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ProQuest has acquired ebrary. The agreement will combine the companies' technologies and add a quarter of a million ebooks to ProQuest's content offerings. The combined collection will enable users to search across multiple formats, including books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, and video.

Posted Jan 11, 2011

Twitter announced that it was acquiring the team that developed Fluther, a social question and answer website. The company is bringing aboard four engineers and a designer from the popular site, including Fluther's founders. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted Jan 04, 2011

Dassault Systèmes announced that its subsidiary Exalead, a provider of search-based application platforms, is an extended package of CloudView modules developed specifically to integrate information from legacy CRM, ERP, HR enterprise applications, PLM systems and web content. The package, named CloudView 360, is built around Exalead's CloudView version 5 search technology and adds semantic processing and information mash-up capabilities to help create complete views of enterprise status and direction.

Posted Dec 14, 2010

Social search engine and analytics company PeopleBrowsr debuted Research.ly, a product that allows online marketers, brand managers, and social media experts to receive real-time analytics and conversations from the social web. ReSearch.ly provides demographic data, sentiment analysis, real-time and historic mentions, as well as viral analytics for a given keyword.

Posted Dec 07, 2010

The Hyperwords Company announced a major update to the Hyperwords Firefox Add-On Version 7.

Posted Nov 30, 2010

I was part of a conversation the other day with the CEO of a niche animation company. He explained the company's digital strategy, which was to drive audiences solely to its website because, as he boasted, once your living room television talks to the internet, people will navigate to his company's site and it'll have "twice as much value." This presented me with the opportunity to hypothesize on what actually might happen when your TV does merge with the web.

Posted Nov 22, 2010

Search is all about the meaning of words, and we need to take this into account in developing search technology.

Posted Nov 22, 2010

Autonomy Corp. released the Autonomy Meaning Based Healthcare Platform (MBH), a set of clinical diagnosis and information governance applications designed to help Healthcare Delivery Organizations increase the quality of their care while reducing costs. The primary feature of MBH is Autonomy Auminence, a point-of-care analysis dashboard that is intended to help care providers make higher quality, evidence- and data-based diagnoses.

Posted Nov 18, 2010

MarkLogic Corp. released updated toolkits that allow content authors to more easily access, reuse, and repurpose content created using Microsoft Office. The toolkits contain customizable applications for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that enable authors to tag, search, and reuse previously created content.

Posted Nov 18, 2010

IBM completed the acquisition of Massachusetts-based Netezza, a creator of data warehouse appliances with which IBM initiated a definitive acquisition agreement in late September. Netezza's appliances are geared towards analytics, and the two companies had been strategic partners for several years.

Posted Nov 16, 2010

It is the very breadth, depth, and possibility inherent in semantic technology that can prevent content companies from experimenting with a technology that may be one of the most useful commercial innovations of the past decade. The murkiness of the word itself—not to mention the standards, acronyms, and jargon that can dominate the discussion of semantics—only adds to the confusion.

Posted Nov 12, 2010

Pragmatech, an information technology company funded by the United Development Company, announced the release of CTRL, a semantic engine for text processing of news-like documents. CTRL is a purely semantic engine that can be used to extract a document's key topics, generate lucid summaries of documents, and index and retrieve relevant documents based on concepts and key topics, rather than keywords.

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Darwin Ecosystem, developer of the Darwin Awareness Engine news and content aggregator, is releasing its General News edition to demonstrate the capabilities of the Darwin Awareness Engine. The service is being provided at no cost, following a brief registration process.

Posted Nov 11, 2010

RockMelt, Inc. has released an early version of the RockMelt web browser for public use. The browser is notable for being built on Chromium, the open-source project behind Google's Chrome browser, for having social network functionality built into its interface, and for being cloud-based.

Posted Nov 09, 2010

Life-sciences publisher CABI and Semantico completed a project to open a large number of CAB Direct's life sciences abstracts to the Google search engine. This move vastly increases the visibility of the information the platform provides, and the companies have announced that it has more than doubled the usage of the CAB Direct platform.

Posted Nov 04, 2010

Attivio's has announced its AIE for SharePoint Integration, a platform that combines diverse information sources in a universal index and links entities from SharePoint and other content to relevant data. AIE also includes search features such as relevancy profiles, document classification, and clustering, as well as text analytics, sentiment analysis, and statistical entity extraction.

Posted Oct 28, 2010

Social search is still so new, it can sometimes be hard to get experts to agree on what it is or, more importantly, what it has the potential to be. As even major search engines such as Google and Yahoo! offer social search results and new specialized tools pop up, the face of search may just be changing forever.

Posted Oct 27, 2010

Teradata Corp. announced its Unified Logical Data Model Framework and Product Portfolio (Teradata Unified LDM), which will assist organizations in managing their warehouse content. It further enables customers to quickly model and integrate internal and external business processes and data.

Posted Oct 26, 2010

ISYS Search Software, a developer of embedded search and universal information access solutions, released ISYS Document Filters 2010, the new version of the company's text extraction, printing, and viewing platform. The solution gives enterprises a component for text analytics, e-discovery, email archiving, data loss prevention, and other content processing systems.

Posted Oct 21, 2010

Endeca Technologies and MeLLmo announced a strategic partnership to develop and deliver new mobile BI applications. The apps are designed to enable on-the-go decision-making and will involve the integration of their disparate flagship BI products, Endeca Latitude and Roambi ES3.

Posted Oct 21, 2010

As of this writing, it's impossible to escape daily news about the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Amid all this news, there is one term we haven't yet heard that will have a large role in this saga as it plays out: e-discovery, which refers to the pretrial action in a lawsuit where parties can request or compel digital documents as evidence.

Posted Oct 19, 2010

MarkLogic Corporation has announced a new version of its database, MarkLogic Server 4.2. The new release includes MarkLogic Information Studio, an ETL (extract, transformation, and loading) tool for managing unstructured information as well as new features for availability and recovery including full database replication.

Posted Oct 19, 2010

Darwin Ecosystem released the Darwin Awareness Engine, a product able to analyze complex underlying patterns in markets over time in addition to the events that have an impact on these markets. The Awareness Engine further allows organizations to create, test, and refine hypotheses regarding the driving forces behind market events, and compare and inform those hypotheses with conversations and data that appear on the web.

Posted Oct 19, 2010

Lucid Imagination announced LucidWorks Enterprise, a commercially-supported search platform that builds on Apache Lucene and Solr. Lucene reports that LucidWorks Enterprise extends the capabilities of Apache and Solr, giving users access to more enterprise-grade features.

Posted Oct 19, 2010

ChaCha recently closed a $20 million financing round led by new investors VantagePoint Venture Partners and Rho Ventures. Since its founding 5 years ago, ChaCha has also raised capital from numerous other technology organizations/individuals, venture capitalists, and angel investors, including Jeff Bezos, Rod Canion, and Jack Gill.

Posted Oct 19, 2010

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