Apple Reportedly Begins iPad Shipping

Apple has reportedly begun shipping iPads to the first customers to pre-order them. The year’s most talked about device thus far, is scheduled to go on sale April 3rd, but it appears that those who pre-ordered them on March 12th or 13th may get theirs a little early.

Maybe.

Internet Access Vital For Those With Chronic Disease

Only 62 percent of adults living with chronic disease go online, compared with 81 percent of adults with no chronic diseases, according to a new report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Motorola Splits With Google In China

Google’s decision to redirect Chinese searchers to Google.com.hk is having some serious repercussions.  On Monday, Chinese Internet company Tom Online distanced itself from Google.  China Unicom followed suit on Wednesday.  And now, Motorola has also turned its back on the search giant.

Android Surges In AdMob Report

Sometime this month, Googlers who work on Android probably earned the right to pop the corks on a few bottles of champagne.  New stats from AdMob (which unfortunately only run through February) indicate that Android was poised to pass the iPhone in terms of U.S. market share.

Updated Internet Gambling Bill Would Generate $30 Billion For States

The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative told WebProNews today it strongly supports Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) for the introduction of an updated version of the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2010.

The updated legislation would guarantee taxes and fees are collected from wagers placed online in order to raise much-needed revenue for federal and state budgets.

FTC Considers Updating Online Child Privacy Law

The Federal Trade Commission is considering revising rules surrounding the online collection of children’s personal information due to the growing popularity of mobile Internet usage among young people.

The FTC’s Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule imposes requirements on operators of websites or online services that are aimed at children under 13 years of age, or that knowingly collect personal information.

Libraries Key Resource For Internet Access

Some 77 million Americans used a public library computer to access the Internet in the past year, according to a new report by the University of Washington Information School and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Low-income adults are more likely to rely on the public library as their main resource to access computers and the Internet than any other income group. Over all, 44 percent of people living below the federal poverty line used computers and the Internet at their public libraries.

Behaviorally-Targeted Ads Get More Conversions

Behaviorally-targeted advertising is more than twice as effective at converting users who click on the ads into buyers (6.8% conversion vs.2.8% for run-of-network ads) according to a new study by the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI).

Based on proprietary data from twelve major ad networks, the study found in 2009, behaviorally-targeted advertising pulled in an average of 2.68 times as much revenue per ad as non-targeted advertising.

TripAdvisor Moves Mobile Site Out Of Beta

Travel review site TripAdvisor said today it has officially launched its mobile website.

The TripAdvisor mobile website is now available in 17 countries and 11 different languages. The beta version of the mobile site attracted more than one million unique monthly visitors.

On TripAdvisor’s mobile site, users can find nearby restaurants, hotels, attractions and directions to them via smartphones with GPS capabilities. Users can also post reviews and opinions while traveling.

AdMob Launches Tools for Cross-Platform Mobile Development

AdMob has introduced new software developer kits for Android, iPhone, and Flash Lite in a move the company says makes it easier for developers to make money across multiple platforms. AdMob has also introduced the Adaptive Mobile Ad unit, an industry first, which enables PC sites to monetize on mobile traffic.