Apple's Steve Jobs Publicly Criticizes Adobe Flash The war of words between Apple and Adobe, maker of the popular Flash video technology, is escalating. Apple CEO Steve Jobs posted a lengthy explanation of his company's decision not to support flash on its mobile devices. Adobe's CEO shot back, calling the comments made by Jobs an "extraordinary attack" on his company.
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Apple's Steve Jobs Publicly Criticizes Adobe Flash

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Apple's Steve Jobs Publicly Criticizes Adobe Flash

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The war of words between Apple and Adobe, maker of the popular Flash video technology, is escalating. Apple CEO Steve Jobs posted a lengthy explanation of his company's decision not to support flash on its mobile devices. Adobe's CEO shot back, calling the comments made by Jobs an "extraordinary attack" on his company.

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NPR's Laura Sydell reports.

LAURA SYDELL: If you're a Rihanna fan and you go to her MySpace page on your computer, this is what you hear.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RUDE BOY")

RIHANNA: (Singing) Tonight, I'm a let you be the captain.

SYDELL: Jeff Hammond, an analyst at Forrester Research, says for the moment, Apple is the bright star of the mobile market. But its refusal to use Flash may eventually give an edge to competition for mobile devices that use Windows software or Google's Android.

JEFF HAMMOND: Developers will run to the platforms that are the most open, that give them the most choice, the most flexibility, the most capacity to innovate.

SEABROOK: Laura Sydell, NPR News, San Francisco.

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