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6:05 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 …
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 …
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 …
Threat Level:
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.
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.
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 …
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Kurt Opsahl / EFF:
Facebook's Eroding Privacy Policy: A Timeline
Discussion: Between the Lines
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
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: CNET News and Mashable!
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.
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Bloomberg:   Hewlett-Packard Chief Hurd Pins Smartphone Future on Ailing Palm Brand
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 …
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).
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Jon Stewart Rips Into Apple Over Lost iPhone Debacle.  That's Going To Leave A Mark.  —  Over the last two weeks countless blog posts and articles have been written about the Gizmodo/iPhone leak and the subsequent police investigation.  Few have been as scathing toward Apple as a segment that aired on tonight's Daily Show.
Jim Buckmaster / craigslist blog:
Shutting down CL personals  —  There is a “campaign” on twitter currently demanding that all of craigslist personals be shut down.  —  If you follow links supplied by the twitterers echoing this demand, you'll find a couple of themes:  —  1. Recognition that “declassifying” …
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Google Wins Ruling in Trademark Suit by Rosetta Stone  —  Google Inc. won a court judgment against language-learning software maker Rosetta Stone Inc. over claims the search engine infringed trademarks by directing users to websites of Rosetta's competitors and counterfeiters.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Social E-Commerce Goes Into Overdrive: LivingSocial Raises Another $14 Million  —  Could the social group-buying space get any frothier?  —  Well, yes, it could.  —  After the recent $135 million funding of Groupon that valued the Chicago start-up at upwards of an eye-popping $1 billion …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
LG Innotek to supply 5MP camera for Apple's fourth-gen iPhone - report  —  LG Innotek will serve as the supplier of 5-megapixel camera sensors for Apple's next-generation iPhone due to ship this spring, according to a report out of the Far East.  —  The Chosun reported Wednesday …
Liau Yun Qing / ZDNet:
China drops out of ‘Dirty Dozen’ chart  —  Spam originating from hacked computers in China has “steadily reduced” and the country is now out of the Top 12 chart for spam relaying.  However, the Asian continent continues to top the list for spam distribution, observes a new report.
Discussion: CNET News and Tech Eye
Ori Amiga / The Windows Blog:
Messenger across the web  —  As Jeff and Piero mentioned yesterday, the newest version of Messenger (beta coming soon) is designed to be the most meaningful way to stay in touch with the people who matter most, keeping you connected with your friends and what they're doing across the web.
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
 
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Mary Ann Neder / iPadmodo:
CoPilot Live HD, GPS Navigation Coming Soon to iPad 3G
Discussion: App Advice
Kevin Scott / The Life and Times of AdMob:
AdWhirl Launches Ability for Developers to Use Any Mobile Ad Network
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google: Now Recommending Brands For Searches
John Ribeiro / PC World:
PC Microprocessor Shipments up 39 Percent in First Quarter
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Venture capitalists growing more confident
Discussion: bizjournals
Robert Nelson / Google Android Blog:
Droid Incredible now available with Verizon Wireless for $199.99 …
Discussion: TheStreet.com
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Nosowitz / Fast Company:
Choose Your Own Adventure: The Gizmodo iPhone Saga
Discussion: The Iphone Spot
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Coming soon to Hotmail, push email for mobile phones via ActiveSync
Discussion: LiveSide.net and Download Squad, Thanks:mrjamesmoore
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple Patents The Invisible Button
Discussion: SlashGear, AppleInsider and I4U News
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: TomTom looks to apps to fight off Google and Nokia
Discussion: AppScout, Engadget and SlashGear
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Terry Childs juror explains why he voted to convict
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhone tethering on AT&T still waiting on better network performance