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2008-08-28 23:09:51

Fidelity National Inks Agreement with Freedom Communication

Fidelity National Financial has announced that Freedom Interactive, a division of Freedom Communications, has partnered with the Data Aggregation Group (DAGG) of Fidelity National Real Estate Solutions’ (FNRES) Broker Agent Products division. 

The agreement allows the Irvine, CA-based information and entertainment company use of MLS and broker listings collected and standardized by FNRES’ data aggregation service.  For decades, the DAGG service has been restricted to in-house use by Fidelity National companies.  This year the Fidelity data services became available for use by third-party and media companies.  Freedom Interactive is among the first to sign on for this newly available service. 
 
Freedom Interactive is a division of Freedom Communications, a national, privately-owned information and entertainment company headquartered in Irvine, California.  Freedom Interactive owns and operates web sites coast to coast, each offering up-to-the-minute breaking news stories, extensive local content, and trusted local news coverage on demand.  The company’s web sites are associated with various Freedom Communications media properties, including over 100 newspaper and magazines, such as The Orange County Register in Orange County, California, and The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as eight leading broadcast television stations. 
 
“Real estate listings have always given a big boost to our online readership,” said Doug Bennett, President of Freedom Interactive.  “The importance of this service to the health of our business and the services we provide to each of our local audiences cannot be overstated.  Freedom Communications sought a partnership with the data provider with the greatest track record, seasoned personnel and with the scale to ensure we could give our site visitors reliable and timely listings. 
 
“This is also going to save us money,” Bennett continued.  “Freedom has been aggregating data for their web sites for years, but the results of a recent cost analysis on producing the same data services in-house proved it would be more cost effective to outsource these services to Fidelity. 
 
“Fidelity National has been refining listing data collection for online real estate longer than any other company,” John Hensley, FNRES SVP and General Manager of Broker Agent Products and Data Aggregation.  “Our DAGG services provide superior data for a lower cost than other companies now pay to generate it themselves.”
 
For more information on FNRES’ DAGG Services contact Larry Ross, General Manager Data Aggregation, at 949-681-4793 or larry.ross@fnres.com
 
About Fidelity National Financial
 
Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF), is a leading provider of title insurance, specialty insurance and claims management services. FNF is one of the nation's largest title insurance companies through its title insurance underwriters - Fidelity National Title, Chicago Title, Ticor Title, Security Union Title and Alamo Title - that issue approximately 27 percent of all title insurance policies in the United States. FNF also provides flood insurance, personal lines insurance and home warranty insurance through it specialty insurance business. FNF also is a leading provider of outsourced claims management services to large corporate and public sector entities through its minority-owned subsidiary, Sedgwick CMS. More information about FNF can be found at . www.fnf.com
 
CONTACT:  Darcy Patch, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Real Estate and Mortgage Information Services, 949-477-1173, .darcy.patch@fnis.com

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