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10:50 AM 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 …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Warner Brothers To Rent Movies Online Sooner  —  There was good news for Apple and Comcast, but bad news for Blockbuster woven into Time Warner's conference call with investors today.  —  Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner's chief executive, said that the company's Warner Brothers studio …
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Report: Apple, movie studios reach agreement, will sell movies …
Discussion: Ars Technica and 9 to 5 Mac
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
Discussion: Pat Phelan
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
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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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Adobe moves to broaden Flash reach
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.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Details Come Out On eBay/Craigslist Fight
Discussion: Mashable!
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!
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.
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%
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Comcast's quarter shows the ebb and flow in telecom vs. cable war
Discussion: DSLreports and GigaOM
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
The Box is the Box: Ambitious TV Startup Sezmi Slated To Launch  —  If you are a regular and longtime reader, you would know I have written about the folly of startups trying to develop delivery boxes for TV, which sit on top of existing cable/satellite/DVR boxes on current TV services.
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Scott Woolley / Forbes:
Cable Killer  —  Sezmi has a bold plan to make cable companies obsolete.
Discussion: IP Democracy and NewTeeVee
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 …
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.
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
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
TWITTER.  OH GOD.  —  Thanks to the prodding of Danny Sullivan, I am now on Twitter.  God help me.  It might mean the beginning of another Searchblog like obsession.  I remember when folks said “you blog nearly every day?  How do you possibly find the time?!”  —  More when I learn more.
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: Smalltalk Tidbits …
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kleiner Perkins creates $700M new fund, plus $500M for green investments
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
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Bill Ray / The Register:
AT&T goes with the FLO for mobile TV
Discussion: PC Magazine and Engadget
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
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