services, the sale of recyclable material in the commodity market, professional services, and the sale of operational products such as waste collection containers, compacting equipment and fleet maintenance products.

In 2016, backed with a credit facility with up to $20 million in borrowing capacity, the company refined its go-to-market strategy to optimize its market opportunities and reinforce the foundation for growth. The plan enabled the expansion of existing markets, entry into new industry verticals, and wins from new and existing customers.

These initiatives enabled the company to drive fourth-quarter revenues to $45.0 million, a year-over-year increase of 2%. Full-year 2016 revenues of $184 million represent an increase of 8% from total revenues in 2015. In the fourth quarter of 2016 the company also improved its gross margin by 50 basis points to 8.2%, and narrowed its net loss to $1.3 million compared to $2.8 million for the comparable quarter of 2015.

Pivoting off this growth, the company has its sight set on a market opportunity valued at $55 billion, with anticipation for continued momentum.

“We expect improved performance in 2017, reflecting our refocused go-to-market strategy and our efforts to enhance the value add of our services portfolio. Those initiatives, including our focused approach to customer acquisition, are expected to result in 1% to 2% improvement in gross margin and positive Adjusted EBITDA by the end of 2017,” S. Ray Hatch, president and CEO of Quest, stated in the earnings release. “Long term, we expect our strategy will return the company to double-digit top-line growth. In addition, we plan to show continued growth during the next several years and have established a three-to-five-year gross margin target in the low to mid-teens and an Adjusted EBITDA margin target of 4% to 6%.”

For more information visit www.qrhc.com

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ChineseInvestors.com, Inc. (CIIX) Raises Funds through a Private Placement, Sales of Equities, and Preferred Stock Offerings

ChineseInvestors.com, Inc. (OTCQB: CIIX) is raising funds in a series of offerings, equity sales and a private placement to meet its liquidity needs, even as it reported a 95% gain in its year-over-year operating revenues for the three months ended February 28, 2017. It has begun a private placement of a new series of its preferred stock to its Canadian investors. In 2016, it realized $2.3 million in proceeds from its stock sales of Medicine Man Technologies, Inc.

ChineseInvestors.com is a company which, in real-time in the Chinese language, provides analysis and educational services. It also offers consulting and advertising servies to its members. It is now focusing on the growing cannabis sector, developing online and store sales of hemp-based CBD health products. Warren Wang, chief executive officer of CIIX, said the company is in the final stages of developing websites, retail channels and marketing campaigns for the product line.

In the quarter ended February 28, 2017, it raised $5,000,043 from an offering of its Series C-2016 preferred stock. Additionally, the investors of the final $350,150 in that over-subscribed offering agreed to keep their funds on deposit with the company pending the company’s next securities placement. It was recorded on the balance sheet as an investors’ deposit. CIIX raised some $1,996,939 in cash in the nine months ended February 28, 2017, from its holdings in MDCL stock. The company still retains 41,238 shares of MDCL stock, representing $79,588 in value based on a closing market price of $1.93.

Even as its own sales performance grows, CIIX says that, since its inception, it has relied on proceeds from private placements and sales of shares of its equity securities to fund its operations. In the past two years, CIIX has realized proceeds of $2,605,000 from the issuance of its Series B-2014 stock.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.ChineseInvestors.com

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