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2:10 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.
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boing Boing
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
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Warner Bros. to team with BitTorrent for movie sales
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and HD Beat
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Warner Bros. to distribute films on Web
Mike / Techdirt:   Movie Studios Still Confused About How BitTorrent Works
Staci /
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.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
What's Really Interesting About AIM Pages
Discussion: Download Squad
Mark Wallace /
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Live Messenger Opens to Public  —  The Windows Live Messenger, previously available by invitation only (sort of), is open to the public starting at 9 pm PST tonight (Monday).  It is available for Windows PCs only, must be downloaded with IE (no Firefox), and is available at
Windows Live Messenger Beta Now Available Broadly to Consumers for Download
Discussion: LiveSide
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
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.
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
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 …
Rob Semsey /
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 …
Samsung unveils 6.9mm slim phone  —  Samsung Electronics showcases 6.9mm slim SGH-X820, or Ultra Slim Phone from May 10-13 at Sviaz ExpoComm 2006 in Russia.  —  X820 is a bar type phone with a 2 megapixel camera, camcorder, MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity, file viewer and TV out.
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 …
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.
James Ransom-Wiley / Joystiq:
Joystiq hands-on: new PS3 controller  —  Immediately following the Sony keynote, we pushed and shoved our way to a quick and dirty session with the new PS3 controller.  Warhawk was the only playable demo touting six-axis sensing functionality; so naturally, our destination was the setup featuring that game.
Discussion: HD Beat and I4U News
USA Today:
Newspaper sales dip, but websites gain  —  NEW YORK — Newspapers offered a mixed story Monday as new data showed a circulation decline industrywide — by alarming rates at some papers — while visits to their websites grew.  —  Average weekday circulation fell 2.5%, to 45.4 million …
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.
Discussion: Techdirt
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Nintendo Wii to sell for $250?
Séan Captain / Slate:
Forget YouTube  —  Your laptop will never replace your TV.
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Watch Blog:
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Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
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PR Newswire:
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