I remember Northern Light as one of the key early players in web search. It actually started in 1996, the same year that Google began as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, at Stanford University
However, for the last few years their services have been reserved for enterprise customers only. The good news it that they recently launched a free business news search engine called Northern Light Search.
It offers you the ability to register for free and set-up daily or weekly alerts on a range of saved searches you create.
However I believe its market research content makes for real killer content, as this is so difficult to find via standard search engines like Google.
Their Market Intelligence Wikis provide an overview of industries and business trends, with a detailed picture of market segments, issues, companies, and government regulatory actions.
“Our editors have been scouring the Web for authoritative analysis and commentary and for useful resources to create these concise, easy-to-navigate market intelligence wikis for the several industries listed below. If your industry is not already covered contact us or contribute to this public wiki!”
Accounting & Taxation
Aerospace & Defense
Automotive & Transportation
Banking & Financial Services
Chemicals & Plastics
Energy & Utilities
Oil & Gas
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Software, Computers, & Services
Telecommunications & Equipment
Many thanks for this tip to Warren Cheetham, CitiLibraries|The New Townsville City