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12:05 PM 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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T earnings propelled by iPhone activations, connected devices like e-readers, GPS systems  —  Updated: 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 …
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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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Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Why Apple Should Sue Gawker Over ‘Lost’ iPhone Story  —  How hard must the finder of lost property try to return it to its owner before deciding it's his to keep or sell?  The answer to that question could determine whether Monday's iPhone scoop results in millions of dollars in legal damages …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Why Apple Couldn't Get the Lost iPhone Back
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.
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.
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.
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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AskTog:
Mac & the iPad, History Repeats Itself  —  For those of us around Apple for the launch of the 1984 Mac, things are awfully familiar.  In bringing that original Mac to market, Steve hit on a formula that worked for him.  He keeps repeating it, and it seems to get better every time.
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.
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?”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype By the Numbers: It's Really Big  —  We all marvel at Facebook and its number of users, which at last check stood at around 400 million.  For context, consider Skype, which at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009 had 560 million registered users, a data point Skype's chief technology strategist …
Discussion: The Xplanation
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
iTravel: Apple's Future Travel Centric App for the iPhone  —  Christina Warrens of Mashable covered our iTunes Concert Ticket + report last week and added that “Delta Airlines, which is headquartered in my hometown, supports digital boarding passes at some of its bigger airports.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Distorted-Loop.com
Cameron Laird / claird's blog:
Will Wall Street require Python?  —  SEC considers regulations expressed in popular programming languages  —  17 I like it!  —  Failure is difficult.  Sometimes success is even more so.  —  What if, for example, Python not only:  — becomes popular for its role …
Discussion: InfoQ
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 …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft prepping next Windows Live  —  Microsoft is getting ready to start public testing of the next version of its moviemaking and photo-editing software, but the company confirmed this week that the products won't run on Windows XP.  —  The new versions are part of a series of changes coming …
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.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Oxford University Press launches the Anti-Google  —  Crowdsourced knowledge repositories like Wikipedia are great for finding the answer to questions that aren't particularly urgent or critical, but their problems are legion, well-documented, and oft-lamented if you're trying to use them for serious work—especially scholarly work.
Discussion: Personanondata
Josie Garthwaite / Earth2Tech:
Zipcar Snaps Up UK Car-sharing Network Streetcar  —  Zipcar has bought London-based car-sharing firm Streetcar in its latest bid to expand across Europe, the companies announced this morning.  The acquisition, valued at about $50 million, expands the size of Zipcar's UK fleet more than fourfold, to 1,770 vehicles.
 
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Bloomberg:
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Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
News Corp. snags game developer Irata Labs
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Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
Our Tech-Savvy Supreme Court
Discussion: Tech Eye, DC Dicta and Technologizer
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Like BoomTown Said: Partovi Brothers Finally Leave MySpace …
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Firefox starts reining in Flash, Silverlight, QuickTime
Discussion: The Register and CNET News
Apple:
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results