|Weekly News Digest
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New Acquisitions for Thomsonís Legal Business
The Thomson Corp. announced it will acquire the Elite Information Group, Inc., a provider of integrated practice and financial management applications for legal and professional services markets. Elite will join West as part of the Thomson Legal & Regulatory market group. Elite's management team, led by Christopher K. Poole, Elite chairman and CEO, will continue to lead the business from the company's headquarters in Los Angeles. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2003.
Brian H. Hall, president and CEO of Thomson Legal & Regulatory, said the Elite acquisition will expand the Thomson strategy of providing powerful technologies and applications that complement its information services such as Westlaw and Dialog, giving customers the tools they need to make better decisions faster.
West announced it has acquired Andrews Publications from Haights Cross Communications. Located near Philadelphia, Andrews is a 30-year-old publisher of litigation reporters, newsletters, special reports, and online services. The acquisition will support West's strategy to provide litigators with "the most authoritative and comprehensive information and solutions to support their practice." This strategy was first announced in February with the launch of Westlaw Litigator, a collection of Westlaw resources that enable litigators to evaluate and prepare cases for trial. The acquisition of Andrews will enable West to develop new litigation offerings.
Source: Thomson Legal & Regulatory
FluentMedia Beefs Up Content Sources
FluentMedia (http://www.fluentmediainfo.com), a content-licensing agency of Tribune Co., has added content licensed from Primedia Business Magazines & Media and from Thomson Media. Primedia Business publishes more than 60 trade journals and Primedia Insight is a news wire that aggregates breaking news published on the Web sites of Primedia Business magazines. FluentMedia will offer 36 Thomson Media publications, including American Banker and The Bond Buyer.
FluentMedia has also expanded the scope of its international sources by adding BBC Monitoring to its list of media partners. BBC Monitoring will supply FluentMedia with a daily feed of news, information, and commentary gathered from mass media around the worldómore than 800 articles daily.
FluentMedia is an electronic information service for the corporate market. The content-licensing venture uses advanced filtering technology to provide customized packages of news, commentary, and analysis to corporate clients for use on their intranets, extranets, and public marketing sites. Content sources include The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, and many others.
Inmagic Releases BiblioTech PRO v2.5
Inmagic, Inc. announced the release of BiblioTech PRO v2.5, its integrated library system, now with enhanced customization options. It is being released in conjunction with BibSpeed v2.5, a Web-enabling module for searching a BiblioTech PRO database over a corporate intranet or the Internet, creating a virtual library, virtual reference environment. The company said the combination of the two gives librarians and corporate information center managers the ability to provide value-added services to their customers, including self-service opportunities.
BiblioTech PRO v2.5 and Bib Speed v2.5 offer its users the ability to customize search screens and result screens, new conversion programs to import NTIS/DIALOG and Reference Manager content, the ability to create online help, and self-service check-in and checkout of materials.
Source: Inmagic, Inc.
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