Webware Radar: Meebo unveils interactive ads

Also: Evri is laying off 25 percent of its staff; Wynton Marsalis is making his album exclusively available on iLike for 24 hours; and AirSage has updated its offering.

Meebo, a Web service that lets people access instant messaging services from anywhere, announced Monday that it is launching an extension to its ad platform. Starting in the second quarter, Meebo will attempt to expand its reach across the Web by increasing the number of sites that feature integrated Meebo ads. Meebo ads will feature video, apps, games, news, quizzes, product showcases, and more. The ads will go live in the coming weeks.

AirSage, a company that turns real-time cell phone signals into traffic data for popular mapping services like Google Maps, announced that it has enhanced its traffic information and is collecting more than 3 billion anonymous locations of people every day. The service's hallmark product, AirSage Wise Location Data, is available for use through its standard API.

Keyword search company Evri announced Friday that it has cut 25 percent of its staff to help make it through the economic downturn, according to report from VentureBeat.

Wynton Marsalis, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, trumpeter, and bandleader, will make his new album, "He and She," available exclusively on iLike for its first 24 hours of availability, the social music site announced Monday. The album will be available all day Tuesday on iLike. By Wednesday, it will be available at other music stores.

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