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9:25 AM ET, April 21, 2010

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Mike Chambers:
On Adobe, Flash CS5 and iPhone Applications  —  A little over a week ago Apple released a new draft of their iPhone developer program license which contained the following clause: … Essentially, this has the effect of restricting applications built with a number of technologies, including Unity, Titanium, MonoTouch, and Flash CS5.
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Adobe halts investment in iPhone-specific Flash dev tools, has another dig at Apple  —  Color us unsurprised, but it's still notable to hear that Adobe is stopping investment in its software's capability to port content over to iPhone OS.  The company's great hope on this front …
Gizmodo:
The Next iPhone, Dissected  —  We took apart the next iPhone.  —  There are a number of interesting facts gained from the dissection, the most important of which is more concrete confirmation (as if we needed any more) that this phone is from Apple.  There are three separate places …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Why Apple Couldn't Get the Lost iPhone Back  —  It's such an obvious question: Why couldn't Apple track this phone down?  As it turns out, they may have had two chances to get it back - and blown them both.  The timeline of the night goes something like this: On March 18th …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Visa Picks Up CyberSource For $2 Billion  —  Payment network operator Visa has agreed to acquire e-payment company CyberSource for $26 per share, or total consideration of approximately $2 billion to be paid with cash on hand.  The price represents a near 34 percent premium over Mountain View-based CyberSource's Tuesday closing price.
Discussion: PR Newswire and Between the Lines
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Google Buys Stealth Hardware Startup Agnilux  —  Lots of talk this week about Apple's 4G iPhone, after Gizmodo found a prototype left behind at a local watering hole.  The device is believed to use an internally-designed application processor, just like Apple used with its recently-released iPad.
Corynne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Everyone Who's Made a Hitler Parody Video, Leave the Room  —  One the most enduring (and consistently entertaining) Internet memes of the past few years has been remixes of the bunker scene from the German film, The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich (aka Der Untergang).
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Buys Business Directory Jigsaw For $142 Million In Cash Plus Earn-Out  —  Salesforce.com has just announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Jigsaw, which provides crowd-sourced data services in the cloud, for approximately $142 million in cash …
Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
The keyboardless Office: a review of iWork for iPad  —  The validity of the iPad as a casual device—something you can use to check your e-mail, surf the Internet on the couch, or watch a movie in bed—has never really been in question.  The real question is, “Can I convince my boss to buy me one?”
Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9670 unveiled, CDMA clamshell device!  —  With rumors and rumors of a clamshell BlackBerry device going back ages, we finally have some confirmation on the phone, and in a big way, too.  Not only do we have the first photos ever of this BlackBerry 9670, and not only is it the first …
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Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry OS 6.0 screenshots, details!
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga's Mark Pincus: Time for Facebook to choose  —  Facebook's biggest partner had a suggestion for the adolescent social network: figure out what it wants to be when it grows up.  —  “Facebook is at a crossroads,” said Zynga CEO Mark Pincus.  “They have to decide whether its more important …
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Don Clark / Digits:
Bechtolsheim Thinks New Box Changes the Game Again … Since the early 1980s, Andy Bechtolsheim has been designing hardware that has made waves in the computer industry.  He thinks he has done it again.  —  The German-born engineer's past exploits include co-founding Sun Microsystems …
Discussion: Bits
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Why computer science students cheat  —  Pressure to achieve running code leads more undergraduates to copy, collude on homework assignments  —  Enrollment in undergraduate computer science courses is at an all-time high at colleges nationwide.  But this trend that's been hailed …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Google brings free turn-by-turn Navigation to UK Androids (updated)  —  Talk about random gifts from the ether.  British Android device owners are waking up this morning to discover their robot-themed operating system has gone and upgraded itself overnight.
Phil Bronstein / SFGate:
Bill Gates on Journalism and Social Media (and the iPad, too)  —  Bill Gates strikes me as a guy who rarely says anything other than what he wants to say.  And these days he's largely talking about the big, multi-billion dollar philanthropic work of his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Discussion: Kotaku, NBC Bay Area, Examiner and CNET News, Thanks:bobcaswell
Bloomberg:
Google Said to Hold Talks to Buy ITA; Travel Program Firm Seeks $1 Billion  —  Google Inc. is in talks to acquire ITA Software Inc., a maker of travel programs used by companies including Orbitz Worldwide Inc. and Microsoft Corp., three people familiar with the matter said.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The f8 Preview: How Facebook Plans to Take Over the Web  —  Mark Zuckerberg @ SXSW 2008 by Deney Terreio via Flickr  —  Facebook's third f8 developer conference kicks off tomorrow in San Francisco and online, with the social networking company likely to announce what is essentially a game plan …
Apple:
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results  —  Record March Quarter Revenue and Profit iPhone Sales More Than Double  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2010 second quarter ended March 27, 2010.  The Company posted revenue of $13.50 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.07 billion, or $3.33 per diluted share.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Appolicious Signs Partnership to Integrate With Yahoo  —  Although serial entrepreneur Al Warms sold his start-up to Yahoo and then ultimately left the Internet giant to start another one, he is coming back a bit via an interesting partnership.  —  Warms' Appolicious is aimed at encouraging discovery …
Thanks:spirrison
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo earnings get boost from Microsoft search deal; Bartz upbeat on display ads  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz said the company had “a good quarter,” but it takes a little mathematical gymnastics to verify that claim.  —  Bartz touted display advertising gains of 20 percent from a year ago.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Consumer group to call for Google break up  —  Consumer Watchdog, the Santa Monica group that's proving a perpetual thorn in the side of Google Inc., plans to call on the Justice Department to launch an antitrust action against the search giant and seek remedies including a possible break up.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Like BoomTown Said: Partovi Brothers Finally Leave MySpace (Here Are the Internal Memos)  —  Well-known tech entrepreneurs and twin brothers, Ali and Hadi Partovi (pictured here, right to left) are leaving MySpace, in a high-profile departure for the struggling social networking company.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T earnings propelled by iPhone activations, connected devices like e-readers, GPS systems  —  AT&T said Wednesday that it added 1.9 million wireless subscribers in the first quarter as the company continued to benefit from smartphone adoption and a bevy of connected devices such as e-readers, alarms and global positioning systems.
 
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Bluetooth 4.0 finalized: low power mode & boosted range
Bloomberg:
LinkedIn, Zynga May Use Stock-Sale Limits to Curb Pre-IPO Value Inflation
Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
News Corp. snags game developer Irata Labs
Discussion: paidContent and TechCrunch
David Brooks / New York Times:
Riders on the Storm  —  In 2001, Cass R. Sunstein wrote an essay …
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
Our Tech-Savvy Supreme Court
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Microsoft Speeds Up Its Data Center With Light and Mirrors
Discussion: Lightfleet and TechFlash, Thanks:rawmeet
 Earlier Items: 
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Firefox starts reining in Flash, Silverlight, QuickTime
Discussion: The Register and CNET News
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Looking for Acquisitions in Push Beyond PCs
Cade Metz / The Register:
Oracle charges $90 for Sun's free ODF plug-in
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90% of Content on Google Buzz is Bots, Report Finds