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July 2, 2001 — 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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Ease-of-Use Enhancements Added to LexisNexis

LexisNexis (http://www.lexisnexis.com) has announced that it has added several new ease-of-use features to its service, such as Get & Print, Star Pagination Print, Guided Search Forms, and Table of Contents enhancements.

Get & Print allows legal professionals to pull an unlimited number of full-text cases and Shepard's reports in a fast, easy manner and then send them directly to their LexisNexis printer or to Adobe Acrobat Reader. According to the company, there's no need to enter each citation separately and extra print steps are eliminated. Star Pagination Print lets users print only the pinpoint pages they need from a long case or document. Researchers now have the option to print a specific page or range of pages from case law reporters, law review articles, or public laws.

Guided Search Forms capture the precision of LexisNexis segment searching in the most commonly used sources on LexisNexis with 14 new fill-in-the-blank search templates. Each Guided Search Form integrates easy-to-use search fields and a pick list of commonly used sources to make research faster. The enhanced Table of Contents feature provides new expandable levels of the Table of Contents now available as well as a Table of Contents added to many new sources. An Explore Button offers quick links to bolded segment headers and a Floating Cite Assistant provides a pop-up box for pinpoint cite information.

Larry Thompson, LexisNexis' senior vice president and chief marketing officer, said: "LexisNexis constantly strives to further improve the speed and efficiency of its customers' legal research. These new ease-of-use features enable customers to quickly drill down to the precise information they need without having to sort through material that is irrelevant to the matter at hand."

Source: LexisNexis

Mondosoft to Acquire Searchbutton

Mondosoft (http://www.mondosoft.com), a site-search provider, has announced that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Searchbutton, Inc., a U.S. site-search provider and Mondosoft competitor (http://www.searchbutton.com). Under the agreement, Denmark-based Mondosoft, whose U.S. headquarters is in New York, will acquire Mountain View, California-based Searchbutton in an effort to expand its U.S. market presence, better target and service corporate customers, and optimize its product offering.

"Acquiring Searchbutton fits perfectly into Mondosoft's U.S. growth strategy, giving us an even stronger presence in a growing and lucrative marketplace," said Mondosoft CEO Laust Sondergaard. "Searchbutton is a recognized leader in the site-search arena and is a natural choice as we share a continued commitment to customer satisfaction, similar technology, and an emphasis on serving the corporate marketplace."

Sue Feldman, an analyst at IDC who follows the market for search software, said the transaction represents a great opportunity for Mondosoft. "Searchbutton is a strong player in the hosted search market, particularly in the U.S.," she said. "While Mondosoft has made significant progress in the U.S. market in the last 2 years, this acquisition gives them a ready-made set of customers that increases their market penetration. IDC believes that hosted search, which enables corporations to outsource a complex process, is a promising strategy for enterprises. Mondosoft and other hosted search companies can offer enterprises a depth of understanding that will help their users and customers find information more easily. With strong footholds now in both Europe and the U.S., Mondosoft is well-positioned to gain a significant share of this growing market."

Sondergaard said Mondosoft and Searchbutton share a similar mission: to allow a corporate Web site's visitors to easily find what they're looking for. As a result, customers will continue to benefit from an easy-to-use product that provides many advantages for both users and administrators, according to the company. For Web site visitors, MondoSearch presents search results in logical categories, identifying information by file type, language, and other attributes. For administrators, MondoSearch includes a Web-based tool that enables them to conduct routine maintenance quickly and easily.

Source: Mondosoft

Biz360, Northern Light Team Up to Measure Corporate Communications Effectiveness from the Web, Print, and TV

Biz360 (http://www.biz360.com), a leader in providing analytic applications for external information, has announced a strategic relationship with Northern Light Technology, Inc. (http://www.northernlight.com), a major provider of information management solutions. According to the announcement, the alliance will enrich Biz360's solutions by adding over 7,000 content sources, giving Biz360 the ability to comprehensively measure online, print, and television content to deliver the richest information analytics available to marketing professionals today.

Market360, Biz360's first solution, is an automated service that brings meaningful analytics to corporate communications activities and difficult-to-measure concepts, such as competitive positioning and industry mindshare. With complete access to Northern Light's comprehensive Special Collection—over 7,000 full-text journals, books, magazines, news wires, and reference sources that span electronic and print media—Market360 customers will now receive intelligent corporate communications tracking, measurement, and analysis.

"We have spent a great deal of time and effort building relationships with significant print and other media sources as varied as ABC News, American Banker, Fortune magazine, and the Hollywood Reporter," said David Seuss, CEO of Northern Light. "This alliance with Biz360 takes our ever-growing collection of articles, transcripts, news releases, and reviews and serves up the cleanest metrics I've encountered."

"We have created an exceptional analytical engine that can structure, unify, compare, and analyze external information in a way that makes previously unmeasurable corporate communications efforts simple to quantify," said You Mon Tsang, Biz360's CEO. "In conjunction with Northern Light we can now plug their vast range of information sources into our analytical engine to create the most detailed and comprehensive analytics the market has ever seen."

The ability to add Northern Light content to Market360's analytics is currently available to customers of Biz360. Contact the Biz360 sales team for more information at 888/4-BIZ360.

Source: Biz360, Northern Light Technology



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