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FT Interactive Data Europe joins Linedata Services' Accredited Partner Programme

London, 3 August 2005 - Linedata Services, a leading provider of software and services to the global financial services marketplace, today announced that FT Interactive Data Europe, part of Interactive Data (NYSE: IDC) and a leading supplier of financial information and analytical software to global markets, has joined Linedata Services’ Accredited Data Vendor Partner Programme for Icon, its complete back-office fund management and administration solution.

Linedata Services’ Accredited Data Vendor Partner Programme, launched earlier in July, is designed to offer existing and future Icon customers a choice of two-way, seamless interfaces with data vendors, for example, to facilitate sourcing data for different assets from different vendors. The programme certifies that each Partner’s services can interface to Linedata Services’ Icon solution via its Data Integration Platform (DIP), and comprehensive testing is undertaken by both parties.

FT Interactive Data Europe is the second additional data vendor to join the programme. Over the coming months, FT Interactive Data Europe and Linedata Services will work closely together initially to offer existing and future Icon customers prices, evaluations and exchange rates through FT Interactive Data’s FTS service, to be followed by asset reference and corporate actions data.

Pete Hudson, Head of Product Marketing for Linedata Services (UK) Ltd, commented, "We have close relationships with our Icon customers, and a key theme among their strategies for the future is the need to have access to multiple data sources. The Accredited Data Vendor Partner Programme is designed to ensure that our customers have proven access to quality data feeds. FT Interactive Data is committed to providing quality asset information to the marketplace, and we are delighted to be able to offer their services to our customers."

Graham Parry, business development manager for FT Interactive Data Europe, added, "We are very pleased to be working with Linedata Services – this alliance will provide Icon customers with fast access via a seamless interface to FT Interactive Data’s high quality financial information. At FT Interactive Data Europe we place strategic importance on the relationships that we have developed with software vendors across the world."