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FRAMINGHAM (09/19/2003) - A software tool from IBM Corp. will let users search mountains of data on the Web and find out, for instance, what the buzz is about a new product or discern the reputation of a small business that wants to buy equipment. The WebFountain data mining and discovery tool has been in development for three years at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose. Big Blue has been offering the tool as a customized service. Last week IBM announced that Factiva, a joint venture of Dow Jones and Reuters, will market the tool as a subscription service. IBM says WebFountain will decipher text by searching through the Web and Factiva's library, which grows by 2 million documents per month from 8,000 different sources.

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