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12:40 PM 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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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 …
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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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 …
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) …
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 …
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?
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Primedia Acquired By TPG Capital For $525 Million  —  Primedia, which helps people find apartments, houses for rent or new homes for sale through websites, mobile and print publications, this morning said it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of private investment firm TPG Capital.
Discussion: VatorNews, Business Wire, Bloomberg and @r
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bit.ly Hires Peter Stern as CEO  —  Bit.ly has raised $14 million in a few years, and shrinks more than 8 billion Web addresses a month.  And it's done all that without anyone running the company full time.  —  Until now.  Technology vet Peter Stern, whose last startup ended up being acquired by Facebook …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
SanDisk buys enterprise flash memory firm Pliant Technology for $327M  —  Flash memory chip maker SanDisk will pay $327 million to buy Pliant Technology, a maker of enterprise solid state drives.  —  Flash memory chips, used to store data in the enterprise solid state drives …
 
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 7.5 business features, email conversation view on tap
Reuters:
Social network Viadeo shelves IPO plan
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Chrome's Latest Music Experiment: 3D Dreams By WebGL, Music By Danger Mouse
Discussion: thechromesource and New Media Age
BBC:
Twitter ‘vital’ link to patients, say doctors in Japan
Paul Lamere / Music Machinery:
How good is Google's Instant Mix?
Discussion: hypebot
 Earlier Items: 
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
Erik Sherman / Wired In:
New Privacy Laws in India and China Could Make IT Outsourcing Ugly
Discussion: Slashdot
Launch:
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
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Ballmer's latest acquisition
Discussion: Guardian and I, Cringely