Here are the weekly wrap up stories from 8th-14th March, 2009 in whatever happened in Web, technology and few more interesting stuff.

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So last week’s happenings are as follows:

  • Nielsen reports that Social networking and blogs now more popular than email: A Nielsen Online report says two thirds of us now use what it calls “Member Communities,” which includes both social networks and blogs. MCs now make up “the fourth most popular category online – ahead of personal email,” says Nielsen Online. The others are search, portals, and PC software. Source
  • Bangladesh blocks YouTube: Bangladesh blocked access to the video-sharing site YouTube after it hosted a recording of a tense meeting between the prime minister and army officials following a bloody mutiny by border guards. Source
  • New Online Ad Standards to be rolled out: 27 publishers with a reach of about 109 million unique visitors per month — that’s 66% of the total U.S. Internet audience — have agreed to try one of three new online ad formats sometime before July. The publishers are all members of the online publishers association (OPA). Read more
  • Google Shuts Down Infinite SMS: Google will soon block Infinite SMS and all other non-Google software from sending free text messages. Source
  • Visits to Gmail surpass YouTube: 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. The websites have been swapping positions regularly ever since. Source
  • Google launches “Interest Based Advertising”: 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. Read more here
  • Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg gets poked off Forbes billionaire list: Read more here
  • Google Launches Google-Voice: Read the full TC story here
  • Internet turned 20th this week: On March 13th, 2009 the World Wide Web turned 20 years old. Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented this world-changing layer on top of the Internet on this day in 1989. Source
  • Dockers introduces shakable iPhone ad — Users can shake their iPhones to make urban street dancer Dufon perform his moves. The ad was created by mobile ad company Medialets.
  • Jason Calacanis offers $250,000 for a prominent spot on Twitter — The Mahalo founder predicts that having a profile that’s promoted through Twitter’s “suggested users” feature will be worth “$1 million — Super Bowl commercial level” in five years.
  • Results of the 2nd Unofficial Indian Public Relations Survey: 63% of PR professionals in India who participated in the 2nd Unofficial Indian Public Relations Survey on India PR Blog ‘are happy’ being in the PR profession, while 30% are ‘ok’, and 7% are ‘not happy’. Read more
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