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3:01 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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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster beware: iTunes Store gets same-day DVD releases  —  In January, Apple flipped the switch on movie rentals for the iTunes Store to much fanfare.  A lot of customers don't want to own movies, digital downloads are just plain convenient, and the move seemed to finally crack the major studio nut and catch their attention.
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! …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ballmer to Microsofties: “Yahoo Announcement in Very Short Order”
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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
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.
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
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.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
New Sezmi Set-top Blows Away the TV  —  Building B, a startup that has since changed its name to Sezmi, has come out of hiding with an ambitious plan to totally remake the television viewing experience.  —  In short, Sezmi plans to deliver as much video as it possibly can to a consumer's television …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Engadget HD
Nick / Rough Type:
“We still believe there is human involvement”  —  “Captcha” is the official term for those wavy strings of numbers and letters that you have to decipher before setting up an online email account or gaining access to other types of web sites.  The acronym, coined by someone at Yahoo a few years back …
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:   Digital Deception  —  With a test, Web sites let people …
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.
Eric Taub / Bits:
Blu-ray: The Future Has Been Delayed  —  Hot on the heels of last week's report from ABI Research noting that many consumers may not see the picture quality difference between Blu-ray and standard DVDs comes the latest Blu-ray sales figures from NPD Group.  And they're not pretty.
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
Robin Cannon / Search Engine Journal:
Is Google Trumping The URL?  —  When there's a simple box to fill in with your search term, and you know exactly what you're looking, why bother to use the address bar?  If statistics on popular searches are anything to go by, it looks like many people aren't bothering with that inconvenient …
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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.
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Adobe seeks to extend reach of Flash, nukes licensing fees
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Happy RSS Awareness Day!!
Derrik J. Lang / Associated Press:
MADD attacks ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’
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Sydney Morning Herald:
Musician ‘duped’ into anti-piracy video
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Little things to Buzz about: Yahoo tweaks social-news service
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: AT&T iPhone Subsidy Would Dramatically Boost Unit Sales …
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Identity ‘at risk’ on Facebook
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Safari market share tripled on Windows after Apple gambit
Brendan Spiegel / Wired News:
Websites Go Crazy Tracking Urban Eccentrics
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
The Other New iPhone?  —  Remember last year, when a little …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T is Set to Introduce TV Service for Cellphones
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