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Is Apple's freeze-out of Flash working?
By Dave Winer on Friday, August 06, 2010 at 3:14 PM.

A picture named disneyPad.gifGoogle Finance says the wonderful version of their graphs are only available if you have Flash installed. permalink

How do I know? Well I'm an iPad user.  permalink

I was interested to see that San Francisco is shutting down the Transbay Terminal today, getting ready to demolish it and replace it with a wonderful new commuter center, right on Interstate 80. I would have loved to have seen the interactive rendering of the new terminal but I couldn't. I was using my iPad and they did it with Flash. permalink

Maybe they didn't get the memo. permalink

Or maybe they don't care. permalink

I think pretty soon Apple has to scare off all the Flash content or the users are going to be asking why there all these holes in their iPad browsing experience.  permalink

I have my own industry-insider reasons for despising what Apple is doing with Flash, even though I'm not a big fan of Flash. I despise it because they're using the users as pawns in a business chess match. Using us because they could have written a Flash emulator. That would have been the user-loving thing to do. I don't like to be seen as a tool to win a victory that I don't understand and I don't care to understand. That's me wearing my user hat. I'd just like to see the spiffy graphs and learn about the plans for the new Transbay Terminal. permalink

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