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7:00 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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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:   Google Ad Manager Targets Medium-Sized Publishers, Seeks Broader …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Google Enters The Ad Management Game
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
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: 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
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 …
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:
YouTube's Could Be the Best New Platform Yet  —  The video uploading platform announced by YouTube last night may not have been what many pundits expected but it could mark a major turning point for both YouTube and thousands of other sites around the web.  —  By allowing website owners …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube: The Platform  —  (Update: Comment from YouTube added below).
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
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
New York Times:
For an Aspiring Singer, a Harsher Spotlight  —  She left a broken home on the Jersey Shore at 17 and came to New York City to work the nightclubs as a rhythm and blues singer.  Now, at 22, she is the unwitting, and as yet unseen, star of the seamy drama that is the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Activision Sues Gibson In Response To Claims That ‘Guitar Hero’ Violates Patent  —  from the it's-all-fun-and-games-until-someone- digs-up-a-patent dept  —  And now bogus patent threats are finding their way into the video game world, as Activision has filed for a declaratory judgment …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Crgslst: The Endangered, Sexy Craigslist Search Tool  —  Denver, Colorado based Superhero.es has built crgslst, a very slick multi-city search tool for Craigslist.  Craigslist itself doesn't offer a multi-search service.  By combining the publicly available RSS feeds from Craigslist with AJAX …
Canon USA:
CANON'S TRENDSETTING TRIO OF NEW DIGITAL ELPH SUPERMODELS INSPIRE FRESH EXPRESSIONS OF INDIVIDUAL STYLE, VISION & TRUE IMAGING INNOVATION  —  From Sensuous Flowing Contours, Hot Highlights and Finely Chiseled Lines That Beg to Be Held and Beheld, the Optically Image-Stabilized …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and blargKABOOM
 
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ChinaTechNews.com:
Real-name Registration To Be Adopted In Beijing Internet Cafes
Discussion: DailyTech and Ars Technica
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Report: EA goes hostile for Take-Two
Discussion: Inquirer and paidContent.org
Bonnie Cha / Crave: The gadget blog:
RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 lands at AT&T
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
User Interfaces Rapidly Adjusting to Information Overload
Discussion: Fresh Creation
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
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
“Too much interest” in iPhone SDK presents challenges
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
IBM moves on secure mashups
Discussion: Computerworld
 Earlier Items: 
Tony Smith / The Register:
Palm Centro smartphone
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Kevin Rose's parties bid SXSW goodbye
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
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows 7 gets an outside tester: The government
Discussion: TechRadar.com and ZDNet.com.au
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Join OpenSocial in April, Microsoft Groans.
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Google could be superseded, says web inventor