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11:20 AM ET, March 11, 2009

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Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
Making ads more interesting  —  At Google, we believe that ads are a valuable source of information — one that can connect people to the advertisers offering products, services and ideas that interest them.  By making ads more relevant, and improving the connection between advertisers and our users …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google to Offer Ads Based on Interests  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google will begin showing ads on Wednesday to people based on their previous online activities in a form of advertising known as behavioral targeting, which has been embraced by most of its competitors but has drawn criticism from privacy advocates and some members of Congress.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Gets Into Behavioral Targeting, Launches “Interest-Based Advertising” Beta  —  Google today is launching a form of behavioral targeting advertising named Interest-Based Advertising.  Interest-Based Advertising allows advertisers to deliver ads based on hundreds of interest categories and previous interactions with those users.
Discussion: eWeek and Wall Street Journal
Aitan Weinberg / Inside AdSense:
Driving monetization with ads that reach the right audience  —  Advertisers spend more money on campaigns that reach the right audience; helping them do that should drive more revenue to your websites.  This week we're announcing plans to provide interest-based advertising across AdSense publisher sites to help achieve that goal.
Discussion: DSLreports, Traffick, TG Daily and Mashable!
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Google Starts Targeting, Too. What Will Congress Do?
Christine Monaghan / Apple:
Apple Announces Incredible New iPod shuffle  —  World's Smallest Music Player Now Talks to You  —  Apple® today introduced the all-new iPod® shuffle, the world's smallest music player at nearly half of the size of the previous model, and the first music player that talks to you.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Store Down, 4GB iPod Shuffle in the Wings?  —  As many readers have noticed, Apple's online stores have gone down for updates.  At this time of day, that typically means that Apple is adding new products to the store.  —  According to one source who previously relayed accurate information …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft details app store plans  —  Microsoft on Wednesday is offering up more details on its would-be rival to the iPhone's app store.  —  The software maker said it will charge developers $99 a year, plus $99 for each application they submit to get an app into the Windows Marketplace store.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Its Developer Strategy for the Next Generation of Windows® Phones  —  Familiar tools, large worldwide customer base and transparent policies allow mobile developers to innovate and generate new revenue opportunities with Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia launches 3 music phones
Discussion: Gearlog and Electronista
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia introducing 5030, 5330, and 5730 XpressMusics at tomorrow's event?
Discussion: SlashPhone and Mobilewhack.com
InfoWorld:
How Vista mistakes guided changes to Windows development  —  About a year ago on its Redmond, Washington, campus, a member of Microsoft's Windows Vista team met with a group of journalists to face some tough questions about the OS.  —  At the time, it was clear Vista was not going to be the …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Computerworld
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Visits to Gmail surpass YouTube  —  For the past two weeks, the market share of US Internet visits to Gmail has been higher than visits to YouTube.  Previously, YouTube consistently ranked 10th among all websites by market share of visits until the week ending Jan. 10, 2009, where Gmail moved up one rank to reach #10.
innerfence:
Google to Shut Down Infinite SMS  —  Got an email from Google.  They say they're going to start blocking sometime tomorrow, 11 March 2009.  —  Google will soon block Infinite SMS and all other non-Google software from sending free text messages.  —  For now, Infinite SMS will continue to work …
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Greystripe Raises Money to Peddle Ads in Cellphone Games
Discussion: TechCrunch, Download Squad and mocoNews
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Nokia fights to hold on to smartphone dominance  —  Nokia is still by far the No. 1 mobile handset maker in the world, but as competition heats up in the smartphone market, Nokia has become increasingly vulnerable to smaller players such as Apple and Research In Motion, which are increasing market share.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Boy Genius Report
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Apple orders 10-inch touchscreens for third quarter: source  —  TAIPEI (Reuters) - Apple will take third-quarter delivery of newly developed 10-inch touchscreens from Taiwan, a source said on Wednesday, amid talk the U.S. firm is developing a touchscreen PC.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Share on Ovi: Qik strengthens its ties with Nokia  —  It's easy to write off Nokia in the United States, because no one seems to have a mobile device made by the company.  But it is still the largest handset maker in the world, and as such, it's a company that mobile startups want to be close to.
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Perot Systems Expands in India  —  Perot Systems is adding a new facility for business process outsourcing in Chennai in south India, citing strong business from the health-care segment.  —  BPO business from the health-care segment has been relatively unaffected by the economic downturn …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
In case you missed ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ last night  —  If you didn't get to see Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, here's your second chance!  Up above is NBC's edited segment, and after the break we've got our own video (for completists and international readers).
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Gambit Launching Payments Engine for Social App & Game Developers  —  Virtual currency monetization and payments are hot on the Facebook Platform right now, and Inside Facebook has the exclusive on a new startup that is helping social network application and online game developers do just that.
Discussion: All Facebook
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
MeeHive wants to deliver smarter news aggregation  —  Kosmix, the company that automatically generates informational pages about any topic, is using its technology to improve the news-reading experience with a new product called MeeHive.  —  Okay, so I've probably got many of you rolling your eyes already.
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Ready for take-off: the state of in-flight internet  —  Internet access at 35,000 feet is no longer next year's technology.  Several dozen planes over the US have broadband over WiFi backed by satellite or ground cell stations, and hundreds more are coming this year.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Brad Stone / Bits:
MySpace Upgrades Its Music Offerings  —  It's been six months since MySpace and the four major music labels unveiled their joint venture, MySpace Music, touting it as the premier Web destination to stream nearly every major-label song, free, at any time.  —  In that span, MySpace Music …
Discussion: Music Think Tank …
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Q&A: California lawmaker wants to blur Google Earth  —  OK, it's California.  So we are quite used to the rest of the country rolling their eyes in knowing exasperation at our fads.  But often, they turn out to be harbingers of national trends.  And so the question: Will AB-255 number among them as well?
Discussion: CNET News and All Points Blog
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Advertisers Get a Trove of Clues in Smartphones  —  The millions of people who use their cellphones daily to play games, download applications and browse the Web may not realize that they have an unseen companion: advertisers that can track their interests, their habits and even their location.
Discussion: Local Mobile Search, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jeff P Howe / Epicenter:
Is Crowdsourcing Evil?  The Design Community Weighs In  —  Crowdsourcing, by its very name, encourages a comparison to outsourcing.  But when Wired first published the article that entered the term into the popular lexicon, it was far from clear whether the phenomenon would realize its disruptive potential.
Discussion: Crowdsourcing, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Online photo services can give shutterbug lucrative outlet  —  Brown University medical student Nick Monu supplements his income by selling photographs online.  —  He uses the “stock” photography service iStockphoto.com, offering generic photos of people and places that can be used in brochures, magazines, websites and billboards.
 
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Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Budget cuts may be bigger threat to IT reliability than Y2k ever was
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Developers Getting Antsy Over Verified Apps Program
Aaron Rowe / Danger Room:
Don't Tape Me, Bro! Taser Launches Headcam for Cops
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:jamtoday
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
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Angelique Chrisafis / Guardian:
Sarkozy threat to illegal downloaders
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Stephen Fry: The internet and Me
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Another $10.5 million for Auditude's video ads
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Cotendo launches “next generation” content delivery network
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and Contentinople
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Apple's App Store analysis: This Titanic is actually unsinkable
Discussion: Macsimum News
Timothy High / High T:
Do we need Yet Another Method to communicate?
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