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1:35 PM ET, May 16, 2011

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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Post-Disney Miramax Signs First Major Digital Deal With Netflix  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) continues to add programming strength to its digital service.  Starting next month Netflix subscribers will have instant access to hundreds of Miramax titles from Oscar winners like The English Patient …
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Miramax brings its movies to Netflix streaming in June
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Seagate's GoFlex Satellite portable hard drive streams content over WiFi (review)  —  Seagate just took the wraps off what's likely the niftiest portable HDD to cross our path in a long, long while.  The GoFlex Satellite is part storage device, part wireless media streamer …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Honeycomb Has A Fighting Chance Against The iPad  —  If you'd asked me a week ago what I thought about Honeycomb, the tablet version of Android, I would have said that it was in very bad shape and that it would be several months before it could even hold a candle to the iPad 2.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Nvidia CEO: Next wave of Android tablets address first-gen shortcomings
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Japan won't allow Sony to turn PSN back on until it's assured it's safe  —  Sony may be busy flipping the PlayStation Network switch back to the “on” position around the globe, but one locale where it won't be doing so just yet is its homeland of Japan.  The Dow Jones newshounds report …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Maps To Be Powered (Replaced) By Nokia?  —  I had a chance lunch with a person with close connections to Nokia about a week ago.  Naturally we began talking about the outlook for the Microsoft-Nokia Windows Phone deal.  He was hopeful but mindful of the risks for both companies.
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
One Twitter account.  One RSS feed.  Firehoses, but not in name.  —  Once upon a time, two days ago, Techmeme maintained not one, but two Twitter accounts.  Our intention for this was noble: flexibility for the user.  One Twitter account, “Techmeme Firehose” (@TechmemeFH) …
David Zax / Fast Company:
How Viral PDFs Of A Naughty Bedtime Book Exploded The Old Publishing Model  —  The party line on piracy is that it's bad for business.  But what to make of the case of “Go the F**k to Sleep,” the “children's book for adults” whose viral-pirate PDF launched the book to the number-one spot on Amazon.com a month before its release?
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Lodsys explains in-app patent warning letters sent to iOS developers  —  On Friday, news broke of a number of warning letters sent to application developers for iPhone and iPad applications, warning them that by using Apple's in-app payment mechanism, they were violating a patent issued to “inventions” firm Lodsys.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia slams door on Ovi label, rebranding everything to Nokia Services  —  Nokia's Ovi Store, Ovi Maps, and Ovi everything else will soon be getting a name change.  The Finnish company has announced that it's “evolving” its software brand identity by renaming its service offerings to Nokia services …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
StackMob Grabs $7.5M to Offer Backend Support for Mobile Devs  —  Stackmob, a cloud platform for mobile developers built in the mold of Heroku, has raised $7.5 million in a Series A round as it ramps up its offering for mobile developers.  The new money, led by Trinity Ventures …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Full text: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's advice to USC grads  —  Yesterday we offered a few highlights from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's commencement address Friday at the University of Southern California, via media coverage of the ceremonies.  Since then we were able to get ahold of the full transcript.
Zuupy Official Blog:
3 Reasons that We are Moving Away from Facebook as a Platform  —  In the past, we have used the Facebook Like button as a baked-in promotional mechanism to drive referral marketing of deals, and that formed the core functionality of our product (see screenshot below for an idea …
Discussion: @jason
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Skype-Style Calls Force Wireless Carriers to Adapt  —  Today, long-winded talkers need to worry about running out of minutes on their cellphone plans.  But someday there will be no minutes to run out of — just megabytes.  —  Wireless carriers now funnel voice and data traffic …
Discussion: Telecompetitor and VoIP Watch
Niall Harbison / The Next Web:
Entering The Minority Report Era: A Video Series  —  Stephen Spielberg's Minority Report captured the imagination of many in the technology space.  The film made some bold predictions about technology and even though it was released nearly 10 years ago in 20002, we are seeing some things …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
LinkedIn Shares Start Trading Thursday  —  LinkedIn shares are going to hit the public markets starting on Thursday, the WSJ reports.  LinkedIn is looking to raise $274 million with the offering.  It is pricing its shares at $32 to $35, and is looking at a $3 billion valuation.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 7.5 business features, email conversation view on tap  —  Microsoft revealed a number of new Windows Phone “Mango” features on Monday.  —  The software giant unveiled specific business features for “Mango”, its next Windows Phone release believed to be named 7.5:
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
AOL launches professional division  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc is launching a professional division called AOL Industry on Monday aimed at government, energy and defense executives.  —  The idea is to bring the use of social media, video and design from consumer-oriented sites and apply it to media for business professionals.
Sean Michael Kerner / internetnews.com:
Why Cloud is Like Email in the 1980's  —  Vint Cerf looks back and looks forward at what makes the Internet work at Interop LAS VEGAS.  How is the cloud like email?  Vinton Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google took the keynote stage at the Interop trade show today.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Autonomy buys Iron Mountain digital unit for $380 million  —  Autonomy said Monday that it will acquire Iron Mountain's digital archiving, e-discovery and online backup business for $380 million.  —  Iron Mountain, best known for its shredding and information management services for physical documents …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Google Turns On Charm to Win Over Europeans  —  PARIS — Chiseled into the stone facade of the vacant Second Empire building at 8, rue de Londres here is the name of the French national railroad, a former occupant.  Most recently, the site housed another conservative pillar of the French corporate establishment, the insurer AXA.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Next iPhone Will NOT Have NFC Mobile Payments, Says Bernstein  —  Apple's next iPhone, said to be called the 4S, will not have the mobile payment support through NFC (near field communication) says Bernstein in a note this morning.  —  We don't have the full note, just highlights from a Bloomberg terminal.
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Social network Viadeo shelves IPO plan
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Despite Restrictions, Microblogs Catch on in China
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