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3:50 AM ET, May 31, 2010

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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Ballmer just opened the Second Envelope  —  You know the business lore joke.  The departing CEO meets his successor and hands him three envelopes to be opened in the prescribed order when trouble strikes.  First crisis, the message in envelope #1 says: Blame your predecessor.  Easy enough.
Discussion: BetaNews and Motley Fool
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Steve Ballmer IS the right man to turn around Microsoft mobile
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com, Thanks:rawmeet
Frederic Filloux / Washington Post:
Why is digital advertising so lousy?  Industry is too smug to innovate.  —  Is advertising the next casualty of the ongoing digital tsunami?  For now, advertising looks like the patient who developed an asymptomatic form of cancer without realizing how sick he is.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
4G wireless: It's fast, but outstripped by hype  —  NEW YORK — Cell phone companies are about to barrage consumers with advertising for the next advance in wireless network technology: “4G” access.  The companies are promising faster speeds and the thrill of being the first on the block to use a new acronym.
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Thoughts on Wrapping Up Microsoft's FY10  —  Well, here's to wrapping up FY10.  The kick-off of the Annual Review Season is our long, long, sloppy kiss goodnight to the fiscal year that was.  —  How are various things wrapping up?  —  Entertainment and Devices: with Bach and Allard …
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
China Rips Off The iPad With The iPed  —  The iPad finally goes on sale in Japan today.  The country's TV news have been covering the launch as well as another product on sale in nearby China: the iPed.  —  According to this TBS news report, the iPed is on sale in Shenzhen, China.
Discussion: eSarcasm, Pulse2 and MacStories
Fred / A VC:
I Prefer Safari to Content Apps On The iPad  —  I've tried a few content apps on the iPad, including the much discussed Wired app.  But I don't like reading content via apps on the iPad and I gravitate to the Safari browser.  —  There are a bunch of reasons I feel this way and I thought I'd articulate them:
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Leaked Intel roadmap reveals six new notebook CPUs for 2010, better battery life in 2011  —  We love the smell of silicon in the morning — especially when it emanates from one of Intel's legendary leaked roadmaps.  Today, we've stumbled across one with specs for Chipzilla's entire fall collection …
Discussion: Electronista
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Putting Online Privacy in Perspective  —  When I wrote last week about Facebook privacy flap, I was speaking out of the frustration that many technologists with a sense of perspective feel when we see uninformed media hysteria about the impact of new technology.
Discussion: Washington Post
Savio Rodrigues / rand($thoughts);:
Implications of Google's WebM license on open source selection  —  Google's WebM, an open and royalty-free media format based on the VP8 video codec, was amongst the highlights coming out of Google I/O 2010.  After examining the software license, open source pundits questioned whether WebM should …
Discussion: Computerworld UK
Kroc Camen / OSNews:
Will Apple Embrace the Web?  No.  —  I've been meaning to write this for some time, and for all the time I delayed the more poignant the point I wanted to make started to become as new news came out further solidifying my angle.  When I begun writing this article the iPad had not yet been revealed …
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Why Policy Makers Should Review the Facts Before Marching to the Drumbeat of the Xenophobes  —  The H-1B visa has become the beachhead in the battle against the legal immigration of skilled workers.  This is because it allows highly educated, skilled workers from abroad to take employment in the U.S. and eventually become citizens.
Laura June / Engadget:
Top Chinese official calls for improved worker conditions in response to Foxconn deaths  —  The highest ranking official in the Guangdong province of China has called for improved conditions for workers in light of the recent slew of suicides at Hon Hai Precision Manufacturing, also known as Foxconn.
 
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Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
UK techs look to US funding and markets
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Metafilter And The Russian Sex Slaves That Never Were
Associated Press:
Bangladesh blocks Facebook over prophet drawings
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok Seriously, What Is Yahoo?
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
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YouTube Wants You to Sit and Stay Awhile
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Guy Who Copied Digg Slams Digg For Copying Twitter
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Healing by 2-Way Video: The Rise of Telemedicine
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Skype 2.0 for iPhone FINALLY works over 3G! (for a fee)
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
iPhone 4G display put under a microscope, 960 x 640 a lock?