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Enables the driver to instantly send the Email equivalent of certified or overnight mail right from the driver’s seat.

Los Angeles, January 26, 2007 – RPost® US Inc., announced today that its Registered Email®service will be integrated into the world’s first hand-built, $2 million, V16 production automobile, now being developed by DiMora Motorcar. The Natalia SLS 2 will be the world’s most luxurious, expensive and technologically advanced sport luxury sedan.

“The Natalia is premier in all facets: luxury, utility, performance, and innovation. Electronic communications are critical to today’s drivers as they conduct business on the road, and we want to integrate the most forward-looking technologies available to support the DiMora experience,” states Alfred DiMora, founder and CEO of DiMora Motorcar. “RPost’s groundbreaking and elegantly simple Registered Email services will deliver our owners, who are engaged in serious business and legal matters that often need immediate attention, the guarantees that critical messages are sent and received.”

RPost’s Registered Email service allows users to send critical email messages and electronic documents as attachments with verifiable proof-of-delivery. Unlike traditional email applications that are unable to verify the content of email messages or prove legally that a message was actually received, RPost email users have verifiable evidence of precisely what email content and attachments were sent and received, by whom and when-the ultimate accountability protection.

“It just makes sense that if the message is important enough to compose while in the car, the sender would want the proof-of-delivery and protection that RPost Registered Email service provides,” remarks Zafar Khan, co-founder and CEO of RPost. “Think of RPost’s Registered Email services as sending an electronic Federal Express, providing proof of delivery and receipt right from the driver’s seat. We are excited to be part of the DiMora project.”

About DiMora Motorcar:

Based in Palm Springs, California, DiMora Motorcar crafts automobiles designed to exceed expectations for safety, performance, technology, ecology, beauty, comfort, and luxury. It reveals the design, production, and testing of these automobiles via the Internet so that people around the world can participate in the process. The results will demonstrate America’s automotive design and engineering leadership. Alfred DiMora, the founder and CEO of DiMora Motorcar is known for his expertise in designing high-end luxury automobiles, such as the Clenet and Sceptre. He was also the founder of Starbridge Systems, Inc., where he developed the world’s fastest FPGA supercomputer. With his technological and automotive backgrounds, Alfred DiMora blends the two worlds together to create this new experience in automotive history. Please visit www.dimoramotorcar.com for more information.

Media Contacts: Jill Reed or Michael Kellner Schwartz Communications, Inc. (415) 512-0770rpost@schwartz-pr.com

DiMora Motorcar, Natalia, Volcano, and DiMora TV are marks of Alfred J. DiMora. Copyright 2007, Alfred J. DiMora, All Rights Reserved. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

RPost enhances flagship Registered Email service with greater security for email attachments.

Upgrade provides option to automatically convert Microsoft Office attachments to PDFs with one mouse click, at no added cost.

Los Angeles, January 23, 2007 – RPost® US Inc., the Registered Email® service company, today announced the immediate availability of a new Convert to PDF feature that allows for on-the-fly conversion of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents to PDF files, at no additional cost. With the upgraded RPost service, email users with a click of the mouse can automatically convert Microsoft Office attachments into simple or password-protected PDF files during the “Send” process. The new Convert to PDF feature builds on RPost’s ground-breaking Registered Email service that allows users to send critical email messages and electronic documents with verifiable proof of delivery. RPost email users are returned legally valid evidence of precisely what email content and attachments were sent and received, by whom and when.

“RPost is focused on providing its customers the highest level of functionality, efficiency and security when they hit the ‘Send’ button, enabling users to efficiently manage and secure their outbound electronic communications. RPost users recognize that if it is important enough to put in PDF form, it probably warrants the assurance of delivery and proof of content that a Registered Email message provides,” said Zafar Khan, co-founder and CEO of RPost. “The new Convert to PDF feature furthers our mission by making it fast, easy and free for email users to benefit from a more secure format for attachments, with the option of password encryption for an additional layer of security when needed.”

While recent federal and state statutes (ESIGN and UETA) have given electronic messages the same legal status as paper documents, traditional email applications are unable to verify the content of email messages or prove legally that a message was actually received. Enterprise email users recognize the value in using RPost Registered Email messages for electronic communications that have consequence, such as binding property to contracts and proposals. By arming users with verifiable proof of delivery and content, email suddenly becomes a viable alternative to overnight delivery of business critical information and allows organizations to save significant time and money. “RPost’s Registered Email service has changed our practices on what we communicate by email as opposed to regular mail or fax. With RPost’s Registered Email service we are able to send much more information by email given RPost’s ability to provide legal proof of the delivery of the email content and attachments,” said A. Peter Prinsen, Vice President and General Counsel of The Graham Company.

How It Works

While processing Registered Email® messages, if opted, the RPost® infrastructure converts requested documents to PDF with no tedious extra steps and at no additional cost. RPost enables the sender to choose to convert MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) attachments into PDF format while en route to the recipient destination – with just one extra click. The sender receives proof of content delivered and the recipient receives the selected attachments as PDF files. In addition, the sender may decide to add extra security to the PDF by assigning a password the receiver must input to open the PDF. Customers can choose to convert to PDF one or all of the attached files adding flexibility to secure email communications.

As RPost does not require per user licenses for its Registered Email services, companies can deploy the Registered Email capabilities with the PDF conversion capability on every desktop, making the conversion process completely hassle free, and eliminating the need and expense for additional PDF converter software licenses.

Enterprise email users who send attachments in PDF format usually do so because the content is business critical and requires a higher level of security. The marriage of RPost Registered Email service with the option for automatic PDF conversion is a natural evolution of RPost’s mission to empower email users with legal proof of message, delivery, content and official time stamp for business-critical electronic communications.

 

Media Contacts: Jill Reed or Michael Kellner Schwartz Communications, Inc. (415) 512-0770 rpost@schwartz-pr.com

Computerworld – comparison with USPS

Turn Important Email Into…

By Mark Hall

…… legally valid registered mail. Not every missive you send is worthy of registered mail, but for some documents and messages, you want proof that the recipient got what you sent. The U.S. Postal Service charges $8.77 for a 3-ounce hard-copy letter sent via registered mail. What do you do if you want to ensure that your electronic messages get through?

Zafar Khan, CEO of RPost U.S. Inc. in Los Angeles, says his company will transmit an email and any attachments for about 60 cents and give you the same delivery guarantees as the Postal Service. RPost doesn’t store any of your data, but it gives you a receipt number that can reconstruct the communication chain and the content of messages.

The online service, which works with Outlook, Notes and GroupWise as well as BlackBerry and Treo devices, was audited and accredited by the Postal Service in 2002. It primarily has had government clients until now. But next year, Khan says service providers of various stripes will offer it as a premium service for their corporate customers. And next week, RPost will add a feature that lets end users turn any Microsoft Office document into a PDF file.

 

RPost Registered Email service passes Bar

Bar Associations Nationwide Endorse and Market RPost to Members for Legal Proof of Email Delivery, Content, and Official Time Stamp of Electronic Communications.

LOS ANGELES, CA — Dec 5, 2006 — RPost®, the Registered Email® service company, today announced that members from more than nine state and regional bar associations in the United States and Puerto Rico use RPost Registered Email®service to send critical email messages and electronic documents with legal proof of delivery. With RPost services, email users have legally valid evidence of precisely what email content and attachments were sent and received, by whom and when.

RPost has established exclusive relationships with major bar associations across the United States that now endorse and/or market RPost Registered Email services to their members as a compelling and easy-to-use solution for protecting them in a legal challenge involving email and from future liability. The Boston Bar and Cleveland Bar are the most recent professional legal organizations to begin campaigns to educate their members on how, when and why to use RPost Registered Email services in their daily business. They join legal professionals from the Los Angeles County Bar, Cincinnati Bar, Clark County Bar (Las Vegas area), Colorado Bar, King County Bar (Seattle area), Utah State Bar and the Puerto Rico Bar which each endorse and/or educate their member attorneys about use of Registered Email services.

As recent court decisions have underscored the importance of treating email as a formal document, the legal community requires new technology that can track the electronic trail from sender to receiver and validate the original content, thereby delivering greater accountability when using electronic communications. While attorneys generally save a copy of sent emails, when they need a record of an email correspondence that will stand up to scrutiny, simply saving what was “sent” is only saving half the picture. If they need to retrieve a particular record, the other party could simply claim that they did not “receive” that email, or, worse, claim that when they did, it said something different.

“Most email users are surprised to learn that sent emails can be easily manipulated and re-saved, leaving them with little recourse should a dispute occur over the veracity of the original message content or delivery status,” said Michael T. Elliot, director, Los Angeles County Bar. “RPost Registered Email services close the last-mile delivery gap in electronic communications by protecting email users from liability that can result when unprotected email messages are disputed with respect to content or delivery status. By ‘RPosting’ an email message, legal professionals and their clients can rest assured that the message delivery status and content are capable of being authenticated by third parties as admissible evidence when presented in court.”

While recent federal and state statutes (ESIGN and UETA) have given electronic messages the same legal status as paper documents, traditional email applications are unable to verify the content of email messages or prove legally that a message was actually received. Bar association members, who typically include attorneys, judges, law students and other legal professionals, use RPost Registered Email service to send regulated or required notices while retaining proof of compliance with the notification requirement; to record email correspondence between opposing counsel in litigation; and to send legal opinions to clients and other parties while retaining legally valid evidence of precisely when they gave specific advice to whom.

“The bar associations believe, as do we, that attorneys should understand the risks in relying solely on email from their ‘sent’ folder as a record,” said Zafar Khan, CEO of RPost. “We are working with many of the leading bar associations to educate their member attorneys that RPost’s Registered Email service provides a record that will give the sender attorney and his or her clients the upper hand in a dispute resolution situation. Registered Email services prove, among other things, precisely what was said to whom and when, by email.”

Professionals in law, financial services, insurance, real estate and other highly regulated industries recognize the value in using RPost Registered Email messages for electronic communications that have consequence, such as binding property to insurance policies, legal notices, contracts and proposals. By arming users with verifiable proof of delivery and content, email suddenly becomes a viable alternative to overnight delivery of business critical information and allows organizations to save significant time and money.

“Registered Email is better than using registered letters or FedEx, since neither can provide proof of content transmitted,” remarks Judge Dana Senit Henry, a retired Los Angles County Court judge and practicing mediator, arbitrator and private judge.

RPost Registered Email service users receive an electronic receipt that verifies delivery, message content, and official time sent and received for any email. For the highest assurance of confidentiality, the RPost system does not retain a copy of the original email, unlike alternative “store and forward” solutions, nor does it require email recipients to download specialized software, click on links, or enter any passwords.

About RPost US Inc.

RPost® US Inc. has set the global standard for Legal Proof™ for email. RPost’s patented services provide the email sender with legally valid evidence of precisely what email content and attachments were sent and received, by whom and when. RPost has strategic business relationships with AT&T, Sprint, Qwest, BTInfonet (BritishTel) and Symantec, among others, to provide RPost services to their existing clients. Available in five languages, RPost Registered Email® services are also used daily by the United States Government and have been endorsed and marketed by many of the influential bar associations in the United States. Headquartered in Los Angeles, RPost US Inc. has offices in Boston and Washington, D.C. RPost International Limited has offices in Canada, Costa Rica, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Australia.

“Registered Email” is a registered trademark owned by RPost.

Contact:

Jill Reed or Michael Kellner – Schwartz Communications, Inc. – (415) 512-0770

rpost@schwartz-pr.com

tucson Citizen – RPost is new standard

Email catching up to technology

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“Emails are a major vertebra in the communication backbone of many businesses large and small. Rpost.com has developed an email service that targets the specific needs of commerce. It offers registered email, which is an email that has been verified by a series of access questions. The registered emails also have a digital seal to ensure that the email was not tampered with or altered. The rationale behind these services is that it will make it easier for firms to confidentially negotiate via email or if they need to use the emails in court.”

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CA Real Estate Journal – E-Signatures

While contractually binding, email agreements have been the cause of legal disputes.

Two e-commerce companies that recently joined forces hope the fax machine will one day be to real estate brokers what an eight-track player is to Apple executives.

Commercial real estate transactions often involve millions of dollars and require a dozen players to negotiate a deal. That can mean upward of 150 phone calls and exchanging 100 pages worth of documents on just one deal, said Jonathan Cutler, president of SettlementRoom.

In 1999, Cutler started developing technology to cut down some of the back and forth. “The whole objective was to take the closing process from a phone and paper-based system to something centralized on the Web,” Cutler said. Cutler, a former homebuilder, title company owner and commercial real estate investor, created a software program that enables parties involved in a negotiation to share documents through an electronic “room” on his Web site.

Now, Cutler wants to take the process one step further by allowing clients to use RPost’s Registered Email program, which, he said, takes email from a communication tool to a binding contractual tool. “One thing brokers are still doing is sending a lot of marked-up faxes back and forth,” said Zafar Khan, chief executive officer of RPost. “Registered Email has the ability to eliminate the need for all this printing, scanning and faxing. All of those things take time, cause hassles, and could cause delays that would allow a broker to lose a deal.”

RPost users get a receipt in much the same way that someone would if a document were sent through the U.S. Postal service. A digitally recorded server-to-server dialogue message acceptance is folded into a registered-receipt email and returned to the sender to confirm delivery and the content of the sent Registered Email message. RPost’s software can capture the server-to-server dialogue for the sender, confirm the exact content and times of transmission, and interpret the dialogue from the transmitted code for a nontechnical person. SettlementRoom and RPost reached an agreement in early October that will allow RPost’s Registered Email program to be used by Settlement Room clients.

Time Kills Deals

Technology has wrought enormous changes on the way brokers conduct business in the 10 years since Kitty Wallace, senior vice president with Sperry Van Ness, first entered commercial real estate. But as a broker who specializes in Los Angeles multifamily, where nearly 80 percent of the owners are moms and pops, she deals with varying levels of comfort with technology.

“I just did a $26 million deal with a guy who doesn’t have fax or email,” Wallace said. “We literally had to use wet signatures every time I needed him to sign something. But that was an exception.” She does, however, have clients who prefer a fax to an email. “Some people are uncomfortable with technology,” Wallace said. “Some of the mom-and-pops don’t do that many deals. They may sell one or two buildings every few years.”

For Wallace, who closes 40 deals a year totaling $150 million, handling transactions as efficiently as possible is important, so she employs all types of technological tools.

Sperry Van Ness has a software program that was created in-house that is similar to what SettlementRoom provides. Those types of programs have made all the difference in the world, Wallace said. For example, when listing a property, all of the due diligence materials are already uploaded on to the Web site. Or if rents are increased, brokers can change that with the click of a button rather than having to resend materials, saving both time and money. “You want to close deals as quickly as you can,” Wallace said. “You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. It might be the next earthquake.” Especially as the real estate investor pool continues to become more global, the Internet has increased the ability to communicate over long distances.

“Now, anyone can access real estate information from any part of the nation or world,” said Michael Yoshiba, shareholder in the litigation department and the eminent domain practice group at Richards, Watson & Gershon. “It’s easier to conduct transactions and share information. For brokers, it’s easier to market properties and share property profile information.”

In one of the deals Wallace worked on, she had a buyer in Los Angeles, a seller in Orange County and the money partner in New York. In the past, she would have had to use FedEx to ship the agreement to Los Angeles for a signature, and then Orange County and then to New York for signatures before being able to close the deal. “Now, I am able to do it all via email,” Wallace said. “I am able to do it all in 45 minutes.”

She still followed up, however, by sending a hard copy out to each participant through Fed-Ex to get wet signatures as a back-up. As convenient as this is, Wallace said that less than 10 percent of her clients use e-signatures and those who do are primarily her institutional clients. While some players have embraced e-signatures as contractually binding, Deborah Thoren-Peden, a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, said it is important to put that agreement on non-cyberspace paper.

“I certainly think a lot of contracts aren’t done in person,” Thoren-Peden said. “In the last few years, there has been a huge shift in how contract and contract negotiations have been handled.” She added that the federal Uniform Electronic Transaction Act, introduced in 2000, states that no one can presume a contract is invalid because an e-signature was used, Thoren-Peden said. The statute also puts Registered Email on the same footing as a letter sent via FedEx, Khan said.

“UETA defines what it means for email to be legally received,” Khan said. “It is legally received when the agent authorized to collect the mail – this could be the receptionist – receives it.” For email, this means it is legally received when the server acknowledges that it has received all the bits of data, which can be tracked and time-stamped using RPost.

But Khan thinks that RPost beats regular mail in more than time savings because his program also proves the content. All regular registered mail does is confirm the person received an envelope, but doesn’t really verify the contents inside.

Take the example of the sale of an office building. Through RPost, all the documents can be delivered electronically because it can be confirmed that the recipient received the documents. In this situation, millions of dollars are at stake and timing is important. “Documents could be delivered as an attachment to an email and the receiver can’t dispute having received the documents,” Khan said. Without Registered Email, the buyer can always say he or she never received the document and wants out of the deal, he added.

Even RPost won’t prevent some deals from ending up in court, however. “I’m fairly certain courts will continue to evaluate whether e-signature is valid,” Thoren-Peden said. “There are always going to be circumstances where people say things occurred that they didn’t agree to. In those situations, it will end up in court.”

Email: Keeley_Webster@DailyJournal.com

WSJ

The Wall Street Journal published an article on the front page of the Personal Journal (page D1) entitled “This Email Will Self Destruct” that discusses RPost and the Registered Email® service. Some excerpts follow, along with the full article.

 

WSJ page D1, August 31, 2006

Email is increasingly called on as evidence in court, says Dana Henry, a consultant for RPost International Ltd., a Los Angeles-based provider of “registered email” services. It is relatively easy to change the contents of a message or say it was never delivered, says Ms. Henry, a former Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. “There is such incredible deniability on the part of the other party who is the recipient.”

 

The RPost service, which also works with Outlook, is designed to ensure the authenticity of messages so that they can be used in legal disputes, if necessary. The program adds a unique digital seal to each registered email. A few minutes after sending the message, the sender receives an email receipt that includes when the message was delivered and opened. RPost will also verify whether the original message’s content was changed. The sender can choose whether or not the email tells the recipient that the message is registered.

 

The RPost service, which charges senders 59 cents for each registered email, added a new feature in July that checks for “risky” content, such as Social Security numbers or key words that senders — or the senders’ employer — have flagged, before delivering the message. Customers, especially lawyers and technology professionals, are interested in using the service to protect senders from email-related liability, says RPost CEO Zafar Khan. “That can often cost the company quite a bit more, especially in this country, in litigation and litigation-discovery costs,” he says.

 

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RPost is invited to participate in the Technical Committee for Information Technologies Regulation in connection with e-government and e-sign initiatives in Costa Rica

The National Institute for Technical Norms of Costa Rica has invited RPost® to participate in the committee that will define the national norms for electronic signatures.

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ElInstituto de Normas Técnicas de Costa RicaINTECO, en su calidad de Ente Nacional deNormalización de acuerdo con la Ley 8279,conformó el ComitéTécnico Nacional de Tecnologías de InformaciónINTE/CTN 27, el cual tendrá como responsabilidadestablecer los requisitos que deben cumplir lastecnologías de información, en búsqueda de laprotección de la seguridad de los consumidores yel aseguramiento de las prácticas justas en elcomercio de estos productos, mediante laidentificación y priorización de las necesidadesde normalización. Por la importancia de la laborde este Comité y la relación de su organizacióncon este tema, RPost ha sido invitado aparticipar como parte del INTE-CTN 27.

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For more information on the INTECO Normsfrom Costa Rica,click here.

RPost’s Registered Email And Workshare Join To Solve The Most Common Email Risks

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY – July 25, 2006 – RPost (https://www.rpost.com) and Workshare (http://www.workshare.com) have joined to tackle the most common email risks, by combining RPost’s Registered Email® services with Workshare Protect™. When users send e-mail, they will now have the option to set policies to automate, cleanse hidden data from documents, convert to protected formats and send messages as Registered Email® messages.

As recent court cases demonstrate, email can sink businesses- legally and financially. Accordingto the American Management Association and e-Policy Institute, 15% of companies have gone to court to battle lawsuits triggered by employee email.

“The simple fact that almost everyone has access to some sort of electronic mail capability causes usto take a lot for granted. While email users arebecoming more aware of the electronic record theyhave created, it is important to consider these electronic records can serve as a critically important defense for business transactions, if properly managed,” remarks Zafar Khan, CEO of RPost(R).

Ossn

Home-Based Agents Can Now Protect Their Emails,OSSN’s Gary Fee Says

JUPITER, Fla., July 10 — You receive an urgent phone call from the grand parents who’ve paid for 20 family members to sail with them on a 50th wedding anniversary cruise. They claim it’s your fault that several relatives had trouble boarding the ship, because you misspelled passengers’ names on the final list that you emailed to the cruise line’s group department.

Or, you find yourself in small claims court fighting a former client who swears that you never offered him travel insurance on his vacation that was canceled due to an approaching hurricane (when your records show he declined the coverage — a fact that you confirmed with this client via email).

To protect home-based travel agents in these types of situations, the Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN) has agreed to endorse the services offered by RPost®, one of the world’s leading providers of registered email. “For many travel agents, email has largely replaced postal mail and faxes as the primary means of communicating in writing with suppliers and clients,” said Gary Fee,OSSN’s founder and president. “RPost will give our members a simple tool that makes their emails completely accountable and verifiable.”

Using RPost’s software, agents can send Registered Email messages that generates a tamper proof Registered Receipt™ containing data that proves not only the time and date that the email was received but also the contents. “Registered email actually confirms what an agent said in the email — everything from passenger lists to payment terms and prices,” Fee said. “You can’t do that even with registered letters or overnight express packages. Plus, it’s faster and cheaper to communicate this way with suppliers and clients.”

OSSN will recommend that its members considerusing RPost emails when communicating with suppliers about reservations, deposits and payments,and commissions. Also, registered emails should besent when giving clients their travel confirmations,trip terms and conditions, and other legal information.

For more information, consult OSSN’s web page,which describes RPost’s services: www.rpost.com/homepage2/partners/ossn.

Founded in 1990, OSSN is North America’s largesttrade organization dedicated solely to home-basedtravel agents, serving almost 7,000 members and more than 60 chapters around the United States and PuertoRico. It is headquartered in Jupiter, Fla.

Click here to see online version of article in Travel Industry Review.