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Steve Jobs / Apple:
Thoughts on Flash  —  Apple has a long relationship with Adobe.  In fact, we met Adobe's founders when they were in their proverbial garage.  Apple was their first big customer, adopting their Postscript language for our new Laserwriter printer.  Apple invested in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years.
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Highlights: The Journal's Exclusive Interview With Adobe CEO  —  Earlier on Thursday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs published an essay in which he took Adobe to task over its Flash software, which Apple does not support on its mobile products, such as the iPhone and iPad.
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Jobs on Flash: Hypocrisy So Thick You Could Cut it with a Knife  —  Holier-than-thou, an adjective, meaning “marked by an air of superior piety or morality”.  Everybody has moments in their life where they get into a “holier-than-thou” attitude, and I think Steve Jobs' open letter regarding Adobe …
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Steve Jobs pens Adobe missive: ‘Flash falls short’  —  Perhaps bowing to increasing media criticism, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has penned an open letter explaining his company's decision to avoid using Adobe Flash on its mobile iPhone, iPod and iPad devices.  —  Jobs writes that not supporting Flash …
Gartenberg / GartenBlog:
My Thoughts on Flash and Apple  —  I got off the plane a short time ago and found my inbox and voice mail were full of questions about the open letter Steve Jobs posted about Flash support on the iPhone and iPad.  It's a well written letter and outlines in the clearest and most direct way yet …
Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Cancels Innovative Courier Tablet Project  —  According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has cancelled Courier, the folding, two-screen prototype tablet that was first uncovered by Gizmodo.  —  We're told that on Wednesday, Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer informed …
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Apple to Charge a Premium to Put Ads in Mobile Apps  —  Setting a high bar for its debut in the advertising business, Apple Inc. aims to charge close to $1 million for ads on its mobile devices this year and perhaps even more to be among the first, ad executives say.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's High Pressure Tactics: Opt-in or Else  —  Facebook users who choose not to link their user accounts to Facebook's public Pages are ending up with blank profiles containing no information at all.  If you haven't experienced this problem, it's probably thanks to the somewhat high …
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Kurt Opsahl / EFF:
Facebook's Eroding Privacy Policy: A Timeline
Discussion: Between the Lines
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Skyfire 2.0 for Android launching today  —  Back in February, Skyfire (makers of the popular, Flash-enabled smartphone browser of the same name) announced that they'd snatched up Kolbysoft, the company behind the well-established Steel browser for Android.  Today, we're seeing the first fruits …
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Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones:   Skyfire 2.0 for Android launches with focus on social networks and Flash video
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
Q&A: HP's strategy chief on the Palm acquisition  —  Shane Robison is both HP's Chief Strategy Officer and its Chief Technology Officer - putting his in charge of both M&A and R&D. Photo: HP.  —  Hewlett-Packard's Shane Robison is one of my favorite guys to chat with in Silicon Valley.
Discussion: BetaNews, PreCentral.net, Ars Technica and Techdirt, Thanks:hpnews
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Jon Stewart Rips Into Apple Over Lost iPhone Debacle.  That's Going To Leave A Mark.  —  Over the last two weeks countless blog posts and articles have been written about the Gizmodo/iPhone leak and the subsequent police investigation.  Few have been as scathing toward Apple as a segment that aired on tonight's Daily Show.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Social E-Commerce Goes Into Overdrive: LivingSocial Raises Another $14 Million  —  Could the social group-buying space get any frothier?  —  Well, yes, it could.  —  After the recent $135 million funding of Groupon that valued the Chicago start-up at upwards of an eye-popping $1 billion …
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Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Why Lightspeed invested in Living Social
Rroslansky / The LinkedIn Blog:
Get on the inside track with “Company Follow”  —  Since the day we launched Company Profiles, one of the most commonly requested features from our members has been to keep track of key developments at companies they like.  Starting today, you can be in the loop on new developments …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Kindle Software Update Adds Twitter, PDF Zoom, Sharper Fonts  —  Amazon has updated the Kindle's software to v2.5 and added both useful and questionable new features to its second-generation e-book reader.  —  The new features fall into two categories: social, and not-stupid.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu 10.04 arrives with extended support (and less brown )  —  Canonical has announced the official release of Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed Lucid Lynx.  After six months of development, the stealthy cat has emerged from the jungle and is ready to leap onto users' desktops.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
LG Innotek to supply 5MP camera for Apple's fourth-gen iPhone - report  —  LG Innotek will serve as the supplier of 5-megapixel camera sensors for Apple's next-generation iPhone due to ship this spring, according to a report out of the Far East.  —  The Chosun reported Wednesday …
Ori Amiga / The Windows Blog:
Messenger across the web  —  As Jeff and Piero mentioned yesterday, the newest version of Messenger (beta coming soon) is designed to be the most meaningful way to stay in touch with the people who matter most, keeping you connected with your friends and what they're doing across the web.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google: Now Recommending Brands For Searches  —  First Google rolled out recommendations for “pages similar to” earlier this week, now they also appear to be testing brand recommendations in response to certain queries.  As I reported at the Search Engine Roundtable, some users are seeing …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
50,000 Websites Have Already Integrated Facebook's New Social Plugins  —  There's no question that Facebook's new social plugins — which include a ‘Like’ button for the web and an array of other widgets — have been adopted at a pretty amazing rate (we had our ‘Like’ buttons live the day they were announced).
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple Patents The Invisible Button  —  One of Apple's famous minimalist design principles is to get rid of buttons whenever possible.  With touchscreen devices like the iPhone and iPad, almost all of the buttons appear when needed on the screen.  But what about Macbooks with aluminum casings?
Jim Buckmaster / craigslist blog:
Shutting down CL personals  —  There is a “campaign” on twitter currently demanding that all of craigslist personals be shut down.  —  If you follow links supplied by the twitterers echoing this demand, you'll find a couple of themes:  —  1. Recognition that “declassifying” …
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Symantec buys encryption specialist PGP for $300M  —  IDG News Service - Symantec will acquire encryption specialist PGP and endpoint security vendor GuardianEdge Technologies for $300 million and $70 million respectively, the company said today.  —  Both are privately held companies.
Mary Ann Neder / iPadmodo:
CoPilot Live HD, GPS Navigation Coming Soon to iPad 3G  —  CoPilot Live HD, a GPS navigation app optimized for the iPad 3G, has been submitted to the App Store and due for an early May release.  Once approved, CoPilot Live HD will be the first of its kind to hit the iPad 3G market and surely won't be the last.
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Rolls Out New Video Player
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Kevin Scott / The Life and Times of AdMob:
AdWhirl Launches Ability for Developers to Use Any Mobile Ad Network
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John Ribeiro / PC World:
PC Microprocessor Shipments up 39 Percent in First Quarter
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Venture capitalists growing more confident
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Robert Nelson / Google Android Blog:
Droid Incredible now available with Verizon Wireless for $199.99 …
Dan Nosowitz / Fast Company:
Choose Your Own Adventure: The Gizmodo iPhone Saga
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Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Coming soon to Hotmail, push email for mobile phones via ActiveSync
Discussion: LiveSide.net and Download Squad, Thanks:mrjamesmoore
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: TomTom looks to apps to fight off Google and Nokia
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and Ubergizmo
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Terry Childs juror explains why he voted to convict
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Michael Gartenberg / SlashGear:
Why I like Kin  —  Recently, Microsoft unveiled a new mobile platform …
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Amazon Looks to Widen Lead in Cloud Computing
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