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8:25 AM ET, October 8, 2008


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Ryan Hayward / Inside AdSense:
Get in the game with AdSense for Games  —  Do you develop or publish web-based games?  If so, you're contributing to a growing trend - according to comScore, over 25% of Internet users play online games every week, which is over 200 million users worldwide.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Google launches AdSense for Games  —  This screenshot shows one way Google will place ads in games, including casual Web-based games like PlayFish's Wordplay.  —  If Google's entry into a field of advertising doesn't legitimize it, nothing can.  And that's why the in-game advertising industry just got a huge shot in the arm.
Discussion: Bits, Mashable! and Business Technology
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Organize All The World's Information, Then Put Google Ads On It  —  It's unlikely Google will ever find another money machine as efficient as search advertising, which accounts for about 40% of the $40 billion advertising dollars spent online each year.  But that doesn't mean they aren't going to try.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google launches in-game advertising for Flash web games  —  After months of testing, Google is publicly launching the beta version of its AdSense for Games software.  The product represents the company's first push into a fast-growing new market — the ability to insert ads into games …
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Paul Miller / Engadget:
BlackBerry Storm 9500 hands-on  —  RIM's a little late to the touchscreen party, but comes bearing goodies.  The BlackBerry Storm is a beast of a phone in more ways than one.  Fronted by a meaty, high-resolution touchscreen with an innovative clicking mechanism, the phone is easily the prettiest by RIM to date.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Storm First Hands On  —  The very first time you touch the BlackBerry Storm—RIM's first all-touchscreen keyboard-free smartphone, just announced for Verizon Wireless—you will be startled.  No matter how many times your fingers dance on the screen like you've been trained on every other touchscreen, nothing will happen.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The T-Grid: BlackBerry Storm vs. iPhone 3G
Discussion: Time and DailyTech
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jimmy Wales: The New Wikia Search API “Is Like Facebook Apps For Search Results.”  —  Jimmy Wales is opening up the Wikia Search engine to anyone who wants their own data or application to show up in results.  Called Wikia Intelligent Search Extensions (WISE), it lets developers create search results based on certain keywords or rules.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Can Facebook Help Keep Live Search Afloat?
Discussion: tinyCrunch
Live Search:
Facebook “friends” Live Search
Flash Player workaround available for “Clickjacking” issue  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSA08-08  —  Affected Software: Adobe Flash Player and earlier  —  Adobe is aware of recently published reports of a ‘Clickjacking’ issue in multiple web browsers that could allow an attacker …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ten Years Later, Yahoo Finally Updates Its Calendar  —  It's literally been ten years since Yahoo updated its online calendar.  And it's been more than two years since Google launched its Web-based calendar.  But tonight it will start rolling out a new drag-and-drop, Ajax calendar …
Kaj Arnö:
Thank you, David (Axmark)!  —  At the end of the Orlando meeting in January this year when the Sun acquisition was announced, I remember sitting next to MySQL's co-founder David Axmark in the bus going to some evening event.  “What do you want to do now, with so many opportunities opening up? …
Discussion: The Register
James Niccolai /   MySQL cofounder David Axmark leaving Sun
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What the Combined Yahoo-AOL Might Look Like, As Talks Drag On-Oops-Heat Up!  —  As has been copiously reported here and all over, Yahoo and AOL have been engaged in never-ending talks about a possible deal to merge their flagging Internet businesses.  —  Now, sources tell me …
Discussion: Industry Standard and Valleywag
Mozilla Labs:
Introducing Geode  —  Always know where you are.  —  You've arrived in a new city, a new continent, a new coffee shop.  You don't really know where you are, and are looking for a good place to eat.  You pull out your laptop, fire up Firefox, and go to your favorite review site.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Why Facebook is foundering  —  The great hope of the Valley, the startup everyone thought was the next Google, the company whose IPO might restart the stock-market gold rush for everyone, is not well.  Why?  Look to its founder.  Mark Zuckerberg is mismanaging his creation's transition to greatness.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple dominates the teen vote, but...  Teenagers just love their Apple gear as the iPhone and iPod widen their lead among this fickle set.  —  According to a Piper Jaffray report Apple is dominating teenagers' buying patterns.  —  The high level details of a survey of 769 teens:
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Investor David Einhorn Done With Microsoft, Ballmer  —  Famed hedge-fund manager David Einhorn (Greenlight Capital), the man who shorted Lehman Brothers, has been clobbered along with other Wall Street stars over the past few months.  In his “I'm sorry about our awful performance” …
Andrew Keen / Internet Evolution:
TiVo Builds a Data Mining Empire  —  Not satisfied with contributing to the demise of the television industry, TiVo — the company that invented the time-skipping digital video recorder (DVR), the set-top device that empowers TV viewers to “zap” or fast-forward through 30-second commercials …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
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Discussion: broadstuff
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Chumby now supports Pandora Radio
Discussion: Electronista, Portfolio and Crave
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