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September 20, 2012, 5:45 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.
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
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 …
Kevin Smith / Business Insider:
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia slams HTC's Windows Phone 8 announcement, calls it a ‘tactical re-branding’  —  HTC has just unveiled two new Windows Phone 8 devices today, making them the signature phones for Microsoft.  We asked Nokia about today's announcements and the company's head of marketing, Chris Weber …
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP marches out an army of Windows 8 consumer and business PCs  —  Hewlett-Packard is introducing a dozen new computers and accessories today that represent the core of its line-up for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system coming on Oct. 26.  —  This new pack of computers isn't even HP's whole line-up.
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET:
Roku Streaming Stick coming in October for $99, Roku 2 boxes get Vudu app, plus mobile app adds AirPlay-esque streaming  —  Roku's Streaming Stick will be out in time for the holidays, but it only works with a handful of TVs.  —  Roku's Streaming Stick was one of the most interesting home theater products …
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.
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
New Philippines law bans ‘cybersex’  —  The president of the Philippines signed a cyber crime bill into law on Tuesday that, much to the chagrin of Internet freedom activists, outlaws “cybersex,” bans “unsolicited commercial communications” online and imposes criminal penalties on people convicted of libel.
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Major League Baseball Hopes iPhone Tickets Will Be a Hit  —  While riding to San Francisco's AT&T Park on Thursday, an alert popped up on my phone letting me know that the Giants game was nearby, even though I was still on the train nearing the ballpark.  —  As I neared the gate …
Edward Wyatt / NYT Bits:
F.T.C. Still Expects to Resolve Google Antitrust Inquiry by Year's End  —  The Federal Trade Commission intends to decide by the end of the year whether to bring legal action against Google for anticompetitive practices, Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the commission, said on Wednesday in Washington.
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
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.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook tests automatic ‘Photo Sync’ uploads on Android  —  Facebook has begun testing a new feature for Android owners that syncs photos you shoot on your phone straight to your Facebook account.  It's a hybrid of Google+'s instant photo-upload feature and Apple's Photostream …
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.
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.
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.

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