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This morning’s big news comes from Apple, which surprised mobile onlookers by relaxing restrictions on third-party iOS development tools and publishing its new App Store review guidelines. This is undeniably good news for developers who have long griped about Apple’s inconsistent policies, but there are a few other interesting angles here, too. The Wall Street Journal speculated (in the lede!) that this could open the door for App Store support of offerings that use Adobe Flash, while TechCrunch rightly noted that it now appears that AdMob and other mobile ad players will be able to fully leverage iAd. The most important angle, though, might be Apple’s view that it doesn’t need any more fart apps. Which might be a signal that Apple is becoming less focused about the number of apps it hawks and more focused on the quality.