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1:40 PM ET, April 29, 2010

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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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: louisgray.com
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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).
Kurt Opsahl / w2.eff.org:
Facebook's Eroding Privacy Policy: A Timeline
Discussion: Between the Lines
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.
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.
HP:
HP to Acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion  —  Combination will accelerate HP's growth within the more than $100 billion connected mobile device market  —  HP and Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
HP On Palm Acquisition: “Our Intent Is To Double Down On WebOS”
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
HP Buys Palm: The Optimist's View
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Startup Meme, WATBlog.com and 901am, Thanks:linkedin
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Follows Facebook And Twitter Into ‘Follow’ Model
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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
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 …
Tinic Uro / kaourantin.net:
H.264 hardware decoding in Mac OS X  —  ArsTechnica recently asked Adobe if we would use the recently added video acceleration API in Mac OS X 10.6.3.  The answer was yes and today we are making it available as a beta version (it was also a feature included in the release candidates builds …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Adobe's Flash Player ‘Gala’ OS X preview tested: results may vary
Discussion: AppleInsider
Google Mobile Blog:
The New Image Search for Android and iPhone  —  When you do an image search, we find that it is typical that you will look through many pages of search results.  So in the redesign of Google Image Search for mobile, available today for iPhone 3.0+ and Android 2.1 devices …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhone tethering on AT&T still waiting on better network performance  —  AT&T's own Ralph de la Vega mentioned as early as November of 2008 that you'd be able to tether your iPhone to your computer and use it as a modem “soon,” but here we are some ten months after the initial announcement …
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?
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.
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 …
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.
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Terry Childs juror explains why he voted to convict  —  IDG News Service - Terry Childs' guilty conviction struck a nerve with IT staffers this week.  —  Here was a man who, by all accounts, was good at his job, though lacking in interpersonal skills.  Suddenly, on July 9, 2008 …
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Motorola Sold 2.3 Million Smartphones In Q1  —  Motorola (NYSE: MOT) sold slightly more smartphones in the first quarter, but it was the home division that helped Motorola to swing to a profit.  —  Overall, the company reported a profit of $69 million, or 3 cents a share, on sales of $5 billion.
Robert Nelson / Google Android Blog:
Droid Incredible now available with Verizon Wireless for $199.99 (and Wirefly for $149.99)  —  Its April 29th and that means today is the launch day for the Droid Incredible with Verizon Wireless.  In other words, you can now purchase the phone straight out — no more pre-order status.
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Amazon Looks to Widen Lead in Cloud Computing  —  With Microsoft and IBM now offering rival services, Amazon says its own efforts could one day surpass retailing revenues  —  To widen its lead in the cloud computing market, Amazon.com is working to make its Web services compelling …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
 
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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
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: TomTom looks to apps to fight off Google and Nokia
Discussion: Ubergizmo, Engadget and SlashGear
Michael Gartenberg / SlashGear:
Why I like Kin  —  Recently, Microsoft unveiled a new mobile platform …
Discussion: Product Reviews Net
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Fortress Apple  —  The company needs to open up.
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James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yahoo's search model developing a new face
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