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blinkx Offers Gateway to Riches of History of Culture with Searchable Content from the Smithsonian

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - NOVEMBER 18, 2005 - blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer and on the Web today announced that it will make multimedia content from the Smithsonian fully searchable for users, enabling them to access the historical and cultural treasures of one of the world’s greatest museums from their PCs.

blinkx’s unique ability to listen to, transcribe, and finally index audio content, will empower users to access the kind of rich media that brings history and culture to life. will offer access to virtual tours of the Smithsonian, short documentaries, and lectures from subject matter experts.

“blinkx’s mission is to unlock the world of information that exists on the Web. It’s not just about breaking news and entertainment content—the next-generation Internet is also a mechanism for education and research - there’s important and substantial material available now, you just need a good way to find it,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CTO, blinkx. “We want to help people access these untapped repositories of knowledge, and we believe that our work with world-class institutions like Cambridge University and the Smithsonian will do that.”

About blinkx

blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer and on the Web, is changing the way that people think about search. Only blinkx can harness the desktop, Web and TV - unifying content with a one stop search tool. Available to users on the Web at and, as well as free to download, blinkx automatically and intelligently links to content anywhere and in any format, on the Web, on the desktop and even on TV. blinkx’s conceptual toolbar means users are no longer limited to keyword search; instead, blinkx assesses all the information that the user is actively viewing, and automatically recommends and retrieves relevant content, from local, Web and TV searches, based on context. In addition, makes thousands of hours of TV content fully searchable and available on demand for the first time. blinkx is a privately-held company based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at