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Dialog Profound® includes continuously updated collection of more than 200,000 market research reports contributed by 130 top research firms. It is accessed through intuitive tabular interface that helps occasional users find relevant information quickly. Users can purchase sections of marketing research reports individually, rather than paying for entire report. Dialog Profound also offers access to approximately 8,000 global news sources.

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New Version of Dialog Profound® Now Available

Global Market Intelligence Service, With Options To Buy Individual Sections of Reports, Now Features Advanced Taxonomy, Functionality & Cost-Recovery Tool

CARY, N.C., USA (April 16, 2004) - Dialog, a Thomson (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) business and a leading worldwide provider of online-based information services and integrated information solutions, said today that a new version of its Dialog Profound(r) service is now available for subscribers worldwide.

The new Dialog Profound was released last month when Dialog began utilizing a new technology platform, on which Dialog Profound and Dialog(r) NewsRoom, another Dialog service, are now operating. New versions of three other Dialog business information, news and market research services - Dialog Intelliscope (sm), Dialog Company Profiles and Dialog NewsEdge(r) - will be launched on the platform later this year.

"Dialog Profound is a complete research source for market intelligence from around the world," said Cynthia Murphy, Dialog senior vice president, strategic marketing. "The robust new technology enables us to offer Dialog Profound users more power to target and retrieve relevant market research reports and other content, along with better control of research expenses."

Unlike other online market research services, sections of marketing research reports may be purchased individually, creating low-cost, high-value solutions for market research information. Users avoid the need to pay for an entire report, which might be lengthy and contain detailed information not necessary for a particular research project.

Dialog Profound subscribers now access the service through an intuitive and user-friendly tabular interface designed to both help occasional users find relevant information quickly and also to serve the sophisticated needs of experienced searchers. The same interface also provides access to the other Dialog services operating on the new platform, enabling Dialog Profound subscribers to search a broad range of Dialog content seamlessly and to link easily between documents stored on different Dialog services.

Dialog also has introduced SmartTerms(tm), a new business information taxonomy (or, indexing system) now available through Dialog Profound, and a cost-recovery service called Dialog BillBack(tm).

"SmartTerms, coupled with the unique Dialog Profound content resources, allows our subscribers to find the market intelligence they need quickly and intuitively," said Murphy. "And it means Dialog Profound users now can be even more confident in their search results."

Other benefits include more options for customization, relevancy ranking, results sorting and flexible output choices.

Best known as the professional information market's most comprehensive source of market research, Dialog Profound includes a continuously updated collection of more than 200,000 market research reports contributed by some 130 top research firms covering different industries and companies worldwide.

Examples of industries covered, with representative samples of research firms offering their reports through Dialog Profound, include:
o Banking & Financial Services, with research contributed by EIU, Euromonitor, Key Note, Reuters Business Insight, Securities Institute and TowerGroup, among others;
o Information Technology & Telecom, with such information providers as Gartner, Frost & Sullivan, Aberdeen Group, The Yankee Group, Reed Business Information, Jupitermedia and IDC, among others; and
o Pharmaceutical, with reports from ADIS International, Decision Resources, PJB, Theta and Espicom, among others.

A number of research firms contribute reports that cover multiple industries, including Datamonitor, Business Communications Company, Freedonia and Snapshots International, among others.

In addition to market research reports, other content available through Dialog Profound includes Company Briefings, with financial data on more than 9,900 publicly traded companies; Investment Briefings, with overviews on more than 6,800 companies; Country Briefings, covering more than 100 counties; and Market Briefings, covering 156 market segments in United Kingdom, United States, France and Germany.

Dialog Profound also offers access to approximately 8,000 global news sources, including newsletters, newspapers, newswires, periodicals, professional journals, trade publications and more.

Last year, Dialog strengthened the Dialog Profound service by adding content from an additional 20 content providers, including Aberdeen Group, Decision Resources, Gartner, Inc., Semico Research Corporation, Simba Information and Wintergreen Research, among others.

Dialog Profound also includes an historical archive, enabling users to review past trends and analysis.

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 ( is a business of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC). With 2003 revenues of US$7.6 billion, Thomson ( is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers.

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