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October 9, 2000 — 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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NewsEdge Announces Partnerships with Portal Providers

NewsEdge Corp., the business e-content and news syndicator (, has announced joint business development agreements with portal providers Viador, Inc. ( and InfoImage ( that further extend NewsEdge's eContent offerings into business-to-business and business-to-employee portals. These portal providers chose NewsEdge to assist them in developing a suite of modules to be embedded components in personalized portal pages.

Viador and InfoImage will incorporate NewsEdge-delivered, business-focused topics and real-time scrolling news into offerings for their portal customers. Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) users can now make business decisions based on real-time news streamed to a central location from NewsEdge.

Steve Dille, vice president of worldwide marketing at Viador, Inc., said, "NewsEdge's eContent products allow Viador to provide our E-Portal Framework customers with a ‘one-stop' area for news, and fit with our strategy to provide access to critical business applications and information in a user-personalized enterprise information portal."

"InfoImage's partnership with NewsEdge will enhance the decision-making cycle of our customers," said David Duckworth, InfoImage group vice president of channels and alliances. "NewsEdge eContent within an InfoImage freedom portal will alert our customers to important developments that impact their business."

These partnerships build on NewsEdge's existing relationships with previously announced portal partners Plumtree, Hummingbird, and Autonomy. NewsEdge also just announced support for Plumtree's Corporate Portal 4.0 product, which features the Massively Parallel Portal Engine, released by Plumtree Software ( NewsEdge's highly tailored, targeted business content will be integrated into the Plumtree Corporate Portal as a suite of Plumtree Portal Gadgets, offering joint customers a highly fault-tolerant and scalable portal platform for the enterprisewide delivery of timely content on over 1,500 topics from over 400 information sources.

Similar in appearance to the stock portfolios of consumer portals, Plumtree Portal Gadgets are modular components that embed key information and services from enterprise applications and Internet sites—such as sales leads, industry news, or e-mail messages—in portal pages.

Source: NewsEdge Corp.

Elsevier Science Extends Electronic Archives

Elsevier Science has announced that it is enlarging its electronic archive of science and medical journals, which currently extends back to 1995. It will provide its full-text, online customers with a permanent electronic archive back to (in most cases) volume 1, issue 1.

Elsevier Science will give first priority toward providing this electronic archive for its chemistry and chemical engineering journals. According to Patrick Jackson, publishing director for chemistry at Elsevier Science. "Scientists in these disciplines frequently refer to archival literature, sometimes extending back to before [WWII], and thus it is logical that Elsevier would begin here."

Jackson noted that work had already started with Elsevier's core organic and inorganic chemistry journals, and that the archive for such notable titles as Tetrahedron, Tetrahedron Letters, Phytochemistry, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, and Polyhedron would be available to customers in the first quarter of 2001, representing more than a million pages of back-volume material. The archive for the remaining chemistry and chemical engineering titles in the Elsevier portfolio will be produced during 2001, and is expected to be completed by December 2001.

"The addition of a complete archive in electronic form for a large number of our most significant titles will constitute a significant value-added feature for our full-text online customers, and furthermore should resolve one of the most frequently raised questions concerning the future longevity of electronic publications," said Arie Jongejan, managing director for physical sciences and member of Elsevier Science's board of directors. "It again shows Elsevier's commitment and confidence towards providing a long-term solution for storing and accessing electronic STM [scientific, technical, and medical] material."

Further information concerning the availability and pricing options of the archive will be available shortly.

Source: Elsevier Science

NewsAlert Expands Global Services and Announces New Company Name

NewsAlert, Inc., a provider of real-time business information and market data to e-finance Web sites and business-to-business e-marketplaces, has announced that the company is continuing to expand internationally, is introducing several new products this fall, and is changing its name to Inlumen, Inc.

"NewsAlert has undergone dramatic changes," said CEO Laurent Ohana. "Since January 2000 we've increased our customer base by 100 percent and have expanded globally with a talented international management team in Europe and Asia Pacific. We believe our new capabilities will support Web businesses worldwide and facilitate our expansion of products and services."

Inlumen will continue to provide its customers with aggregated, filtered, real-time news for their Web sites as well as market data, such as quotes, charts, sophisticated portfolio tracking, and real-time e-mail alerts.

The company will retain as the name of its consumer Web site, which provides free personalized news and e-mail alerts for its users. In October 1999, Ohana led the buyout of NewsAlert and has since launched an aggressive international expansion. The company currently has 133 employees with offices in New York, Jerusalem, London, Paris, and Singapore. Inlumen is planning on adding more international offices this year.

Source: Inlumen, Inc.

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