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3:20 PM ET, May 9, 2006

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New York Times:
Warner Bros. to Sell Movies and TV Shows on Internet  —  Warner Brothers plans to announce today that it will make hundreds of movies and television shows available for purchase over the Internet using BitTorrent software, which is widely used to download movies and other copyrighted material illegally.
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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 …
Bob Tourtellotte / Reuters:
Warner Bros. to sell movies via BitTorrent  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Warner Bros.'s video unit on Tuesday unveiled plans to sell movies and television shows to BitTorrent Inc. for legal downloads from the Web site that was once blamed for aiding the swapping of illegally copied films and programs.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BitTorrent Snags Warner Brothers  —  BitTorrent continues its efforts to go legit.  The company has just snagged a deal with Warner Brothers.  The Hollywood giant, part of Time Warner (my employer) will use BitTorrent to distribute and sell Warner Brothers content online.
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Mike / Techdirt:
Movie Studios Still Confused About How BitTorrent Works
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Warner Bros. to team with BitTorrent for movie sales
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and HD Beat
Burt Helm / Business Week:   BitTorrent Goes Hollywood
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Warner Bros. to distribute films on Web
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Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Vonage IPO and SPIT  —  SPIT is Spam over IP Telephony.  —  Yesterday I got an email from Vonage offering me a piece of their IPO because I'm a long-term customer.  I was fine with getting that mail although I don't intend to take advantage of the offer for reasons I've posted here.
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Paul Taylor / MSNBC:
Vonage IPO to include its users
Discussion: TechBeat and Mark Evans
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.
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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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo Wii to sell for $250?
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Staci / paidContent.org:
AOL Buddy List's Social Network Expands With AIM Pages, Phoneline [by Staci]  —  The way AOL execs pitch it, the AOL Connections strategy is all about giving users ways to communicate whether it's IM, file sharing, video or the upcoming launches of social networking service AIM Pages and free phone service Phoneline.
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: Engadget and PalmAddicts
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Land Lawsuit Hits Linden Lab  —  A Pennsylvania lawyer has apparently filed suit against Linden Lab, makers of Second Life, over a land deal gone bad, according to this press release.  [Via former Second Life Herald correspondent Neal Stewart, who flagged this post on Clickable Culture.]
Discussion: Clickable Culture and VTOR
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Usual Suspects Dominate Webbys  —  Webby Awards judges have spoken.  In a list made public Tuesday, panelists overseeing the annual ceremony honoring outstanding websites named Google Earth, National Public Radio, BBC and more than 50 other sites as winners.
Discussion: Barnako.com and paidContent.org
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.
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Google looks Olive up and down, but then rejects it  —  Google has walked away from acquiring Santa Clara company, Olive Software.  —  We wrote earlier that Google was negotiating to buy Olive for $70-80M, to gain access to Olive's technology that helps transfer off-line content into a form …
Howard W. French / New York Times:
As Chinese Students Go Online, Little Sister Is Watching  —  SHANGHAI, May 8 — To her fellow students, Hu Yingying appears to be a typical undergraduate, plain of dress, quick with a smile and perhaps possessed with a little extra spring in her step, but otherwise decidedly ordinary.
Rob Semsey / features.teamxbox.com:
E3 2006: Microsoft Reaction to Sony Press Briefing  —  Only seconds after Sony's E3 2006 Press Briefing ended and many gamers had made their annual "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" conclusions.  Now whether Sony's E3 kickoff was a success or a failure will be contemplated from now until the release …
sbc.com:
AT&T Initiatives Expand Availability of Advanced Communications Technologies  —  Company Enhances Broadband Reach Through Innovative Technologies: Satellite, Fixed Wireless and Wimax  —  Details the Availability of Project Lightspeed to Low-Income Households
Discussion: Engadget and dailywireless.org
 
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