Internet Broadcasting Introduces New Hover Ad

Internet Broadcasting has introduced a new collapsible ad unit it calls the "IB Hover Ad", aimed at giving online advertisers more visibility while allowing for user control.

The hover ad is anchored to the bottom of a user’s browser, with an above the fold presence even when the user scrolls up and down a Web page.  The ad can be minimized by the user at any time, leaving a branded button at the bottom of the screen that can be expanded or closed.

T-Mobile Customers Bigger on Stocks, Bill Pay?

Last week, we saw some interesting findings from AdMob about smartphone usage. Now Compete has shared some of its own findings with WebProNews. The firm recently conducted a Smartphone Intelligence Survey.

About 47% of T-Mobile smartphone users use their phones to find local branches and ATMs, while 45% of AT&T users and 36% of Sprint users reported doing this (see chart #1 for data).

Apple Owners Show Most Interest In Buying An iPad

Awareness of Apple’s upcoming iPad release is highest among current Apple owners, (82%), consumers with $100,000 or more income (80%), and 18-34 year olds (78%), according to a new report by The NPD Group.

Those demographic groups are the ones with the most interest in buying an iPad. Only 18 percent of all consumers indicated a real interest in owning an iPad while 27 percent of 18-34 year olds and 24 percent of Apple owners said they were extremely or very interested.

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.