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1:20 PM ET, April 21, 2010

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Mike Chambers:
On Adobe, Flash CS5 and iPhone Applications  —  A little over a week ago Apple released a new draft of their iPhone developer program license which contained the following clause: … Essentially, this has the effect of restricting applications built with a number of technologies, including Unity, Titanium, MonoTouch, and Flash CS5.
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Adobe halts investment in iPhone-specific Flash dev tools, has another dig at Apple  —  Color us unsurprised, but it's still notable to hear that Adobe is stopping investment in its software's capability to port content over to iPhone OS.  The company's great hope on this front …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T earnings propelled by iPhone activations, connected devices like e-readers, GPS systems  —  Updated: AT&T said Wednesday that it added 1.9 million wireless subscribers in the first quarter as the company continued to benefit from smartphone adoption and a bevy of connected devices such as e-readers …
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The Independent:
How to watch Facebook's F8 developers conference live on the web  —  Fans of social networking site Facebook can stay up to date with the latest information streamed straight from the company's f8 Developers conference.  —  During the April 21 conference Facebook developers and entrepreneurs …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Why Apple Should Sue Gawker Over ‘Lost’ iPhone Story  —  How hard must the finder of lost property try to return it to its owner before deciding it's his to keep or sell?  The answer to that question could determine whether Monday's iPhone scoop results in millions of dollars in legal damages …
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Bloomberg:
Google Said to Hold Talks to Buy ITA; Travel Program Firm Seeks $1 Billion  —  Google Inc. is in talks to acquire ITA Software Inc., a maker of travel programs used by companies including Orbitz Worldwide Inc. and Microsoft Corp., three people familiar with the matter said.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Visa Picks Up CyberSource For $2 Billion  —  Payment network operator Visa has agreed to acquire e-payment company CyberSource for $26 per share, or total consideration of approximately $2 billion to be paid with cash on hand.  The price represents a near 34 percent premium over Mountain View-based CyberSource's Tuesday closing price.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Buys Business Directory Jigsaw For $142 Million In Cash Plus Earn-Out  —  Salesforce.com has just announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Jigsaw, which provides crowd-sourced data services in the cloud, for approximately $142 million in cash …
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Google Buys Stealth Hardware Startup Agnilux  —  Lots of talk this week about Apple's 4G iPhone, after Gizmodo found a prototype left behind at a local watering hole.  The device is believed to use an internally-designed application processor, just like Apple used with its recently-released iPad.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Google brings free turn-by-turn Navigation to UK Androids (updated)  —  Talk about random gifts from the ether.  British Android device owners are waking up this morning to discover their robot-themed operating system has gone and upgraded itself overnight.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype By the Numbers: It's Really Big  —  We all marvel at Facebook and its number of users, which at last check stood at around 400 million.  For context, consider Skype, which at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009 had 560 million registered users, a data point Skype's chief technology strategist …
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Xplanation
Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
The keyboardless Office: a review of iWork for iPad  —  The validity of the iPad as a casual device—something you can use to check your e-mail, surf the Internet on the couch, or watch a movie in bed—has never really been in question.  The real question is, “Can I convince my boss to buy me one?”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft prepping next Windows Live  —  Microsoft is getting ready to start public testing of the next version of its moviemaking and photo-editing software, but the company confirmed this week that the products won't run on Windows XP.  —  The new versions are part of a series of changes coming …
Joab Jackson / Computerworld:
Microsoft's long-awaited SQL Server 2008 update finally ships  —  IDG News Service - Microsoft today released to manufacturing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, the new version of its relational database management system software.  —  The software, a major update of the SQL Server 2008 code base …
Phil Bronstein / SFGate:
Bill Gates on Journalism and Social Media (and the iPad, too)  —  Bill Gates strikes me as a guy who rarely says anything other than what he wants to say.  And these days he's largely talking about the big, multi-billion dollar philanthropic work of his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Corynne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Everyone Who's Made a Hitler Parody Video, Leave the Room  —  One the most enduring (and consistently entertaining) Internet memes of the past few years has been remixes of the bunker scene from the German film, The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich (aka Der Untergang).
Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9670 unveiled, CDMA clamshell device!  —  With rumors and rumors of a clamshell BlackBerry device going back ages, we finally have some confirmation on the phone, and in a big way, too.  Not only do we have the first photos ever of this BlackBerry 9670, and not only is it the first …
AskTog:
Mac & the iPad, History Repeats Itself  —  For those of us around Apple for the launch of the 1984 Mac, things are awfully familiar.  In bringing that original Mac to market, Steve hit on a formula that worked for him.  He keeps repeating it, and it seems to get better every time.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
iTravel: Apple's Future Travel Centric App for the iPhone  —  Christina Warrens of Mashable covered our iTunes Concert Ticket + report last week and added that “Delta Airlines, which is headquartered in my hometown, supports digital boarding passes at some of its bigger airports.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Distorted-Loop.com
Cameron Laird / claird's blog:
Will Wall Street require Python?  —  SEC considers regulations expressed in popular programming languages  —  17 I like it!  —  Failure is difficult.  Sometimes success is even more so.  —  What if, for example, Python not only:  — becomes popular for its role …
Discussion: InfoQ
Andy Rubin / Adobe Featured Blogs:
Adobe AIR on the Android Platform  —  Partnerships have been at the very heart of Android, the first truly open and comprehensive mobile platform, since we first introduced it with the Open Handset Alliance.  Through close relationships with carriers, device manufacturers, developers …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Risky Business: Omidyar's Hawaiian News Startup Civil Beat Comes With Steep Price Tag  —  It sounds as idyllic as the scenery: an online civic square launching May 4 where Hawaiians can, as founder Pierre Omdiyar explains, “learn about and better understand our home, the challenges we face …
Discussion: Associated Press and Star Bulletin
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
ACTA treaty deputizes Internet providers as copyright cops  —  Internet service providers could become copyright Net-cops encouraged to block access to suspected pirate Web sites, according to a draft of a previously-secret treaty made public on Wednesday.  —  One section of the digital …
 
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Bloomberg:
LinkedIn, Zynga Consider Limiting Employee Sales of the Companies' Shares
Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
News Corp. snags game developer Irata Labs
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Our Tech-Savvy Supreme Court
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Zynga's Mark Pincus: Time for Facebook to choose
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