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9:35 AM ET, March 11, 2009

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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.
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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 …
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: 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: Mashable!
Larry Dignan / CNET News:   Google ads go behavorial
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Google Starts Targeting, Too. What Will Congress Do?
Nicole Wong / Google Public Policy Blog:
Giving consumers control over ads
Discussion: IABUK
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 …
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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.
Nokia:
Nokia latest releases set to hit the top of the charts  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced the arrival of new Nokia Music Stores, more Comes With Music launches and three new music devices.  The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic, Nokia 5330 XpressMusic and Nokia 5030 bring people's music to life …
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia launches 3 music phones
Discussion: Electronista
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
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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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google's free SMS gravy train dries up
Discussion: TechSpot
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.
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).
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Apple's App Store analysis: This Titanic is actually unsinkable … Chicago (IL) -With nearly 27,000 applications now available on Apple's App Store, the number of iPhone applications has now exceeded what it took Windows Mobile nine years to amass.  With an addressable market …
Discussion: Macsimum News
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's App Store already nearing pace of $1 billion business?
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.
Discussion: Mashable! and jkOnTheRun
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
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
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 …
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.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
How Low Can PC Prices Go?  —  As consumers cut back and the popularity of low-cost netbooks grows, the computer industry could see a sharp drop in prices  —  When Jim Wahl bought his first computer back in 1995, it cost $2,500.  In December, when the Dallas acquisitions manager bought a Hewlett-Packard …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple backs down on Tweetie app.  Swear words for all!  —  Earlier today, iPhone app developer Loren Brichter raised hell on Twitter about Apple's rejection of the latest version of his Twitter iPhone app, Tweetie.  Perhaps after seeing the crazy amount of negative coverage …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Developers Getting Antsy Over Verified Apps Program  —  Facebook's Verified Apps program, first announced in Summer 2008, is a way for trusted application developers to be separated from the pack.  But the program is yet to launch, and perceived delays and a lack of communication …
Adriana Lee / PhoneDog.com:
Rumor: Samsung A877 to launch 3/29 for AT&T  —  This just in ...  According to an anonymous source, it looks like Samsung A877 will be launching through AT&T on March 29.  If you're in the market for a sweet messaging phone, this might be one worth waiting for.  — 3.2" WQVGA AMOLED touchscreen
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Cotendo launches “next generation” content delivery network  —  The world of content delivery networks — i.e., services that help serve videos and other content to website visitors — is already dominated by established players like as Akamai Technologies and Limelight Networks.
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and Contentinople
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Budget cuts may be bigger threat to IT reliability than Y2K ever was  —  Odds of service disruptions increase as budget cutting grows, says AFCOM; Finding talent is also a problem  —  The economic downturn may accomplish what Y2k never did, and that's to disrupt data center operations.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
 
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Aaron Rowe / Danger Room:
Don't Tape Me, Bro! Taser Launches Headcam for Cops
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:jamtoday
Angelique Chrisafis / Guardian:
Sarkozy threat to illegal downloaders
Discussion: Ars Technica and Reuters
BBC:
Stephen Fry: The internet and Me
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Another $10.5 million for Auditude's video ads
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Sensors, Smart Content, and the Future of News
 Earlier Items: 
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Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Googler Launching iPhone App For Popular Barflies
Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
How To Monetize A Social Network: MySpace And Facebook Should Follow TenCent
Discussion: The Equity Kicker, Thanks:atul
Ulysses Shi / Outdustry:
The Chinese iTunes Gift Voucher Trick