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October 2, 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Launched in June, ( offered a directory of business sites and a search engine. In August, the start-up integrated breaking news into its business-focused directory. Now, the company announced that it has secured $61 million from some of the giants in business media. The financing was led by The Financial Times Group, a division of Pearson plc, and co-led by Cahners Business Information, a member of the Reed Elsevier plc group. Other investors include IndustryClick, a subsidiary of Primedia, Inc., and The McGraw-Hill Companies. According to the announcement, the funding will allow to expand the content and features of the site, fuel international expansion, and further develop its technology.

As part of's content agreement with the Financial Times Group, will become the premium provider of news on financial services, management, and international trade on the site. The agreement also gives users access to's business-specific Web directory and search tool. focuses solely on the business Internet and was entirely hand-built and organized by a team of more than 50 library-science and Internet professionals.'s directory provides access to nearly 25,000 business categories and hundreds of thousands of business-oriented Web sites. In addition to the hand-built directory, features a powerful search engine that indexes approximately 200 million Web pages, according to the announcement. also includes 10,000 Company Profiles, which contain extensive information about U.S. public company financials, history, press releases, biographies of executives, and a timeline of company milestones. News is mapped to thousands of categories and subcategories, giving users access to breaking news stories that are relevant to their location within the Directory. The 58 Industry Profiles provide an overview of each industry and how it has been affected by the Internet, as well as calendar listings of key industry events and conferences. users have access to news from Dow Jones about companies and financial markets, and to Dow Jones audio reports on technology and breaking market news. Reuters provides with premium content, including up-to-the-minute reporting on 12,000 companies, mergers, IPOs, earnings reports, and frequent updates on activity in U.S. and international markets. Other content providers include, Inc.;, Inc.; Primark Corp.; and Thomson Investors Network.

Last year, eCompanies paid $7.5 million to buy the Internet address. was founded in 1999 by CEO Jake Winebaum, who is also the co-founder of eCompanies.


Springer-Verlag, Infotrieve Announce Agreement

Springer-Verlag, a scientific publisher (, has established an agreement with Infotrieve, a provider of document delivery and Web research services, to distribute articles published in its journals. Additionally, Springer-Verlag will provide a license to Infotrieve for inclusion of its citation and abstract data in Infotrieve's Article Finder, a free current-awareness database.

According to the announcement, the alliance with Springer-Verlag furthers Infotrieve's aggressive strategy of signing content-distribution agreements directly with leading publishers worldwide. Infotrieve currently works with hundreds of publishers and expects to add many more in upcoming months.

Jan Peterson, Infotrieve vice president of content development, said: "Infotrieve promotes a revolutionary, free-to-search database of citations and abstracts which provides a win-win situation for both the searcher and the publisher. We offer an extremely large universe of end-users and greater exposure for essential content from Springer-Verlag and our many other publishing partners."

Article requesters supply initial bibliographic information to Infotrieve via the Web (, fax, phone, mail, or other sources. Fulfilled articles are sent back to users by mail, courier, or fax. Document orders can also be placed through Article Finder.

Source: Infotrieve Announces Partnerships with, DigitalOwl (, the new, independent e-business unit of Baker & Taylor (, has announced the selection of two key technology partners. In developing its product offerings, will incorporate technologies and products from (, a provider of customized solutions for online e-book access and viewing, and DigitalOwl (, a provider of secure digital packaging, marketing, and syndication of premium information content. Baker & Taylor will use to develop and deliver e-book selections to the public and academic library markets.

According to the announcement, Baker & Taylor's offering is being designed to provide library customers access to premium collections of e-books from premier book publishers. will utilize to support this new service, beginning with its online collection of more than 1,400 IT reference books. The eBook Library service will be available in January 2001.'s use of DigitalOwl's patent-pending KineticEdge software allows Baker & Taylor to provide library patrons with the opportunity to search, access, and use collections online and, with its secure and simple check-out process, download books for viewing on Palm and other PDA devices. The service will offer libraries new usage models for e-book content, including pay-per-view, patron purchase, annual subscription, and automatic timeout/renewal.

Source: Baker & Taylor,

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