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9:47 AM ET, August 9, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
Blockbuster Adds Film Downloading With Movielink Deal  —  Movie-rental chain Blockbuster Inc. secured a foothold in the small but potentially significant online movie downloading business by acquiring Movielink LLC, a downloading service owned by the major Hollywood studios.
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Bloomberg:
Blockbuster Acquires Movielink  —  The video rental chain Blockbuster said yesterday that it had acquired the Internet movie provider Movielink to offer video downloading services to customers.  —  Blockbuster is also acquiring rights to show the films of Movie- link's owners …
Discussion: Todd Watson
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Blockbuster Buys Movielink, As Expected  —  So the deal is done, after long and hard months of negotiation and trying to get the studios on board: Blockbuster (NYSE: BBI) has an online strategy on the cheap: it has bought online movie service Movielink.  The price was not disclosed …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google News Hypocrisy: Walled Off Content  —  TechMeme founder Gabe Rivera makes an interesting observation on the Google News story all over the blogosphere today. … Google crawls news sites and grabs their content for republishing on Google News.  They rely on the willingness of those news sites to get distribution on Google.
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Google News Offers Rebuttal Time
Discussion: BloggingStocks and 24/7 Wall St.
Greg Stolz / NEWS.com.au:
Microsoft spices up the IT image  —  Decrease Increase -  —  Submit comment:  —  SHE doesn't have any IT qualifications - in fact she's a university drop-out - but that hasn't stopped software giant Microsoft hiring former Miss Australia Erin McNaught to sex up the computer industry's geeky image.
Discussion: Valleywag and One Microsoft Way
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James Cornelius / TECH.BLORGE.com:
Microsoft: Erin McNought does not work for us
Discussion: Bink.nu and Microsoft News Tracker
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
BitTorrent Addresses Closed Source Issues  —  BitTorrent gained prominence in the file-sharing community largely due to its open source nature.  What began as an unknown file-sharing client quickly diversified into a vast collection of applications.  Developers were able …
Discussion: Inquirer, Slashdot and digg
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Equity Firm Invests in NBC Universal-News Corp. Online Venture  —  The joint venture between NBC Universal and the News Corporation to bring their television shows and movies onto the Internet still lacks a Web site.  It still has no name.  It also has yet to announce a clear mission …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
DESKTOPTOPIA IS A CURE FOR THE COMMON DESKTOP BACKGROUND  —  For about the longest time, the background on my Mac had been fairly dull—a Manhattan cityscape plucked from the selection at DesktopNexus.  I want my desktop patterns to look good, but I'm not one to put a whole lot of thinking power into it …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Fake iPhone cut & paste demo loves you  —  Ok, we can officially and finally put this debate to rest: yes, Apple really could use its multi-touch input system to enable users to friggin' copy / paste text in the iPhone.  And to prove it, the usual random internet dude (lonelysandwich) …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and Tech Blog
Judy / Inside AdWords:
Upcoming change to the top ad placement formula  —  Advertisers often aim for top placement because they find that their ads perform the best when they appear above Google search results.  Since these ads must meet or exceed a top placement quality threshold, our users receive high quality ad results …
Seth Kugel / New York Times:
A House That's Just Unreal  —  FROM the roof deck of Sherman Ochs's Mexican-style villa atop a breezy bluff, the entire island of Jalisco, population about 20, spreads out below.  It is a picturesque place of palm trees, lush lawns and near-cloudless skies.
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
T-Mobile planning VoIP service?  —  Recommend article:  —  Chicago (IL) - A new wireless broadband router popped up on the FCC website today, indicating the Linksys and T-Mobile are working together on expanding the T-Mobile Hotspot@Home service from a cellphone to multiple home phone lines.
Discussion: Engadget
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Did AT&T Censor Pearl Jam's Lollapalooza WebCast?  —  Ma Bell seems to be acting like the big brother.  Apparently, AT&T censored parts of Pearl Jam's performance over the weekend.  Rock band was performing as part of Lollapalooza.  On their website, Pearl Jam writes:
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon, Nokia N95 with US 3G Support  —  After a long morning at Cupertino on Tuesday, I spent much of the afternoon taping The GigaOM Show for this week.  We invited Blake Krikorian, CEO and co-founder of Sling Media, to come on and talk about all things newteevee.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and IntoMobile
 
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Jennifer Donovan / Akamai:
August 7, 2007 - Akamai Study Uncovers Critical Link Between Video …
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Pop-up ads: Coming to a mobile phone near you?
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Scripps Buys Photo/Video Sharing Service Pickle For $4.7 Million …
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