President Obama is promising to use the Web site Recovery.gov to track spending under the economic stimulus bill passed by the U.S. House and being considered by the Senate. But that site hasn’t been built yet. Until then, you can follow requests for stimulus money coming from local governments on StimulusWatch. The new site relies on public contributions – a process sometimes called “crowdsourcing” – to help monitor stimulus spending.

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For years YouTube has championed user-generated videos over Hollywood-style programming, and steadfastly avoided obtrusive advertising.

But recently YouTube announced it will sell search terms as part of an advertising program, and acqired the rights to post full-length movies from a major Hollywood studio. And that’s probably just a taste of what’s to come for a site that’s captured the world’s imagination but has yet to figure out the money thing, according to Greg Sandoval of CNET News.

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Megan Wiseman feels like she probably should buy a video game console or two, plus a handful of games — she works as a technical writer for a video game company and needs to stay on top of the industry.

But with the stock market plunging, job losses increasing, and the threat of greater inflation, she’s resisting. The Raleigh, North Carolina resident dumped her cell phone plan in favor of a cheaper pay-as-you-go phone.

“I kind of miss having a gadgety phone and I’ve been kind of trying to think of how I can work that back into my budget but it just hasn’t really been possible,” she said.

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