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ChaCha and blinkx Partner to Add Human Intelligence to Video Search

San Francisco, CALIF. - May 15, 2007 - blinkx, the world’s largest video search engine, today announced a distribution agreement with ChaCha, the breakthrough search engine that uses human guides to enhance its search results.  Under the terms of the agreement, ChaCha will provide its users with video search results from blinkx’s extensive index of the rich media Web. Results can either be culled instantly or by using the support of a human ChaCha “guide” who assists users in real-time at www.chacha.com.

ChaCha offers the next generation in search with its unique use of human intelligence. Using a single query box, users simply input their query, in any form, and results are instantly displayed. These results are the combination of the best search technology and “hand-picked” sites from the ChaCha community of 30,000 skilled search experts.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with ChaCha,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO of blinkx.  “As the Web becomes more interactive and TV-like, search becomes the remote control.  We believe the combination of blinkx’s patented speech and pattern recognition technologies with ChaCha’s use of human intelligence will shake the search market.”

As the pioneer in video search technology, blinkx has built a reputation as the smartest way to search new forms of online content such as video. With more than 150 partners and 7,000,000 hours of indexed video and audio content, including favorite TV moments, news clips, short documentaries, music videos, video blogs and more, blinkx uses advanced speech recognition technology to deliver results that are more accurate and reliable than standard metadata-based keyword searches.

“We’re continually looking for ways to ’turbo charge’ our search capabilities,” said Scott Jones, CEO of ChaCha. “We offer users the best of the Web, the benefit of human intelligence and can now offer one of the top video search experiences available on the Web today.” 

Under the terms of the ChaCha blinkx alliance, both companies will share revenue generated from search results.

For more information about blinkx visit www.blinkx.com and for ChaCha visit www.chacha.com.

About blinkx

blinkx is the world’s most comprehensive video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 7,000,000 hours of audio, video, viral and TV content, and made it fully searchable and available on demand. blinkx’s founders set out to solve a significant challenge - as TV and Garage Video on the Web explode, keyword-based search technologies only scratch the surface. blinkx’s patented search technologies listen to - and even see - the Web, helping users enjoy a breadth and accuracy of search results not available elsewhere. In addition, blinkx powers the video search for many of the world’s most frequented sites. blinkx is a privately-held company based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at www.blinkx.com

About ChaCha

ChaCha, the first search engine to instantly connect users with people in real time to produce relevant results, was co-founded by Scott A. Jones and Brad A. Bostic in 2006.  Derived from their high-tech experience, ChaCha is dedicated to providing a revolutionary new search experience.  Jones is the inventor of the voicemail system used by over a half billion people worldwide and is the leader of other successful tech ventures (as noted on www.scottajones.com).  Bostic has led a number of high-tech start-ups.  ChaCha was named the #1 Alternative Search Engine of 2006 by Charles Knight SEO and its most recent round of funding was led by Bezos Expeditions, the personal investment firm of Jeff Bezos.  For media inquiries, please contact Liza Dittoe of Dittoe Public Relations at 317-202-2280 or liza@dittoepr.com.  For more information, visit www.chacha.com.

Press Contacts:

Tim Turpin
Sparkpr
+1 (415) 321 1894
tim.turpin@sparkpr.com

For ChaCha:

Liza Dittoe
Dittoe Public Relations
317-202-2280, x12
liza@dittoepr.com