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3:35 PM ET, April 25, 2007

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Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Autonomy to spin off consumer arm  —  Autonomy, the Cambridge-based search software company, on Wednesday announced plans to demerge and float its consumer division, with allows people to search internet TV and video clips.  —  The consumer division will be renamed Blinkx, and listed on London's AIM exchange for growth stocks in May.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Autonomy Exercises Option To Buy Blinkx; Merges With Its Consumer Division; Will IPO It In London  —  This is among the first such IPOs in the still-nascent online video search space, and almost solves the mystery of the weirdly secretive relationship between the data/information search company Autonomy …
Discussion: Beet.TV, The Next Net and Mashable!
Autonomy Press Releases:
AUTONOMY TO DEMERGE CONSUMER UNIT
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Joe Bolger / Times of London:   Autonomy surges on demerger plans
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Autonomy To Reclaim Blinkx, Then Spin It Off
San Francisco Chronicle:
Google surpasses Microsoft as world's most-visited site  —  It's official: Google rules the world.  —  The Mountain View search engine has outstripped Microsoft on two fronts, becoming both the most visited Web site and the most valuable global brand.  —  The events are major milestones for Google …
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CenterNetworks:
Google is biggest says comScore and Google most powerful brand says Millward Brown  —  SFGate has a lengthy article about two major news releases regarding Google.  The first being that they have surpassed Microsoft as the most trafficked web site property and the second is that they have won 2007 …
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Virus Writers Taint Google Ad Links  —  Virus writers have been gaming Google's "sponsored links" — the paid ads shown alongside search engine results.  They are aiming to get their malicious software installed on computers whose users click onto ad links after searching for legitimate sites …
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Roger Thompson / Exploit Prevention Labs:
Google sponsored links not safe?  —  We've been watching an interesting puzzle for a couple of weeks now, and last night the last couple of pieces fell into place.  Since the 10th April, our community intelligence network has been finding exploit detections _seemingly_ at household name sites like the Better Business Bureau and
Discussion: Today @ PC World
Reuters:
China Telecom gives Google Web advertising rights  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China Telecom Corp. has given Google Inc. the right to offer advertising on over 400 Web sites owned by the Chinese firm, the companies said on Wednesday.  —  The deal covers national and local portals operated by China Telecom …
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John Liu / Bloomberg:
Google to Sell Online Ads on China Telecom Web Sites (Update6)
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Ask.com to Launch Contextual Ad Network  —  IAC/InterActiveCorp is launching a contextual ad network to complement its existing search ad distribution network.  It hopes the offering will become a viable alternative for publishers to Google's AdSense network.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google gets in on 'Intel Inside' campaign  —  Intel is injecting some of Google's famous ad magic into its "Intel Inside" campaign.  —  The world's largest microprocessor supplier and the most popular search engine were set to announce on Wednesday a co-marketing initiative that will allow makers …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
'Second Life' to strengthen its voice  —  SAN FRANCISCO—In the next several months, Second Life avatars may find their long-awaited voice, said Philip Rosedale, CEO of Linden Lab, publisher of the virtual world.  —  Many Second Life members have long desired to bring voice to their text-based avatars.
Eric Dash / New York Times:
No Charges for Apple Over Options  —  Federal securities regulators said yesterday that they would bring no civil charges against Apple over the backdating of executive stock options.  But they stopped short of removing the cloud that for nearly a year has hung over the company's chief executive, Steven P. Jobs.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why is Scribd so hot?  —  Last couple of days from many different sources we have been hearing about this little company called Scribd.  A funding frenzy is taking place around the company, with some of the top name venture capitalists jostling to invest in the company.
Discussion: Marshall Kirkpatrick
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Yet another Microsoft search exec calls it quits  —  The shake-ups in Microsoft's search organization aren't over yet.  —  On April 24, Microsoft announced internally that Dane Glasgow, general manager for Live Search, is leaving the company to work for various nonprofits and spend more time with his family.
Discussion: BetaNews
Nokia:
Over 100 million S60 devices shipped  —  Volume market attracts mobile innovation  —  S60 Summit 2007, Madrid, Spain - Nokia today announced that over 100 million S60 devices have cumulatively been shipped by S60 licensees to date.  S60 software built on Symbian OS is the world's leading …
Sony:
SONY UNVEILS THE WORLD'S SMALLEST AVCHD HIGH-DEFINITION CAMCORDER  —  Three New Camcorders Record Full HD 1080 Video on Memory Stick Media, Hard Disk Drives  —  Sony is bolstering its lead in the high-definition camcorder arena with the introduction of AVCHD™ technology-based models.
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and Gizmodo
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Introduce User-Generated Content  —  When Google launched its personalized mapping tool, My Maps, the company said it would soon be integrating user-generated content.  It appears that is now happening on many Google Maps searches (hat tip to NLC Marketing Blog).  —  Here are some example searches:
 
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Open source and the programmer's dilemma
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Gizmodo:
Samsung's Wireless 1080p Plasma Is Almost Ready, But Is It Safe Enough …
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Amazon.com Q1 2007 Earnings Call Transcript
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Nathan Vardi / Forbes:
Patent Pirates  —  Hedge funds and institutional investors …
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
eMediaWire:
Presenting the Coffee Machine That Reads Minds
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Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Seriously Smacked Down (Again) By Judge
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Web threats to surpass e-mail pests
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
FCC to reveal spectrum auction plan
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's European Clone
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What's happening with Mozilla Firefox 1.5?
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