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12:40 AM ET, May 10, 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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BitTorrent Snags Warner Brothers
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Burt Helm / Business Week:   BitTorrent Goes Hollywood
Achronos /
Halo 3 Announced  —  Bungie Shocks World with Surprise Game Announcement  —  Bungie announces Halo 3, the third and final game in the Halo Trilogy.  Halo 3 will be released for Microsoft's Xbox 360 in 2007.  —  The game was revealed to the world at the Microsoft press conference at Grauman's Chinese Theater, in Hollywood, CA.
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.
Bill Gates Declares 10 Million-Unit Head Start for Xbox 360 and Outlines Future of Interactive Entertainment  —  Surprise appearance by Microsoft company founder wows gamers with unified platform vision and first look at "Halo 3."  —  LOS ANGELES — May 9, 2006 —Microsoft Corp. Chairman …
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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
MySpace IM Client Launches Today!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Squidoo: Seth Godin's Purple Albatross?  —  Seth Godin is an exceptional marketing consultant.  I've read all his books - my favorite is Purple Cow.  I routinely bring up his ideas when talking to companies about the best way to get media and early adopter attention: build an exceptional …
Susan / The 360:
Google and eBay in Ad Industry Shoot-Out  —  A consortium of some of the biggest advertisers in the United States has plans to move the ad industry out the era of the cattle exchange and into the internet age.  They're looking for someone to build an ADSDAQ — an online exchange similar …
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.
Paul Taylor / MSNBC:
Vonage IPO to include its users
Discussion: TechBeat and Mark Evans
Elinor Mills / CNET
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.
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 …
Discussion: and Bloggers Blog
Anne Broache / CNET
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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