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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
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 …
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
So Now What Will iPad Rivals Say in Their Commercials?  —  There are tons of implications to Adobe dropping future mobile development of the Flash plug-in, but one of the most immediate is for those whose job it is to market and sell Android tablets.  —  Flash support has been one of the key advantages …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:   What the end of Flash means for Adobe
Jason Perlow / Tech Broiler Blog:
Without mobile, Adobe Flash is irrelevant
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5 hides an Android-like autocorrect keyboard bar, here's how to enable it  —  In addition to the hidden panorama mode, iOS 5 hides another secret feature: an Android-like autocorrect keyboard bar.  As you can see in the screenshot above, courtesy of Sonny Dickson, the bar lets users pick from a series of word choices.
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
The voice behind Siri breaks his silence  —  Jon Briggs only discovered he was the voice of Apple's Siri in the UK when he saw it on television.  He speaks openly for the first  —  Jon Briggs, the voice of Siri  —  Apple has been keeping a secret from iPhone users: the company may call its new …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google's Chief Works to Trim a Bloated Ship  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Larry Page, Google's chief executive, so hates wasting time at meetings that he once dumped his secretary to avoid being scheduled for them.  He does not much like e-mail either — even his own Gmail …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
RIM's BBX Phones Won't Look Like Bold, Will Support BES  —  RIM's new BBX phones may not look like the BlackBerry Bold, but they will support BlackBerry's core enterprise email features, Alec Saunders, RIM's vice president of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development told PCMag.com.
DigiTimes:
Amazon increases Kindle Fire orders  —  Amazon has recently increased its Kindle Fire orders to more than five million units before the end of 2011 as pre-orders for the machine remain strong, according to sources from upstream component suppliers.  —  Amazon already raised its order volume once …
Wall Street Journal:
Zynga Leans On Some Workers to Surrender Pre-IPO Shares  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Zynga Inc. Chief Executive Mark Pincus often gave shares rather than high salaries to his top talent as he built his online-game start-up.  —  But as Zynga grew into a multibillion-dollar company with hot games like …
Discussion: @evelynrusli
Matias Duarte / Google+:
Hello Roboto  —  When we announced Ice Cream Sandwich I also got a chance to introduce Android's new typeface Roboto.  Today I'd like to talk about how Roboto was born — why we decided to create it, and the design choices we made in the process.  —  Why replace Droid?
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Warner Bros: we issued takedowns for files we never saw, didn't own copyright to  —  In a Monday court filing, Warner Brothers admitted that it has issued takedown notices for files without looking at them first.  The studio also acknowledged that it issued takedown notices for a number …
Seth Fiegerman / Mainstreet.com:
Exclusive: Amazon's $79 Kindle Costs $84 to Make  —  NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Amazon's new $79 Kindle e-reader isn't just undercutting all competitors on price, it's also undercutting Amazon.  —  The soon-to-be-released e-reader costs $84.25 to manufacture, according to a new report …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
WhaleShark Catches $150 Million Round to Invest in Couponing Craze  —  WhaleShark Media has raised $150 million in venture capital to continue buying up coupon-oriented sites around the globe.  —  The shell company has grown through acquisition, picking up eight sites in the past two years …
Discussion: Reuters
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
‘Biggest Cybercriminal Takedown in History’  —  The proprietors of shadowy online businesses that have become synonymous with cybercrime in recent years were arrested in their native Estonia on Tuesday and charged with running a sophisticated click fraud scheme that infected with malware …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Adds Another Nail To The Proverbial RSS Coffin, Kills Off ‘Import’ In Notes  —  Bad news all ten of you that actually used this feature, Facebook has changed its Notes settings and will eventually eliminate the importing of blog items via RSS for personal Facebook pages.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Yahoo set to boost Android in Japan with app store launch in 2012  —  Android is poised to receive a significant boost in Japan after Yahoo revealed plans to build a dedicated app store for the Google mobile operating system next year, according a report from Japanese tech blog Asiajin.
Discussion: Asiajin
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Scoop: Walmart acquires venture-backed startup Grabble  —  We're hearing that Walmart Labs, the e-commerce arm of the American retail giant, has acquired an Sydney, Australia-based startup called Grabble.  Grabble makes point-of-sale technology that ties in with consumers' mobile phones.
Discussion: GigaOM and ZDNet Australia
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
New “Listen” and “Read” Buttons Appear on Facebook's Ticker  —  Some users are seeing an interface adjustment on Facebook's Ticker that makes it easier to start consuming the media that you see your friends engaging with.  News articles and songs in the Ticker now include buttons that allow …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek, Acer reduce ultrabook orders by 40%  —  Asustek Computer and Acer have recently reduced their ultrabook orders from 250,000-300,000 units originally to 150,000-180,000 units by the end of 2011 due to the unsatisfactory sales during the initial month after their launch, according to sources from upstream ODMs.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Mixel invites iPad users to create social collages  —  When's the last time you made a physical photo collage?  Probably been a while.  But the idea is familiar to most people and it's an easy way to creatively express yourself.  That's what a new iPad app called Mixel from New York City startup Lascaux is trying to tap into.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Personalized Travel Search Engine Room 77 Now Allows You To Book Hotel Rooms  —  Room 77, a comprehensive search engine and review site focused exclusively on hotel rooms, is rolling out the ability to actually book hotels from its site.  Starting today, travelers can now use Room 77 …
Discussion: Tnooz, LAUNCH, CNET News and VatorNews
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Virident Grabs $21 Million From Intel Capital, Cisco, Sequoia And More For Enterprise Storage Solutions  —  Virident, a company that offers flash-based storage solutions for enterprise, announced today that it has closed a $21 million series C funding round.
Discussion: The Register, GigaOM and VentureBeat
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Corporate Japan Rocked By Scandal at Olympus  —  TOKYO — In June 1998, a disturbing rumor tore through trading floors in Tokyo: Olympus had suffered colossal losses on derivatives trading, punching a large hole in its balance sheet.  The company's shares spiraled down 11 percent in three days.
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.
 
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Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Video: NTT Docomo Shows Japanese/English Real-Time Translation Service For Mobile Phones
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Sherilynn Macale / The Next Web:
Pick up where you left off: Google+ adds a ‘Games’ section to your homepage
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Mingly Makes Gmail Social With $500K From Idealab
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Ian Austen / Bits:
Another Service Interruption for BlackBerrys
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How Steve Case and His Company Are Driving the Sharing Economy
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