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Adobe vs. Apple is going to get uglier


Usually I write about security here, but Apple’s iron-bound determination to keep Adobe Flash out of any iWhatever device is about to blow up in Apple’s face. Sources close to Adobe tell me that Adobe will be suing Apple within a few weeks.

It was bad enough when Apple said, in effect, that Adobe Flash wasn’t good enough to be allowed on the iPad. But the final straw was when Apple changed its iPhone SDK (software development kit) license so that developers may not submit programs to Apple that use cross-platform compilers.

Officially, Adobe’s not talking about such actions, but there’s no question that Adobe is ticked off big time at Apple. I mean how often in print does one company representative say about a former partner, “Go screw yourself Apple,” as Lee Brimelow, an Adobe platform evangelist, did on his personal Web site, The Flash Blog. While Adobe had him retract some of his words, and the blog now has a big disclaimer, “[Adobe would like me to make it clear that the opinions below are not the official views of the company and are entirely my own.]” we can be sure that within Adobe’s offices far stronger words were used to describe Apple’s attitude towards Flash.

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