September 25, 2012, 1:55 PM

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Kevin Krolicki / Reuters:
Google says Maps not waiting in wings for iPhone 5  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc has made no move to provide Google Maps for the iPhone 5 after Apple Inc dropped the application in favor of a home-grown but controversial alternative, Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said.
Teo Chian Wei / Bloomberg:
Google's Schmidt Says Up to Apple to Decide on Maps App  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) Chairman Eric Schmidt said it would be up to Apple Inc. (AAPL) to approve the company's map application for Apple's operating system after the iPhone maker's own app was criticized by reviewers.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple Marketing SVP comments on iPhone 5 scratches and chips: ‘That is normal’ for aluminum products  —  We just received (and verified headers of) an email exchange from a 9to5Mac reader to Senior Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller, where the Apple executive gave his take on the small amount …
Apple Use of Thin Display Seen Driving IPhone 5 Supply Shortfall  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s decision to create a smartphone that boasts a thinner, lighter touch screen contributed to the component shortfall that caused demand to outstrip supply of the iPhone on its debut weekend.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Possible flaw in Samsung's TouchWiz UI leaves smartphones open to data-wiping, SIM locks and more  —  A bug in the way Samsung's TouchWiz UI interacts with USSD codes on Android smartphones may allow an attacker to perform a factory reset on susceptible devices, simply by embedding a link on a website or sending an SMS.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
StumbleUpon releases new site redesign in beta, featuring Pinterest-like stumbles and lists  —  Following a traffic nose-dive from last December's site redesign, the loss of its CEO and the recent release of a redesigned iOS app, StumbleUpon is today revealing a site redesign in beta.
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Twitter Cofounder Suggests A Replacement For The Follower Count  —  “The dream metric is how many people saw your tweet,” says Ev Williams.  Twitter's own Klout?  —  Via: @jonsteinberg  —  Twitter cofounder Ev Williams — who remains on the company's board — hinted Monday that follower counts …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Ready, Set ... Stream: Yahoo CEO Mayer Likely to Promise Better CPMs, Home Page, Mail and Search at Employee Confab  —  The Yahoo “act of radical transparency” meeting by new CEO Marissa Mayer — in which she will unveil her plans to turn the Silicon Valley company around to employees — is starting now.
More: AllThingsD
Amar Toor / The Verge:
Google Play Books update adds definitions, translations, and Maps integration  —  Google has updated its Books app for Android with a slew of new features, including in-text definitions, translations, and Google Maps integration.  The updated Google Play Books app also makes it easier …
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Going Beyond E-Books, Barnes & Noble Nook Launches Digital Video Service  —  Barnes & Noble, looking to capitalize on its fast-growing digital business, is launching a Nook-branded video streaming service that, at first glance, looks a lot like Amazon's and Google's online video services.
Eric Jackson / Forbes:
Eric Schmidt Says Google Would Love to Replace Microsoft as Yahoo!'s Search Partner  —  Click for full photo gallery: Eric Schmidt  —  Overnight, Eric Schmidt, Google's (GOOG) Executive Chairman, spoke in Tokyo at a launch event for a new Nexus tablet.  —  There are many articles …
More: GeekWire and GigaOM
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft responds to the NYTimes' data center article, gently pointing out why it's off key  —  Ah, to be a corporate giant, wrongly maligned in the media.  How do you respond?  Too sharply and you sound defensive.  Too passive and it may come across like you are guilty as charged.

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