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September 21, 2012, 1:55 AM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Wrong turn: Apple's buggy iOS 6 maps lead to widespread complaints  —  Apple has a maps problem.  —  The major new feature of the company's new iOS 6 mobile operating system is a new mapping module developed by Apple itself — a replacement for the Google-supplied maps that have been standard on the iPhone since it debuted in 2007.
Steve Huff / Betabeat:
iOS6 Maps are So Bad They Inspired Their Own Mocking Tumblr  —  A few days ago Waze CEO Noam Bardin kvetched that Apple's native mapping app would stink up iOS 6.  If The Amazing iOS 6 Maps Tumblr is any indication, he was right.  —  The screengrabs posted on the site come from iPhones and iPads.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple: Maps is a “major initiative...the more people use it, the better it will get”  —  Apple issued a statement today regarding the much maligned maps in iOS 6.  It says that it launched the service knowing that it is a ‘major initiative’ and that it is just getting started with it.
Piers Dillon Scott / The Sociable:
iFixit:
iPhone 5 Teardown  —  Behold, the sixth generation of iPhone!  We shall call it...iPhone 5!  Buckle down for the iPhone 5 teardown: the biggest thing to happen to teardowns since teardowns.  Follow us on Twitter for all the latest teardown shenanigans, or go on that Facebook thing to keep up with iFixit news.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
iPhone 5 review  —  Apple's latest smartphone gets a bigger screen, LTE, and more power — but does it keep the crown?  —  Ah, to review the iPhone 5 — what a blessing, and what a curse.  It's actually funny to think that there was a time not that long ago that the iPhone wasn't even a thing, let alone an iconic part of pop culture.
More: CNET
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Google has an iOS 6 Maps app awaiting approval.  It is solely up to Apple to approve.  —  Previous version of Google Maps on iOS.  —  If you are missing Google Maps after updating to iOS 6 over the past 24 hours, good news may be just around the corner.  As previously rumored …
AppleInsider:
Rumor of Google Maps for iOS 6 submission likely false  —  A rumor that Google had submitted an iOS 6-compatible maps app to Apple after the built-in version was removed with the new mobile OS is false, says the well-connected Jim Dalrymple.  —  In a trademark terse post to his website The Loop …
Spandas Lui / ZDNet:
Are the iPhone queues for the fans or the publicity?  —  Summary: Apple launch events have turned into a honeypot for companies looking to get some free publicity, and the Australian launch of the iPhone 5 is no exception.  —  Spandas Lui  —  My impression of Apple's product launches …
More: Mashable!
Reuters:
Exclusive: Wal-Mart stops selling Amazon Kindles  —  (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc will no longer sell Amazon.com Inc's Kindle products, making the world's largest retailer the second major chain to stop selling Amazon's devices, according to an internal memo and a source familiar with the situation.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Swiss Federal Railways Says Apple Copied Its Iconic Railway Clock  —  Switzerland's Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, or Swiss Federal Railway service, has accused Apple of using their iconic clock in its Clock app for iPad without permission, according to a report in the Swiss newspaper Blick [Google Translate].
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
IFTTT forced to remove Twitter triggers on September 27th to comply with new API policies  —  The internet service glue product IFTTT has been forced to remove its Twitter triggers after recent changes to Twitter's API policies.  The change was confirmed in an email sent out to IFTTT users today.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Nokia would like to take this opportunity to remind you that its maps are better than Apple's  —  Nokia took the opportunity today to post up an interesting entry on its Conversations blog called “Benchmarking mobile maps” (thanks to Tim Bradshaw for pointing this out).
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
iOS 6 review  —  Apple's latest iPhone and iPad OS offers a new Maps experience and small, iterative improvements elsewhere in the OS.  —  A review of iOS 6 is not a review of revolution, but of refinement. iOS has been the gold standard for smartphones and tablets since the day it was first introduced …
More: MacRumors
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook promises to update its mobile apps every 4 to 8 weeks  —  Following the update of Facebook for Android, Facebook Messenger for Android, Facebook for iOS and Facebook Pages Manager for iOS today, the social networking giant has even more news to share: a new schedule for mobile app updates.
Scott Lowe / The Verge:
Kickstarter bans product renderings, requires project owners to be open about risk  —  In response to mounting concerns about project owners' responsibility to backers — or seemingly lack thereof — crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter has announced new guidelines that offer added protection against fraud.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Ask China to Stop Piracy at Four Firms  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) asked China to stop the alleged use of pirated versions of its Office software by China National Petroleum Corp. and three other state-owned companies, three people familiar with the situation said.
More: CNET and The Next Web
Ellyne Phneah / ZDNet:
Google shuts China-only music site  —  Summary: The search giant's music download service, exclusive to China users, has been shuttered as its impact was “not as great as expected”.  —  Ellyne Phneah  —  Google has shut its music download service in China as it has not been doing as well as the Web giant wanted it to.

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