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blinkx partners with UNICEF to tell the stories of the world's children

San Francisco, CALIF. - February 2, 2006 - blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer and on the Web, today announced it will make UNICEF video and radio news and feature stories available to a growing online audience at www.blinkx.tv.

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, produces stories from around the world about the health, education, equality and protection of children.

From the impact of HIV/AIDS on children in Uganda to the recruitment of child soldiers in Colombia and the trafficking of children from Albania, UNICEF correspondents are covering the story.  UNICEF content highlights children around the world as well as UNICEF-sponsored programs that support them and their communities.

Blinkx aggregates video content from a wide variety of leading broadcasters and other content providers, including UNICEF, making it fully searchable at a single destination.

blinkx is the only search engine optimised for rich media, allowing users to navigate the Web quickly and easily. Its unique technology uses speech recognition to index television clips, allowing people to find what they are looking for, rather than having to watch an entire programme for the specific clip they are looking for.

“Thanks to high-speed broadband internet users across the globe can now easily access the vast amount of rich-media available on the web.  However, the problem now lies in sifting through this ever-increasing amount to find useful content. By making UNICEF’s broadcast library available and searchable through blinkx, we are enabling news agencies and broadcasters alike to quickly find relevant and useable footage to use in their programming.” explained Suranga Chandratillake, CTO and Founder of blinkx.

“As the world’s leading advocate for children, we have a responsibility to tell their stories to as large an audience as we can. We already make our content available to broadcasters and now blinkx will help us reach the growing number of individuals who want to view our content on the web,” said Stephen J Cassidy, Chief of UNICEF’s Internet, Broadcast and Image Section.

“blinkx is helping UNICEF take its place at the ‘electronic podium’ so we can talk to a mass audience, a podium that was once dominated by the main stream media,” he added.

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 www.blinkx.com and www.blinkx.tv  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, www.blinkx.tv 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 www.blinkx.com.