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December 19, 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Alexa Offers Developers Web Search Platform

Alexa Internet, Inc., an Amazon.com company, announced the new Alexa Web Search Platform (AWSP; http://websearch.alexa.com), which provides public access to the Web crawl collected by Alexa Internet. Users can search and process billions of documents—even create their own search engines—using Alexa's search and publication tools. Alexa provides computing and storage resources that allow users to quickly process and store large amounts of Web data. Users can view the results of their processes interactively, transfer the results to their home machine, or publish them as a new Web service. The AWSP is in limited beta; interested developers can apply for an account.

The platform's automatic Web service publication utilities allow users to provide their output data to the world and eliminate the need for users to support their own service infrastructure. As a full-service Web analysis and Web service publication platform, the AWSP should allow any user with an Internet connection to access Web content on large scales and provide new services or applications to the online community. The platform was designed to be used by developers and researchers with some basic programming experience and familiarity with the Unix/Linux environment.Source: Alexa Internet, Inc.

Questel•Orbit Introduces New QPAT v 4.0

Questel•Orbit (http://www.questel.orbit.com) announced the release of the new QPAT v 4.0 (http://www.qpat.com), its patent information service. The company said the new QPAT was designed to enhance user-friendliness and navigation while adding additional searching power and features to search Questel•Orbit's exclusive FamPat and PlusPat databases as well as its full-text patent collection.

Enhancements include:

  • Redesigned search screen—User-friendly entry boxes as well as a command-line entry for expert searchers, and the addition of an assignee and inventor index look-up
  • Enhanced hit-list display—Tabular display that can be expanded to include abstracts and front-page images
  • Flexible displays with enhanced links—Quick-change record views (formats) and links to corresponding full-text patents, legal status, electronic facsimile patents (PDF), and both FamPat and extended (INPADOC) families

QPAT v 3 will be maintained through the end of January 2006, and a link to it is included on the QPAT v 4 login page. The new QPAT design was based on an extensive 2-year customer and market survey to see what researchers wanted in a fully integrated patent search solution.

Source: Questel•Orbit

Biz360 Partners with Feedster on BlogView Service

Biz360, Inc. (http://www.biz360.com) is partnering with Feedster, Inc. (http://www.feedster.com) to offer a new service for marketing and communications professionals to monitor blog and wiki content. The new service, BlogView, is the latest expansion of Market360, Biz360's market intelligence application. Feedster will provide Biz360 with active blog feeds, so Biz360 can collect the content for text analysis. The partnership allows Biz360 to identify and add new blog sources as they appear on the Internet.

Biz360 is currently tracking more than 15 million active sources, which includes blogs and wikis. BlogView is designed to measure buzz in the blogosphere and help company executives glean intelligence from the blog and wiki content that discuss their company, products, competitors, and trends that affect their business.

BlogView is available now as part of Market360, which supports RSS, or as a stand-alone service. The capabilities will also be available through LexisNexis MarketImpact (a reputation and brand monitoring solution that was announced this fall) and StrategyOne's MediaMind.

Source: Biz360, Inc.



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