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8:20 AM ET, May 31, 2010

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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC and EP121 preview  —  At long last, the ASUS Eee Pads have arrived, but unfortunately they're just not working the way we've been imagining for all these months.  We got a few minutes to toy around with the 10-inch EP101TC and 12-inch EP121, but both were barely working.
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
ASUS Eee Pad official: Intel CULV processors, Windows 7, and a 10-hour battery life  —  Computex is really starting to ramp up now, as ASUS has taken the covers off its brand new Eee Pads.  Of most interest will be the 12-inch EP121, which sports Intel's Core 2 Duo CULV processors, Windows 7, and a reputed 10-hour battery life.
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
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.
Discussion: Kindle Review
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: 9 to 5 Mac, 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 …
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:
DigiTimes:
Fire strikes Foxconn Shenzhen plant  —  A fire broke out at Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry's) production site in Shenzhen, China, on May 29.  No one was hurt, according to market sources.  —  Although some equipment was damaged by the fire, the sources believe Foxconn …
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
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: 9 to 5 Mac, Pulse2, eSarcasm and MacStories
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
MSI WindPad 100 is a 10-inch, Intel Atom-powered Windows 7 tablet  —  Oh, hello WindPad!  MSI just took the wraps off its 10-inch, Windows 7 tablet during the company's Computex press conference.  The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom Z530 processor and runs Windows 7 Ultimate, though MSI has created a Wind Touch UI layer.
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 …
Thanks:atul
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.
 
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Discussion: TechCrunch, Reuters, BBC and Aljazeera
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Mobile TV's Last Frontier: U.S. and Europe
Savio Rodrigues / rand($thoughts);:
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Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
UK techs look to US funding and markets
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Putting Online Privacy in Perspective
Discussion: Washington Post
Kroc Camen / OSNews:
Will Apple Embrace the Web? No.
Michael Bennett Cohn / miconian:
Metafilter And The Russian Sex Slaves That Never Were
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok Seriously, What Is Yahoo?
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
More problems in Facebookistan
Discussion: Agence France Presse, Thanks:atul