|Weekly News Digest
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Classical Music Online Closure
Classical International, Inc. plans to close its consumer oriented Classical Music Online service on Jan. 5, 2004. The company says it will focus attention on services for libraries and institutions, including its Classical Music Library, which offers nearly 15,000 tracks of legally-licensed music recordings, plus program notes, biographies, and images. The company suggests that individuals recommend the service to their libraries. The following statement was posted on the Classical.com site.
We have appreciated your support to date and offer our sincere apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience this will cause. The following information aims to clarify and outline the process for you:
If you are a subscriber to the service, you should have already received an email from us outlining what will happen with your monthly payments and other related issues.
- The service will remain live until January 5, 2004.
- Subscriptions, Custom CDs and downloads are no longer available for purchase.
- Ensure that any downloads stored in your account in My Downloads are transferred to your computer, as you will no longer be able to access our service after closure on January 5, 2004.
NewsBank Relaunches NewsLibrary.com
NewsBank, Inc. has announced the relaunch of its NewsLibrary news archive (http://www.newslibrary.com), which offers complete archives for over 260 individual newspapers and other news sources, with nearly 100 million news articles, from the 1970s to the present. The company says that some are not available elsewhere on the Web.
Based on customer feedback, the company implemented a new interface design and added many search improvements. Among the new features, customers can now:
- Easily search all sources at once
- Save frequently used searches to a Tracked Searches folder
- Search by region, state, or custom groups of sources
NewsLibrary.com, which is designed for individuals and small business users, has grown quickly from about 80 titles when NewsBank purchased it from MediaStream (a Knight Ridder company) in early 2001 to about 269 with an additional 50 titles ready for loading. (For background information, see the NewsBreak about the acquisition: http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=17662.) The company plans to add a push component to the service in 2004. NewsLibrary.com is available by subscription, with a number of options for bundled article packages, or as a pay-per-view service at $3.50 an article.
NewsBank also offers a library product called America's Newspapers, which also has been enhanced with the new interface, and is customizable for each customer. The NewsBank America's Newspapers offers 500 U.S. titles and 250 international titles. A company spokesperson said, "There is no other place to go that is so optimized for news research."
Source: NewsBank, Inc.
Dialog Upgrades Dialog NewsEdge
Dialog, a Thomson business, has announced a series of upgrades to Dialog NewsEdge, its industry-specific, personalized current awareness and news alerting service for corporations.
The upgrades include improved methods for printing, saving, and sharing multiple delivered and retrieved documents. A new "shared user" feature allows multiple users within an organization to access document sets without the potential for disrupting automated, ongoing search queries set up and managed by a single authorized user. An additional enhancement is the highlighting of search terms within retrieved documents, enabling users to more quickly judge the relevance of articles and reports.
Dialog NewsEdge combines up-to-the-minute news, analysis, and research culled from thousands of global sources. Editors who specialize in individual industry sectors personally manage customized editorial relevance rankings. The service delivers news and research throughout the working day, and also includes a searchable archive of content appropriate for the subscribing organization.
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