Webware Radar: March Madness reaches the sky

Also: Trulia enjoys a record quarter, Glu Mobile releases 30 apps for BlackBerry App World, and LexisNexis inks a deal with the Internal Revenue Service.

Aircell, the company that offers Gogo Inflight Internet service to airline passengers, announced on Thursday that based on internal research, Gogo customer visits to NCAA-focused sites increased 953 percent during the first and second rounds of NCAA Tournament play.

Visits to sports-focused sites in general were up 123 percent from February. The most visited NCAA site on Gogo was CBSSports.com (Disclosure: CBSSports.com is a part of CBS Interactive, which also publishes CNET News.)

Real-estate search site Trulia announced Thursday that it set new records for site traffic in the first quarter of 2009. According to the company, visits were up 40 percent year over year, and property views increased by 50 percent over 2008. The site's overall page views increased 63 percent in 2009. Is Trulia's success an indication that the real-estate market is coming around?

Glu Mobile, a provider of mobile games, has debuted 30 titles on the newly launched BlackBerry App World. The 30 titles, which focus mainly on games, include Brain Genius 2, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and others. The titles are available now in the BlackBerry App World. The same apps are already available in the Apple App Store.

Online research company LexisNexis announced on Thursday that it has signed a deal with the Internal Revenue Service that will make it the exclusive provider of a "comprehensive set of online tax research solutions."

Under terms of the deal, LexisNexis will provide the organization with its Tax Center and Tax Advisor services, giving the IRS better information on finding tax errors. IRS customer service agents, revenue officers, attorneys, and auditors will have access to the services.

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