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1:10 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 …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster beware: iTunes Store gets same-day DVD releases
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple iTunes to compete “day-and-date” …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: AT&T iPhone Subsidy Would Dramatically Boost Unit Sales …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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
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.
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
AOL, RealNetworks, Yahoo Owe $100 Million For Digital Music Services  —  The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York today made public a decision in the proceeding to determine reasonable license fees to be paid to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers …
Discussion: The Register and WebProNews
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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
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft's Board Meets on Yahoo Bid  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft's directors met Wednesday to discuss how to proceed with the company's attempted takeover of Yahoo, according to a person briefed on the discussions.  —  The board was expected to consider a range of options …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Raises Yahoo Offer To $32-$33 Through WSJ; YHOO Wants $37*
Jackson West / Valleywag:
Steve Ballmer to hold town hall at Microsoft tomorrow
Discussion: BoomTown
Arianna Huffington / Time:
Michael Arrington  —  Michael Arrington, a former corporate attorney who, via his TechCrunch blog, has become one of the most influential figures on the Web, is the quintessential blogger: intense, passionate, consumed with his subject, opinionated, sleep-deprived, forward-thinking, easy to irritate and apt to air his grudges in public.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Loic Le Meur Blog
Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …:
Friendfeed stats show its just Twitter with bookmarks  —  Yesterday I looked at the latest Friendfeed stats using the nice Friendfeedstats tool build by Benjamin Golub.  I looked up which feeds are aggregated most in Friendfeed in the last 30 days.  In 30 days approximately 1.3 Mln items were shared on Friendfeed.
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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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.
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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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Little things to Buzz about: Yahoo tweaks social-news service
Discussion: Mashable! and SarahLacy.com
Live Search:
New Product Search gives you more options
Eric Taub / Bits:
Blu-ray: The Future Has Been Delayed
Joshua Fruhlinger / Engadget:
Creative could pay class-action settlement over exaggerated MP3 capacities
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Dell unleashes the pricey XPS 730 and 730 H2C gaming rigs
Spencer Kelly / BBC:
Identity ‘at risk’ on Facebook
Discussion: Security Watch
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Safari market share tripled on Windows after Apple gambit
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Digital Deception  —  With a test, Web sites let people …
Discussion: Rough Type
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
The Other New iPhone?  —  Remember last year, when a little …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and PalmAddicts
BBC:
Electronics' ‘missing link’ found
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
TWITTER. OH GOD.
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Status: Looking for Work on Facebook
Discussion: /Message
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
IBM and the resurrection of the mainframe
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
The Box is the Box: Ambitious TV Startup Sezmi Slated To Launch
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Architecture astronauts take over  —  It was seven years ago today …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Brad Stone / Bits:
EBay-Craigslist Fight Is About Kijiji and Control, Complaint Shows