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October 9, 2006 — 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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Thomson Scientific Redesigns Patent Database

Thomson Scientific ( has enhanced the full-text patent collections in its Aureka and PatentWeb products. The new service, which will include deeper data indexing, new search and display fields, and more patent coverage, offers researchers "more complete results with greater flexibility and precision."

Aureka, billed as an advanced intellectual property management and analysis platform, and PatentWeb, an online repository of commercial global patent data, are part of the Thomson Scientific product line that is designed to support research needs for global organizations.

The revamped patent data tier is part of a multimillion-dollar data center that offers state-of-the-art hardware, software, and content. Enhancements include added coverage of Japanese and British patent data as well as improved indexing for precise search results and proximity searching, including the elimination of stop words and markup.

Source: Thomson Scientific

Bada-Ping, Bada-Ping

Let the pinging begin! Google, Inc. ( announced the addition of a pinging service for its Google Blog Search ( to alert users when blogs have been updated. "These updates," according to Google, "are then published and shared with other search engines to allow them to discover the changes to your weblogs. In addition, Google Blog Search will ad submitted weblogs to the list of blogs it needs to crawl and index."

The pinging service is billed as a one-time notification feature, so users can ping as often as their blogs change. Google's API can also be used for an automatic service. The pinging service does not, however, guarantee that every blog will be added to Google's Blog Search results. Delays between the time the ping is received and when Google is able to crawl the site may have an impact on when and if the blog update is added. Check with your blog provider about its pinging policy; some commercial blog sites may already ping Google Blog Search.

For those who want to see a list of recent pings, Google publishes the past 5 minutes of Blog Search's ping notifications as an XML file ( The continuously updated Google Blog Search index provides a global reach, letting users search for blogs in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, and other languages. Google's goal is to search every blog that publishes an RSS or Atom site feed for Blog Search.

Source: Google, Inc

LexisNexis File & Serve Launches First Integrated Online Destination

LexisNexis U.S. ( announced that it has expanded LexisNexis File & Serve to offer attorneys a one-stop online destination for paper filing, paper service, service of process, electronic filing, and electronic service. The service lets litigators manage their filing, service, and service-of-process needs in one place with one vendor, regardless of jurisdiction or the required filing format (paper or electronic).

The new service, which is available in California for filing to any court in the state, service between law firms, and service of process upon case parties or witnesses, is part of the LexisNexis Total Litigator. The service will be extended to other states in 2007.

The Internet-based File & Serve service provides electronic and paper delivery of public and sealed documents filed within the court and exchanged between attorneys. More than 70,000 court personnel and legal professionals nationwide file, serve, and manage an estimated 21 million documents annually for more than 1 million cases with File & Serve.

Source: LexisNexis

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