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an Outbreak of 'violet'

Coldplay's free download offering went live just after midday U.K. time Tuesday, and the band's Web site soon slowed to a halt. A spokesman for EMI declined to reveal how many downloads of the Chris Martin-led band's new single "Violet Hill" were delivered on Day 1. But Last.fm said it had been tracking listens of the track and put the figure at 10,000 in first the five hours of release — a rate of one play every two seconds. "Violet Hill," which has a harder, more experimental sound than previous Coldplay releases, will get a conventional paid-for digital release May 6.

GEMSTAR CLEAR FOR TAKEOVER

Gemstar-TV Guide International said Tuesday that more than 90% of its shareholders have approved its takeover by tech firm Macrovision. The percentage exceeds the two-thirds necessary to approve the deal, which was valued in December at $2.8 billion. Gemstar and Macrovision intend to create a more powerful company that helps bring digital entertainment into homes.

Cinema Right now

CinemaNow said Tuesday that U.S. consumers will be able to use their cell phones to view movie trailers and order full-length movies to watch on their home TV or computer through its mobile Web site. The service, offered on Web-capable phones at mobile.cinemanow.com, automatically downloads movies to a Web-connected consumer electronics device such as a home computer.
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