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7:40 AM ET, March 13, 2008

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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google testing service to let publishers manage ads  —  Google is testing a new service called Ad Manager that will give Web site publishers more control over their ad sales and ad serving, The Wall Street Journal reported late on Wednesday.  —  Publishers can sell their own ads …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Enters The Ad Management Game  —  Google has soft launched Google Ad Manager, an ad tool that allows publishers to manage ad placement on their sites.  —  The service primarily competes with OpenX (previously PHPAds then OpenAds).  Users add their ad codes to Google Ad Manager …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Ad Manager Targets Medium-Sized Publishers, Seeks Broader AdSense Distribution  —  Google's new Ad Manager (currently in a limited beta) is a free, ad serving platform directed toward small and medium-sized publishers that don't need a complex, customizable solution such as DoubleClick's DART platform …
Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Nerve-tapping neckband allows ‘telepathic’ chat  —  A neckband that translates thought into speech by picking up nerve signals has been used to demonstrate a “voiceless” phone call for the first time.  —  With careful training a person can send nerve signals to their vocal cords without making a sound.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Future Of Voice May Be Voiceless  —  The above video is a little rough in terms of processing delay, but it's staggering.  Voice without voice.  —  According to New Scientist, the neckband translates thought into speech by picking up nerve signals; “with careful training a person …
Discussion: The Register and Inquirer
Mark Raby / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Blu-ray Player Prices Hit 2008 Highs As Competition Dwindles  —  Pricewatch - Blu-ray Disc players from Samsung, Sony and Sharp are now the most expensive they have been all year, presumably because HD DVD's exit from the high-def disc arena has removed some of Blu-ray's pricing pressure.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
With only Blu-ray left standing, player prices rise
Discussion: Inquirer
Scott Hillis / Reuters:
Microsoft says no Blu-ray for Xbox 360
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Iphone to go x86  —  Moorestown is fruity  —  THE IPHONE IS going to go x86 in a year or two, and Moorestown is set to be the lead vehicle.  A year of whispers was finally nailed down a few days ago with a comment and a slide.  —  First let me say that the rumour mill has been running amok since …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Insanely Great Mac
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Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Rumor: iPhone may get x86 processor, and pigs might fly
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:   More evidence of Apple's iPhone eventually going Intel
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Disney: $123 Million From iTunes Since 2006 (AAPL)  —  Disney CEO Bob Iger tells the audience at the Digital Hollywood Media Summit that he's sold 4 million movies and “40 to 50” million videos through iTunes since he launched the service in 2006.  What does that mean in terms of dollars?  Not much.
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   Will Video Break the Internet? Nah, But Still...
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Video Road Hogs Stir Fear of Internet Traffic Jam  —  Caution: Heavy Internet traffic ahead.  Delays possible.  —  For months there has been a rising chorus of alarm about the surging growth in the amount of data flying across the Internet.  The threat, according to some industry groups …
Matt / Photo Matt:
WordPress is Open Source  —  Six Apart has recently decided that the best way to win back customers fleeing their platforms is to target WordPress, which is a new strategy they call competing.  (What have they been doing the past 7 years?)  A good example is this exchange between a commenter …
Discussion: B. Mann Consulting
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Latest Product Launch is a Couple of Facebook Apps  —  Amazon has now officially joined the Facebook craze.  It has launched two of its own Facebook applications: Amazon Giver and Amazon Grapevine.  —  Amazon Giver shows your Amazon wishlist on your Facebook page.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
User Interfaces Rapidly Adjusting to Information Overload  —  People who in the next few years solve big problems in Information Overload are going to be very important, and some of them are going to be UI and UX (user experience) designers.  —  German ISP T-Online demonstrated …
Discussion: Fresh Creation
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Note to self: stop promoting, start thinking again (or “Scoble's Law")  —  It's really hard when you're excited about what you're working on to not talk about it.  Especially on your personal channels like your blog, Twitter account, and Facebook page.  Over the past month I've tried …
Discussion: Valleywag
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
“Too much interest” in iPhone SDK presents challenges  —  Apple Inc. is facing a rather inviting problem in the wake of last week's iPhone SDK announcement, and one that the company is all too familiar with — a response so overwhelming that it raises questions over how well the firm is prepared to handle the resulting demand.
 
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ChinaTechNews.com:
Real-name Registration To Be Adopted In Beijing Internet Cafes
Discussion: DailyTech and Ars Technica
Canon USA:
CANON'S TRENDSETTING TRIO OF NEW DIGITAL ELPH SUPERMODELS INSPIRE …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and blargKABOOM
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Report: EA goes hostile for Take-Two
Discussion: Inquirer and paidContent.org
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Activision Sues Gibson In Response To Claims That ‘Guitar Hero’ Violates Patent
Bonnie Cha / Crave: The gadget blog:
RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 lands at AT&T
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Hulu Is a Good Site For Online Shows, But Fare Is Thin
louisgray.com:
Elite Bloggers Joining FriendFeed In Droves
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
IBM moves on secure mashups
Discussion: Computerworld
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Kevin Rose's parties bid SXSW goodbye
New York Times:
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Skype blames eBay for killing ‘our innovation buzz’
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay to Hollywood: Open your Own Torrent Site
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Crgslst: The Endangered, Sexy Craigslist Search Tool
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Join OpenSocial in April, Microsoft Groans.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube's Could Be the Best New Platform Yet
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Google could be superseded, says web inventor