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12:05 PM ET, May 1, 2008

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Apple:
Purchase New Movies on iTunes Same Day as DVD Release  —  Apple® today announced that new movie releases from major film studios and premier independent studios are available for purchase on the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com) on the same day as their DVD release.
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Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Studio films going day-and-date at iTunes Store  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Apple is expected to announce Thursday that it has struck a deal with a wide array of movie studios to sell new releases at its iTunes Store.  —  The move would allow a broad slate of top-shelf films …
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
New movies to hit iTunes same day as DVD  —  New movie releases from a number of major and independent studios will be available on iTunes the same day they're offered on DVD, Apple announced Thursday.  —  Starting this week, iTunes customers will be able to purchase movies just now being released on DVD …
Forbes:
The iPhone: Apple's Magic Wand  —  Even as Research in Motion and Palm target Apple's touch-sensitive wonder phone, the broad outlines of Steve Jobs' grand strategy for wireless domination are coming into focus.  —  Apple (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ) is knitting together a broad coalition …
Discussion: TechBlog
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:   Why AT&T May Deep-Discount the iPhone
Joseph Hanlon / ZDNet.com.au:
iPhone for Optus, not exclusively
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Providing Free Wi-Fi Access to iPhone Users [Updated]  —  A couple of readers have reported that AT&T hotspots are now offering free Wi-Fi access to iPhone users.  Barnes and Noble, Starbucks and presumably AT&T's 71,000 other Wi-fi hotspot locations are now offering iPhone users a custom portal to access free Wi-Fi.
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David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
AT&T hotspots bring free WiFi for iPhone owners (Updated)
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gear Diary
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Raises Yahoo Offer To $32-$33 Through WSJ; YHOO Wants $37*  —  Microsoft (MSFT) leaks news that it is willing to pay $32-$33 for Yahoo—in a last attempt to get Yahoo (YHOO) shareholders to pressure the board to sell.  It adds that Yahoo's dope-smoking board wants “upper $30s.”
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Jackson West / Valleywag:
Steve Ballmer to hold town hall at Microsoft tomorrow
Discussion: BoomTown
ClickZ:
LA Times, Seattle Times Bank on Local to Drive Ad Dollars  —  As newspaper sites join networks to rake in national ad dollars, they cannot forget their primary mission is to serve local audiences and local advertisers.  Like other innovators in the online newspaper industry …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
LAT.com Projects $25 Million In '08 Display Ad Revenue, Boosts Local Ad Efforts
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Christian Yee / Inside AdWords:
Place ads on television with Google TV Ads  —  We'd like to introduce Google TV Ads, a flexible, all-digital system for easily and efficiently buying more accountable and measurable TV advertising.  The program, which has been an invitation-only beta test since June 2007, is now available to all US-based advertisers.
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Kickstart, the clamshell flip phone?  We're unveiling it to you for the first time!  —  Are you ready, people?  We've been holding this info for a while now trying to confirm it, but no more!  We have here pictures of a new BlackBerry device.  It is a BlackBerry clamshell — a flip phone and codenamed the Kickstart!
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Adobe Open Screen Project opens door for even more Flash  —  Just in case you think Adobe's Flash Player (which powers YouTube and an enormous number of other sites) isn't ubiquitous enough, Adobe is pushing for even greater adoption from developers and designers.
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ascap.com:
FEDERAL COURT DECIDES LICENSE FEES TO BE PAID TO ASCAP BY AOL, REALNETWORKS AND YAHOO!  —  Historic Decision Provides Framework for Valuing Use of Musical Works Online  —  Also Validates Need to Appropriately Compensate Songwriters &  —  Composers for Role Their Works Play in Success of Online Businesses
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
AOL, RealNetworks, Yahoo Owe $100 Million For Digital Music Services
Discussion: The Register
Brad Stone / Bits:
EBay-Craigslist Fight Is About Kijiji and Control, Complaint Shows  —  Last week, eBay sued the classified advertising site Craigslist in a Delaware court.  The suit received widespread coverage but its causes were opaque, since a copy of the complaint was not made public and the parties were not speaking publicly.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Architecture astronauts take over  —  It was seven years ago today when everybody was getting excited about Microsoft's bombastic announcement of Hailstorm, promising that “Hailstorm makes the technology in your life work together on your behalf and under your control.”  —  What was it, really?
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
IBM and the resurrection of the mainframe  —  Steve Mills runs IBM's $20 billion software business.  He obsesses about large enterprises running thousands of transactions per second with terabytes of data and a need for absolute certainty of execution.  It's a stack of enterprise software writ large …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kleiner Perkins creates $700M new fund, plus $500M for green investments  —  Kleiner Perkins, the respected Silicon Valley venture capital firm, said it has finished raising its thirteenth fund (called KPCB XIII) for early-stage companies, totaling $700 million.
Discussion: CNET News.com and HipMojo.com
PR Newswire:
Comcast Reports First Quarter 2008 Results  —  Consolidated Revenue Increased 14%; Pro Forma Growth of 10%  —  Comcast High-Speed Internet and Comcast Digital Voice Additions Drive Strong Unit Growth  —  Consolidated Operating Cash Flow Increased 15%; Pro Forma Growth of 12%
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T is Set to Introduce TV Service for Cellphones  —  AT&T Inc. plans to launch a television service for cellphones next week, following in the footsteps of rival Verizon Wireless, even as skeptics question whether there is consumer demand for such mobile broadcast-style programming.
 
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Schmidt says Google still scratching head over YouTube profits