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September 20, 2012, 1:40 AM

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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 …
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 …
More: Tech Cocktail and LAPTOP MagazineThanks:@eldon
Kevin Smith / Business Insider:
Apple's New iPhone Software, iOS 6, Is Available Now!  —  Apple's new operating system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 6 is out now.  —  The update is rolling out slowly, probably to save Apple's servers from going down.  So if you don't see it right away, keep checking.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Aaron Greenspan:
The Lost Chapter  —  2003: Cambridge, Massachusetts  —  In college, my computer's filing system was relatively straightforward: I had a folder for each year of school, and within each of those folders there were additional folders for each course I was taking.
David Talbot / San Francisco magazine:
How Much Tech Can One City Take?  —  Shaken by the latest digital gold rush, San Francisco struggles for its soul.  —  Last year, when Mayor Ed Lee heard that Twitter was planning to move its headquarters out of San Francisco and down to the peninsula, he quickly consulted with his digital experts …
Carey Kolaja / AllThingsD:
The iPhone 5 Doesn't Have NFC — So What?  —  With last Wednesday's Apple iPhone 5 unveiling, and the recent Nokia Lumia launch, mobile is on top of the media agenda.  But as the screen size and connector stories die down, the question of “when will my mobile phone become my wallet?” rises up once again.
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.
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 …
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 …
More: CNET
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With a veteran startup team, Scopely raises $8.5M for social mobile games  —  If you're going to start a new game company at this late hour — even a mobile game company — you'd better do it with a veteran team.  That's the approach that Scopely, which is announcing an $8.5 million seed funding round today, has taken.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
iCloud for Windows 2.0: An improvement, but not much has changed  —  iCloud gets a lot of attention in reviews of iOS and OS X, and with good reason—it's one of Apple's biggest services, and with every new version of its desktop and mobile operating systems, iCloud expands to store just a bit more of your stuff.
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Bromium secures computers by holding apps in isolation  —  New security software separates apps and their processes from the operating system to keep attacks at bay.  —  Some of the minds behind virtualization technology used by Amazon Web Services are launching new security software today called Bromium …
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
California And 11 Other States Now Allow Online Voter Registration  —  Silicon Valley, residents of California, and citizens in 11 other states can now register to vote online.  California, the newest state to ease the inconvenience of voter registration, launched their online portal today.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Coming To A Car Near You: Linux Goes Automotive, Signs Up Harman, Intel, Toyota, Samsung's Tizen, More  —  If, one day, we really are all going to be carted around in driverless cars from the likes of Google and others, then we may as well have some apps on board to keep us occupied.

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