Ex-Knight-Ridderites Plan I-Way Service To Deliver Data To Spreadsheets

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TWO former Knight-Ridder executives have launched .xls, an Internet service that delivers quantitative information into a user's spreadsheet. The product, developed by Data Downlink, is being marketed to consulting firms, investment banks, money managers, commercial banks and information vendors.

Currently, .xls provides data from nine sources: Indepth Data supplies Securities and Exchange Commission filing data from 4,000 companies; Technimetrics, a Knight-Ridder company, provides shareholde