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March 10, 2008 — 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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Factiva Gains Text-to-Speech Capability

Dow Jones & Co. (www.dowjones.com) introduced a new "text-to-speech" capability in Dow Jones Factiva (www.factiva.com) that allows users to listen to the news. With one click, users can now listen to a news article rather than read it, freeing them to do other things. Currently available in beta format (and not yet offered in a mobile version), a "Listen to Article" link appears at the top of any full-text article with fewer than 4,000 words. The listen capability is available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish languages and automatically defaults to reading in the interface language previously selected by the user. To test the Dow Jones Factiva listen capability and to hear the press release, click here.

The listen capability is a web-based service provided by VoiceCorp (www.voice-corp.com) that converts text into speech on-the-fly. It is made available wherever full-text articles are found, including alerts, search results, and newsletters. Once the link is clicked, the listen capability uses a Flash player to read the article.

The addition of the text-to-speech feature further builds on Dow Jones’ goal of integrating various forms of multimedia content into Dow Jones Factiva. In August 2007, Dow Jones Factiva added relevant video and audio information, including business news, CEO interviews, executive speeches, shareholders meetings, product reviews, and other business content. Dow Jones Factiva searches across more than 14,000 authoritative sources, including the exclusive combination of The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, and Reuters newswires.

Source: Dow Jones & Co., Inc.



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