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Adobe throws in towel after Apple slurs

Adobe has thrown in with Google for mobile applications, after Apple CEO Steve Jobs made it clear that he really, really hates Flash.

Adobe chief technology officer Kevin Lynch blogged last night that the company “plans to shift our focus away from Apple devices for both Flash Player and AIR” in favour of Google, RIM, Palm, Nokia and Microsoft phones.

His posting followed a rare public rant from Jobs, who spelled out six reasons why Apple will not support Flash, and casually dismissed the technology as a “PC era” dead end.

In an open letter Jobs said that Apple blocked Adobe developers from its mobile platforms because Flash is insecure and performs poorly and because Adobe is slow to catch up with Apple's own innovations.

He also, laughably, tried to take the moral high ground on the issue of openness, saying: “Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true.”

Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen was quick to respond to what he called an “extraordinary attack”, in a video interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Narayen said Jobs' letter was “really a smokescreen” and “nothing to do with technology”, denying that Flash drains battery power or crashes Macs.

Apple's moves will just make life hard for developers, he said.