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Dialog Upgrades Dialog NewsEdge Knowledge Service


  New & Improved Features Help Users Manage, Share Information; A Boost for
                      Collaboration Within Organizations

BOSTON, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dialog, a Thomson (NYSE: TOC) (TSX: TOC) business and a leading worldwide provider of online-based information services and integrated information solutions, today announced a series of upgrades to Dialog NewsEdge, its industry-specific, personalized current awareness and news alerting service for corporations, that will facilitate information sharing within subscribing organizations.

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Dialog NewsEdge combines up-to-the-minute news, analysis and research culled from thousands of global sources. Highly experienced editors, who specialize in individual industry sectors, personally manage customized editorial relevance rankings. The service delivers business-critical news and research throughout the working day, and also includes a searchable archive of content appropriate for the subscribing organization.

"Knowledge-dependent decision-makers rely on Dialog NewsEdge as the leading personalized business information service of its kind. It delivers the news and analysis they need to stay abreast of market developments, but without the clutter and distractions of unimportant or irrelevant information," said Cynthia Murphy, Dialog senior vice president of strategic marketing. "With our recent improvements to Dialog NewsEdge, the service is now an even more powerful resource for users and their organizations."

The upgrades announced today include improved methods for printing, saving and sharing multiple delivered and retrieved documents, a boost to using the information delivered through Dialog NewsEdge collaboratively within companies and departments.

In another improvement that will help with the sharing of information, the new "shared user" feature allows multiple users within an organization to access document sets without the potential for disrupting automated, ongoing search queries set up and managed by a single authorized user.

An additional enhancement is the highlighting of search terms within retrieved documents, enabling users to more quickly judge the relevance of articles and reports.

For more information on Dialog NewsEdge, please visit http://support.dialog.com/publications/chronolog/200309/1030918.shtml .

About Dialog and The Thomson Corporation

Dialog, a pioneer in developing the technology behind electronic information retrieval, is the world leader in providing online-based information services to organizations seeking competitive advantages in such fields as business, science, engineering, finance and law.

Today, the online services provided by Dialog - offered through the Dialog(R), Dialog Profound(R), Dialog DataStar(TM), NewsEdge and Intelligence Data brands - give users the ability to precisely retrieve data from more than 1.4 billion unique records, accessible via the Internet or through delivery to enterprise intranets. Searchable content includes articles and reports from thousands of real-time news feeds, newspapers, broadcast transcripts and trade publications, plus research reports and analyst notes providing support for financial decision-making, as well as in-depth repositories of scientific and technical data, patents, trademarks and other intellectual property data. Information professionals and end-users at business, professional and government organizations in more than 100 countries prize Dialog services for their depth and breadth of content, precision searching and speed.

Based in Cary, N.C., USA, Dialog has operations in 31 other countries. Dialog ( www.dialog.com ) is a business of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC) (TSX: TOC). With 2002 revenues from continuing operations of US$7.5 billion, Thomson ( www.thomson.com ) is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers.

All designated trademarks used herein are the property of The Dialog Corporation or its subsidiaries. Registered marks are registered by The Dialog Corporation or its subsidiaries with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. All other marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

     Media contacts

     In North & South America
       Sandy Scherer
       Director, Corporate Communications
       phone: (U.S.) 
       mobile: (U.S.) 

       John Buckman
       Buckman Communications, for Dialog
       phone: (U.S.) 

     In Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
       Jane Marugan
       phone: (London) 

     In the Asia Pacific Region
       Christina Cheng
       Regional Marketing Manager
       phone: (Hong Kong) 

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