week in review Steve Jobs apparently was right about Adobe Systems' Flash.
The company this week announced it isand will now concentrate its mobile software development efforts on HTML5. The move breaks with what had been Adobe's defiant embrace of its venerable Flash technology, a symbol of its strength on desktop PCs, in the face of the surging adoption of a wide variety of powerful mobile devices, from the iPad to countless smartphones.
But the cancellation wasn't a complete surprise., and the biggest one, Apple, also happens to the single most powerful player in mobile computing. By banning Flash on the browser responsible for 62 percent of mobile Web usage, the late Steve Jobs effectively exercised third-party veto power over Adobe's ambitions.
Flash criticisms are myriad. Practical criticisms focus on its direct drawbacks--overworked processors, squandered battery power, and security risks that sometimes went unpatched for too long. Another camp saw Flash--proprietary technology controlled by Adobe--as anathema to the Web standards that at least theoretically stand to benefit a much larger group.
By 46-52 vote, GOP effort to overturn FCC's Net neutrality rules fails. It would have needed a two-thirds supermajority to overcome a presidential veto threat.
Apple releases new version of its latest mobile OS ahead of schedule. The update fixes a bug that gave iPhone users poor battery life and adds new features for iPad users.
Online resellers are showing strong signs of a constraint on supplies of hard-disk drives: prices are going up as inventory goes down.
A government lawyer argues that Fourth Amendment expectations of privacy do not automatically extend to cars on public roadways, in a case stemming from the police tracking of a suspected drug dealer.
New Internet tax bill would force Amazon.com, Overstock.com, Blue Nile, and other online retailers to collect sales taxes if they do more than $500,000 in "remote sales."
Facebook agrees to opt-in practice for major privacy changes, as well as 20 years of privacy audits, according to The Wall Street Journal.
CEO Meg Whitman says a decision regarding the troubled mobile operating system will be delayed for at least a few more weeks.
Company has no current plans to make the voice assistant app available on older iPhones and iPods, according to correspondence with Apple engineers.
A prominent security researcher has been ousted from Apple's development programs after publishing research that demonstrated vulnerabilities in the company's mobile app software.
Event to mark the late Apple co-founder's legacy includes anecdotes from former Apple and Pixar employees.
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