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7:50 AM ET, February 1, 2009


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Adobe's Narayen Says Flash on IPhone Is a Challenge  —  Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — Adobe Systems Inc. faces a challenge in creating a version of its Flash video software for Apple Inc.'s iPhone, Chief Executive Officer Shantanu Narayen said.  —  “It's a hard technical challenge …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Adobe, Apple working together on Flash for iPhone  —  Once thought to be building Flash for the iPhone mostly on its own, Adobe has mentioned at the World Economic Forum that it's not only continuing work on the animation plug-in but has teamed up with Apple to make it a reality.
Dom Sagolla / 140 Characters:
How Twitter Was Born  —  Twitter was born about three years ago, when @Jack, @Biz, @Noah, @Crystal, @Jeremy, @Adam, @TonyStubblebine, @Ev, me (@Dom), @Rabble, @RayReadyRay, @Florian, @TimRoberts, and @Blaine worked at a podcasting company called Odeo, Inc. in South Park, San Francisco.
Matt Hickey / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell's rumored smartphone: Look out RIM  —  OK, so Dell and Apple have been locked in a marketing war for years.  Dell has long been considered the default PC for enterprise, while Apple has positioned itself as the most influential consumer computer brand in the world.
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
The Killer Meme - Alive and Well in 2009  —  What would technology coverage be without somebody, somewhere, saying that this rumored thing is going to be the killer of that existing thing.  Welcome to 2009, everything is fine, situation normal.  —  Matt Hickey, the freelance writer …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Michael Dell Does Not Deny Cellphone Plans (DELL)
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
“This site may harm your computer” on every search result?!?!  —  If you did a Google search between 6:30 a.m. PST and 7:25 a.m. PST this morning, you likely saw that the message “This site may harm your computer” accompanied each and every search result.  This was clearly an error …
Fred / A VC:
When Talking About Business Models, Remember That Profits Equal Revenues Minus Costs  —  There is no shortage of discussion about Internet business models these days.  And they almost always focus on revenues.  But revenues are only half of the value creation equation.  The other half is costs.
Glyn Moody / open:
Flatworld: Open Textbooks  —  Flatworld, a open textbook publishing company, has finally come out of private beta.  Here's what makes it different: … This isn't entirely new - for example, Rice University is doing something similar with its opencourseware - but it's probably the first time it's been made the basis of a startup.
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Interactive photo-hunt game on YouTube  —  Boing Boing reader Joe Sabia says he's created the first ever interactive photo hunt on YouTube.  “There are 30 levels to the game, recapping all the big nominees for the oscars. 64 videos in all. i made use of youtube's annotations... thought you would enjoy.”
Discussion: Mashable!
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
BART signs 20-year deal for Wi-Fi  —  A pilot project testing high-speed Internet access on portions of BART will expand systemwide, allowing people to surf the Web, send e-mail and videoconference when riding the rails or waiting in the stations.  —  The goal is to outfit the 104 miles …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Q&A: Microsoft's chief lawyer explains why he started blogging  —  Lawyers are usually the ones arguing against corporate blogs, but Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith was pushing for “Microsoft on the Issues,” the law and policy blog launched by the company a few weeks ago.
Peter Cooper / Ruby Inside:
Ruby 1.9.1 Released - First Production Release of the Fastest Ruby Ever!  —  Note: This post was intentionally delayed due to going down for maintenance shortly after the release of 1.9.1.  I've been kindly given a copy of 1.9.1 to mirror, however.
Discussion: Slashdot
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