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 CLINTON, N.J., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- News Electronic Data, Inc. (NEDI), a division of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS), and Zagat Survey announced today an agreement whereby Zagat Survey will provide to NEDI exclusive rights to the Zagat Survey restaurant and hotel information, for use in conjunction with a NEDI travel-related product, known as Taxi(TM).
 Taxi is a unique mapping software product for Windows which describes in minute detail the locations of hotels and restaurants in major American cities. The first release of Taxi includes data for New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco. Taxi pinpoints any given address on a city map, constructs convenient routes for travelers to find an address, and then identifies hotels and restaurants according to Zagat food, decor, service, and price ratings, other index criteria, and surveyor comments.
 Taxi runs on a 386 (or better) IBM compatible PC, running Microsoft(TM) Windows 3.1 with 4 MB RAM. The suggested retail price for Taxi is $69.95 and it is available immediately at major retailers. A CD-ROM version, containing the entire metropolitan mapping area for each of the five major cities, can be purchased for $79.95. A Macintosh version is scheduled for release in December 1993.
 According to News Corporation Chief Executive, Rupert Murdoch, "Zagat Survey represents the very best hotel and restaurant data available in the marketplace. I am very pleased that we have teamed up with them to make this valuable information available in electronic form."
 Tim Zagat, founder and co-owner with Nina Zagat of Zagat Survey, added, "Taxi is simply the very best mapping software available today, and has tremendous commercial applications."
 The result of NEDI's July 1993 purchase of Axxis Software, Inc., Taxi contains a revised mapping database, new Zagat Survey information, an improved routing mechanism, and data compression that permits five cities to be offered on five diskettes.
 Based on the world's most sophisticated mapping database from Etak, Taxi now contains the core business are plus all of the related Zagat hotel and restaurant information on just one disk per city. Each city requires up to, but no more than, 2.5 megabits of memory.
 News Electronic Data, Inc., located in Clinton, is a unit of News Corporation, the global media company headed by Chief Executive, Rupert Murdoch. NEDI is in the process of developing alternative versions of existing News Corporation products and preparing them for future transmission in a digital format.
 Zagat Survey, based in New York, publishes a best-selling series of restaurant and hotel guides based on extensive questionnaires filed by more than 60,000 frequent restaurant-goers and travelers nationwide. The highly acclaimed Zagat Survey guides are the most dependable source of restaurant and hotel information in America today.
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 /CONTACT: Frances Ianacone of News Electronic Data, Inc., 908-735-2555, or 609-936-1512; CIS, 73424.3033/

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