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5:50 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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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  —  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
Bob Tourtellotte / Reuters:
Warner Bros. to sell movies via BitTorrent
Discussion: IP Democracy
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   On the plus side, you won't waste eight hours unwittingly downloading …
Burt Helm / Business Week:   BitTorrent Goes Hollywood
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Warner Bros. to team with BitTorrent for movie sales
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and HD Beat
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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 and 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.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and HD Beat
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.
Microsoft:
Windows Live Messenger Beta Now Available Broadly to Consumers for Download  —  Beta of rich communications and sharing tools is available worldwide.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — May 9, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that the new Windows Live™ Messenger beta is available broadly …
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 …
 
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