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Adobe has revealed that a series of attacks on its servers has compromised the security data of 2.9 million of its customers. Information taken includes names, encrypted credit or debit card information, expiration dates and other information.

In a post on the company blog, Adobe Chief Security Officer Brad Arkin states: “At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems. We deeply regret that this incident occurred. We’re working diligently internally, as well as with external partners and law enforcement, to address the incident.”

As part of the security measures after the breach, Adobe says it will be resetting relevant customer passwords, notifying customers whose payment information have become compromised, notifying banks and financial institutions of those users as well as contacting federal law enforcement to help with the investigation. 

Customers whose credit or debit card information was involved will be offered a one-year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available.

As well as its customer information, the hackers also accessed source code for numerous Adobe products. In all, according to third party security firm Hold Security LLC investigating the intrusion, 40 gigabytes of data were taken. According to the firm, the hackers involved also previously penetrated LexisNexis, Kroll, NW3C, and many other sites.

Adobe launched Creative Cloud in April 2012 and today is the only method to access the latest version of its Creative Suite products after the company eliminated the perpetual license model earlier this year.

More information for Adobe customers can be accessed here.

Pitney Bowes completed the sale of its Pitney Bowes Management Services arm for US$400 million in cash to funds affiliated with the investment firm Apollo Global Management LLC. Pitney Bowes states proceeds from the sale of the business principally are to be used to pay down debt.

Pitney Bowes Management Services, therefore, becomes a standalone company that is to operate under a new name to be determined by Apollo. The sale of the Pitney Bowes Management Services business to Apollo was first announced on July 30, 2013.

Apollo describes itself as a global alternative investment manager with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, London, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Singapore, Mumbai and Hong Kong. Apollo had assets under management of approximately US$113 billion as of June 30, 2013, in private equity, credit and real estate funds  across nine core industries.

Pitney Bowes develops software and hardware for direct mail, transactional mail and call-centre communications, along with channel messaging for the Web, email and mobile applications.


The shutdown of the U.S. Government today has had a major impact at the Government Printing Office operations. While the U.S. Congress continues to debate and hammer out a budget, the staff at the GPO will be reduced 70 percent, from its typical workforce of around 1,900.

The shutdown, the first in 18 years, comes after the Senate rejected a spending plan by House Republicans which undermines what is colloquially known as Obamacare. The shutdown affects 800,000 workers in the U.S. government, who will be sent home without pay, and will cost the U.S. economy $1 billion a week.

The continuing GPO operations will be there to support Congress as it works its way through the stalemate. All other purchasing and or printing (other than some designated as “excepted”) will cease until funding is restored.

The GPO posted a message about the situation on its site, which reads:

“In the absence of contact from the GPO Acquisition Services office, your contract is NOT designated as excepted. Therefore, no work is to be performed under your contract after midnight September 30, 2013. This direction is in effect until you are notified by the Contracting Officer that work under your contract shall resume, which is not expected to happen until appropriations again become available for this agency.”

A story by Washington, D.C. publication Roll Call, quoted GPO spokesperson Gary Somerset regarding the GPO’s role during the shutdown: “When Congress’ lights are on, GPO’s lights are on,” Somerset said. “Whether it be a shutdown, blizzard, earthquake or hurricane, GPO employees will fulfill the digital and printing needs of Congress.”


A federal court judge in the U.S. has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit brought forward by Digitech Image Technologies against EFI and dozens of other defendants, including Apple. The patent, number 6,128,415, is for “Device profiles for use in a digital image processing system” and was originally assigned to Polaroid in 2000.

"We are pleased that the court invalidated the patent, but it was clear this case should never have been filed," said EFI General Counsel Bryan Ko. "It is yet another illustration of how patent trolls are clogging the judicial system and wasting public resources. Until the system changes, however, EFI won't be bullied into settling these abusive lawsuits."

According to EFI, the court invalidated the patent, saying that even Digitech's most "creative arguments" could not "salvage an unpatentable principle and transform it into a patentable process" and that asserted claims are "intangible, possess no meaningful non-abstract limitations, and are therefore ineligible for patent protection."

Digitech was able to extract settlements from a number of parties, including Panasonic, Sony, Acer and Motorola, but EFI was among 35 that did not settle. Digitech is a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corporation, a self proclaimed leader in patent licensing, generating $959 million in revenues as of July 2013. It holds over 250 patent portfolios and has completed more than 1,200 licensing agreements.

Rod McGregor, former President and CEO of the Yorkville Group of companies passed away on Sunday August 4, 2013. He was 74.

Born in 1938, Rod grew up in the Kingsway. He attended Etobicoke Collegiate, Western Technical School and for a short time, Ryerson.

During his time at Yorkville, he grew a small printing operation into one of the largest privately owned printing companies in Canada. In 1986, the organization was sold to Maclean-Hunter, but he continued to lead the printing division until he retired in 1991. The Yorkville plant was purchased by Transcontinental in 1995.

McGregor was surrounded by his loving family, children Laura (and Don) Ross (Emily, Sarah), Duncan (and Shelby) McGregor (Mack, James, Dash) and brother Duncan (and Lynn) McGregor. Rod was predeceased by his wife Margo in May 2007 and by his parents Reid and Genia McGregor.

Visitations will be held on Monday August 12, 2013 from 2 – 4 pm and 6 – 9 pm at the Yorke Chapel of Turner and Porter, 2357 Bloor St. West, Toronto. A memorial service will take place on Tuesday August 13, 2013 at 12 noon at the Kingsway-Lambton United Church,  85 The Kingsway. A Celebration of Life will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a charity of your choice to contribute to the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine on behalf of Dr. Silverman’s laboratory research.

Thousands of people, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, were in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic over the weekend to remember the 47 victims who lost their lives in a devastating tanker train derailment.

TC Transcontinental and Resolute Forest Products, both Montreal-based companies aligned to the printing industry, have pledged over $50,000 of support in the continuing efforts to help the people of Lac-Mégantic, a small community of around 6,000 in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.


On July 6, just after lunch hour, an unattended 73-car freight train carrying millions of litres of crude oil began to roll downhill and slammed into Lac-Mégantic’s downtown core and set off a series of explosions and fireballs. More than 30 buildings in the town's centre, roughly half of the downtown area, were destroyed. It is being recorded as the fourth deadliest rail accident in Canadian history, and the deadliest since the St-Hilaire train disaster in 1864.

To assist the efforts of the Canadian Red Cross in gathering donations to help those affected in Lac-Mégantic, TC Transcontinental arranged to make promotional space available in its many community papers, as well as Les Affaires and the Métro Montréal newspaper. In addition, the team of contributors to the show Ça commence bien!, produced by TC Media Production and aired on V, continue to make on-air appeals for donations.


“We know that this gesture of support by TC Transcontinental will help the Canadian Red Cross continue its work in the community knowing that its message is still getting out to the public, that is, that the needs of the people of Lac-Mégantic are many and urgent and that donations are necessary,” stated Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of TC Transcontinental’s Board. “Our TC Media newspapers are a vital source of information in many communities and we are proud to be contributing to the network of support now being built across the country.”

Resolute Forest Products has offered the municipality of Lac-Mégantic lumber to help rebuild the downtown core. The company will also work with its partners and the municipality to identify specific projects.


“Despite the days that have passed since this terrible tragedy, we still have difficulty finding the right words and gestures to express our compassion and support for the people of Lac-Mégantic,” stated Richard Garneau, CEO of Resolute. “As a large company in Quebec, we believe we have an important role to play in assisting the community during this difficult time. The people of Lac-Mégantic are in our thoughts.”

Red Cross donations for Lac-Mégantic


Norman Hughes, a long-time leader and entrepreneur in Canada’s printing and packaging industries, passed away at age 68.

Hughes was the owner of Cardinal Corrugated Containers, which continues to manufacture most any box configuration out of its Pickering, Ontario, facility, including custom corrugated boxes for the packaging sector. According to his obituary, Hughes took great pride in his company and valued his extended family of Cardinal employees.


Born in 1944 in Toronto, Hughes was also very active in the local community by volunteering his time to the Markham Figure Skating Club and several hockey associations. He was a part owner of the Markham Junior B Travelways.


Hughes is survived by his wife Susan, sister Roberta, three children and three grandchildren. Condolences can be accessed at chapelridgefh.com. A private ceremony to remember Norm Hughes was held on July 21 in Markham.


Walter Palka, known throughout Canada’s printing industry as one of its most dynamic and knowledgeable salespeople beginning in the late 1970s, passed away in Toronto on May 6, surrounded by family.

Palka – affectionately known to many in the industry as ‘Mr. Fudge’ – spent the formative years of his long printing-industry career with AB Dick, at a time when it was one of the most-powerful suppliers of printing presses and related products in North America.

He began working with AB Dick in 1974 as a Sales Technician and became Sales Manager of AB Dick in 1980. Palka then took on a sales position with Eskofot, at a time when the company was introducing cutting-edge imaging products. In 2001, Eskofot merged with Barco Graphics, which eventually became today’s powerhouse Esko. Palka then joined Graphic Whizard.

Palka is survived by his wife, Barb, and son, Gregory. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West, Toronto, from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013.



Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, 3055 Bloor Street West, Toronto, at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013. Internment will follow at Park Lawn Cemetery.



The former workers of Vertis who are in a dispute with the company over severance pay have ceased picketing the company’s Stevensville, Ontario plant. The picketing has ceased because the former workers believe the company has removed all the equipment from the plant.

In a story by Bullet News Niagara, the former workers said the remaining employees on hand for the closeout were let go on April 30th and that the Stevensville facility now stands empty. Despite ceasing picketing, the fight for compensation is not over, say the workers.

The plant’s former workers claim Vertis owes the nearly 100 poeple up to $2.7 million. The company closed the plant in January 2013 after Quad/Graphics purchased most of the assets of Vertis in October 2012, but did not include the Stevensville plant. Vertis filed for bankruptcy in the United States in December 2011.
 

Efraim “Efi” Arazi, the founder of Scitex and EFI, passed away on his birthday on Sunday, he was 76. Arazi was one of the pioneers in the high-tech sector in Israel and a major contributor to print’s digital transformation.

Arazi received his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also helped to create the camera used by Apollo 11 to transmit live pictures from the moon in 1969.

Arazi founded Scitex Corporation in 1968 and grew it to become one of the first Israeli high tech firms, at its peak employing over 4,000 people. It was one if the first Israeli firms to be listed on the NASDAQ. He then went on to found Electronics for Imaging (EFI) in 1988, which became another major force in digital printing technology after launching the EFI Fiery just a few years later.

Later he went on to found yet another firm called iMedia, which developed tools for cable, satellite and terrestrial television operators to transmit video.

In 2005, Israeli news website Ynet named him the 148th greatest Israeli of all time in a poll of its audience. 

“EFI mourns the loss of our founder and former CEO, Mr. Efi Arazi,” EFI’s website states today. “While Efi is no longer here, his spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation will always stay with us.”

 

Ian McJannet, well known throughout Canada’s printing industry as the former President and CEO of Love Printing, peacefully passed away in early March. He was 71. 

McJannet (pictured above with his wife, Kay, in 1988) was born in Davidson, Saskatchewan, and migrated to Ontario in the 1960s. He and Kay then purchased Love Printing, which would become well known as one of Canada’s leading mid-sized commercial printing operations, particularly during the 1980s and 1990s. 

In 1984, the Ottawa-based company purchased a tract of land in Stittsville where McJannet designed and constructed a large addition to an existing older building and moved the company from its original Gladstone Ave. location. 

Beyond printing, McJannet had a passion for flying, after earning his private pilot’s license his 40s, and spending time in Quebec at the family cottage.

McJannet leaves behind his wife, three daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.


Searching for suppliers and industry resources just became easier with today’s launch of PrintAction’s Online Buyers’ Guide. Containing more than 1,300 entries across 235 categories, it is the most comprehensive guide of its kind in Canada.



Published for the past 19 years, the print version of PrintAction’s Buyers’ Guide is an acknowledged fixture in the Canadian graphic communications industry. The addition of the online version allows users to search for products and services and connect with relevant companies more quickly and effectively.

Companies that wish to be listed within both the print and online versions are extended one free listing in the category of their choice. Enhanced features such as company advertising, profiles and, corporate logos and more are also available. Companies which provide their listing by the end of May will also be included in this year’s printed guide, slated to be published this summer. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to update listings or with any further questions.


Hans Müller, founder of the Müller Martini Group and a pioneer to the graphic communications industry, has died in Switzerland; he was 96.

Müller started his first company, Grapha Maschinenfabrik, selling his first pad and booklet stitching machine in 1946 and grew that operation into the industry’s largest finishing equipment vendor. Five years after his first machine, he unveiled the first perfect binder, followed by the first saddle stitcher with automatic signature feeders, coupled with a three-knife trimmer in 1954. Whereas his competitors’ machines could stitch 1,000 copies per hour, Müller’s machines could do 4,000. 

In 1955, the company changed its name to Hans Müller AG and began selling machines in the United States. In 1956, he introduced "flying stitching heads", which for the first time stitched without stop and go, enabling a further significant increase in production speed.

The company founded the Grapha printing press factory in Maulburg, Germany, in 1964 and integrated Swiss-based Martini AG in 1969. In 1998, it added VBF Buchtechnologie. Today the company operates nine production facilities around the world.

Hans Müller handed off control of the company to the next generation in 1991, with Rudolf Müller holding the role of CEO today.

"I’m happy that I’ve managed to provide our discerning customers with innovative and market-driven solutions in the form of our machines. Some solutions were developed in response to suggestions by customers and in close cooperation with them," he once said in an interview. He attributes a factor for the company's success to the high esteem in which Müller Martini held to its employees. "I find it highly gratifying that I could give many people interesting tasks."
 

A governmental policy meant to protect Canadian publishers has instead caused the publishing of Stephen Harper’s upcoming book to go to the U.S.

According to The Globe and Mail, the Prime Minister’s book will be published in the United States instead of Canada because of “prohibitions embedded in the government’s own cultural policy.”

The book, a history of professional hockey, was awarded to U.S. publisher Simon & Schuster because of their willingness to distribute throughout North America. Current government policy, the Investment Canada Act, forbids foreign companies from publishing books in Canada, but allows publishers outside to distribute in this country books published by foreign publishers in their home territories.

The U.S. publisher was chosen by Toronto lawyer Michael Levin, who brokered the deal and claimed the Prime Minister had nothing to do with its arrangement. The book will be released in November, with author royalties going to Military Families Fund of the Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services.

"Canadians from all walks of life enjoy cheering on the great heroes of our national game, but it wasn't always that way," writes Harper in a statement announcing the book's release. "The early days of professional hockey featured outsized personalities who fought pitched battles to shape the game we know and love today. Writing this book has taught me a lot about hockey and a great deal more about Canada. I hope all who read the book enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the experience of writing it."

Read the story at The Globe and Mail.

Garry Proudfoot, described by the BCPIA as an industry pioneer of the Vancouver printing world, passed away on January 4; he was 67.

Proudfoot started Web Press Graphics in the mid/late 1960s with Pierre Péladeau as business partner, an operation that continues today as part of Quad Graphics in Port Coquitlam, BC. 

Proudfoot leaves behind his loving wife Joan, his mother Judy, sisters Colleen and Sharee (Gerry), brother Jeff (Charmaine), his nieces and nephews, and of course, his beloved pups. A celebration of his life will be held January 16th, 2013 at Capilano Golf and Country Club, 420 Southborough Drive, West Vancouver, at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation or Canuck place would be gratefully accepted.

A guest book can be found online here.

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