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6:35 AM ET, November 9, 2011

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Jason Perlow / Tech Broiler Blog:
Exclusive: Adobe ceases development on mobile browser Flash, refocuses efforts on HTML5  —  Summary: Adobe has briefed developers on the impending cessation of mobile flash browser plugin development. … Additionally, the e-mail briefing to Adobe's partners has been summed up as follows:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Steve's Last Laugh: Adobe Killing Off Flash For Mobile Devices  —  The year was 2008.  I was at an event focused on mobile, sitting in on a roundtable discussion with several folks from key companies in the industry.  One gentleman was from Adobe.  The iPhone had launched the previous year, famously without any support for Flash.
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Michael Steeber:
Apple: We Have No Plans To Bring Siri To Older Devices  —  Apple has allegedly given the official word that Siri will not be coming to older iOS devices, at least not any time soon.  I received word yesterday from someone who contacted Apple with a bug report, suggesting an optional build …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Barnes & Noble Urges U.S. Regulators to Probe Microsoft on Mobile Patents  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS) asked U.S. regulators to investigate whether Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) seeks to monopolize the mobile-device market by demanding patent royalties on electronics running on Google Inc.'s Android operating system.
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:   Barnes & Noble's 29-page slide deck calls B.S. on Microsoft's Android patent campaign
Maciej Ceglowski / Pinboard:
The Social Graph is Neither  —  I first came across the phrase social graph in 2007, in an essay by Brad Fitzpatrick, though I'd be curious to know if it goes back further.  —  The idea of representing relationships between people as networks is old, but this was the first time I had thought …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Google+ Is Dead  —  The search behemoth might not realize it yet, but its chance to compete with Facebook has come and gone.  —  Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt didn't post his first Google+ message until three months after it went live  —  AFP/Getty Images.
Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
Nvidia Unveils Tegra 3, World's First Quad-Core Mobile Processor  —  The Eee Pad Transformer Prime by ASUS is the first tablet to run the Tegra 3 processor.  Photo courtesy of NVidia  —  Nvidia has unveiled its long-anticipated Tegra 3 processor, the world's first quad-core chip designed specifically for mobile devices.
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Google Apps update alerts:
Deprecation of Gmail App for BlackBerry  —  Beginning November 22, 2011, we will end support for the Gmail App for Blackberry (installed native app).  Over this past year, we've focused efforts on building a great Gmail experience in the mobile browser and will continue investing in this area.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
The children are our future, and they're not paying for TV  —  A weak economy is putting pressure on the pay TV industry, as it struggles to get new users to sign up for cable, IPTV and satellite services.  But the short-term issue around the affordability of cable is hiding a bigger trend …
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Wall Street Journal:
Dish in Talks for Internet TV
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Scoop: The Boxee Box is getting a live TV tuner (video)  —  Boxee Box owners will soon be able to watch live television through the device, with the help of a special USB dongle that functions as a tuner for free over-the-air HD TV signals.  The live TV feature is part of a major update …
The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Firefox Adds Twitter Search and New Features that Make Web Browsing Easier  —  Today, we're releasing an update to Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux and Firefox for Android.  This update includes new features that make Web browsing easier and give users and developers more control over how they customize their Web experience.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How many iPhones are being discarded in the US?  —  In the recently posted US Smartphone Landscape I used comScore's data to paint a picture of the growth of smartphones in general and the shape of the mobile platforms in the US.  The source was survey data measuring the installed base.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Adobe ‘Restructures,’ Eliminates 750 Jobs In North America And Europe  —  We've been hearing rumors of Adobe layoffs all day, and the company just released a statement announcing that it is ‘restructuring’ its business, which will result in the elimination of 750 jobs in North America and Europe.
Matt Haber / Fast Company:
Facebook For The Famous  —  Backed by heavyweights in three disparate industries—Amazon, CAA, and Greylock Partners—WhoSay.com lets celebrities do something Twitter and Facebook don't: own their online content.  Tom Hanks, Anderson Cooper, Lindsay Lohan, Paul Feig, and nearly 900 other stars have already signed up for the service.
Dante Cesa / Engadget:
Apple reaches settlement in MagSafe class action suit, dodges fireball  —  Apple's MagSafe has been veritable boon to the clumsy, saving MacBooks from accidental drops since 2006.  The magnetic solution, however, hasn't been exactly great when keeping those same notebooks spark free.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kobo Acquired By Japanese E-Commerce Firm Rakuten For $315 Million  —  E-bookseller and e-reader company Kobo is being acquired by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten for $315 million.  The company says it will continue to expand in the U.S., while growing its international market share through Rakuten.
Editer / Xbox.com Blog:
Xbox.com: Enhanced!  New Social & Video Sections  —  In the coming days, the familiar “My Xbox” section of Xbox.com is going away.  Fear not: It's being replaced with a significant update that will make it even easier to see what your friends are doing on Xbox LIVE.
Alexia Tsotsis / Techcrunch:
Head Of Communications Sean Garrett Leaves Twitter  —  Twitter Head of Communications Sean Garrett (@SG) has just announced that he's leaving Twitter in a series of tweets.  When asked to confirm his departure, Twitter Communications Representative Carolyn Penner said, “I think his tweets speak for themselves...”
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Free, Legal Music Downloads, Few Strings Attached  —  From the “sometimes you really can get a free lunch” file: Here's a free, legal way to download music, with barely any strings attached.  —  Said strings: You have to visit a certain brand's Facebook page, “Like” their page or jump through …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart Goes Mobile With New Apps For iPhone & iPad  —  Today, Walmart is launching an updated iPhone application and a new iPad app, in an effort to better connect customers' offline and online shopping experiences.  The iPhone app in particular brings a number of new features …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Will there be a Silverlight 6 (and does it matter)?  —  Summary: Microsoft is poised to release to manufacturing Silverlight 5.  There's word from some of my contacts that this might be the last major release of Silverlight, but Microsoft isn't confirming or denying.
Discussion: Neowin.net and The Next Web
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Killing the 500-shareholder rule  —  The 500-shareholder rule is heading for the scrapyard.  —  Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) today introduced legislation that would effectively eliminate a rule that many have cited as the reason Facebook may go public next year.
Discussion: Gawker, Business Insider and Betabeat
Trevor Timm / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The Stop Online Piracy Act: A Blacklist by Any Other Name Is Still a Blacklist  —  During the past week, momentum against the House's draconian copyright bill has gained steam, as venture capitalists, Internet giants and major artists have denounced it for handing corporations unprecedented power …
Idannyocean / 9to5Mac:
Apple Retail to construct “Express Lanes” during overnight tonight  —  We have just learned that Apple retail stores are having an “overnight” tonight to setup new Express Lanes.  Apple has used these express lanes in the past to provide holiday shoppers a fast track to purchase Apple products and accessories.
Kin Lane / API Evangelist:
Google Launches Oauth 2.0 Playground  —  Last March Google started support OAuth 2.0 for all of their APIs, and has been pushing all developers to switch to using OAuth 2.0 in all applications.  —  Today they announced the OAuth 2. Playground which allows developers to experiment with APIs using …
Discussion: Google Code Blog, Thanks:kinlane
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Exclusive: HP's Meg Whitman on webOS 'it's not obvious exactly what to do here'  —  HP CEO Meg Whitman just told a room full of Palm and HP employees that the company doesn't yet know what to do with webOS.  “It's really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision,” …
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Judges Challenge Phone Location Tracking
Discussion: New York Times
Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Apple Must Reveal Australian Contracts to Samsung, Judge Rules
Discussion: Electronista
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Index goes big with $690m growth fund
Discussion: DealBook, Digits, TechCrunch and Guardian
Zack Whittaker / London Calling Blog:
Updated European law will close Patriot Act data access loophole
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:jperlow
Rocky Agrawal / VentureBeat:
Deal fatigue moves Amazon to unsubscribe users from its daily deals mailer
Discussion: Screenwerk
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Senate vote on reversal of net neutrality rules scheduled for Thursday, White House promises veto
Discussion: Electronista and Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Alibaba, Softbank Said to Seek Partners for Yahoo
Discussion: The Tech Trade
Amazon.com:
All-New Kindle Family - Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G and Kindle Fire - Coming …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple seeds iOS 5.0.1 early to end users for battery life testing, releases internal memo about battery issue
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolling Out Activity Streams That Make The Home Page A Dashboard
Discussion: AllTwitter and The Verge
Randall Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Yelp Moves Toward IPO, Picks Bankers
 

 
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