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Weekly News Digest

December 13, 2004 — 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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NLM Introduces New Environmental Site

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced an interactive Web site that shows—on maps—the amount and location of certain toxic chemicals released into the environment in the U.S. The site, called TOXMAP (, is free and requires no registration.

TOXMAP focuses on the geographic distribution of chemical releases, their relative amounts, and their trends over time. This release data comes from industrial facilities around the U.S., as reported annually to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). TOXMAP also links to NLM's extensive collection of toxicology and environmental health references, as well as to a rich resource of data on hazardous chemical substances in its TOXNET databases ( There are also fact sheets and summaries about the various chemicals, written by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

NLM has created a number of consumer-oriented Web sites in the last several years. TOXMAP joins Web resources for consumer health information (, research studies (, and older Americans (

Source: National Library of Medicine

New Copernic Desktop Search Supports Firefox Browser

Copernic announced the availability of a new and improved version (1.2) of Copernic Desktop Search (CDS) that fully supports the free Mozilla Firefox Web browser. CDS 1.2 also features faster indexing of PC hard-drive content, reduced memory usage, and better language. Copernic Desktop Search may be downloaded for free from

Specific improvements in CDS 1.2 include:

  • Mozilla Firefox history and bookmarks indexing
  • Up to 200 percent faster indexing of hard-drive content
  • Support for the latest PDF file (version 1.5)
  • Optimized PC memory usage
  • Improved handling of French, German, Spanish, and Italian content
  • Redesigned user interface for Web searching
  • Miscellaneous performance and compatibility improvements

Source: Copernic

Net Snippets Introduces Free Edition

Net Snippets, a provider of Internet post-search solutions, announced a free post-search information management tool for everyday Internet users that saves and organizes Web results in one easily accessible location. Like Net Snippets' other products, the new Free Edition provides Web surfers with a simple and effective way to save and manage text, images, links, and entire Web pages. While some search engines let users save results from their sites, Net Snippets allows users to save results from any search engine and any Web site in one convenient location. And the Free Edition really is completely free—without time limitations or other restrictions.

The Net Snippets Free Edition features an easy drag-and-drop operation that places snipped content from any source easily at hand. No user information is ever captured, there is no usage tracking, and there are no hidden files or spyware. Net Snippets Free Edition works with Windows 98/2000/ME/SP and can be used with Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, and Netscape browsers. It can be downloaded from the Net Snippets Web site (

Source: Net Snippets

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