|Weekly News Digest
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Inlumen Publisher Provides Editorial Control
Inlumen, Inc. (http://www.inlumen.com) has announced the release of Inlumen Publisher, a licensed software application that offers editorial control for its custom-information clients. Inlumen, formerly NewsAlert, is a global provider of real-time, customized information (industry news and market data) to e-finance sites and business-to-business e-marketplaces for Web sites, intranets, and digital systems. According to the company, the Inlumen Publisher is an easy-to-implement, affordable content solution that provides Web site editors with articles organized by subject category. The company still offers personalized business and financial news and information on its portal (http://www.newsalert.com).
The Inlumen Publisher is a software product that provides access to real-time news, press releases, periodicals, and trade publications. Through the Inlumen Publisher, a Web site editor completes a two-step process: he or she can preview and select categories of customized content, and then publish selected content directly onto the Web site. Inlumen recently added 541 new trade and business publications as a result of an agreement with Bell & Howell Information and Learning, more than doubling the company's content offering.
Source: Inlumen, Inc.
ingenta Launches Next-Generation Technology with Enhanced Content
Building on its acquisition of The UnCover Company in March, ingenta (http://www.ingenta.com) has announced that access to the UnCover database is now live and available through ingenta's Web site. ingenta's content can now be delivered in multiple formats; with expanded full-text delivery, users can choose between Adobe PDF or HTML delivery direct from the UnCover database or via fax delivery. According to the company, the service offers one of the largest Web article databases to date, with over 11 million citations and full-text articles from journals and publications across the world, all available from a single point, and archived back to 1988.
In addition, ingenta has implemented its access-control technology for corporate-and library-account authentication into the new UnCover service, allowing institutions to track subscription records and access journals they subscribe to free-of-charge. ingenta's secure server software (SSL) for e-commerce transactions allows its users to review abstracts and bibliographic information for free, and its subscription authentication ensures fast and free access for subscribers. There are also pay-per view options for nonsubscribers, allowing for flexible, one-off document purchases.
ingenta has also announced a partnership with Akamai Technologies, Inc. to provide worldwide users with a faster, more effective online service. Through Akamai's technology, key parts of the ingenta service will be located in over 5,000 servers worldwide, providing users with faster download of ingenta's Web pages and a much faster and more efficient delivery of ingenta's Internet content, according to the company.
At the same time, ingenta has implemented a new technology solution in its core databases resulting in search results reportedly being returned to the desktop up to 30-times faster. This achieves ingenta's aim to process a search against over 11 million article records, link to full text or fax delivery, match against a user's journal-subscription rights, and return the results within 5 seconds for over 90 percent of its users.
NewsEdge Unveils New Products
NewsEdge Corp. (http://www.newsedge.com) has announced the release of NewsEdge Unplugged, a three-part wireless program for delivering syndicated content to hand-held devices. The NewsEdge wireless initiative includes Wireless Insight; a wireless content offering for mobile portals; and partnerships with wireless technology leaders, including AvantGo, Brience, and CMG Telecommunications. NewsEdge Unplugged delivers NewsEdge's customized, human-editor-refined, industry-specific business news content to hand-held devices and wireless portals.
According to the company, NewsEdge is the only wireless content provider to deliver topic-specific, syndicated content prioritized by relevancy, eliminating duplicate stories and maximizing value by keeping characters to a minimum. NewsEdge Unplugged users are given the choice of receiving stories as headlines, briefs, or full text, and are also able to search the full text of any news story by keywords or ticker symbol.
Wireless Insight users can now view NewsEdge Insight content on either their desktop or wireless device. The new product is available to NewsEdge Insight users at an additional charge to their existing NewsEdge licenses.
NewsEdge also announced a new, outsourced editorial-syndication service for Web sites called NewsEdge NewsDesk. Rather than a once-a-day notification of news, NewsDesk provides frequent updates during the day with "near-time notification" of highly targeted information, including news about mergers and acquisitions, personnel changes, financial details, and other key business information. Pricing begins at $5,000 a year for access to six topics.
Cliff Pollan, CEO of NewsEdge, said that the company's customers wanted a finished editorial service for their sites. "Syndicated, outsourced editorial services such as NewsEdge NewsDesk enable corporate Web sites to provide cost-effective, highly targeted, and editorially refined e-content services around the clock."
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