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9:15 PM ET, April 29, 2010

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Steve Jobs / Apple:
Thoughts on Flash  —  Apple has a long relationship with Adobe.  In fact, we met Adobe's founders when they were in their proverbial garage.  Apple was their first big customer, adopting their Postscript language for our new Laserwriter printer.  Apple invested in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years.
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Highlights: The Journal's Exclusive Interview With Adobe CEO  —  Earlier on Thursday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs published an essay in which he took Adobe to task over its Flash software, which Apple does not support on its mobile products, such as the iPhone and iPad.
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Jobs on Flash: Hypocrisy So Thick You Could Cut it with a Knife  —  Holier-than-thou, an adjective, meaning “marked by an air of superior piety or morality”.  Everybody has moments in their life where they get into a “holier-than-thou” attitude, and I think Steve Jobs' open letter regarding Adobe …
Discussion: flash development and I4U News
Gartenberg / GartenBlog:
My Thoughts on Flash and Apple  —  I got off the plane a short time ago and found my inbox and voice mail were full of questions about the open letter Steve Jobs posted about Flash support on the iPhone and iPad.  It's a well written letter and outlines in the clearest and most direct way yet …
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:   Steve Jobs pens Adobe missive: ‘Flash falls short’
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iPhone Finder Regrets His ‘Mistake’  —  The person who found and sold an Apple iPhone prototype says he regrets not doing more to return the device to its owner, according to a statement provided by his attorney Thursday in response to queries from Wired.com.
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CNET News:
The people involved in sale of lost iPhone revealed  —  The saga of the lost prototype iPhone started with a 21-year-old Silicon Valley resident who says he regrets not trying harder to find its real owner, according to a published report.  —  Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Daring Fireball
Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Cancels Innovative Courier Tablet Project  —  According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has cancelled Courier, the folding, two-screen prototype tablet that was first uncovered by Gizmodo.  —  We're told that on Wednesday, Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer informed …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Rolls Out New Video Player  —  Updated: YouTube has started to roll out a new Flash video player across its site that features not only a completely new design, but also offers some nifty bits of information about the performance of the current video.
Discussion: 901am, CNET News and Mashable!
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Kindle Software Update Adds Twitter, PDF Zoom, Sharper Fonts  —  Amazon has updated the Kindle's software to v2.5 and added both useful and questionable new features to its second-generation e-book reader.  —  The new features fall into two categories: social, and not-stupid.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu 10.04 arrives with extended support (and less brown )  —  Canonical has announced the official release of Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed Lucid Lynx.  After six months of development, the stealthy cat has emerged from the jungle and is ready to leap onto users' desktops.
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
Q&A: HP's strategy chief on the Palm acquisition  —  Shane Robison is both HP's Chief Strategy Officer and its Chief Technology Officer - putting his in charge of both M&A and R&D. Photo: HP.  —  Hewlett-Packard's Shane Robison is one of my favorite guys to chat with in Silicon Valley.
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Apple to Charge a Premium to Put Ads in Mobile Apps  —  Setting a high bar for its debut in the advertising business, Apple Inc. aims to charge close to $1 million for ads on its mobile devices this year and perhaps even more to be among the first, ad executives say.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Skyfire 2.0 for Android launching today  —  Back in February, Skyfire (makers of the popular, Flash-enabled smartphone browser of the same name) announced that they'd snatched up Kolbysoft, the company behind the well-established Steel browser for Android.  Today, we're seeing the first fruits …
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Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones:   Skyfire 2.0 for Android launches with focus on social networks and Flash video
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
Apple passes Motorola, now the largest US phone maker  —  In some incredible news, Apple has passed Motorola to become the largest phone maker in the US.  According to Forbes, Apple sold 8.8 million iPhones in the first quarter, while Motorola sold 8.5 million of their various mobile devices.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Rroslansky / The LinkedIn Blog:
Get on the inside track with “Company Follow”  —  Since the day we launched Company Profiles, one of the most commonly requested features from our members has been to keep track of key developments at companies they like.  Starting today, you can be in the loop on new developments …
Chris Holt / Macworld:
Steam set to arrive on the Mac May 12  —  Valve's game distribution service to launch on the Mac platform  —  Valve revealed Thursday that Steam, its digital distribution service for games, will launch a Mac OS X version on Wednesday, May 12th.  With over twenty-five million users and hundreds …
Discussion: MacRumors, CNET News and Gamasutra
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T gets ready for your iPad, new iPhone with micro-SIMs  —  If you've never seen a micro-SIM before, you'll probably be pretty shocked to learn that it's simply just a smaller SIM card... just like the name implies.  What's interesting, however, is that the SIM isn't actually different …
Discussion: App Advice, Engadget and GottaBeMobile
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
50,000 Websites Have Already Integrated Facebook's New Social Plugins  —  There's no question that Facebook's new social plugins — which include a ‘Like’ button for the web and an array of other widgets — have been adopted at a pretty amazing rate (we had our ‘Like’ buttons live the day they were announced).
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Linux on the console?  Sony sued for removing PS3 support  —  Sony Computer Entertainment America has just been hit with a class action lawsuit in California over the company's recent decision to remove PlayStation 3 support for the Linux operating system in a firmware update.
Associated Press:
Activision locks up ‘Halo’ creators for 10 years  —  SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Activision Blizzard Inc., currently embroiled in a legal shootout with two of its former game developers, has locked up the makers of “Halo” in an exclusive 10-year deal.  —  The company said Thursday it will bring …
Discussion: Bungie.net's and Kotaku
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Everybody Knows About Twitter - But Only 7% Use It  —  According to this year's Edison Research/Arbitron Internet & Multimedia Study, Twitter has now reached the same ubiquitous brand awareness in the U.S. as Facebook.  In 2008, only 5% of the U.S. population was aware of Twitter.  Today, this number is 87%.
Alex Cheng / Sysomos:
Six Degrees of Separation, Twitter Style  —  Over the past year, we've spent a lot of time exploring Twitter, and one of the things we've been curious about is how connected people are to each other within the Twitter network.  —  So, we sliced and diced more than 5.2 billion Twitter friendships …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's High Pressure Tactics: Opt-in or Else  —  Facebook users who choose not to link their user accounts to Facebook's public Pages are ending up with blank profiles containing no information at all.  If you haven't experienced this problem, it's probably thanks to the somewhat high …
Reuters:
Chavez exhorts Fidel, Morales to Twitter  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Delighted at his cyber success, Venezuela's new Twitter convert President Hugo Chavez on Thursday invited Cuba's Fidel Castro and Bolivian President Evo Morales to join the micro-blogging site too.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
 
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European Public Policy Blog:
German Supreme Court rules that Image Search does not infringe copyright
Discussion: Ars Technica and AppScout
Liau Yun Qing / ZDNet:
China drops out of ‘Dirty Dozen’ chart
Discussion: CNET News and Tech Eye
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Google Wins Ruling in Trademark Suit by Rosetta Stone
Mary Ann Neder / iPadmodo:
CoPilot Live HD, GPS Navigation Coming Soon to iPad 3G
Discussion: App Advice
Jim Buckmaster / craigslist blog:
Shutting down CL personals
Kevin Scott / The Life and Times of AdMob:
AdWhirl Launches Ability for Developers to Use Any Mobile Ad Network
Discussion: VatorNews, VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google: Now Recommending Brands For Searches
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Robert Nelson / Google Android Blog:
Droid Incredible now available with Verizon Wireless for $199.99 …
Discussion: TheStreet.com
Dan Nosowitz / Fast Company:
Choose Your Own Adventure: The Gizmodo iPhone Saga
Discussion: The Iphone Spot
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple Patents The Invisible Button
Discussion: SlashGear, AppleInsider and I4U News
Ori Amiga / The Windows Blog:
Messenger across the web
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Jon Stewart Rips Into Apple Over Lost iPhone Debacle. …