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December 16, 2002 — 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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Lycos Launches New Version of HotBot

Terra Lycos has announced the launch of an entirely new version of HotBot, featuring a new interface and many new customization features. HotBot has added Google and Teoma and now connects users conveniently to the four primary search catalogs on the Internet: Google, FAST, Inktomi, and Teoma. HotBot allows users to type in a search term once and then choose a search catalog. After reviewing the results, users can then retrieve the search results of any of the other search catalogs with just one click.

New features include the ability to build a custom home page that includes the advanced search filters the user designates, the ability to select how they want search results formatted and presented, and the ability to "skin HotBot" using cascading style sheets. The HotBot home page does not have any advertisements; contextual ads are presented on the results pages.

A representative from Lycos said that specialty catalogs, such as Google's News Search, were deliberately not included at launch to keep HotBot clean and simple, but that some might be added in the future. HotBot does not provide a simultaneous metasearch capability since this would remove control from the user.

Source: Terra Lycos

The British Library Teams up with Adobe for Secure EDD

The British Library announced that it has integrated Adobe Content Server encryption and Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader software into its electronic document delivery (EDD) operations, allowing customers of the library's service, called inside (, to order PDF files of articles from publishers on a pay-per-view basis.

Elsevier Science will make articles from 1,700 of its titles available in PDF to the library's document supply customers. Titles covered by the agreement include journals such as The Lancet, Tetrahedron, and Brain Research, and other specialist periodicals. The British Library can now supply PDF files of journal articles from over 2,500 key titles from the top research publishers (including 800 titles covered by separate deals with S. Karger AG and Kluwer Academic Publishers).

Prices for the new PDF electronic delivery service include copyright fees; customers can pay using a secure credit card payment facility. In the future, PDF electronic delivery will also be available on other British Library Web-based services.

Source: The British Library

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