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6:35 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
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.
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.
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: MacRumors and Electronista
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 …
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.
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
UK techs look to US funding and markets  —  When Huddle, a promising UK internet software start-up, was looking to fund the next phase of its expansion, it looked to the US.  Alastair Mitchell, chief executive, said the UK market had proved too “conservative”.
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
Khurrum Anis / Bloomberg:
Pakistan Court Orders Facebook Ban to Be Lifted  —  A Pakistani court ordered the government to lift a ban on Facebook Inc., the world's No. 1 social networking service, 12 days after it blocked access to the website.  —  The ban was lifted after the court was told the company had exchanges …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Reuters, BBC and Aljazeera
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Web Start-Ups Offer Bargains for Users' Data  —  As concern increases in Washington about the amount of private data online, and as big sites like Facebook draw criticism that they collect consumers' information in a stealthy manner, many Web start-ups are pursuing a more reciprocal approach …
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Mobile TV's Last Frontier: U.S. and Europe  —  BERLIN — When South Korea plays Greece on June 12 in its World Cup soccer opener in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, life will not necessarily grind to a halt back in Seoul.  —  Many fans will instead follow a live broadcast of the match on their mobile phones.
Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
As CD Sales Wane, Music Retailers Diversify  —  It's no secret that the sales of CDs have plummeted in the last decade and are down about 50 percent from their peak.  Retailers have been forced to adjust, often by devoting some shelf space to other products.  But that has not always meant that retailers have left the music business.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Snapfinger Puts Dinner Just an App Away  —  In today's mobile, real-time world, fast food is not fast enough.  —  That is the idea behind Snapfinger, a Web and mobile app for ordering takeout from chain restaurants like California Pizza Kitchen, Outback Steakhouse and Subway.
 
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Kroc Camen / OSNews:
Will Apple Embrace the Web? No.
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Skype 2.0 for iPhone FINALLY works over 3G! (for a fee)