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Apple uses the precious time it has during the keynote to focus on dramatic change. But with all that drama, we shouldn’t draw the conclusion that some fundamentals of our computing life will be irrevocably altered or eliminated. So after the keynote dust settles, we try to make sens of it all, and here’s one of those articles by Ryan Faas: “Apple’s iCloud and iOS 5: New challenges for the enterprise.

Here’s a punchy essay that summarizes the Apple cloud strategy and why Monday wasn’t a great day for Amazon, Google and the recording industry.

Do you have an iPhone 3GS? Are you worried about whether it’ll run iOS 5 acceptably fast? Here are some notes from 9to5Mac that will put your mind at ease. “iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS: What’s missing?

The iCloud is Apple’s fourth go around in the sky. First was iTools. Then .Mac. Then MobileMe. (We won’t count eWorld.) And it looks like the MobileMe team was blown up by Mr. Jobs. Here’s a summary of the evolution and the challenges Apple faces in the cloud. “Fourth time’s a charm? Why Apple has trouble with cloud computing.

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Along that line, here’s an article that explains the philosophical diferences between the Apple and Google clouds - by Jason Hiner.

Apple has done something very cool with iMessage. We don’t know all the politics yet, but for now, “Apple Has Finally Stuck A Dagger Into SMS. I Love It.” by MG Siegler is a fascinating exploration of this new iOS 5 only service.

It looks like AT&T has been over charging its customers for the data service by adding taxes that shouldn’t have been charged. Now AT&T has to figure out how to get back nearly a billion dollars from state and federal government. “AT&T has to track down $1 billion in data tax case.” I wonder how that will work out? Don’t look for any refunds Real Soon Now.

This week, I deleted Adobe’s Flash from two of my Macs, including this iMac that I do my TMO work on. I just got tired of all the scary security updates from Adobe. Here’s a cool plugin that Jeff Gamet introduced me to. As I understand it, if a YouTube video is available in HTML5, this plugin will request it in place of the Flash video.

Without Flash, I can’t listen to Richard Dreyfuss do a dramatic reading of the iTunes EULA. I suspect it’s quirky, geek fun, knowing what a great voice Mr. Dreyfuss has. I’ll point you to it anyway and try to get time to listen on my MacBook Pro.

Is the new Apple mothership HQ design derived from the UK’s version of our NSA? They look eerily alike. But it’s not surprising, after all. Both are high security establishments. Here’s the story: “Did a British Spy Agency Building Inspire Apple’s New Headquarters?

Once upon a time, maybe ten years ago, I wrote an article about the four computer languages every serious programmer must know. I believe they were: Perl, Java, C and C++. Today, I’d have to alter that list, maybe, but even so, even recently, Javascript would not have been high on the list of serious, must-know, professional languages. That appears to have changed while no one was looking: “JavaScript spread to the edges and became permanent in the process.

Finally, while we’ve covered it here at TMO, I ran across another nice article that summarizes how Apple’s new in-app subscription rules will affect publishers. So, if you’re not up to speed, here’s a good recap. “What Apple’s latest rules change means for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo e-reader apps.