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September 19, 2012, 7:50 PM

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Dan Moren / Macworld:
Review: Refined iOS 6 highlighted by stunning Maps overhaul  —  Every iOS release has its marquee feature, and with iOS 6 it's unquestionably Maps.  The app has gotten a in-depth makeover, perhaps the most thorough ever to be applied to one of iOS's built-in applications.
Anil Dash:
Who benefits from iOS6's crappy maps?  —  The classic criticism that thoughtless Apple haters use against the company is that it makes products that are pretty but dumb.  Usually those criticisms are by people who don't understand the value of a comprehensible user experience …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
As Google Maps Disappears In iOS 6, Google Remains Cagey About Releasing Its Own App  —  The latest version of Apple's operating system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 6, is now out.  As people upgrade, the Maps application previously powered by Google is now being replaced by Apple's own homegrown one.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
How To Undo Facebook Hiding Your Email Address Before Your Friends Use iOS 6 Contact Sync  —  Millions of people are downloading iOS 6 right now, and many will use the Facebook contact sync feature to pull in photos and current phone numbers of friends.  But rather than your real email address …
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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Passbook Enabled-Apps Start Arriving on App Store  —  Passbook enabled apps have begun making their way to the App Store, with major corporations like Major League Baseball, Ticketmaster, Fandango and Lufthansa offering event and flight tickets via Passbook, and Walgreens offering access to its rewards program via the service.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8X by HTC has a 4.3-inch display and Beats, launches early November  —  HTC is unveiling its flagship Windows Phone 8 handset today, the Windows Phone 8X.  The branding might sound Microsoft-like, but there's a good reason for that — the two companies have joined forces …
Claire Cain Miller / NYT Bits:
Google Updates Android Maps App as Apple Moves On  —  The fight over mobile maps is on.  —  Google plans to add new features to its Google Maps app for Android phones on Wednesday.  Conveniently, it is the same day that Apple's latest mobile operating system is due to be released …
Mihir / Groublogpon:
Introducing Groupon Payments  —  In the past, our merchant partners have often told us that their traditional payment systems are expensive and cumbersome-so we stepped up to the plate and developed our own payments service guaranteed to be the simplest and lowest cost option for Groupon merchants to accept credit cards.
Spencer E. Ante / Digits:
Former TechCrunch Editor Erick Schonfeld To Run DEMO  —  The technology conference wars just got a bit more dramatic.  Former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld is taking over the management of DEMO from VentureBeat editor in chief Matt Marshall, who is returning to the tech blog exclusively …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Sources: Zynga Chief Security Officer Nils Puhlmann Has Resigned From Company  —  We're hearing that Nils Puhlmann, the cloud security expert who has worked as Zynga's Chief Security Officer since 2009, resigned from the company yesterday, according to several sources familiar with the matter.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
MakerBot unveils Replicator 2, 2X and launches retail store, we go eyes-on  —  The Replicator may have just been pushed off this writer's Christmas list.  (Note to self: send updated letter to Santa.)  But, this isn't a loss for MakerBot Industries, because it's being replaced by the Replicator 2 …
T-Mobile Newsroom:
John Legere Named as Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile USA  —  Deutsche Telekom (OTCQX: DTEGY), one of Europe's leading telecommunications and information technology service companies and the parent company of T-Mobile USA, today announced that John Legere, a 32-year veteran of the U.S …
Kristin Jones / Wall Street Journal:
AOL Names Karen Dykstra As Finance Chief  —  AOL Inc. named former hedge-fund executive Karen Dykstra as its chief financial officer, filling a role vacant at the Internet company since June, when the former finance chief was promoted.  —  Ms. Dykstra is a former partner at Plainfield Asset Management LLC …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Expected to Surpass Facebook in Display-Ad Sales  —  Google Inc. is expected to surpass rival Facebook Inc. in selling online “display” advertisements in the U.S. this year, according to a new estimate by research firm eMarketer Inc.  —  The result would mark a milestone for the Web-search giant …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Here's what the new gaming experience on Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets will look like  —  Two weeks ago, Amazon introduced its latest tablet, the Kindle Fire HD, which comes in two screen sizes, 7 inches and 8.9 inches.  The new Kindle Fire tablets will offer players a revamped gaming experience …

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