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11:00 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 …
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: 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.
 
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