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12:30 PM ET, May 19, 2007

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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
The psychology of banner ads  —  A quick test: how many of you can name the product being advertised in the banner ad at the top of the page?  Chances are, the ad's presence didn't even register with most seasoned web browsers.  But that's probably okay, at least according to research …
Discussion: journals.uchicago.edu
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Dell Latitude Tablet PC spotted on Dell's blog  —  Let the rumors subside: Dell will indeed have a Tablet PC this year and you can see it showcased in a short video right on the Direct2Dell blog!  My first impressions: this looks light and very thin, possibly the thinnest convertible yet!
Discussion: Newsome.Org and TechSpot News
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Charles Onyett / IGN:
Blizzard's Worldwide Invitational Begins  —  Updates directly from the show floor. … 4:07 - Just uploaded first ever screens of StarCraft 2.  Enjoy.  —  3:50 - Blizzard has not yet announced a release date for StarCraft 2.  —  3:44 - Had to run out of conference room to plug in laptop …
Jenstar / JenSense:
Google AdSense disabling arbitrage publisher accounts as of June 1st  —  Numerous AdSense publishers have been receiving emails from Google the past couple of days stating that their use of their AdSense account is an unsuitable business model and that accounts would be disabled as of June 1st …
Nokia:
Nokia 3109 classic offers affordable, straightforward functionality  —  Nokia today announced the new Nokia 3109 classic, a mobile phone that offers a productive feature set, long battery life and expandable memory for effective, reliable and distraction free communication.
Ryan Stewart:
I'm Joining Adobe  —  Big news for me today.  I'm joining Adobe as a Rich Internet Application Evangelist on the Platform Team.  One of the things I get a lot of feedback on is that everyone appreciates me being "neutral" and covering all angles of the rich internet application space.
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Cyber Assaults on Estonia Typify a New Battle Tactic  —  This small Baltic country, one of the most wired societies in Europe, has been subject in recent weeks to massive and coordinated cyber attacks on Web sites of the government, banks, telecommunications companies, Internet service providers …
Discussion: New York Times
Doreen Carvajal / International Herald Tribune:
Governments using filters to censor Internet, survey finds  —  PARIS: With the aid of sophisticated software, government censorship of the Internet is spreading into a global phenomenon, with tech-savvy governments filtering forbidden themes from politics and human rights to sexuality and religion …
Andrea James / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
P-I has no immediate plans for bendable 'e-paper'  —  Someday, Seattle P-I readers may be able to carry around their news in a bendable, electronic paper device — but not any time soon.  —  Hearst Corp., which owns the Seattle P-I, has no plans to use the Seattle daily newspaper to test …
Reuters:
BitTorrent user loses appeal in movie piracy case  —  A Hong Kong man, believed to be the first person convicted of downloading pirated movies using BitTorrent file-sharing technology, lost his appeal on Friday in the territory's highest court.  —  Chan Nai-ming, who used the alias "Big Crook" …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
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Madhouse rolls out European marketing campaign for launch of Toyota iPOD kit  —  Toyota Motor Marketing Europe has appointed Madhouse Associates to develop a European marketing campaign to support the launch of its new iPod Integration Kit in summer 2007.  —  Although already …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Ars Technica
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Licenses Technology for 3D Maps  —  Google has licensed technology that will enable Google to map out 3-D versions of cities world wide.  —  According to a Mercury News report, the technology was developed by a team of Stanford University students and was used to run a robotic car that won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.
Discussion: Smart Mobs and WebMetricsGuru
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
LG Electronics to cut PDP production  —  (InfoWorld) - LG Electronics plans to cut back production of PDP (plasma display panel) screens as part of it efforts to improve the business performance of its display operations, it said Friday.  —  The company will close the oldest …
Discussion: Neowin.net
 
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