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4:50 AM ET, April 30, 2010

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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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hewlett-Packard To Kill Windows 7 Tablet Project  —  Hewlett-Packard has killed off its 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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Macworld, Engadget, DVICE and AppleInsider
Gartenberg / GartenBlog:
My Thoughts on Flash and Apple
Discussion: PadGadget, Network World and TechCrunch
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Jobs on Flash: Hypocrisy So Thick You Could Cut it with a Knife
Discussion: I4U News and BetaNews
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 …
Discussion: Yahoo! News, The Register and TiPb
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple To Shut Down Lala On May 31, iTunes.com Launch Impending?  —  Lala - where music will stop playing ...  In a brief message that was just posted on the Lala.com website, Apple has announced that the service will be shut down on May 31st, 2010.  Apple will not be accepting new users …
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
We are removing Flash support from OS X  —  This is an important new change.  But in the near future we will be removing support for Flash from our OS X operating system.  —  This is for all the same reasons that I cited in my essay, “Thoughts on Flash.”  Those reasons apply to OS X as well as to iPhone.
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 …
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 …
Brett Winterford / iTnews:
Warning: Why your Internet might fail on May 5  —  Network operators urged to check routers, firewalls.  —  Network managers are being urged to run a series of checks on their routers and firewalls to ensure their users will still be able to connect to internet sites in the wake of a major change …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
HTC DROID Incredible sold out, new orders ship May 4th  —  In the real world, the early bird catches the worm..and in the world of mobile technology, the early bird gets the phone.  Such is the case with the highly anticipated HTC DROID Incredible, which debuted early this morning …
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”.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tech Eye
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 and Mashable!
Manish Bhargava / The Official Google Blog:
Integrating virtual keyboards in Google search  —  You've spilled coffee on your keyboard.  The a, e, i, o, u, and r keys have stopped working.  Now try to search Google for the nearest computer repair shop.  The pain of typing on this broken keyboard is similar to what many people searching …
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 …
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.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo CEO starts reign with $47.2M comp package  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo Inc. CEO Carol Bartz received a $47.2 million compensation package during her first year on the job as the Internet company tried to motivate her to engineer a turnaround.  —  The 2009 package spelled …
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 …
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.
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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European Public Policy Blog:
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Discussion: Ars Technica and AppScout
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Linux on the console? Sony sued for removing PS3 support
Discussion: Electronista
Associated Press:
Activision locks up ‘Halo’ creators for 10 years
Discussion: Kotaku and TechSpot
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
Discussion: Tech Eye
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
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John Ribeiro / PC World:
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Discussion: Maximum PC and Digital Daily