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8:05 PM ET, May 9, 2006

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Peter Bowes / BBC:
Warner to start movie downloads  —  Warner Brothers is to start selling film downloads via the internet using the same technology once blamed for helping people swap illegal copies.  —  The Hollywood studio has reached a deal with the web company Bit Torrent, which uses peer-to-peer technology …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
BitTorrent inks studio distribution deal  —  BitTorrent, the creator of the file-sharing software that for some has become synonymous with piracy, has struck a landmark distribution deal with a Hollywood studio.  —  Warner Bros.  Entertainment Group has agreed to use BitTorrent's peer …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BitTorrent Snags Warner Brothers
Discussion: SiliconBeat
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   On the plus side, you won't waste eight hours unwittingly downloading …
Mike / Techdirt:
Movie Studios Still Confused About How BitTorrent Works
Burt Helm / Business Week:   BitTorrent Goes Hollywood
Bob Tourtellotte / Reuters:
Warner Bros. to sell movies via BitTorrent
Kareem Mayan / Kareem Mayan's Weblog:
MySpace Launches IM  —  I just got word from the MySpace IM product manager that I could post this to my blog.  —  MySpace has soft-launched its desktop instant message client.  —  It's a really simple, clean-looking implementation that feels very solid and exposes the right level of functionality up front.
Discussion: the j. botter weblog
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Engadget & Joystiq's live coverage of Nintendo's Wii E3 event  —  12:15 am - We're all seated and situated.  The theater is huge with three mezzanines and 3,400 seat capacity.  —  12:17 am - We're sitting in the Kodak theater waiting for the press corps, VIPs, and assorted industry folk to file in, ever so slowly.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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Marc Perton / Engadget:   Nintendo shows off Wii Remote and Classic Controller
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Nintendo Wii Connect 24 to use downtime for downloads
Discussion: broadband
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Engadget & Joystiq's live coverage of Microsoft's Xbox 360 E3 event  —  2:42 pm - Koolaid blood spills from corpses, buildings demolished, apocalypse.  The Gears of War trailer is the very first thing shown, and the applause is decent, but not deafening.  CliffyB onstage now, giving us a playable demo of Gears of War.
Paul Taylor / MSNBC:
Vonage IPO to include its users  —  Customers who have signed up for Vonage Holdings' broadband VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service will be offered the chance to buy shares in the company when it floats its stock.  —  Vonage, which helped pioneer VoIP phone service in the US …
Discussion: TechBeat and Mark Evans
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Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Vonage IPO and SPIT
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Even Bells Need Net Neutrality  —  By Daniel Berninger Definition: Net Neutrality - Internet access without discrimination by use or user except as required for network management purposes.  —  The FCC's decision to relieve AT&T and Verizon of net neutrality requirements …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
EarthLink: Bells must share broadband networks  —  WASHINGTON—Federal regulators acted illegally by not forcing the Bell companies to share their broadband networks with competitors, EarthLink told a federal appeals court on Tuesday.  —  The 20-minute oral arguments before the U.S. Court …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
How deep is the online-ad well?  —  The memory still makes some in the financial community cringe.  —  During the dot-com boom, more than a few Internet start-ups planned to support free Internet services—and theoretically turn a profit—by selling online advertisements.  —  Needless to say, for many it didn't work.
AppleInsider:
Apple MacBook, iPod changes due later this month  —  Apple Computer's highly anticipated line of Intel-based MacBook consumer notebooks may not turn up on Tuesday as several online reports and analysts have suggested, AppleInsider has learned.  —  Although Apple reportedly began manufacturing …
c-span.org:
C-SPAN Statement Regarding Colbert Video  —  Since shortly after the event, C-SPAN made its coverage of Stephen Colbert's performance, along with President Bush's presentation and the entire White House Correspondents' Dinner, available for viewing free via its Web site www.c-span.org …
Dave Demerjian / Wired News:
Airlines Try Smarter Boarding  —  It's the announcement that every frequent flier dreads: "Ladies and gentlemen, we have a very full flight today.  Please step out of the aisle and into your row as quickly as possible so that other passengers are able to reach their seats."
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Smaller cable firms take aim at Net neutrality fans  —  WASHINGTON—Young, wealthy Internet companies like Google shouldn't expect to get "special favors" from network operators that have sunk billions of dollars into fiber investments, the head of a smaller cable company said Monday.
Séan Captain / Slate:
Forget YouTube  —  Your laptop will never replace your TV.  —  In the last few months, the quality and diversity of Internet video has soared.  Sites like YouTube have made it easy to watch user-generated content and dubbed TV clips.  The old-line media is going online, too.
Discussion: IP Democracy and dailywireless.org
Microsoft:
Microsoft Previews Windows CE 6 Operating System  —  Latest embedded software represents 10 years of industry-leading innovations.  —  LAS VEGAS — May 8, 2006 — In a packed hall of developers and industry partners at Microsoft Corp.'s annual Mobile & Embedded DevCon …
Discussion: InfoWorld, Engadget and PalmAddicts
 
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