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6:30 PM ET, November 9, 2011


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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
It's not just mobile — Adobe is abandoning Flash on TVs as well  —  Adobe announced Wednesday that it would be abandoning its work to enable rich applications on mobile devices through Flash, and would be focusing on HTML5 and Adobe AIR apps instead.  But at the same time that it was working …
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Why Flash didn't work out on mobile devices  —  The debate over whether supporting the Adobe Flash plug-in on mobile devices is a feature or not is over.  Last night ZDNet got hold of an announcement Adobe early: that it is abandoning its work on Flash for mobile.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
What the end of Flash means for Adobe  —  Adobe announced yesterday that it would stop developing Flash plugins for mobile browsers, which ultimately signals the end of Flash.  —  Adobe's specific phrase in its release was: “Focusing Flash resources on delivering the most advanced PC web experiences …
Discussion: iPhone, WinRumors, ZDNet and CNET News
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.
Facebook, Pandora, Netflix, Rhapsody, Games from Electronic Arts, Zynga and Rovio, and Several Thousand More Apps and Games Coming To Kindle Fire Next Week  —  Just like with movies and TV shows, music, books, and magazines, Kindle Fire offers a fully-integrated Android apps and games experience …
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 …
Matt / iFixit Blog:
Little Sister Siri  —  Every smartphone has its share of sensors — little doodads that know when you're “steering” that awesome car in that awesome game, or making sure you come back home safe by knowing which way is North — and the iPhone 4S is no different in this regard.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
I See Your Siri and Raise You a Yap: Amazon Quietly Snaps Up Speech-Recognition Startup  —  Amazon quietly purchased a Charlotte voice-to-text startup called Yap, an SEC filing shows.  —  Though the acquisition was apparently completed in September, no public announcement has been made by either company.
Zeke Miller / Business Insider:
EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM TEST FAILS  —  At 2 pm today the National Emergency Alert System is supposed be tested for the first time in its history on a federal level.  As of 2:03 the system has yet to be activated.  —  Every TV and radio station in the nation is supposed to broadcast the test alert …
Discussion: FEMA Blog
Roberto Baldwin / Gizmodo:
This Is Not a Test: The Emergency Alert System Is Worthless Without Social Networks
Discussion: CNET News and Media Decoder
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung to Sell Windows 8 Computer in 2012  —  Samsung Electronics Co. plans to start selling touch-screen computers using the latest Windows operating system in the second half of next year as it seeks to tap demand for portable, yet powerful devices.  —  The product will probably …
Todd Volkert / Google+ Platform Blog:
Google+ badges: Drive Engagement with Your Users on Google+, Right from Your Own Website  —  On Monday we launched Google+ Pages, to help people connect with all the things they care about — and lots of businesses and brands have already created pages.  One important offering for customers with a web presence is the Google+ badge.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
HTC Ville detailed: HTC Sense 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, thinner than iPhone  —  We just got the scoop on another brand new HTC handset, which will be part of the company's Mobile World Congress announcements alongside the HTC Edge we detailed yesterday.  The HTC Ville (codename) …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Amazon Turns on its New Cloud in Oregon  —  A look at the Amazon Perdix container, which is reportedly being used to deploy new data center capacity in Oregon.  —  Amazon Web Services announced today that it is now serving its data from servers in Oregon, where the company has been building several data centers.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Survey: 26% of likely Fire buyers delaying iPad purchase  —  Pent-up demand for the new Kindle is even stronger than for the iPad 2 In a note to clients issued Thursday, RBC's Mike Abramsky shares the results of a ChangeWave survey of 2,600 early adopter types.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
RIM Says Investigating Delays, but Insists No Widespread Outage  —  Research In Motion said on Wednesday that it is looking into reports some BlackBerry users are having problems accessing data services.  —  The company posted a statement on its Twitter account saying it is investigating the issue and promising a speedy update.
Editer / Blog: Enhanced!  New Social & Video Sections  —  In the coming days, the familiar “My Xbox” section of 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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Cisco delivers better than expected Q1  —  Summary: Cisco CEO John Chambers said the first quarter was solid as the company weathered economic uncertainty well.  —  Cisco reported a better than expected fiscal first quarter and CEO John Chambers said the company's restructuring is beginning to pay off in …
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Google offers support to Android firms in lawsuits  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc will continue to offer support to firms using its Android system that are involved in legal disputes, its executive chairman Eric Schmidt said on Wednesday, as the Internet giant looks to cement alliances in the face of toughening competition.
Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
Amazon backs bipartisan federal sales-tax bill; eBay hates it  —  The Alliance for Main Street Fairness has run ads mocking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on the sales tax issue  —  Updated with comments from Gov. Chris Gregoire  —  Amazon is throwing its weight behind a bipartisan tax bill introduced …
Laura McClung / The Official Google Blog:
Think Insights with Google is out of beta and packing a data punch  —  Quick pop quiz:  — Based on search history, consumer demand for pretzels peaks in what month of the year?  — How much (in $) does search add to the world's GDP?  — In 2011, what percent of people dreamed and brainstormed about their next vacation?
Xiaorui Gan / Inside Search:
The +1 button for Images: See it.  Share it.  —  Recommendations from your friends help making decisions on everything easier, from where to eat, to what movies to watch and where to go for your next trip — and pictures can really help you decide.  In March, we introduced the +1 button …
AVOS Acquires to Enhance Link-Saving in Delicious  —  San Mateo, CA - November 9, 2011 - AVOS Systems, which recently re-launched and is led by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, has acquired link-saving service  — was founded in December 2010 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Soars Past TwitPic and YFrog to Become #1 Photo Service  —  August 9th was a dark day for third-party Twitter photo sharing services like TwitPic and YFrog.  Twitter launched its own official service with Photobucket as its hosting partner.  Now, stats shared with us …
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David Cohen / All Facebook:
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google May Penalize Ad Heavy Pages
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Parse, The ‘Heroku For Mobile’, Raises $5.5 Million Series A
Discussion: TechFlash, GeekWire, ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Why Microsoft authorized a $9 Windows Phone jailbreak
Discussion: WinRumors and The Next Web
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Windows Phone gains first video chat client with Tango; the app, not the update
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
In Microsoft's shadow, Seattle's tech scene surges
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Julianne Pepitone /
Silicon Valley fights to keep its diversity data secret
Discussion: Betabeat and Gawker
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Barnes & Noble's 29-page slide deck calls B.S. on Microsoft's Android patent campaign
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Deprecation of Gmail App for BlackBerry
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The Social Graph is Neither
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