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August 8, 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.

CLICK HERE to view more Weekly News Digest items. Adds Fourth Search Engine has added the search results from MSN Search to its metasearch engine. It now offers access to four leading search sites: MSN Search, Google, Yahoo!, and Ask Jeeves. The company said it is the first to combine results from the four search sites, and thus it gives consumers the most comprehensive view of the Web and helps them efficiently retrieve the most relevant results.

According to a new study, only 1.1 percent of the first-page results are the same across all four engines. The study, done by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and The Pennsylvania State University, evaluated 12,570 random queries run on MSN Search, Google, Yahoo!, and Ask Jeeves. The full results of the study can be found at has also built a tool that allows consumers to compare the results of the search engines for themselves. The new comparison search tool can be found at is part of the InfoSpace Search & Directory family. Other properties include Switchboard (, WebCrawler (, InfoSpace (, MetaCrawler (, and ( InfoSpace Search & Directory is a business of InfoSpace, Inc.


LexisNexis AlaCarte! Gains Video Clips

LexisNexis and Critical Mention, Inc. announced an alliance to deliver searchable video and print news clips via LexisNexis AlaCarte! (, a pay-as-you-go online solution for small to medium-sized businesses and independent professionals. In late summer of this year, LexisNexis AlaCarte! users will be able to search television clips and view streaming video from TV news providers. In addition, a “send to a colleague” function will allow users to send links to TV video clips for viewing. Users of LexisNexis AlaCarte! will thus have a convenient one-stop source for accessing business and legal information and current print, radio, and TV news coverage.

The CriticalTV platform provides real-time monitoring and e-mail alerts for organizations that require up-to-the-minute news about their company, customers, and competitors. Critical Mention currently serves more than 275 clients in corporate communications, financial services, professional services, nonprofit organizations, and government industries. The partnership with LexisNexis lets the company reach small business professionals with its service. Founded in 2002, Critical Mention ( is privately held; its headquarters are located in New York City.Source: LexisNexis and Critical Mention, Inc.

Questel•Orbit Acquires DigiPat

Questel•Orbit ( announced that it has acquired DigiPat (, a company based in Alexandria, Va. DigiPat, which was founded in 1998 by patent attorneys, specializes in the delivery of U.S. and international patent and trademark documents in several formats, as well as providing offline research services. DigiPat's close proximity to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) allows it to obtain documents quickly and provide its clients with on-site representation at the USPTO.

Questel•Orbit said the two companies have complementary offers in the IP information market; the acquisition allows Questel•Orbit to extend content and services to its international customer base. Charles Besson, Questel•Orbit's CEO, said: "This is a key element in our vertical integration strategy; [it] will allow our customers to order file histories directly from within our services." The company, in business for more than 30 years, provides a suite of patent and trademark services to executives, scientists, researchers, and competitive intelligence professionals.

Source: Questel•Orbit

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