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August 1, 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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Critical Mention Offers AP Video Clips

Critical Mention, Inc. (, a Web-based television news search and monitoring service, announced a video-licensing agreement with AP Digital, a division of The Associated Press ( Critical Mention now offers AP video clips to corporate communications, business intelligence, news-monitoring professionals, and approved Critical Mention distributors. Critical Mention will pay AP Digital a fee each time an AP news video clip is viewed on its platform, CriticalTV. The company said the agreement accentuates Critical Mention's commitment to providing the world's premier broadcast news to businesses and government agencies and illustrates the expanding online market for news video monitoring worldwide.

The CriticalTV platform provides real-time monitoring and e-mail alerts for organizations that require up-to-the-minute news about their company, cust omers, and competitors. CriticalTV lets users find a video clip online immediately after its broadcast; instantly share the clip within a workgroup via secure video e-mail or a private video gallery; and order a professional transcript or hard copy online. Critical Mention currently serves more than 150 clients. Founded in 2002, Critical Mention is privately held, with headquarters in New York City.

Source: Critical Mention, Inc.

Access Innovations Awarded Technology Patent

Access Innovations, Inc. (, said it has been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the underlying database design and maintenance technology that drives its Data Harmony line of software. The new patent covers key elements of the software's machine-aided indexing and content creation features. With its intellectual assets protected, the company said it would seek other alliances and joint ventures, as well as possible equity financing, to expand. It expects to launch new products, including a portal taxonomy information management system, later this year.

Founded in 1978, the privately owned Access Innovations, Inc. offers information management and database construction services for academic institutions, government agencies, and industry. The company's suite of Data Harmony products provides tools and services to publishers, both primary and secondary, and to database producers, online and Web-based directory publishers, corporate libraries, Web portals, and to corporations and associations with large intranets. The Data Harmony suite includes Thesaurus Master, M.A.I., XIS (the XML Intranet System), and more than 40 Knowledge Domains (taxonomies and rule bases for license). The company's NewsIndexer service, used to track news reports published around the world in electronic media, utilizes a specialized vocabulary of terms reflecting the media's evolving vernacular. Access Innovations is based in Albuquerque, N.M.

Source:Access Innovations, Inc.

askSam Releases New Web Publisher

askSam Systems has released version 6 of the askSam Web Publisher, which makes it easy to publish large amounts of information on the Internet with no knowledge of HTML. Web Publisher lets users import existing documents and publish this information in a searchable, hypertext-linked database. Users can take large Microsoft Word documents or PDF files (such as government reports or corporate policy manuals) and break them into multiple pieces, making them easier to search and navigate online. Users are able to search and find specific sections of the document and are not forced to load and page through large files.

Additionally, the askSam Web Publisher lets users create searchable collections of documents. askSam Systems has prepared some useful examples including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Bible, selected speeches from the 2004 political conventions, and more.

Version 6 of Web Publisher is fully compatible with askSam 6 and allows users to publish askSam 6 databases on the Web. The Web Publisher runs on all CGI-compliant Windows Web servers (such as Microsoft Internet Information Server and Apache) and costs $1,495 per server. For more information or to try the free 30-day trial version, go to

Source: askSam Systems

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