Valley Talk creates a news magazine for hi-tech business
and technical professionals on the fly. It periodically "surfs"
sixteen hi-tech Web sites, identifies new and interesting information,
and displays it as a continuously-running briefing.
Try Valley Talk for free.
You will have to install the NetAlive system on your computer,
after which you can run Valley Talk through a hyperlink from your
Valley Talk comes pre-configured for the following
- Seven news, business, and computer-industry sections
of four online newspapers.
- Home pages of four online news sources containing
newsworthy graphic images.
- The Valley Talk news page for announcements pertaining
to Valley Talk.
- The Netscape and PC Week home pages for announcements
pertaining to the Web.
- Online discussion groups pertaining to the topics
"rumor" and "agent software."
Valley Talk interprets the information on these sites
- Valley Talk reads the sixteen pages above and
divides them into "concepts" with subsequent interpretation
applied concept-by-concept. Concepts are the hundred or so phrases
that result from dividing the sixteen pages into articles, sentences,
images, or hits (as befits each source). Concepts are accompanied
by a "call-to-action" Web page and sometimes an advertisement.
The call-to-action Web page returns more information on the concept
in the manner appropriate to the source.
- Valley talk figures out which concepts are news
versus just background information by based on how long
ago a concept first appeared. Valley Talk emphasizes the news
in subsequent alerts to the user. Thus, an announcement added
to a home page or a new "hit" in a search becomes a
news story for three days.
- Valley Talk emphasizes information matching a
series of user-supplied "interest keywords."
Valley Talk is open:
- Valley Talk is not a news service or search
engine. It is software to access many of these. Every
news service and search engine claims to have more than the others.
Valley Talk lets you all of it.
- You control Valley talk. Valley Talk has a drag-and-drop
interface that lets you choose its sites, filters, and briefing
formats. In fact, Valley Talk can monitor any site on the Internet.
Power users can develop new agents and briefings with the associated
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