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1:55 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
Joe Bolger / Times of London:   Autonomy surges on demerger plans
Autonomy Press Releases:
AUTONOMY TO DEMERGE CONSUMER UNIT
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
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.
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Financial Times:
Apple's Jobs 'was warned' on options
John Liu / Bloomberg:
Google to Sell Online Ads on China Telecom Web Sites (Update6)  —  Google Inc. won the right to sell advertising on 400 Web sites owned by China Telecom Corp., helping it compete with Microsoft Corp. and dominant local rival Baidu.com Inc. in the world's second-biggest Internet market.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Reuters:
China Telecom gives Google Web advertising rights
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com To Launch Contextual Advertising Product  —  Ask.com is launching a new sponsored listings contextual product and will go live the week of May 21st.  —  The Ask contextual product will initially launch within IAC's own network of sites including Match.com, Ticketmaster …
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Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Ask.com to Launch Contextual Ad Network
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 and iLounge
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
SSD prices in freefall — won't overtake hard disks anytime soon
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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.
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 …
PR Newswire:
Vonage Defends Consumers' Right To Choose Phone Service  —  HOLMDEL, N.J., April 25 /PRNewswire/ — Vonage today launched a national grassroots communications campaign to educate and mobilize consumers about preserving the freedom to choose their phone service provider.
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
Basil / Mozilla Developer News:
What's happening with Mozilla Firefox 1.5?  —  Wanted to notify the community that Mozilla will only supply security and stability upgrades for Firefox 1.5 until mid-May of this year.  We encourage all Firefox 1.5 users to visit http://getfirefox.com to download the latest version of Firefox today.
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 …
eMediaWire:
Presenting the Coffee Machine That Reads Minds  —  Coffee machine company says it will lead the way for "super-automatic" coffee machines that use artificial intelligence.  This new breed of learning coffee makers could be introduced in the next several years, predicts coffee machine retailer.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Raw Feed
Royal Pingdom:
Top 20 DNS server map shows US internet dominance  —  The US has long held a dominating position in the web hosting industry.  One way to examine this is to look at which DNS servers hold the most domain names.  It turns out that 16 of the 20 largest DNS servers in the world are located in the US.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and GigaOM
 
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Bonnie Cha / Crave: The gadget blog:
Verizon, Sprint announce RIM BlackBerry 8830 World Edition
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget
Michael Pick / Robin Good's Latest News:
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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
Kim Nelson / Internet Stocks on Seeking Alpha:
Amazon.com Q1 2007 Earnings Call Transcript
Discussion: Between the Lines
Nathan Vardi / Forbes:
Patent Pirates  —  Hedge funds and institutional investors …
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Seriously Smacked Down (Again) By Judge
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Web threats to surpass e-mail pests
 Earlier Items: 
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Was Uncle Sam Bilked by IT Kickbacks?
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Salesforce.com's Pitch to Startups
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Discussion: Scobleizer
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's European Clone
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Thoughts on the Hive Mind
Discussion: Hive Mind Bee Blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mac users get your FON on
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Results from Apple's (Bumpy) 2nd Q Due Today
Om Malik / GigaOM:
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