Facebook warns users over Adobe breach Facebook is watching the Adobe Systems data breach situation carefully and flagging its own users who may be affected. The social…

Bookboard tries Netflix-like model for kids’ ebooks

Bookboard, a startup from former Adobe execs, gives parents and kids streaming access to a library of children’s ebooks. The company launches in free public beta Monday with about 300 titles, and will eventually charge a monthly fee.

Streaming the Olympics: How the BBC and Adobe do it

U.K. sports fans will get 24 live streams of the action once the Olympic Games unfold in London this weekend. The BBC is relying on Adobe to deliver these streams, and the company is using it as a big test case for its new Project Primetime.

Everyone loves mid-rolls, at least more than pre-rolls

Mid-rolls beat pre-rolls as the ads you’re most likely to sit through. Viewers stick around through mid-roll ads about 87 percent of the time, according to Adobe. That compares to a 67 percent completion rate for pre-rolls, and a 50 percent completion rate for post-rolls.

Why Flash didn’t work out on mobile devices

It appears that the debate over whether supporting the Adobe Flash plug-in on mobile devices is a feature or not is over. Last night ZDNet got ahold of an announcement Adobe is set to make soon: that it is abandoning its work on Flash for mobile.

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Adobe buys Auditude reportedly for over $100 million

Adobe Systems has acquired Palo Alto, Calif.-based Auditude, the two companies jointly announced Monday. While the two companies didn’t disclose terms of the deal, our sources close familiar with the deal put the value of the acquisition value at around $100 million.

Flash who? Adobe gets serious about mobile, cloud & HTML5

After years of focusing on desktop software, Adobe has finally gotten the memo that the future is in cloud storage, web-friendly technology, and mobile apps — and launched a “transformation” to address those markets. But Adobe’s bold new direction will almost certainly come with growing pains.

Wowza Fires Back at Adobe in Flash Patent Suit

Wowza has responded to Adobe’s patent infringement lawsuit, arguing that its development of an alternative version of Adobe’s RTMPe encrypted streaming protocol isn’t covered by the patents claimed. Furthermore, it says its streaming server is still covered under Adobe’s openly licensed RTMP Specification.

Adobe to Stream Live Video to the iPad. Yes, the iPad

Adobe is demoing an update to its Flash Media Server at NAB that will enable publishers to stream not just to Flash-enabled web browsers, but also to devices like Samsung TVs, the Motorola Xoom tablet and Atrix smartphone and Apple iOS devices like the iPad.

Adobe Hopes Wallaby Can Vault Apple’s Flash Blockade

After enduring Apple’s war against its Flash video player for nearly four years, Adobe is changing tactics and launching a system that will help make simple Flash animations and advertising visible on iOS devices. Does this mean Adobe’s longstanding resistance is over?

Why Rocketpack Entered Disney’s Orbit

If you believe Disney’s every digital-minded move is dictated by board member Steve Jobs, note that its latest acquisition, Rocketpack, is i…

Good News: Flash Just Got Less Painful

Adobe took another big step toward improving the Flash video playback experience with the release of its Flash player 10.2 today. The new player reduces to CPU load of HD video playback to as little as zero percent by using technology already used by Google TV.

Adobe CEO: ‘There’s a War Happening for Developers’

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said his company’s battle with Apple comes as a war is brewing to bring new applications to consumer electronics devices. That war is being fought to capture developer interest and ensure that the best applications are being built on different platforms.

Adobe Targets Non-Apple Devices for AIR 2.5 Apps

Adobe announced today a new version of Adobe AIR 2.5 that will include expanded capabilities on Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS; Windows, Mac and Linux as well as support for TVs. Adobe is also launching a new store for AIR apps called InMarket.

A Week Of Reacting To Steve Jobs’ Rant

On Monday, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance on the company’s earnings call to snub 7-inch tablets, to question the benefits…

Adobe Gives In, Releases HTML5 Video Widget

Adobe just released a new HTML5 video widget for Dreamweaver users and other web developers. The widget aims to make it easier to play video without using Flash, but it still reverts to the format for users that don’t have browsers with HTML5 video support installed.

Adobe Air for Android Promises New Cross-Platform Apps

It’s been a good month for Adobe and its mobile efforts, first with Apple’s relaxing of its Flash developer tool ban and now the release today of AIR for Android, which opens the door for AIR applications on Android devices.

Microsoft and Adobe: A Threat to Apple’s Creativity?

The New York Times is reporting that two companies with good reason to fear Apple’s (s aapl) growing influence in the tech industry recently got together to talk business. The hour-long meeting saw Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer meet Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen at Adobe HQ.

Adobe Air for Android Promises New Cross-Platform Apps

It’s been a good month for Adobe and its mobile efforts, first with Apple’s relaxing of its Flash developer tool ban and now the release today of AIR for Android, which opens the door for AIR applications on Android devices.

Is Microsoft Circling Adobe?

The New York Times reports that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) CEO Shantanu Narayen held a secret meeting recently. On t…

Secret Microsoft-Adobe Talks Cause Tongues to Wag, Stock to Climb

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen reportedly met recently in San Francisco and discussed a number of issues including a possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft, according to an account by the New York Times. This isn’t the first time the two have talked buyout.

BlackBerry Tablet OS is an Invitation to Developers

There’s a reason why RIM unveiled its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at a developer event. It’s because the device is the company’s best shot at greatly expanding its developer base well beyond the 300,000 or so developers it now has.

Did Apple Just Open the Door for Flash?

This came a quite a shock to me, since it seems so impervious to the wailing of developers and consumers alike, but Apple announced today via an official press release that it would be relaxing some of its iOS development restrictions.

Adobe Releases Flash Player 10.1 For Mobile

Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) announced on Tuesday that it has released Flash Player 10.1 for mobile, which it promises will deliver a more consistent…

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for Android Gets Official

We knew Adobe was getting Flash Player 10.1 ready for the Android platform and it has now been released to partners. Flash 10.1 requires Android 2.2 (Froyo), as earlier versions of Android cannot handle the requirements of the new Flash Player according to Adobe.

Adobe Releases Flash 10.1 for Mobile Devices

Adobe is pushing out its new Flash Player 10.1 for mobile devices, which was designed to create a common experience for video and interactive applications between the desktop, smartphones and tablet devices while also adding features and increasing performance for interactivity on small screens.

Sony, Warner Bros. and Others Optimize Flash Sites for Android

Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Epix and Nickelodeon are just a few of the video publishers that have created Flash-enabled websites that are optimized for viewing on Google (s GOOG) Android devices, according to an Adobe Mobile Showcase page that has since been taken down.

Everything You Need to Know About Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Google has let Android 2.2, dubbed Froyo, out of the bag and today shared a lot of information about it. I watched the keynote while playing with a Google Nexus One phone running Froyo, and have captured the key points about Android 2.2 for your convenience.

Adobe Releases Flash Player 10.1 on Android

In the latest volley in the war over making Flash on mobile devices, Adobe has teamed up with Google to make Flash-based video and applications on mobile devices. At Google I/O, Adobe announced that it will make Flash Player 10.1 available on phones running Android 2.2.

First Video Look: Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Flash 10.1

Google, as expected, has unveiled Android 2.2 — aka Froyo — at its I/O developers conference. In conjunction with this announcement, Adobe formally introduced Flash 10.1 for Android. You can see both Froyo and the new Flash in action in this video. Verdict: sweet.

Vid-Biz: Google TV, Flash P2P, TiVo on Virgin

Today on the ‘Net: More evidence of a Google TV platform emerges, Adobe’s Kevin Towes describes the peer-to-peer capabilities of Adobe Flash 10.1 and Virgin Media talks about its TiVo rollout plans, among other things.

New Flash DRM Comes With Output Control

Adobe introduced a new version of Flash Access 2.0 at Streaming Media East that features the ability to utilize output controls. In other words: Some Flash content won’t play on non-authorized displays.

ARM: Smartbook Delays Adobe’s Fault

Adobe can’t get any sympathy from anyone these days. The folks from ARM are blaming Adobe’s delays getting Flash 10.1 into production as the reason we don’t see any smartbooks on the market. This delay allowed the iPad release to steal thunder away from the smartbook.

Adobe Declines to Come Out Swinging Against Apple

Though given the stage and the opportunity, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch declined to escalate his company’s fight against Apple to the level raised by Steve Jobs last week when he posted a 1,700-word anti-Flash screed on Lynch was polite but firm at Web 2.0 Expo.

What the Web Is Saying About Apple and Antitrust

Federal authorities are widely believed to be considering an antitrust inquiry of some kind into Apple’s practices regarding development of apps for the iPhone and iPad, with the FTC and the Justice Department discussing a complaint reportedly made by Adobe over Apple’s restrictions on developers.

Steve Jobs: Thoughts on Flash

In a distinct break from terse messages sent from his iPad, Steve Jobs has posted a 1,700 word missive on Apple’s website. Broken into six sections, the essay explains Apple’s stance on Flash in detail.

Apple to Adobe — We Hate You This Much!

It is no secret that Apple has it out for Adobe’s Flash technology. In spite of public outcry for the iPhone OS to support Flash, Apple has thumbed its nose and refused to do so. Bad blood, that’s not in question; we only imagined how bad.

Flash on the iPad With AIR

Apple’s disdain for Adobe Flash is legendary, so it is not surprising that the iPad will not support Flash in the browser.…

Adobe at MWC: Flash and AIR News

Adobe is at the Mobile World Congress to share the latest news about Flash 10.1 and to make some announcements about other happenings at the company. They will be talking Flash at MWC, and announcing a new AIR for smartphone along with other new things.

Palm Press: Flash Coming?

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for another Palm Press, our weekly look at the world of Palm. Flash 10.1 support may hit Palm phones next week if the rumors about webOS 1.4 are true. Flash support is expected to be in that update for Sprint.

Vid-Biz: Strobe, NighTline, Jambo

20 Companies Sign on for Adobe’s Strobe;, Akamai, Brightcove, CDNetworks and Digitalsmiths among those supporting Adobe’s open-framework for building custom media…

What's Wrong With

Tech publications today are having a bit of a lovefest with Major League Baseball’s web site, It’s because it’s the start…

Will Flash Come To Android Before The iPhone?

Even though the iPhone has been around for longer than Google’s Android, it appears that Android will get Adobe’s Flash technology first. He…

Fonts 101: A Font Primer

Over the next few days, I will be covering everything from font management apps to how to deal with font problems. By…

StatShot: Grey’s Anatomy, Obama

Grey’s Anatomy last week once again topped the list of shows with the biggest DVR audience, with nearly 4 million watchers catching up after the initial airing. Meanwhile, not only was Barack Obama No. 1 in the presidential polls last week, but his YouTube channel generated the most views on the Video Breakouts Cool 100 list as well.

Adobe CS4 Shipping, Welome to Obsolescence CS3

According to John Nack, Principal Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop, the entire Creative Suite 4 is now shipping. Announced in September, the…

BT Buys Ribbit for $105 Million

BT (British Telecom) has acquired Silicon Valley-based Ribbit for roughly $105 million, according to various news outlets. Rumors of the deal first…

Can Ribbit Finally Bring Web & Voice Together?

VoIP insiders have recently started talking about taking a platform approach to the convergence of web and voice, an approach for which startup Ribbit is offering perhaps the most audacious (and equally risky) strategy.

Cat Got Adobe's VoIP?

Updated with more details: Adobe Systems has become the underpinning of the online video revolution. But when it comes to melding voice…

@ CTIA: Flash on Verizon; First U.S. Win

At least some value to Adobe’s buyout of Macromedia: It has inked a deal with Verizon Wireless to incoporate mobile Flash within VZW’s hands…

Earnings: Macromedia’s Mobile Flash Efforts

Not many hard numbers in Macromedia’s Flash mobile efforts, but that’s their story, sin’t it? Anyway, from the conference call: “In the cons…

Panel Of Industry Leaders On Smartphones

I caught a webcast of a panel at the AO2005: The Innovation Summit about smartphones, and there were some interesting themes covered which I…

T-Mobile Scraps News Express Flash Service

So much for using Flash on mobiles: in UK, T-Mobile has axed its News Express mobile Flash service, one of the first mobile content areas to…

Flash Increases Mobile Penetration

Macromedia has announced some good increases in putting flash on mobile phones, among them “shipments of mobile devices running Flash nearly…

Adobe Aims to Be Even More Portable

More on the possibilities which open up with macromedia and Adobe’s merger: Acrobat and Flash may have achieved what Java could not. Althoug…

Macromedia Enter Chinese Mobile Flash Market

Macromedia has formed an alliance with Chinese Flash company Flashempire, to tap the potential of Flash software in China’s mobile communica…