|Weekly News Digest
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The Thomson Corp. in Talks to Acquire ReutersóDeveloping Story
The Thomson Corp. (www.thomson.com) said it is in talks to acquire Reuters (www.reuters.com) for about $17.6 billion. The enlarged group would be called Thomson-Reuters, and the combined Thomson Financial unit and Reuters financial and media businesses would be called Reuters. According to a statement, the boards of the two companies "believe there is a powerful and compelling logic for the combination which would create a global leader in the business-to-business information markets." The companies emphasized that the "discussions are at a stage where there can be no assurance that agreement will be reached. No transaction will be announced without the support of the Reuters Founders Share Company."
If the deal goes through, Thomson president and CEO, Richard J. Harrington, 60, who led the transformation of the company from traditional publishing to electronic solutions, software, and services, would retire. Reuters’ CEO, Tom Glocer, 47, would become CEO of the combined company at that time. Stay tuned …Source: The Thomson Corp.
New STN Viewer to be Available Soon
CAS (www.cas.org) and FIZ Karlsruhe (www.fiz-karlsruhe.de) have announced that the new STN Viewer, a Web-based workflow productivity tool designed to increase patent professionals’ efficiency, will be coming soon. STN Viewer is seamlessly implemented within STN Express, the software used by information professionals. Use of STN Viewer is included in the STN Fixed Fee plan, providing cost efficiencies for patent information users. The STN Viewer was demonstrated during the recent PIUG (Patent Information Users Group) 2007 Annual Conference.
STN Viewer provides the following:
- A suite of tools designed for easy management of patent projects
- Integration with STN, providing seamless access from patent searching to evaluation
- Direct access to information contained in STN’s full-text patent databases reporting national (British, French, German, U.S.), regional (European), and international (World Patent Organization) patent literature
With STN Viewer, information and intellectual property professionals can create custom patent projects using full-text patent documents. They can also share patent projects with others in their organizations or teams. Patent professionals can easily evaluate patents with STN Viewer; view major sections, publication stages, and family members; define and highlight terms and phrases; and navigate the entire patent document via a visual summary of highlighted terms. STN Viewer also provides users with the capability to create reports in RTF (rich text format) maintaining their customized highlighting as well as the ability to save projects for use with STN Express postprocessing tools.Source: CAS and FIZ Karlsruhe
Hooverís Adds New Content and Radius Search Tool
Hoover’s, Inc, a provider of business intelligence services to sales forces and research organizations, has announced enhancements to its subscription site. Hoover’s has added new Mexico company records and a new search parameter, Radius Search, which is included within Hoover’s Build A List (BAL) tool.
Hoover’s customers doing business, or who want to do business, in Mexico now have access to the following:
- More than 425,000 Mexico-based companies—including more than 400,000 headquarters and single locations and more than 10,000 branches
- More than 125,000 key executives and decision makers at the top companies in Mexico
These Mexico company records have been added at no extra cost to Hoover’s U.S./Canada offering, making it a true North American collection of data. In addition, a new, separate, downloadable target called Mexico is now available for purchase.
Hoover’s new Radius Search now gives subscribers access to another search parameter within Hoover’s BAL tool. Radius Search, located within the Company Location section of BAL, allows customers to quickly build a list of U.S. companies within a specified one-to-100-mile radius of any U.S. ZIP code. Features of Radius Search include the capability to search for companies and people and the ability to search using miles or kilometers.Source: Hoover’s, Inc.
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