Blinkx Update Merges Search Results

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2005-04-04 Print this article Print

The startup revamps its desktop-search client by displaying search results in one place, whether they are from a user's hard drive, the Web or television programs.

Startup Blinkx on Monday updated its desktop search client by combining search results into one view and adding new security features. The San Francisco-based company released Blinkx 3.0, an update that revamps the way the client displays results for keyword searches. The software integrates results from a users hard drive with results from the Web, online news sites and video programs. While the latest release focuses on improvements to keyword searches, Blinkx Inc. is best-known for its approach to contextual search. The Blinkx software also includes mini toolbars that appear atop applications and display search results based on the context of what a user is viewing or doing at any given time.
On Friday, Blinkx also announced that it had signed a content deal with Reuters Group Plc. to expand the amount of video content available from Blinkx TV. Blinkx TV, released in beta late last year, is Blinkxs video search service. Reuters is providing Blinkx with access to its television content in order to make it searchable.
Click here to read more about Googles plan to accept submissions to its video search engine. To tackle desktop-search security, Blinkx 3.0 provides support for Windows security profiles. The support means that multiple users of the same computer can use Blinkx without being able to access other users content. With the release, Blinkx also has increased the number of file formats it can index to about 200. Most notably, it has added support for Lotus Notes e-mail and files, Blinkx announced. Blinkx 3.0 currently is available for Windows. The company is waiting for the next release of the Mac operating system, code-named "Tiger," to develop an update of Blinkx for Mac, said Suranga Chandratillake, co-founder and chief technology officer at Blinkx. In other search news:
  • Yahoo Inc. has expanded its push into travel search. On Monday, it announced a beta release of a hotel search service on FareChase, the travel search engine it bought last year. Yahoo, of Sunnyvale, Calif., already had revamped the way flights could be searched on FareChase. The hotel beta lets consumers search across hotel chains and online travel agencies for available hotel rooms.
  • Oodle Inc. last week launched its vertical search engine for online classifieds. To provide results, the service aggregates classified listings from newspaper sites, Craigslist, eBay and national sites such as and A beta version of the service is available for the Chicago, Dallas and Philadelphia markets. San Francisco-based Oodle said it plans to roll out about a dozen local versions throughout this year.
  • Blingo Inc. last week officially unveiled its search site, which attracts visitors by giving away prizes. The San Francisco-based company previously ran a five-month beta of Blingo, during which it said it gave away about 2,000 prizes. Blingo randomly awards prizes ranging from iPods to movie tickets to visitors as they conduct searches. With the full launch, Blingo announced that Google Inc. is powering its Web search results. The company also added a feature that lets users invite friends to the service and share in any prize winnings. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on enterprise search technology.
    Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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