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8:20 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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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
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 …
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!
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
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 …
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget and TUAW
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).
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 …
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?
Discussion: TUAW, VentureBeat, CNET News and IntoMobile
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 …
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Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Tweetie 1.3 Rejected by Apple for Returning “Offensive Language” …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Gmail down; outage could last 36 hours for some  —  Google calls outage ‘minor’  —  IDG News Service) Google Inc.'s Gmail e-mail service is down for an undetermined number of users, and while the outage has been partially fixed, some people could be locked out of their accounts for many more hours.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Folks, this is, in no way, open  —  Today the Guardian announced their “Open Platform,” much as the NY Times did a couple of weeks ago.  It's even less open than the Times was.  —  If it were actually open they'd announce it to all developers at the same moment, so we could all try …
GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News:
An Avoidance of Serious Solutions for Health Information Technology  —  The sound of one hand clapping is occurring regarding matters of utmost importance to the United States Health Information Technology infrastructure.  The ‘Stimulus bill’ passage has come and gone with $19 billion …
Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
How To Monetize A Social Network: MySpace And Facebook Should Follow TenCent  —  Everybody had to pay and pay"  —  The consensus seems to be that social networks have a monetization problem.  On this topic, both the leading technology industry blogs and the world's top news organizations agree.
Discussion: The Equity Kicker, Thanks:atul
Electronista:
Lenovo retools business ThinkCentre desktops  —  Lenovo adds two entry-level ThinkCentre desktop PCs Lenovo on Tuesday announced that, in light of the recent economic downturn, it began offering two new, smaller, lower cost business PCs in its ThinkCentre line.
Discussion: Engadget and eWeek
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Another $10.5 million for Auditude's video ads  —  Auditude, a video advertising company best known for technology that can identify clients' video content and run ads against it, has raised a $10.5 million Series B funding round from Redpoint Ventures and existing investor Greylock Partners.
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Randall C. Kennedy / Enterprise Desktop:
Is IE8 the end of the line for Internet Explorer?  —  Dropping IE in favor of a newer rendering engine may be not be as easy as it seems  —  IE8 is the last version of the Internet Explorer Web browser.  At least, that's what I'm hearing through the grapevine.
Discussion: OSNews, TechSpot, Slashdot and digg.com
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Last.FM joins Google's rights row  —  Online music service Last.fm has waded into the row between YouTube and the Performing Right Society.  —  Founder Martin Stiksel said he hoped a resolution could be found to avoid illegal services from taking over.  —  He urged both parties to find a …
 
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Aaron Rowe / Danger Room:
Don't Tape Me, Bro! Taser Launches Headcam for Cops
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Angelique Chrisafis / Guardian:
Sarkozy threat to illegal downloaders
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Plans to Market Digital Health Records System
Discussion: 247 Wall Street, Thanks:atul
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Concerted Linux-netbook effort needed to beat Microsoft
Discussion: CloudAve and OSNews
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
San Francisco to be “Twitterfied”
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