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10:35 AM ET, May 16, 2011

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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  —  Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said concerns about the first wave of Android tablets “have been largely addressed” and the next generation of Honeycomb 3.1 devices will be vastly improved.
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.  —  By Sean Michael Kerner: More stories by this author:  —  LAS VEGAS.  How is the cloud like email?  —  Vinton Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist …
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.
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 …
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?
Discussion: SAI, TeleRead and Boing Boing
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: VoIP Watch
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Facebook absolved for exposing user info to advertisers  —  No harm, no foul, etc.  —  A federal judge has gutted a lawsuit filed against Facebook for allegedly leaking users' personal information to advertisers on the grounds that they didn't suffer specific injuries and the leak …
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Chrome's Latest Music Experiment: 3D Dreams By WebGL, Music By Danger Mouse  —  Last summer, Google showcased the capabilities of HTML5 and the Chrome browser with an interactive short film “The Wilderness Downtown.”  Based on the Arcade Fire Song “We Used to Wait,” the project …
Discussion: thechromesource and New Media Age
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.
Paul Lamere / Music Machinery:
How good is Google's Instant Mix?  —  This week, Google launched the beta of its music locker service where you can upload all your music to the cloud and listen to it from anywhere.  According to Techcrunch, Google's Paul Joyce revealed that the Music Beta killer feature is 'Instant Mix …
Discussion: hypebot
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.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Ballmer's latest acquisition  —  In a bold move, Microsoft acquires Nokia and catapults itself to the top of the smartphone world.  The full integration of Windows Phone 7 software into Nokia hardware will result in a better user experience for customers, a zero-fragmentation platform for developers …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Primedia Acquired By TPG Capital For $525 Million
Discussion: VatorNews, Business Wire, Bloomberg and @r
Reuters:
Social network Viadeo shelves IPO plan
BBC:
Twitter ‘vital’ link to patients, say doctors in Japan
David Barboza / New York Times:
Despite Restrictions, Microblogs Catch on in China
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Senator Wyden & Zoe Lofgren Not Impressed By PROTECT IP Or Feds' Responses To Questions About Domain Seizures
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Erik Sherman / Wired In:
New Privacy Laws in India and China Could Make IT Outsourcing Ugly
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L019: Bitcoin P2P Currency: The Most Dangerous Project We've Ever Seen
Discussion: gd0t.com, Slashdot and Boing Boing, Thanks:hunterowens
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Countries That Adopted Facebook Early See Lower Traffic Growth Rates, Occasionally Negative
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
More Windows Phone 7.5 features leak, Facebook chat built-in
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Connecting The Dots On eBay's Local Shopping Strategy
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
RIM recalls 900 faulty BlackBerry PlayBooks, here are the serial numbers (update)