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Bank of America Merrill Lynch today unveiled BofAML Express, the firm's next generation ultra low-latency market access and risk control platform for U.S. equities. The platform delivers sub 10-microseconds of wire-to-wire latency and provides an embedded series of risk controls required by recent SEC regulation.

BGC Partners, (“BGC Partners” or “BGC” or "the Company"), a leading global brokerage company primarily servicing the wholesale financial markets, today announced the appointment of Mark Benfield as Executive Managing Director and Director of BGC Market Data, one of the world’s leading market data providers and a subsidiary of BGC Partners.

Intel Corporation today announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems, a privately held fabless semiconductor company that designs Ethernet switch silicon for data center network providers.

TWELVE NEW RECORD PEAKS: NASDAQ ITTO, BONO and TotalView ITCH, SIAC CTS, OPRA and CQS, Deutsche Börse CEF Ultra + Eurex, CEF Core Eurex and CEF Ultra + Xetra, BATS BYX PITCH, Options MCASTPITCH AGG and Direct Edge EDGA.

Across the global financial markets industry, new trading strategies, fragmented liquidity venues, and requirements for highest trading execution are driving the need for optimal reliability, predictability and ultra-low-latency connected data centers. Delays to transactions--even fractions of seconds-- can cost millions of dollars, prompting the most successful investment firms to seek out stock exchanges that have the highest performing networks. To meet these needs, the NASDAQ OMX Group, the world's No. 1 provider of technology to exchanges, clearing houses and regulators, has selected the Cisco Data Center Business Advantage portfolio to evolve NASDAQ OMX PHLX, the Philadelphia-based, high-performance options trading exchange.

Lightspeed Financial, a leading provider of ultra low latency direct market access trading technology, risk management solutions and brokerage services for retail active traders and institutional investors, today announced that it now supports the automatic execution of trade signals that are generated by The Machine.

Orc Group, a leading provider of technology and services for the global financial industry, today announced that Yuanta Futures (Yuanta) has joined Orc ExNet Broker Network (Orc ExNet) to provide low-latency market access to the Taiwan Futures Exchange. The order was booked in Q2, 2011, and the contract is based on Orc’s licensing subscription model.

ConvergEx Group, a leading technology company, today announced that RealTick 10, its global multi‐asset class execution platform, is now offering its broker customers an enhanced risk management solution to meet the requirements of the new market access rule (SEC Rule 15c3-5). This rule requires brokers to implement and maintain specific risk management controls prior to providing their end customers with access to execution venues. Certain provisions of the rule are set to take effect today.

Nomura, the global investment bank, highlights the continued expansion of its Equity franchise in the Americas and the maturity of its electronic trading suite NXT, by going live in a new US data center.