Will Google Turn to HTC for GPhone Production?

htc-gphone Forbes is keeping the Google GPhone speculation going with the suggestion that Google could turn to little-known cell phone manufacturer, HTC.

As we’ve already speculated ourselves, it makes sense for Google to focus on the phone software and let someone else take care of the actual phone hardware. Remember Google, doesn’t want to be a manufacturer.

Forbes suggests that HTC is being discussed as a partner “behind closed doors.” They also suspect that Google may have a wide range of phone providers at launch.

…even if a Google-HTC partnership materializes, HTC would likely be one of several Google hardware partners. Industry sources say China’s e28, a fast-growing Linux smart phone specialist, could also grab a piece of the action. Taiwanese electronics conglomerate Hon Hai and Korea’s Samsung are also mentioned.

Marketing Pilgrim in the New Techmeme Top 100

If you can’t get into Technorati’s Top 100 list, you can just wait for another list to come along. Techmeme is challenging the Technorati list by producing one of their own, TechCrunch reports.

Instead of relying on the number of links to a site–the Technorati way–the Techmeme Leaderboard focuses on the number of headlines over the previous 30 days.

To be exact, top blogs will be ranked on presence – ?the percentage of headline space a source occupies over the 30-day period.? Discussion links are not taken into consideration – only full headlines are counted.

I’m excited to see Marketing Pilgrim make the list at number 87! That’s a great reward for all of the great content our writers publish and our readers who share it with their peers. Having already made the AdAge Top 150 marketing blogs–we’re in the top 10–this is a great accolade to add to the list.

YouTube Offers AdSense Monetized Video Players

image 2007 was supposed to be the year of mobile content, but it’s shaping-up to be the year of the online video.

YouTube is rolling out a new AdSense enabled video player that can be embedded into any web site. After a slow start, Google’s making up for lost time with this second YouTube announcement in six weeks.

Just like the existing customized YouTube players, you can select which channels to show or let Google target the videos based on your site’s content. The ads appear to run at the top of the YouTube player, keeping them in view but not annoyingly so.

Not everyone will see the new AdSense options. Here’s the YouTube page for the custom player–if you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll see the screen below: