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4:35 PM ET, February 7, 2010


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Fred / A VC:
Flash, HTML5, and Mobile Apps  —  About a year ago, I wrote a post about Apple's “blind spot” for Flash.  I took more heat for that post than anything else I've written here other than political posts.  It opened my eyes to the fact that Flash vs HTML5 is one of the most politically heated topics in the tech business.
Jeremy Allaire / TechCrunch:
The Future of Web Content - HTML5, Flash & Mobile Apps  —  Editor's note: This is a guest post written by Jeremy Allaire, founder and CEO of Brightcove.  Prior to Brightcove, Jeremy founded Allaire Corporation which was subsequently acquired by Macromedia due to the success of their web development tool ColdFusion.
Discussion: TechCrunchIT, jd/adobe, TUAW and TiPb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Super Bowl Sunday: The Biggest Day in Sports and Advertising  —  Super Bowl XLIV.  Of all the events on the American sports landscape, this is the most important game of the year.  —  Kickoff is at 6:25pm ET in Miami, where the AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts will meet the NFC Champion New Orleans Saints to decide the NFL Champion.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Updated: Google to Air “Search Stories” Ad During Super Bowl...  Remember when I wrote about the new “Search Stories” ads for Google's core search offerings?  —  In that post, I noted “It's truly a brand campaign: Google is not selling anything here other than its own brand …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Buy Now, Pay Later (Maybe With Your Allowance)  —  BUSINESSES don't let 13-year-olds pay for purchases with a promise.  At least they didn't before last week.  —  A new payment option for anyone without a credit card or a debit card, no matter how young, has just become available.
Discussion: Kindle Review
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker:
Twitter Reactions Shows What the Twitterverse is Saying About That Web Page  —  Chrome: If you've ever wanted to see what people are saying about a web page you're visiting beyond the site's own comments, Chrome extension Twitter Reactions will show you the most recent tweets that are talking about the page.
Retrevo blogs:
Apple iPad Hoopla Fails to Convince Buyers  —  A follow-up Retrevo Pulse study looking at consumer interest in buying the new Apple iPad indicates a failure to convince any new buyers to consider the iPad.  Not only did Apple fail to convince new buyers, it may have lost many potential buyers …
Dan Fletcher / Time:
Facebook Gifts Get Real  —  I sent my ex-girlfriend roses on Facebook.  Not a photo or some cartoonish image of roses — these were the real deal, complete with glass vase, petals and thorny connotations.  The whole thing cost precisely 534 Facebook credits — or $53.40 — and took me about 30 seconds.
Agence France Presse:
Internet down in Iran ahead of demos  —  Buzz up!  —  TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran said on Sunday its Internet connections will remain slow this week due to technical problems, ahead of anticipated protests by opposition supporters.  —  Connections have been slow since last week and some email accounts …
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Roxio CinemaNow and the maturing market for downloadable movies  —  I was introduced to CinemaNow almost a decade ago by its first CEO, Curt Marvis, who briefed me on the downloadable movie service while I was working for the San Jose Mercury News.  And after almost a decade of indifferent results …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
'Don't Be Evil,' Meet ‘Spy on Everyone’: How the NSA Deal Could Kill Google  —  The company once known for its “don't be evil” motto is now in bed with the spy agency known for the mass surveillance of American citizens.  —  The National Security Agency is widely understood …
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Still Pining For An “iTablet”?  UK Company X2 Has Named Their Windows 7 Tablet Just That  —  How the hell did X2 think they could name their tablet PC the “iTablet,” and get away with it?  Sure, Apple may not be using the name, but did X2 think we weren't paying attention to all those rumors?
Discussion: Macworld and News
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Says No To Blippy  —  Blippy, the Twitter-like service …
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Adobe CTO promises better Mac performance in Flash 10.1
MightyMike / PPCGeeks:
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