LexisNexis and Critical Mention Form Alliance

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LexisNexis, Critical Mention Form Alliance to Deliver TV Video Search and Print News Clips in One Convenient, Cost-Effective Solution via LexisNexis AlaCarte!

First of its Kind Alliance Will Provide a Powerful Research Resource for Small- to Medium- Sized Businesses and Independent Professionals

DAYTON, Ohio & NEW YORK (BUSINESS WIRE) August 1, 2005 ─ LexisNexis U.S., a leading provider of news, business and legal information services, and Critical Mention, a leading Web-based TV search and broadcast monitoring service, today announced an alliance to deliver searchable video and print news clips in one convenient and cost-effective solution via LexisNexis AlaCarte!™.

The LexisNexis AlaCarte! service is a pay-as-you-go online information solution for small-to medium-sized businesses and independent professionals. In late summer of this year, LexisNexis AlaCarte! users will be able to search television clips and view streaming video from leading TV news providers, greatly enhancing users’ ability to monitor news and trends affecting their companies, their clients or competitors. In addition, a “send to a colleague” function will allow users to send links to TV video clips for viewing.

“Whether you’re a freelance journalist monitoring breaking news, or an entrepreneur researching market trends, you will have the ability to go to a convenient, one-stop source for accessing business and legal information and current print, radio, and TV news coverage,” said Elizabeth Rector, senior vice president of Corporate and Federal Markets for LexisNexis. “We’re committed to helping the small business and independent professional community find the critical information they need, whenever, wherever and in whatever form.”

“The unparalleled depth and breadth of LexisNexis content combined with Critical Mention’s TV search platform creates a very powerful offering,” said Sean Morgan, CEO of Critical Mention. “We look forward to working with LexisNexis over the coming months to integrate our cutting-edge TV search capabilities and a growing roster of select broadcast partners into LexisNexis AlaCarte!. This will be the first multimedia integration of this scale to enhance online research for small businesses professionals.”

“Information hungry users of premium content are always looking for innovations that enable them greater efficiency and access to a broader range of information,” commented Allen Weiner, research vice president of Gartner, Inc. “The ability to use one powerful interface to search for and utilize relevant print and video content is a truly compelling feature for info-consumers.”

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