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January 17, 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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Thomson West Acquires NETSCAN iPublishing; Gets New CEO

Thomson West (, a business within The Thomson Corp., has acquired Virginia-based NETSCAN iPublishing, Inc. (, which publishes pending legislative and regulatory information to government affairs professionals and lobbyists in corporations, associations, law firms, and government agencies. NETSCAN will operate as a business within Thomson West and will continue to provide its current awareness products and services to customers from its headquarters in Falls Church, Va. The NETSCAN management team, including president Harvey Golomb, will continue to manage the business. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

NETSCAN's collection of pending, jurisdiction-specific legislative and regulatory information and tracking services will complement the primary and analytical content and legal research technologies currently available on Westlaw. Founded in 1987, NETSCAN is a provider of these value-added alert products: RegAlert, LegAlert, PUCAlert, and HPTS.

In other news, Thomson West has a new CEO due to a reorganization within Thomson Legal & Regulatory. Mike Wilens has been promoted to president and CEO, North American Legal. Filling his former role as president and CEO of Thomson West is Peter Warwick, who was CEO of Thomson Tax and Accounting. Filling Warwick's old position is Roy M. Martin, Jr., who moves over from Dialog.

Source: Thomson Legal & Regulatory

CCC Partners with Innovative Interfaces

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions, and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (, provider of Millennium, a Java-based integrated library management system, announced an integration partnership that will provide direct access to CCC's rights database from Innovative's electronic course reserves solution. Librarians and staff will be able to fulfill e-reserve requests for copyright permission.

According to a recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 50 percent of libraries at postsecondary institutions with more than 5,000 students use electronic course reserves today. This represents a 67 percent increase in electronic course reserve adoption in just the past 2 years.

Previously, librarians and staff members interested in posting electronic reserves needed to leave their library's system and log into CCC's Web site separately. Now, when users select titles in Innovative's electronic course reserves, they simply click the "get permission" link and are taken to the appropriate permission service and search results page on User and bibliographic information are automatically transferred to place a copyright permission order, eliminating the need to log in, re-key information, or conduct another title search.

Source: Copyright Clearance Center

Yahoo! Introduces Desktop Search Beta

Yahoo!, Inc. unveiled its new Yahoo! Desktop Search application (now available as a beta release at The free download indexes the information and content users have on their computersóe-mails, attachments, documents, music, images, videos, and moreómaking it easy to search for almost anything on their hard drives.

Leveraging technology developed by X1 Technologies, Inc., Yahoo! Desktop Search Beta delivers search functionality that the company says is not available from most other desktop search products on the market today, including:

  • Search results that span more than 200 different file types including Outlook and Outlook Express e-mail, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, HTML, text, ZIP, MP3, and more
  • Search results that are displayed as fast as a user types in a search query
  • A preview window that enables users to view entire files within Yahoo! Desktop Search without opening them
  • Advanced privacy controls to ensure that Web browser cache and history are not searchable
  • The ability to find and play audio or video files without launching a separate media player

In making the announcement, Yahoo! said that the introduction of Yahoo! Desktop Search Beta is the first of many planned product releases designed to help users save time and be more productive by creating a single search experience that enables them to access personally relevant information and content stored on their desktop and in the Yahoo! network.

Source: Yahoo!, Inc.

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