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5:00 AM ET, November 9, 2011

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Jason Perlow / Tech Broiler Blog:
Exclusive: Adobe ceases development on mobile browser Flash, refocuses efforts on HTML5  —  Summary: Adobe has briefed developers on the impending cessation of mobile flash browser plugin development. … Additionally, the e-mail briefing to Adobe's partners has been summed up as follows:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Steve's Last Laugh: Adobe Killing Off Flash For Mobile Devices
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Barnes & Noble Urges U.S. Regulators to Probe Microsoft on Mobile Patents  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS) asked U.S. regulators to investigate whether Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) seeks to monopolize the mobile-device market by demanding patent royalties on electronics running on Google Inc.'s Android operating system.
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:   Barnes & Noble's 29-page slide deck calls B.S. on Microsoft's Android patent campaign
Google Apps update alerts:
Deprecation of Gmail App for BlackBerry  —  Beginning November 22, 2011, we will end support for the Gmail App for Blackberry (installed native app).  Over this past year, we've focused efforts on building a great Gmail experience in the mobile browser and will continue investing in this area.
Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
Nvidia Unveils Tegra 3, World's First Quad-Core Mobile Processor  —  The Eee Pad Transformer Prime by ASUS is the first tablet to run the Tegra 3 processor.  Photo courtesy of NVidia  —  Nvidia has unveiled its long-anticipated Tegra 3 processor, the world's first quad-core chip designed specifically for mobile devices.
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Maciej Ceglowski / Pinboard:
The Social Graph is Neither  —  I first came across the phrase social graph in 2007, in an essay by Brad Fitzpatrick, though I'd be curious to know if it goes back further.  —  The idea of representing relationships between people as networks is old, but this was the first time I had thought …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Google+ Is Dead  —  The search behemoth might not realize it yet, but its chance to compete with Facebook has come and gone.  —  Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt didn't post his first Google+ message until three months after it went live  —  AFP/Getty Images.
The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Firefox Adds Twitter Search and New Features that Make Web Browsing Easier  —  Today, we're releasing an update to Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux and Firefox for Android.  This update includes new features that make Web browsing easier and give users and developers more control over how they customize their Web experience.
Matt Haber / Fast Company:
Facebook For The Famous  —  Backed by heavyweights in three disparate industries—Amazon, CAA, and Greylock Partners—WhoSay.com lets celebrities do something Twitter and Facebook don't: own their online content.  Tom Hanks, Anderson Cooper, Lindsay Lohan, Paul Feig, and nearly 900 other stars have already signed up for the service.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Exclusive: HP's Meg Whitman on webOS 'it's not obvious exactly what to do here'  —  HP CEO Meg Whitman just told a room full of Palm and HP employees that the company doesn't yet know what to do with webOS.  “It's really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision,” …
Dante Cesa / Engadget:
Apple reaches settlement in MagSafe class action suit, dodges fireball  —  Apple's MagSafe has been veritable boon to the clumsy, saving MacBooks from accidental drops since 2006.  The magnetic solution, however, hasn't been exactly great when keeping those same notebooks spark free.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How many iPhones are being discarded in the US?  —  In the recently posted US Smartphone Landscape I used comScore's data to paint a picture of the growth of smartphones in general and the shape of the mobile platforms in the US.  The source was survey data measuring the installed base.
Discussion: TUAW
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
The children are our future, and they're not paying for TV  —  A weak economy is putting pressure on the pay TV industry, as it struggles to get new users to sign up for cable, IPTV and satellite services.  But the short-term issue around the affordability of cable is hiding a bigger trend …
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Wall Street Journal:
Dish in Talks for Internet TV
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Adobe ‘Restructures,’ Eliminates 750 Jobs In North America And Europe  —  We've been hearing rumors of Adobe layoffs all day, and the company just released a statement announcing that it is ‘restructuring’ its business, which will result in the elimination of 750 jobs in North America and Europe.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Scoop: The Boxee Box is getting a live TV tuner (video)  —  Boxee Box owners will soon be able to watch live television through the device, with the help of a special USB dongle that functions as a tuner for free over-the-air HD TV signals.  The live TV feature is part of a major update …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Will there be a Silverlight 6 (and does it matter)?  —  Summary: Microsoft is poised to release to manufacturing Silverlight 5.  There's word from some of my contacts that this might be the last major release of Silverlight, but Microsoft isn't confirming or denying.
Discussion: Neowin.net and The Next Web
Randall Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Yelp Moves Toward IPO, Picks Bankers  —  Yelp Inc., the online review website, has picked Goldman Sachs Group inc. and Citigroup Inc. to lead an initial public offering, according to a person familiar with the IPO plans.  Yelp, based in San Francisco, has been considering an IPO and in July hired …
Idannyocean / 9to5Mac:
Apple Retail to construct “Express Lanes” during overnight tonight  —  We have just learned that Apple retail stores are having an “overnight” tonight to setup new Express Lanes.  Apple has used these express lanes in the past to provide holiday shoppers a fast track to purchase Apple products and accessories.
Alexia Tsotsis / Techcrunch:
Head Of Communications Sean Garrett Leaves Twitter  —  Twitter Head of Communications Sean Garrett (@SG) has just announced that he's leaving Twitter in a series of tweets.  When asked to confirm his departure, Twitter Communications Representative Carolyn Penner said, “I think his tweets speak for themselves...”
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kobo Acquired By Japanese E-Commerce Firm Rakuten For $315 Million  —  E-bookseller and e-reader company Kobo is being acquired by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten for $315 million.  The company says it will continue to expand in the U.S., while growing its international market share through Rakuten.
Amazon.com:
All-New Kindle Family - Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G and Kindle Fire - Coming to Over 16,000 Retail Locations Across the U.S.  —  In addition to Amazon.com, customers will be able to find, discover and purchase the $79 Kindle, $99 Kindle Touch, $149 Kindle Touch 3G, and $199 Kindle Fire at Best Buy, Target, Walmart and more
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Killing the 500-shareholder rule  —  The 500-shareholder rule is heading for the scrapyard.  —  Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) today introduced legislation that would effectively eliminate a rule that many have cited as the reason Facebook may go public next year.
Discussion: Business Insider, Gawker and Betabeat
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Google's Schmidt: Android ‘started before the iPhone effort’  —  Steve Jobs wasn't too fond of Android.  —  Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has taken issue with Steve Jobs' claims that Android copied the iPhone.  —  “Our lawsuit is saying, 'Google you f***ing ripped off the iPhone …
Kin Lane / API Evangelist:
Google Launches Oauth 2.0 Playground  —  Last March Google started support OAuth 2.0 for all of their APIs, and has been pushing all developers to switch to using OAuth 2.0 in all applications.  —  Today they announced the OAuth 2. Playground which allows developers to experiment with APIs using …
Discussion: Google Code Blog, Thanks:kinlane
Rocky Agrawal / VentureBeat:
Deal fatigue moves Amazon to unsubscribe users from its daily deals mailer  —  Amazon is automatically unsubscribing some users from its AmazonLocal daily deals mailing list.  Deal fatigue, the idea that consumers are tiring of daily deal emails, has been one of the longstanding concerns with the daily deals space.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolling Out Activity Streams That Make The Home Page A Dashboard  —  Twitter has begun the rollout, or at least a significant spot test, of the Activity and @USERNAME streams it announced in mid-August.  The @USERNAME stream replaces the @Mentions and Retweets streams …
Discussion: AllTwitter and The Verge
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
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Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
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Bloomberg:
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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Discussion: Saul Hansell's Blog and Betabeat
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL announce display ad deals
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple seeds iOS 5.0.1 early to end users for battery life testing, releases internal memo about battery issue
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Defiant retailer gives Apple the finger