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3:40 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 …
Donna Bogatin / Digital Markets:
Why Google Fears Microsoft, big time  —  "Sometimes it takes a lot to wake a sleeping giant.  But when he finally stirs, you'd better be ready for a fight."  —  Microsoft enterprise search exec Jared Spataro warned just that, in outlining to me his Microsoft COO Kevin Johnson inspired mission …
Discussion: p2pnet and OnoTech
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Estonia Computers Blitzed, Possibly by the Russians  —  The computer attacks, apparently originating in Russia, first hit the Web site of Estonia's prime minister on April 27, the day the country was mired in protest and violence.  The president's site went down, too, and soon …
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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 …
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sometimes, a phone is just a phone  —  Put this in the "what took them so long to figure this out" category.  Nokia is introducing a new phone, Nokia 3109 Classic which is a phone first, and everything later.  "We recognize that a sizeable number of people just want a mobile phone to stay …
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 …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
SharedReviews Paid Opinions  —  Most product review sites fall into one of two categories: professional or community driven.  Sites like CNET Reviews and blogs like CrunchGear pay their staff to review the latest gadgets and give you an authoritative, and hopefully unbiased, opinion on what tech toys make the grade.
Mark Coker / VentureBeat:
Elementeo's 13-year-old CEO, highlight of TiECON  —  TiECON 2007, the big technology conference in Santa Clara, Calif., kicked off yesterday.  —  The buzz on the expo floor was about Silicon Valley gaming startup Elementeo and its precocious 13-year old founder and chief executive, Anshul Samar.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and cagifted.org
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Simpsons Are Coming to AOL as Part of New NBCu/News Corp Alliance  —  A few weeks back, NBC Universal and News Corp announced plans to create a giant distribution and advertising platform for video programming.  —  At that time, AOL announced it would be associated with the new entity …
Stan Schroeder / franticindustries:
What do acquisitions mean for everyday users?  —  This week can easily be labeled the corporate acquisition week.  Microsoft has acquired the ad network company aQuantive for $6 billion; WPP Group spent $649 million to buy digital marketer 24/7 Real Media, and now a rumor goes on about Google acquiring …
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 …
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Symantec false positive cripples thousands of Chinese PCs  —  Virus signature update mistakes critical Windows files for malware  —  A signature update to Symantec's anti-virus software crippled thousands of Chinese PCs Friday when the security software took two critical Windows .dll files for malware.
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 …
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Madhouse rolls out European marketing campaign for launch of Toyota iPOD kit
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Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
LG Electronics to cut PDP production
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