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August 14, 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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Microsoft Brings E-Books to Windows Users

Microsoft Corp. has announced that Microsoft Reader for desktop PCs and laptop computers is available free for immediate download at The software now allows e-books to be read by users of the Microsoft Windows 95 or later operating systems. and Microsoft also announced the opening of the eBookStore for Microsoft Reader, the first online retail bookstore to offer commercial content for Microsoft Reader.

In addition, some major publishers, including Simon & Schuster, Inc., Time Warner Books, and Random House, Inc., are making best-selling titles available in Microsoft Reader format through a variety of promotions offered at Microsoft claims that Microsoft Reader with ClearType display technology delivers an on-screen computer-reading experience that approaches the convenience and quality of reading text on paper.

Source: Microsoft Corp.

Community of Science Launches Chinese Portal

Community of Science, Inc. (COS; has launched COS China, the first-ever Web portal for Chinese scientists and researchers. According to the company, COS China ( will enable Chinese scientists to promote their research expertise, identify international opportunities for funding, and communicate and collaborate with more than 408,000 scientists around the world who are members of COS.

COS China is the result of an exclusive partnership between COS and the Computer Network Information Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CNIC). COS China was created to provide access, open dialogue, and support collaboration between leading Chinese researchers and their peers in the worldwide R&D community. With the launch of COS China, faculty and staff at Chinese universities and research institutions are eligible to become active members of COS, joining more than 408,000 individual researchers at over 700 research institutions around the world.

COS will assist the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which represents 35,000 accomplished scientists and scholars at more than 200 institutes and labs throughout China, promote China's basic research capability to a global audience, and manage and track regional research expertise within China. COS China will focus on pre-competitive, collaborative research and, according to the agreement between COS and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, will exclude research information on projects and programs that relate to national security interests.

Source: Community of Science, Inc.

DeepCanyon Adds Reuters Business Insight Management Reports

DeepCanyon, an online provider of business-decision support tools, information, and research, has announced a strategic alliance with Reuters Business Insight. The alliance brings Reuters Business Insight to the DeepCanyon site ( and increases the depth of its market research and report offerings. Reuters Business Insight is a series of management reports jointly produced by Reuters and Datamonitor, PLC, an international market-research company.

Reuters Business Insight reports provide information on Internet issues pertaining to leading companies worldwide, with special focus on the consumer goods, energy, financial services, healthcare, e-commerce, and technology industries. The reports explore all major issues, threats, and opportunities in each industry. In addition, approximately 30 percent of the documents cover the U.K. and other European markets.

DeepCanyon expects to offer approximately 25 documents in the first installment of Reuters Business Insight reports, and plans to make an additional two to six documents available per month. The reports, which are approximately 175 to 225 pages, are published annually and updated as appropriate.

DeepCanyon offers free searching and a number of free features and services, and its documents are available for purchase in the site's Research Store. Research suppliers include Forrester Research, the Yankee Group, Giga Information Group, INPUT, IntelliQuest, Zona Research, and others.

Source: DeepCanyon Launches New Site with 'Slice-and-Price' Technology has launched version 2.0 of its site (, which is aimed at corporate marketers, strategists, venture capitalists, and researchers for identifying and purchasing expert business intelligence. As part of its complete redesign, introduced its proprietary "slice-and-price" technology that allows clients to affordably and quickly access credible industry intelligence, according to the announcement. Instead of committing to several thousands of dollars per full research report, users can now order discrete segments such as chapters, charts, tables or individual pages and instantly review and print the content at their desktop.

This new site offers users free database access and an expanded platform of resources from over 250 of the world's leading market-research publishers. "We're pioneering a new industry model of service versus the old dial-up approach—one tailored to the user," said MarketResearch president Michael Maslansky. "Our goal is to provide our clients with a way to find the research they need in the shortest possible time and for the lowest cost. We reduce search time by bringing together the most comprehensive selection of research on the Web in a fully indexed and user-friendly search environment. And we reduce the cost in two ways. We save our clients thousands of dollars by removing monthly access fees which are typical of other providers, and we make our content affordable to businesses of all sizes by allowing users to purchase only the sections of a report they need."


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