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4:20 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 …
Joe Bolger / Times of London:   Autonomy surges on demerger plans
Autonomy Press Releases:
AUTONOMY TO DEMERGE CONSUMER UNIT
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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?
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
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.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
FCC to reveal spectrum auction plan  —  The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday is expected to begin setting rules for one of the most important wireless spectrum auctions in the foreseeable future.  —  The new rules, which determine how to divvy up licenses and actually auction …
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.
David Chartier / Download Squad:
Six ways Twitter can make money  —  A web 2.0-sized boatload of buzz has surrounded Twitter, the addictive service that allows its users to answer one simple question: what are you doing?  The service has made appearances in everything from your friend's blog to the New York Times, and everyone seems jazzed about how fun tweeting is.
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
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
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung announces 1.8-inch 120GB disk for UMPCs and perhaps, iPods  —  Oh Samsung, you and your obsession with the "world's biggest" puts even Jersey girls to shame.  Chalk-up two more this morning with the world's highest capacity 1.8- and 2.5-inch hard disk drives.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, iLounge and digg
Carlo / Techdirt:
FCC Wants To Decide What You Can Watch On Cable  —  from the overreaching dept  —  Under its current leadership, the FCC has made it a priority to impose the morals of a small group of people on all television viewers by cracking down on so-called indecent programming.
Kim Nelson / Internet Stocks on Seeking Alpha:
Amazon.com Q1 2007 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Jeffrey P. Bezos - Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer  —  Thomas J. Szkutak - Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President  —  Analysts  —  Mark Mahaney - City Investment Research  —  Presentation
 
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Sony:
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Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and Gizmodo
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Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Nick / Rough Type:
Open source and the programmer's dilemma
PR Newswire:
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
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Michael Pick / Robin Good's Latest News:
Mobile Instant Messaging Meets Social Networking: Twitter - A Beginner's Guide
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Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Ask.com to Launch Contextual Ad Network
Gizmodo:
Samsung's Wireless 1080p Plasma Is Almost Ready, But Is It Safe Enough …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Gadget Lab
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Introduce User-Generated Content
eMediaWire:
Presenting the Coffee Machine That Reads Minds
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Raw Feed
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Seriously Smacked Down (Again) By Judge
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Web threats to surpass e-mail pests
Nokia:
Over 100 million S60 devices shipped
Basil / Mozilla Developer News:
What's happening with Mozilla Firefox 1.5?