Today in Tech: Adobe layoffs, gives up on Flash mobile?

November 9, 2011, 9:50 AM UTC

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*Adobe (ADBE) is restructuring and laying off 750 employees in North America and Europe. Also, sources tell ZDNet that the company is stopping development on Flash Player for mobile browsers and focusing its efforts instead on mobile apps, desktop content, and HTML5. That last bit about HTML5 may cause some Apple aficionados to revel, if true, given Steve Jobs‘ now-famous April 2010 memo, “Thoughts on Flash.” In it, the former Apple CEO criticized Flash’s reliability, security, and performance. (TechCrunch, ZDNet, and Apple)

* Shares for the Japan electronics company Olympus (OCPNY) plunged for the second day following an announcement that its executives covered up losses on investments for decades that may have exceeded $1 billion at one time. Olympus President Shuichi Takayama blamed former president and chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, ex-VP Hisashi Mori, and internal auditor Hideo Yamada. (The Wall Street Journal and Reuters)

* HP CEO Meg Whitman reportedly told Palm and HP (HPQ) employees that the company isn’t sure yet what to do with webOS, which it acquired last year. (The Verge)

* Over at Slate, writer Farhad Mango makes the bold statement that Google+ is living on borrowed time. (Slate)

* The Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch arrive in Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT), Walmart (WMT), Staples (SPLS), and other U.S. stores November 15. (Amazon)

* As if Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ weren’t enough, now there’s another social network,, though this one’s for celebs only. (Fast Company)

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