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Around the Web 3.16.09: Guitar Hero fatigue, iPhone clones, Spot Runner layoffs

March 16, 2009 |  9:51 am
Playing Rock Band at Big Wang's in Los Angeles
Patrons of Big Wang's restaurant in Los Angeles play Rock Band. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.

-- Yahoo is back to making original video programming but says it's got the right formula this time. NYT via NewTeeVee

-- "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" is trying to bring geek speak to mainstream talk shows. He may attract a demographic that advertisers dig: hip, plugged-in people who don't otherwise watch much TV. LAT

-- Status update smackdown: Twitter and Facebook are increasingly overlapping and competing. SF Chronicle

-- The thrill is gone? Consumers are showing signs of Guitar Hero fatigue. LAT

-- Spot Runner, the once-hot online advertising start-up in L.A., is undertaking its third layoff in a year. TechCrunch

-- Are PCs boring? Inspired by Apple's iPhone, computer makers are focusing much of their effort these days on making souped-up smartphones. NYT

-- Digg founder Kevin Rose launched WeFollow, a Twitter directory, at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival. CNet

-- For people of a certain age, Facebook is starting to feel like a perpetual episode of "This Is Your Life." NYT

--George Kliavkoff, the guy who launched Hulu before leaving NBC Universal, has landed at Hearst. MediaMemo

-- Chris Gaither