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12:05 AM ET, April 30, 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.
Kevin Lynch / Adobe:
Moving Forward  —  This morning Apple posted some thoughts about Flash on their web site.  —  The primary issue at hand is that Apple is choosing to block Adobe's  —  widely used runtimes as well as a variety of technologies from other  —  providers.  —  Clearly, a lot of people are passionate about both Apple and Adobe and
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Adobe CEO says Apple's ban of Flash “has nothing to do with technology”  —  Earlier today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs published a 1,671-word essay that listed six reasons his company refused to support Adobe's Flash technology, the most popular video format online and a front-runner for games and user interfaces.
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
Discussion: Network World
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.
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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 …
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 …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Microsoft confirms, kills Courier in one fell swoop  —  Well this is depressing.  Word has just gone fluttering out of Redmond that work on the Courier project — a heretofore rumored dual-screen tablet which rightfully set the tech world ablaze — has been spun down by the company.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hewlett-Packard To Kill Windows 7 Tablet Project  —  Hewlett-Packard has killed off it's much ballyhooed Windows 7 tablet computer, says a source who's been briefed on the matter.  —  The device was first unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES 2010 in January and was supposed to hit the market in mid 2010.
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: Geekword, CNET News, 901am and Mashable!
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Yahoo predicts problem for Google  —  Google will have “a problem” if it does not diversify its business, the head of Yahoo has told BBC News.  —  Carol Bartz said that Google would have to “do a lot more than search” and suggested that it would have to “grow a company the size of Yahoo every year”.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple Stores to Close from 4-5 PM Tomorrow for iPad 3G Launch  —  Apple has confirmed their official retail stores will be closed for one hour tomorrow, from 4-5 PM, in order to prepare for the launch of the iPad 3G.  Since the iPad with only WiFi had a major launch earlier this month …
Discussion: MacRumors
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.
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, Geekword, Crave, TUAW and Gamasutra
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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: Engadget, App Advice 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, Kotaku and TechSpot
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Xmarks Lets You Open Synced Tabs from Any Browser  —  Browser syncing multi-tool Xmarks recently opened up open tab syncing across browsers, and now goes the extra mile to let you see those tabs you had open, and open them, from any browser.  —  That's especially helpful for mobile browsers …
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 …
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!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Checks-In To The iPad Before Foursquare  —  For the past few weeks I've been struggling.  I'm addicted to all these location-based iPhone apps, but of the big ones, really only Loopt has had a native iPad app ready to go from the beginning.  Today that changes with the launch of Gowalla's iPad app.
 
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo CEO starts reign with $47.2M comp package
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
Apple passes Motorola, now the largest US phone maker
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Robert Nelson / Google Android Blog:
Droid Incredible now available with Verizon Wireless for $199.99 …
Discussion: TheStreet.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple Patents The Invisible Button