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1:55 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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Apple iTunes to compete “day-and-date” …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster beware: iTunes Store gets same-day DVD releases
Discussion: 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: Business Week and TechBlog
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Joseph Hanlon / ZDNet.com.au:
iPhone for Optus, not exclusively
Discussion: Macsimum News
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.
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 …
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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
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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Adobe seeks to extend reach of Flash, nukes licensing fees  —  Adobe has announced a new initiative called Open Screen, which aims to make the company's Flash multimedia technology ubiquitous on mobile and embedded devices.  Adobe plans to eliminate the licensing fees required to distribute …
Discussion: eWeek and TechCrunch
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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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Vodafone:
Unlimited Internet Access on Vodafone's New Monthly Price Plans  —  As Facebook, Bebo and eBay top the popularity charts on Vodafone Mobile Internet, Vodafone UK has today changed the way it structures its price plans to include access to the internet and email on their mobile as an integral part of the monthly price plan.
Discussion: CNET News.com and mocoNews.net
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.
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
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!
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%
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Safari market share tripled on Windows after Apple gambit  —  On March 18, along with the latest version of iTunes and QuickTime, Apple slipped a copy of Safari 3.1 into the Software Update it sent to millions of Windows users — even though strictly speaking the first non-beta version of Safari …
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ballmer Tells Microsoft Troops He's Not Insane: Willing To Walk Away From Yahoo  —  Steve Ballmer said there's nothing new to report about Microsoft-Yahoo!, but he did use the presentation to the employees to explain the motivation for going after Yahoo!, take some shots at a Google-Yahoo! …
 
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USA Today:
Axiotron converts MacBook into tablet PC Modbook
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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Randy Alfred / Wired News:
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Derrik J. Lang / Associated Press:
MADD attacks ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’
Discussion: DailyTech
Sydney Morning Herald:
Musician ‘duped’ into anti-piracy video
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Little things to Buzz about: Yahoo tweaks social-news service
Discussion: Mashable! and SarahLacy.com
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: AT&T iPhone Subsidy Would Dramatically Boost Unit Sales …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Eric Taub / Bits:
Blu-ray: The Future Has Been Delayed
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LA Times, Seattle Times Bank on Local to Drive Ad Dollars
Spencer Kelly / BBC:
Identity ‘at risk’ on Facebook
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Digital Deception  —  With a test, Web sites let people …
Discussion: Rough Type
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
The Other New iPhone?  —  Remember last year, when a little …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and PalmAddicts
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T is Set to Introduce TV Service for Cellphones
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
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Architecture astronauts take over  —  It was seven years ago today …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com