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December 12, 2005 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Answers.com Gets a Brainboost

Answers Corp., creators of the online reference site Answers.com, has acquired natural language search company Brainboost Technology LLC (http:// www.brainboost.com) for $4 million in cash and 439,000 shares of restricted stock, including certain price protection rights. The company plans to integrate the Brainboost answer extraction engine, which uses artificial intelligence technology to enable natural language search on the Web, into its own product line. Assaf Rozenblatt, developer of the proprietary technology, has joined the Answers.com team as director of natural language research.

Brainboost works by scouring digital content and extracting candidate answers to natural language queries. It then ranks those candidate answers heuristically and displays the highest-confidence results in simple English form. Answers.com said it will apply Brainboost's answer extraction techniques not only to the Web at large, as implemented currently, but to Answers.com's own growing content library of "attributable reference sources." An overview document outlining the specific benefits of the acquisition can be found at http://www.answers.com/main/brainboost_paper.jsp.Source: Answers Corp.



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