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ASP.NET / VB / REGEX: Automatically Parse http and https Links

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Using ASP.NET and VP and REGEX, how can I make links beginning with http:// and https:// HTML links?

http://example.info
should become
<a href="http://example.info">http://example.info</a>

I would like the code below to be modified:

input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, VbNewLine, VbNewLine +"<br />")
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "(\www\.\S+[^\s@,.""']+)", "<a href=""http://$1"">$1</a>")
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "([^\s@,.""']+\@\S+\.[^\s@,.""']+)", "<a href=""mailto:$1"">$1</a>")
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "  ", " &nbsp;")
return input

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Something like this may work (untested):
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "(https?://\S+[^\s@,.""']+)", "<a href=""$1"">$1</a>")

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