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ThomasNet Incorporated Announces A Content Distribution Agreement Between Product News Network® And Factiva.TM

NEW YORK, NY, March 18, 2002 - Product News Network® (PNN), a product of ThomasNet Incorporated, today announced a content distribution agreement with FactivaTM, a Dow Jones and Reuters Company that provides world-class global news and business information. ThomasNet Incorporated is a wholly owned subsidiary of Thomas Publishing Company. PNN delivers timely, reliable and complete new product information to the industrial marketplace.

"Research shows that decision-makers look for information on industry-specific new product developments to help them make better business decisions. Despite the proliferation of sources on the Internet for financial, sports and general consumer-oriented information, there is a genuine void of industrial product news aggregated in one offering," said Paul Gerbino, Publisher of Product News Network. "PNN is the only provider of new product information for the industrial market that is both comprehensive and easy to search."

Factiva customers will now have complete access through Factiva's services to search PNN content, including more than 1,000 new product news items reported each month and over 200,000 archived articles from North American manufacturers. In addition, Factiva customers will be able to locate product releases when searching by company names, keywords and other Factiva Intelligent IndexingTM codes.

"We are excited about our new relationship with Factiva which provides content management solutions to the world's leading organizations, " Gerbino said. "We look forward to enhancing the Factiva content offering. This relationship demonstrates the importance of new product news in the marketplace."

About FactivaTM:
Factiva, a Dow Jones & Reuters Company, provides world-class global news and business information through its websites and content integration solutions. Factiva's mission is to be the indispensable provider of business information and customized solutions, which inspire its customers' best business decisions, globally and locally.

Factiva's business information includes Dow Jones and Reuters Newswires, The Wall Street Journal, and nearly 8,000 other sources from around the world, plus 9,000 business-related Web sites. These sources provide current news, historical articles, local-language articles, market research and investment analyst reports, and stock quotes. For more information, visit www.factiva.com.

© 2002 Dow Jones Reuters Business Interactive, LLC., trading as Factiva.

About ThomasNet:
Founded in 1995, ThomasNet Incorporated represents Thomas Publishing's continuing commitment to serve industry's need for up-to-date product information, through innovation. Thomas Publishing Company, established more than 100 years ago, is the acknowledged leader in providing industry with the product information it needs in whichever environment and medium it requires including books, magazines, Internet, CD-ROMs, newsletters, e-business and virtual back office systems.

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Product News Network Press Release, March 18, 2002
For more information, please refer to contact listed below.
Paul Gerbino
ThomasNet Incorporated
Five Penn Plaza
New York, NY, 10001
212.613.3455, Fax 212.613.3499