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4:25 PM 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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Starts Targeting, Too. What Will Congress Do?
Discussion: Blogspotting
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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple's redesigned iPod shuffle hits 4GB, talks to you (updated with video!)  —  Bam, another Apple rumor vindicated.  Apple just doubled the capacity of its iPod shuffle to 4GB while ditching the control wheel entirely.  The new design keeps the clip and adds VoiceOver …
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
The Gross Inconvenience of the New iPod Shuffle  —  If you're an iPhone user, you just looked at Apple's [AAPL] new 4GB iPod Shuffle and groaned.  —  Announced this morning, the little stainless steel slab is beautifully minimalist, and about the size of a piece of Trident.
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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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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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple orders 10-inch touchscreens for mystery product  —  Adding fuel to rumors of a so-called “netbook” under development inside Apple, Reuters is now citing its own sources in saying the touchscreens ordered by the company measure 10 inches diagonally.  —  In a report published early Wednesday morning …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's Snow Leopard may be delayed - analyst  —  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, the update of Apple's (AAPL) current Macintosh operating system that Steve Jobs said would ship in “about a year” when he introduced it last June, may not arrive until later this summer or fall.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Macsimum News
Ghassan Haddad / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Now Available in Arabic and Hebrew  —  . Ù' .  —  . . Ù' .  —  Ù' Ù' . . . . . "" “Ù'” "" .  —  We're making Facebook available in Arabic and Hebrew—two languages where writing begins at the right-hand side of the page and concludes on the left.
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
The Officer Who Posted Too Much on MySpace  —  In pictures, Vaughan Ettienne is a champion bodybuilder of surreal musculature.  In conversation, he is polite and thoughtful.  —  And in the looking glass of his computer screen, he becomes a man of fierce, profane views on how to keep law and order.
Discussion: Glass House
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.
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.
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 …
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Wii price to rise for UK trade  —  Nintendo has said that it is to raise the price of the Wii in the UK due to the depreciation of the pound.  —  The system has a recommended retail price of GBP 179.99 in the region, and with a price hike of around GBP 18 - 20, will put considerable pressure on retailers' margin.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Faster iTunes 8.1 with new import and Genius features due soon  —  Apple sometime later today or this week will make available for download a speedier version of its iTunes media software that extents the company's Genius feature to more media types and also support direct imports to iTunes Plus, new parental controls and more.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
SAP to offer corporate apps on iPhone  —  Corporate software makers SAP and Sybase are teaming up to make it easier for business users to access SAP's software on mobile devices such as Apple's iPhone.  —  SAP, which is the world's biggest maker of business management software …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD: MacBook issues giving graphics bad rap  —  Advanced Micro Devices worries that lingering issues—both real and speculative—with Apple MacBooks are giving laptop graphics a black eye.  —  In a phone interview Tuesday, Stan Ossias, director of marketing, mobile graphics, at AMD …
Discussion: Electronista
Android Phone:
Paid Android Applications Hitting The UK Market Tomorrow  —  Earlier this morning T-Mobile held a dedicated Android event in London to discuss Android's impact on the mobile industry in the UK and it's achievements with T-Mobile.  —  During the talk T-Mobile UK's head of internet and entertainment …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Is Apple laying off or staffing up?  —  It's hard to make sense of the conflicting reports of recent layoffs at Apple (AAPL).  Valleywag's gossip editor in two separate posts said as many as 50 employees were laid off here and there.  Apple PR flatly denied the first report and went semi-mum about the second.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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 ThreatChaos
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Valley Exec Twitters Through Home Break-In  —  A strange man broke into Revision3 COO David Prager's home last night.  —  Did David call the police?  No, he updated Twitter and turned on a live video stream at Ustream.  —  This is someone who needs to get out of Silicon Valley.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Fight Over YouTube Videos Heats Up In The UK; Musician Propaganda Begins  —  from the you're-about-to-learn-what-leverage- is dept  —  The decision earlier this week by Google to block music videos in the UK has certainly kicked off quite the firestorm of discussions within the music industry …
Discussion: Times of London and CNET News
Associated Press:
EBay's PayPal envisions doubling in size by 2011  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - EBay Inc.'s name may conjure images of online auctions, but the company is hoping to turn attention to its second-largest business — PayPal — which it expects to blossom significantly in the next few years.
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Apple ogles location-based iPhone ads  —  Patent app knows where you are  —  Free whitepaper - An improved architecture for high-efficiency, high-density data centers  —  Apple has filed for a patent on a location-based interface that can display ads and facilitate purchases over your iPhone or iPod touch while you're out shopping.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
A Rocky Start for Obama's Broadband Push  —  At the first public hearing on the issue, government officials offer few answers and almost no guidance  —  On Mar. 10, Dan Spatz joined hundreds of other people who crammed into a 500-seat auditorium at the Commerce Dept. building in Washington …
Discussion: Technologizer
Alan Travis / Guardian:
Web inventor warns against third-party internet snooping  —  Sir Tim Berners-Lee speaks out against collection of users' data by commercial companies  —  Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the world wide web, today warned MPs and peers that they should not allow third parties …
Discussion: The Register and TECH.BLORGE.com
 
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Ed Hardy / brighthand.com:
T-Mobile G1 Now Available for Under $100
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Lithium breakthrough could charge batteries in 10 seconds
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Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Mag:
Source: Office Depot Associates Routinely Lie about Notebook Stock
Discussion: DailyTech and GottaBeMobile.com
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The Broadband Gap: Why Is Theirs Cheaper?
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