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December 6, 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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New Google Groups Beta Launches

Google has launched a new version of its Google Groups. It lets users create, manage, search, and browse Web-based groups as well as subscribe to and track favorite groups. Building on the foundation of the original service that currently includes more than 1 billion searchable posts from the Usenet archive, Google Groups now offers users the ability to join and follow discussions among different groups and share information more easily.

Users can create, join, and search e-mail-based mailing lists and designate their groups as public or restricted to members. Postings to all Google Groups lists and Usenet lists appear within seconds and are indexed within minutes. Google Groups displays targeted ads that are relevant to user searches or the content on the page.

Google Groups is currently in beta and available only in English. Click on the Groups link on the Google home page or go to http://groups-beta.google.com. The original version is still available at http://groups.google.com.

Source: Google

Factivaís North American Customers to Access Full NY Times Archive

Factiva, a Dow Jones & Reuters Company, announced an agreement with The New York Times Company to make the full-text archive of The New York Times (dating back to June 1, 1980) available to all Factiva customers in North America beginning Jan. 1, 2005. Previously, the full archive beyond 90 days was only available to customers outside of North America. Factiva says it is now "the only global news and business information provider to offer customers complete access to the full-text of all top ten daily newspapers in the U.S."

During 2004, Factiva also expanded long-term agreements with the Tribune Company (publisher of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York's Newsday, and the Spanish-language Hoy) and The Washington Post. In addition, USA TODAY is also now available to customers at the start of the U.S. business day. Factiva is also the only online business service that offers complete access to the Dow Jones and Reuters newswires and The Wall Street Journal.

Source: Factiva

Critical Mention Releases New TV Enterprise Version

Critical Mention, Inc., the Web-based television search engine and monitoring service for corporate communications and business intelligence professionals, announced a new version of its Critical TV Enterprise solution. The service now has an easy, simple-to-navigate user interface, a faster and more accurate search capability, and updated distribution and notification features. The new version of Critical TV Enterprise enables users to better monitor, search, view, and share relevant television news clips.

Critical TV Enterprise continuously monitors news broadcasts to alert subscribers in real time of their company, competitors, or other keyword mentions. Users can log in to read the text of a broadcast, view coverage, and share clips immediately by sending a video e-mail to a colleague or workgroup. Users can also post the clip to a video gallery, order a copy on CD, or purchase a professionally written transcript of the coverage.

Critical Mention currently serves more than 100 clients, including Fortune 500 companies and market leaders in corporate communications, financial services, professional services, and nonprofit and government industries. Founded in 2002, Critical Mention (http://www.criticalmention.com) is privately held, with headquarters in New York City.

Source: Critical Mention, Inc.



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