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Basware Launches New Platform: "Alusta"
Basware: Open Collaborative Commerce Becomes a Reality for Organizations of All Sizes -- Basware, the leading provider of e-invoicing and purchase-to-pay solutions, has today launched Basware Alusta, a cloud-based platform for business-to-business transaction collaboration. Basware Alusta provides open, centralized access to all Basware services via a scalable, secure, open collaborative commerce ecosystem for buying and supplying organizations of every size and location. Today's announcement marks the application of Basware's deep heritage within the e-invoicing, purchase-to-pay and order-to-cash markets to a new era of B2B commerce, and the ways in which businesses want to buy and sell. Through the provision of flexible, pre-packaged software and service solutions, delivered as a service with built-in process templates, both global enterprises and growing SMEs can access and benefit from Basware's cloud solutions rapidly and in the way that best suits their business needs.

16 dead, dozens missing after blast at China chemical plant -- An explosion at a chemical plant in northern China on Tuesday killed at least 16 people, injured more than 40 and left dozens missing. Fears of new blasts later halted rescue efforts, The Associated Press reported Wednesday. The official Xinhua News Agency said that about 100 people were working at the Hebei Zhaoxian Keeper Chemical Co. plant in Hebei province's Zhaoxian county when a workshop was flattened. Xinhua quoted Zhaoxian deputy chief Wu Haijiang as saying that rescue work had been stopped due to the risk of explosions.

Move over, Darwin.
Obama administration plan would kill rival bird to save spotted owl - To save the imperiled spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has shoved its smaller cousin aside. The plan is the latest federal attempt to protect the northern spotted owl, the passive, one-pound bird that sparked an epic battle over logging in the Pacific Northwest two decades ago.

Guantanamo detainees get new $750G soccer field -- At a time of record deficits, a new soccer field for detainees at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay is just getting the finishing touches -- at a cost of $750,000 to taxpayers. The project was the highlight of a tour Tuesday of the detention camp for reporters at the facility covering the arraignment in a military court of Majid Khan, a former Baltimore resident and the the only legal U.S. resident on trial at Guantanamo.

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