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7:35 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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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, Mashable! and CNET News
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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).
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.
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
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
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” …
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.
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 …
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
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.
European Public Policy Blog:
German Supreme Court rules that Image Search does not infringe copyright  —  Google's aim is to help users discover information as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Sometimes the information they seek is in written or audio form, and sometimes the information they seek is visual …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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%.
 
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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
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
Discussion: malcolm coles and CNET News, Thanks:jrlevine
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Venture capitalists growing more confident
Discussion: TechCrunch, Dow Jones and 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: Download Squad and LiveSide.net, 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
Ori Amiga / The Windows Blog:
Messenger across the web