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March 12, 2007 — 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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Alacra Adds Experianís U.K. Business Content

Alacra, Inc. (, a provider of online business information solutions, announced the addition of Experian, a global information solutions company, to its list of data providers. Experian is providing Alacra with access to its business information reports on companies in the U.K. and to company document images.

Via Alacra Premium ( and the Alacra Store (, Experian will provide access to information on more than 2.4 million U.K. public and private limited companies, more than 4 million directors and shareholders, and a wide selection of company document images, including annual accounts, annual returns, directors (Forms 288), capital, incorporation, and change-of-name documents.

Alacra Premium brings together more than 100 sources of premium business information into a single point of access. The Alacra Store offers pay-per-view access. With the addition of Experian, Alacra now has company profiles and financial data from more than 25 content providers, including D&B, Datamonitor, Hoover's, Aspect Huntley, Revere, Thomson Financial, and more.

Source: Alacra, Inc.

EBSCO Provides New Points of View Resource

EBSCO Publishing ( announced the new Points of View Reference Center, a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides 200 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (affirmative argument), and counterpoint (opposing argument).

Topics covered include affirmative action, cloning, DNA profiling, HIV/AIDS status disclosure, immigration, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinians, Hurricane Katrina and FEMA's response, nuclear proliferation, the separation of church and state, standardized testing, stem cell research, tax cuts, voting machines, and many more.

Points of View Reference Center contains a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including 600 main essays, leading political magazines, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books. The database also offers guides pertaining to debating, developing arguments, and writing position papers. For more information on Points of View Reference Center, visit

Source: EBSCO Publishing

NewspaperDirect Announces PressReader for Vista

NewspaperDirect, Inc. ( announced that its PressReader application is now optimized for Windows Vista. PressReader provides users with on-the-go access to the daily editions of more than 450 publications available on the company's service. The new PressReader has adopted Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) technology and has integrated its advanced features, such as automatic text reflow, advanced graphics, and search. With the launch of PressReader for Windows Vista, NewspaperDirect can provide users the same authentic newspaper experience across multiple form factors, including tablet PCs, ultramobile PCs, and Windows mobile-based devices.

PressReader presents every article, advertisement, crossword puzzle, and cartoon in its original context in the paper, with full graphics or text-only viewing options, interactive tables of contents, cross-title searching, email sharing, and clickable elements such as URLs, telephone numbers, email addresses, and "continued on page ..." links at the bottom of articles.

PressReader from NewspaperDirect is available through, which offers flexible subscription plans (from free to pay-as-you-go to personal unlimited, corporate, or professional) that let consumers sample daily newspapers before they buy. Founded in 1999 and based in Vancouver, British Columbia, NewspaperDirect, Inc. provides digital delivery and local printing of same-day newspapers from around the world.

Source: NewspaperDirect, Inc.

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