Consulting Agreement - NewsEdge Corp. and Edward R. Siegfried

                                   AGREEMENT

     THIS AGREEMENT is made on March 31, 1999 by and between EDWARD R. SIEGFRIED
of 21 Camelot Drive, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043 (the 'Executive'), and
NEWSEDGE CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation with a principal place of business
at 80 Blanchard Road, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803 (the 'Company'),

     WHEREAS, the Executive is currently the Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer of the Company; and

     WHEREAS, the Executive has informed the Company that he desires to resin
his position as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective March 31,
1999; and

     WHEREAS, The Company desires to continue to employ the Executive to render
services to the Company as an employee consultant and the Executive desires to
accept such employment, all on the terms and conditions hereinafter provided;

     NOW, THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration, the receipt and
sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, and in consideration of the mutual
covenants and obligations herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows;

1.   Positions and Responsibilities
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     (a)  Employment Position.  The Executive shall serve the Company as Senior
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          Executive Consultant under the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
          As Senior Executive Consultant the Executive shall report to the Chief
          Executive Officer of the Company, and his service shall be subject to
          the direction and control of the Chief Executive Officer.

     (b)  Responsibilities effective April 1, 1999.  For the period beginning
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          with the commencement of the term of this Agreement (as set forth in
          paragraph 2) and ending ____________________, (the Transition
          Effective Date') but in no event later than June 30, 1999 (the
          'Transition Period'), the Executive shall be engaged in (i) the
          performance of his current duties as Vice President and Chief
          Financial Officer ('Transition Duties'), as well as (ii) general
          matters of financial strategy and business development, implementation
          of major alliances, acquisitions and mergers, investor relations, and
          any other matters and duties as may reasonably be requested by the
          Chief Executive Officer. During the Transition Period the Executive
          shall devote substantially all of his business time, attention and
          services to the diligent, faithful and competent discharge of such
          duties for the successful operation of the Company's business.

     (c)  Responsibilities After The Transition Effective Date:  For the
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          remainder of the term of this Agreement after the Transition Effective
          Date (the 'Remaining Term'), the Executive shall serve the Company as
          shall be mutually agreed by the parties. During the Remaining Term the
          Executive's duties, which he shall discharge diligently, faithfully
          and competently, shall be unchanged except that, unless otherwise
          mutually agreed between the parties, the Executive shall have no

 
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          Transition Duties.  The Executive may engage in any activity on his
          own time without Company approval, provided the same does not conflict
          or compete with any interest of the Company or interfere with the
          Executive's performance of his duties hereunder.

2.   Term
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     The term of this Agreement shall commence on March 31, 1999, and shall
     expire on the third anniversary of the Transition Effective Date, which
     date shall not be later than June 30, 2002, unless terminated sooner in
     accordance with the provisions of Paragraph 4.

3.   Compensation
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     (a) Salary. During the Transition Period, the Company shall pay to the
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     Executive salary at the annual rate of One Hundred Seventy Eight Thousand
     Dollars ($178,000). payable in semi-monthly installments.  During the
     Remaining Term, the Company shall pay to the executive salary at the annual
     rate of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000), payable in semi-monthly
     installments. Salary payments shall be subject to all applicable federal
     and state withholding, payroll and other taxes.  The Executive's salary may
     be adjusted at any time by mutual agreement of the parties, but shall not
     be lowered from the amounts hereinabove specified for the Transition Period
     and the Remaining Term, respectively.

     (b) Benefits. During the term of this Agreement the Executive shall be
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     reimbursed for all of his business-related travel and other business-
     related expenses in accordance with the Company's policies from time to
     time in effect, and shall also be furnished by the Company at the Company's
     expense for use in the Company's business with a lap top computer and
     network access.  The Executive will also be entitled to participate on the
     same basis with all other management employees of the Company in the
     Company's standard benefits package generally available for all other
     officers and employees of the Company, with respect to group health,
     disability and life insurance programs and retirement and 401K programs.
     The Executive shall also be paid (in a lump sum if he so elects) his
     accrued and accumulated vacation compensation as of the Transition
     Effective Date.

     (c) Stock Options. The parties acknowledge and agree that the Executive has
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     been granted options to purchase 125,000 shares of the stock of NewsEdge
     Corporation, pursuant to various stock option and reprising agreements (the
     'Option Agreements'), as outlined in the table below:



   Number of Options    Date Granted         Option Price Per Share
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1.      35,000          January 23, 1996.           $ 8.625
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2.      10,000          July 29, 1997               $10,438
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3.      80,000          February 24, 1998           $10.875
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       125,000                                      
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The options granted under (1) and (2) above, totaling 45,000 options shall be
subject to the provisions of the Option Agreements and shall continue to vest on
the terms and conditions found in the option agreements and shell expire ninety
(90) days following the expiration of this Agreement. The options granted under
(3) above totaling 80,000 options shall continue to vest through the Transition
Effective Date. The vested portion of these options as of the Transition
Effective date shall continue to be exercisable by the Executive throughout the
term of this Agreement.  The unvested portion of the 80,000 options as of the
Transition Effective Date will he cancelled as of the Transition Effective Date.

4.   Termination
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     The Executive's employment under this Agreement shall terminate prior to
the expiration of the term set forth in Paragraph 2 upon the occurrence of any
of the following events:

         (i)   The death or disability of the Executive. For the purposes of
               this Paragraph, 'disability' shall mean the inability of the
               Executive, by reason of accident or illness, to perform
               substantially the duties of his employment, which inability
               persists for a continuous period of three (3) months.
               
         (ii)  The acceptance by the Executive of a full time position with an
               employer other than the Company.
               
         (iii) The giving of fourteen (14) days' written notice by the Executive
               to the Company of the Executive's election to terminate this
               Agreement for cause. As used in this subparagraph, 'for cause'
               means any change in the Executive's compensation, benefits or
               location which is not consented to by the Executive.
               
         (iv)  The giving of fourteen (14) days written notice by the Company to
               the Executive of the Company's election to terminate this
               Agreement for cause. As used in this subparagraph, 'for cause'
               means (A) the substantial and continuing willful breach by the
               Executive of his obligations under this Agreement, such breach
               not having been cured within thirty (30) days after the
               Executive's receipt of notice thereof from the Company, which
               notice shall set forth in reasonable detail the nature of such
               breach; provided, however, that this subparagraph shall not apply
               to acts or omissions by the Executive in the exercise of his
               honest business judgment; (B) the commission by the Executive of
               an act of fraud or substantial and material breach of fiduciary
               duty; or (C) the conviction of the Executive of any felony or of
               any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or misappropriation of
               Company property.

5.   Waiver
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     The failure of any party hereto at any time or times to require performance
of any provision of this Agreement shall in no manner affect that party's right
at a later time to enforce the same provision. Any waiver by any party of the
breach of any provision contained in this 

 
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Agreement in any one or more instances shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any
other breach of the same provision or any other provisions contained herein.

6.   Notices
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     Any notices or other communications required or permitted under this
Agreement shall be sufficiently given if delivered in hand or if sent by
registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, and if to the Executive,
addressed to him as follows:

                   Mr. Edward R. Siegfried
                   21 Camelot Drive
                   Hingham, MA 02043

And if to the Company, addressed to it as follows:

                   NewsEdge Corporation
                   80 Blanchard Road
                   Burlington, MA 01803
                   Attention: Donald L. McLagan, Chief Executive Officer

Either party at any time may change his or its address for notice hereunder by
giving notice thereof to the other party in accordance with the provisions of
this Paragraph 6.

7.   Entire Agreement Amendment
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     Except as otherwise provided herein, this Agreement constitutes the entire
Agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and
supercedes all proposals, negotiations and understandings of any nature
whatsoever. This Agreement may be amended only by a written instrument signed by
both parties.


8.   Severability
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     If any of the provisions of this Agreement, or any part thereof, are
hereafter construed to be invalid or unenforceable, the same shall not affect
the remaining provisions, which shall be enforced to the fullest extent
permitted by law, without regard to the invalid portion or portions.

9.   Assignment
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     The Executive acknowledges that the services to be rendered by him
hereunder are unique and personal in nature. Accordingly, the Executive may not
assign any of his rights or delegate any of his duties or obligations under this
Agreement, except with the written consent of the Company. The rights and
obligations of the Company under this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of,
and shall be binding upon, the successors and assigns of the Company. The rights
of the Executive hereunder shall inure to the benefit of the Executive and,
where the context so requires, to his personal representatives.

 
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10.  Governing Law
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     This Agreement, the employment relationship contemplated herein and any
claim arising from such relationship, whether or riot arising under this
Agreement, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and this Agreement shall be deemed to be
performable in Massachusetts.

11.  Counterparts
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     This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which
shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and
the same instrument.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been executed by the parties hereto
as a sealed instrument, as of the date first above written.


                                    /s/ Edward R. Siegfried
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                                    EDWARD R. SIEGFRIED

WITNESS:                            NEWSEDGE CORPORATION

By: /s/ Al Zink                     By: /s/ Donald L. McLagan
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Name: Al Zink                         Name:  Donald L. McLagan
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Title: Director of HR                 Title:  Chief Executive Officer
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 TYPE:  EX-10.27
 SEQUENCE:  3
 DESCRIPTION:  SEVERANCE AGREEMENT & RELEASE DATED MARCH 14, 2000



 
                                                                   Exhibit 10.27

                             [NEWSEDGE LETTERHEAD]

                                March 14, 2000
                                                                                
VIA HAND DELIVERY
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Donald McLagan

     Re: Severance Agreement and Release
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Dear Don:

     This letter summarizes the terms of your resignation and severance
agreement with NewsEdge Corporation (hereinafter the 'Company').

1.  Resignation:
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     (a)  Resignation Date:  Your resignation from employment by the Company,
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and from all Company offices and directorships, will be effective as of March
14, 2000 (the 'Resignation Date').  You have agreed to cooperate fully in the
execution of any and all other documents, and to take any and all additional
action, which may be necessary to effectuate your resignation from all Company
offices and directorships.

     (b)  Benefits Cessation:  As of the Resignation Date, your salary will
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cease, and any entitlement you have or might have under a Company provided
benefit plan, program or practice will terminate, except as required by federal
or state law, or as otherwise described below.

2.   Consideration:  Beginning on the Effective Date of this Agreement, as set
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forth in Section 9 below, the Company will provide you with the following:

     (a)  Severance:  The Company will pay as severance your current base salary
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of $7,708.34 per pay period (24 pay periods per year), less applicable payroll
taxes, for a period of twelve months, up to and through March 14, 2001, in
accordance with the Company's current payroll practices. The severance payments
are contingent upon your compliance with the obligations set forth in Section 6
and your continued compliance with the obligations set forth in Section 7 of
this Agreement.

     (b)  Health Insurance:  The Resignation Date shall be the date of the
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'qualifying event' under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of
1985 ('COBRA'). If you elect to continue medical insurance coverage after the
Resignation Date in accordance with the provisions of COBRA, the Company shall
pay your monthly premium payments during the severance period or until you
obtain other employment, whichever occurs first. Thereafter, medical plan
coverage shall be continued only to the extent required by COBRA and only to the
extent you timely pay the premium payments yourself. You will receive a COBRA
notice and COBRA election forms under separate cover.

 
     (c)  Administrative Support: The Company will provide you with use of
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office space and secretarial support for the six-month period measured from the
Effective Date as described in Section 9 below. The location of the office and
the selection of secretarial personnel to assist you shall be determined by the
Company at its sole discretion.

     (d)  Use and Maintenance of Laptop Computer:  With respect to the Company
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owned laptop computer now in your possession ('the laptop computer'), the
Company agrees, as of the Effective Date of this Agreement: (i) to transfer
ownership to you of the laptop computer, and (ii) to provide repair and
maintenance services for the laptop computer as may be reasonably required until
March 15, 2001. The Company reserves the right to determine at its sole
discretion the provider of any or all of said repair or maintenance services
and/or whether a request for repair or maintenance services made by you or on
your behalf is reasonable under this provision. You also agree to allow the
Company to have access to your laptop at its discretion for the purpose of
securing the return of its confidential, proprietary and/or trade secret
information.

3.   General Release:
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     In exchange for the amounts described in Section 2, and other good and
valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby
acknowledged, you and your representatives, agents, estate, heirs, successors
and assigns, absolutely and unconditionally hereby release, remise, discharge,
indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees (defined to include the Company and/or
any of its parents, subsidiaries or affiliates, predecessors, successors or
assigns, and its and their respective current and/or former directors,
shareholders/stockholders, officers, employees, attorneys and/or agents, all
both individually and in their official capacities), from any and all actions or
causes of action, suits, claims, complaints, contracts, liabilities, agreements,
promises, contracts, torts, debts, damages, controversies, judgments, rights and
demands, whether existing or contingent, known or unknown, which arise out of
your employment with, change in employment status with, and/or separation of
employment from, the Company. This release is intended by you to be all
encompassing and to act as a full and total release of any claims, whether
specifically enumerated herein or not, that you may have or have had against the
Releasees arising from conduct occurring up to and through the date of this
Agreement, including, but not limited to, any claims arising from any federal or
state law or regulation dealing with either employment, employment benefits or
employment discrimination such as those laws or regulations concerning
discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sex
harassment, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, handicap or
disability, veteran status or any military service or application for military
service; any contract, whether oral or written, express or implied; any tort;
any claim for equity or other benefits; or any other statutory and/or common law
claim.

4.   Accord and Satisfaction:
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     The amounts set forth above in Section 2 shall be complete and
unconditional payment, settlement, accord and/or satisfaction with respect to
all obligations and liabilities of the Releasees to you excluding accrued
vacation pay but including, without 

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limitation, all claims for back wages, salary, draws, incentive pay, bonuses,
stock and stock options, commissions, severance pay, any and all other forms of
compensation or benefits, attorney's fees, or other costs or sums. However, the
existing stock option agreements between you and the Company shall remain in
full force and effect in accordance with their terms, except that the options
shall be exerciseable for a period of one year from the date hereof.

5.   Waiver of Rights and Claims Under the Age Discrimination and Employment Act
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     of 1967:
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     Since you are 40 years of age or older, you have been informed that you
have or may have specific rights and/or claims under the Age Discrimination in
Employment Act of 1967 ('ADEA') and you agree that:

     (a)  in consideration for the amounts and benefits described in Section 2
of this Agreement, which you are not otherwise entitled to receive, you
specifically and voluntarily waive such rights and/or claims under the ADEA you
might have against the Releasees to the extent such rights and/or claims arose
prior to the date this Agreement was executed;

     (b)  you understand that rights or claims under the ADEA which may arise
after the date this Agreement is executed are not waived by you;

     (c)  you have been advised to consider the terms of this Agreement
carefully and consult with or seek advice from an attorney of your choice or any
other person of your choosing prior to executing this Agreement;

     (d)  you acknowledge that you were informed and understand that you have
twenty-one (21) days within which to consider this Agreement; and

     (e)  the 21-day review period will not be affected or extended by any
revisions which might be made to this Agreement.

6.   Company Files, Documents and Other Property: 
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     On or promptly after the Effective Date, except as is set forth in Section
2(d), you will return to the Company all Company property and materials,
including but not limited to, personal computers, fax machines, scanners,
copiers, cellular phones, Company credit cards and telephone charge cards,
manuals, building keys and passes, courtesy parking passes, diskettes,
intangible information stored on diskettes, software programs and data compiled
with the use of those programs, software passwords or codes, tangible copies of
trade secrets and confidential information, sales information, sales forecasts,
memoranda, sales brochures, business or marketing plans, reports, projections,
and any and all other information or property previously or currently held or
used by you that is or was related to your employment with the Company ('Company
Property'). You agree that in the event that you discover any other Company
Property in your possession after the Resignation Date, you will immediately
return such materials to the Company.

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7.   Future Conduct:  In further consideration for the amounts described in
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Section 2, you agree to the following post-employment restrictions:

     (a)  Noncompetition.  For the period beginning on the Resignation Date and
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ending on March 14, 2001, you agree that you shall not, directly or indirectly,
alone or as a consultant, partner, officer, director, employee, joint venturer,
lender or stockholder of any entity, (i) accept employment with any business
that is in competition with the products or services being marketed, distributed
or sold by the Company on the date hereof or with the services in development
listed on Exhibit A hereto (the 'Listed Services'), or (ii) engage in any
business or activity that is in competition with the products or services being
marketed, distributed or sold by the Company on the date hereof or with the
Listed Services.

     (b)  [Intentionally Omitted].
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     (c)  Nonsolicitation of Employees.  For the period beginning on the
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Resignation Date and ending on March 15, 2001, you will not, in any manner,
directly or indirectly solicit or  recruit,  (or assist any company or business
organization by which you are employed or which is directly or indirectly
controlled by you to solicit, recruit, hire or engage) any person who is
employed by the Company or is a contractor, project consultant or consultant of
the Company at the time of the termination of your employment.

     (d)  Nondisclosure.  For the period beginning on the Resignation Date and
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ending on March 15, 2001, you shall not at any time reveal to any person or
entity any Confidential Information except to employees of the Company who need
to know such Confidential Information for the purposes of their employment, or
as otherwise authorized by the Company in writing.  The term 'Confidential
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Information' shall include any information concerning the organization, business
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or finances of the Company or of any third party which the Company is under an
obligation to keep confidential and/or that is maintained by the Company as
confidential. Such Confidential Information shall include, but is not limited
to, trade secrets or confidential information respecting inventions, products,
designs, methods, know-how, techniques, systems, processes, specifications,
blueprints, engineering data, software programs, works of authorship, customer
lists, customer information, financial information, pricing information,
personnel information, business plans, projects, plans and proposals.
Confidential Information shall not include any such information that is in the
public domain or learned by you other than from the Company. You shall keep
confidential all matters entrusted to you and shall not use any Confidential
Information in any manner which may injure or cause loss or may be calculated to
injure or cause loss to the Company, whether directly or indirectly.

     (e)  Agreement With Respect to Sale of Stock.  For the period beginning
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March 14, 2000 and ending March 15, 2001, you agree to abide by volume
restrictions on sales of Company  stock that are applicable to an 'affiliate' of
the Company under Rule 144 of 

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the rules promulgated under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1933. This
restriction shall not apply (i) in connection with or after any sale of the
Company by merger or otherwise, or (ii) to any sales approved in advance by the
Company.

     (f)  Nondisparagement:  The Company and you each agree not to make
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disparaging, critical or otherwise detrimental comments to any person or entity
concerning the other; or the circumstances surrounding your employment and/or
separation of employment from the Company.

     (g)  Confidentiality of this Agreement: Each party shall maintain
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confidentiality concerning the dollar amount and all other terms of this
Agreement, except to the extent required by law. Except as required pursuant to
legal process, you will not discuss the same with anyone except your immediate
family and accountants or attorneys when such disclosure is necessary for the
accountants or attorneys to render professional services. Prior to any such
disclosure that you may make, you shall secure from your attorney or accountant
their written agreement to maintain the confidentiality of such matters and
provide a copy of such written agreement to the Company. Nothing herein shall
prohibit or bar you from providing truthful testimony in any legal proceeding or
in communicating with any governmental agency or representative or from making
any truthful disclosure required, authorized or permitted under law.

     (h)  Agreement with Respect to Injunctive Relief: You agree that any breach
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of any of the provisions of this Agreement, including, without limitation,
subparts (a) through (g) of this Section 7, will cause irreparable damage to the
Company and that in the event of such breach the Company shall have, in addition
to any and all remedies of law, the right to an injunction, specific performance
or other equitable relief to prevent the violation of your obligations
hereunder.  You further agree that the Company may apply for such injunctive
relief in any court of competent jurisdiction without the necessity of posting
any bond or other security.

8.   Representations and Governing Law:
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     (a)  This Agreement sets forth the complete and sole agreement between the
parties and supersedes any and all other agreements or understandings, whether
oral or written, regarding the subject-matter of the Agreement except, however
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the existing stock option agreements between you and the Company will continue
in effect in accordance with its terms, except that the options shall be
exerciseable for a period of one year from the date hereof.  This Severance
Agreement may not be changed, amended, modified, altered or rescinded except
upon the express written consent of both the President of the Company and you.

     (b)  If any provision of this Agreement, or part thereof, is held invalid,
void or voidable as against public policy or otherwise, the invalidity shall not
affect other provisions, or parts thereof, which may be given effect without the
invalid provision or part. To this extent, the provisions, and parts thereof, of
this Agreement are declared to

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be severable. Any waiver of any provision of this Agreement shall not constitute
a waiver of any other provision of this Agreement unless expressly so indicated
otherwise in writing.

     (c)  This Agreement shall be deemed to be made and entered into in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This Agreement and any claims arising out of this
Agreement (or any other claims arising out of the relationship between the
parties) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of
Massachusetts and shall in all respects be interpreted, enforced and governed
under the internal and domestic laws of Massachusetts, without giving effect to
the principles of conflicts of laws of such state. Any claims or legal actions
by one party against the other shall be commenced and maintained in any state or
federal court located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and you hereby
submit to the jurisdiction and venue of any such court.

     (d)  This Agreement cannot be assigned by you and shall inure to the
benefit of the Company's successors and assigns.

     (e)  The language of all parts of this Agreement will in all cases be
construed as a whole in accordance with its fair meaning and not strictly for or
against either party hereto.

9.   Effective Date:
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     After signing this letter, you may revoke this Agreement for a period of
seven (7) days following said execution. The Agreement shall not become
effective or enforceable until this revocation period has expired (the
'Effective Date').

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     If this letter correctly states the understanding we have reached, please
indicate your acceptance by countersigning the enclosed copy and returning it to
me.

Very truly yours,


/s/ NewsEdge Corporation
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I REPRESENT THAT I HAVE READ THE FOREGOING AGREEMENT, THAT I FULLY UNDERSTAND
THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SUCH AGREEMENT AND THAT I AM KNOWINGLY AND
VOLUNTARILY EXECUTING THE SAME.  IN ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT, I DO NOT RELY
ON ANY REPRESENTATION, PROMISE OR INDUCEMENT MADE BY THE COMPANY OR ITS
ATTORNEYS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE CONSIDERATION DESCRIBED IN THIS DOCUMENT.

ACCEPTED:

/s/ Donald McLagan
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Donald McLagan

Date: March 14, 2000

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