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September 26, 2012, 12:55 AM

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Alexandra Chang / Wired:
Ballmer Pitches Windows 8 to Developers, But Keeps Tight Rein on Surface  —  Ballmer at the RocketSpace event speaking to developers and VCs about Windows 8.  Photo: Alexandra Chang/Wired  —  Microsoft is working hard to turn developer attention to Windows 8.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Apple had over a year left on Google Maps contract, Google scrambling to build iOS app  —  Apple's decision to ship its own mapping system in the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 was made over a year before the company's agreement to use Google Maps expired, according to two independent sources familiar with the matter.
NYT Bits:
Google Working on Maps for iPhone, iPad  —  People pining for a Google Maps app on their Apple devices will get one eventually, but likely not for another couple months or so.  —  Google is developing a maps application for iPhone and iPad that it is seeking to finish by the end of the year …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Mayer to Yahoos at Not-So-Radical Confab: Personalization, Mobile, Rule of 100 Million and — Most of All — the Four C's!  —  New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer took to the stage today at the Silicon Valley Internet company's URL's Café on its Sunnyvale, Calif., HQ campus to outline — in very broad strokes — her plans for the future.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
iFixit:
Apple A6 Teardown  —  Geeks rejoice!  We have partnered with Chipworks for a double-the-geeks, double-the-fun teardown of Apple's new A6 Processor.  The A6 is rumored to make use of two custom 1 GHz CPUs running the ARMv7s instruction set.  Along our journey into the A6 …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's Lightning port dynamically assigns pins to allow for reversible use  —  A cabling expert has taken a closer look at how Apple's new Lightning connector works, and has come to the conclusion that the 8 pins on each side of the plug are dynamically assigned, likely thanks to the use of a unique chip in the iPhone 5.
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 …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Apple denied trademark for music icon thanks to... MySpace  —  Apple is used to getting its way when it comes to intellectual property.  It came up short, however, in getting protection for its famous music icon after trademark judges said last week that consumers might confuse the mark with one owned my MySpace.
More: Gizmodo, CNET and Macgasm
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
California Governor Brown signs bill clearing use of driverless cars on public roads (video)  —  Google just chalked up one of the more important victories for driverless cars.  California Governor Jerry Brown has signed bill SB1298 into law, formalizing the legal permissions and safety standards needed …
Eric Jackson / Forbes:
Eric Schmidt Says Google Would Love to Replace Microsoft as Yahoo!'s Search Partner  —  Overnight, Eric Schmidt, Google's (GOOG) Executive Chairman, spoke in Tokyo at a launch event for a new Nexus tablet.  There are many articles this morning reporting on his comments tsk-tsking Apple …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Targets Amazon in the Cloud  —  International Business Machines Corp. is taking aim at a market where the technology goliath is more like the new kid on the block.  —  In a shift for a company that typically deals with the world's largest corporations and governments …
More: Reuters
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Cisco CEO Names Potential Successors in Retirement Plan  —  Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) Chief Executive Officer John Chambers identified some of the senior leaders at the company that he and the board are considering to succeed him when he retires, which may be within two to four years.
Steve Huff / Betabeat:
‘Operation Ababil’: Muslim Cyber Fighters Return, Take Down Wells Fargo's Website  —  The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters have returned with a new declaration published on Pastebin and a new set of targets.  If you park your money with Wells Fargo and can't reach the bank's website …
More: Reuters and Mercury NewsTweets: @wellsfargo and @wellsfargo
Lance Whitney / CNET:
iPhone 5 reservation system goes live  —  Using Apple's Personal Pickup Web site, you can preorder a phone between 10 p.m and 4 a.m. and then get it from your local store the following day.  —  Eager iPhone 5 buyers can now pre-purchase the phone during the night and then pick it up during the day.
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
Apple Thefts in New York Outpace Rise in Overall Crime  —  Thefts of Apple Inc. (AAPL) products in New York City increased more since last year than crime overall, according to the police department.  —  The Cupertino, California-based company's products were stolen in a total …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Google launches underwater Street View, a new virtual map of oceans  —  Today, Google Maps unveils a new Street View feature: underwater panoramic views of six special sea spots.  The idea is to create a virtual map of the oceans, documenting the state of fragile ecosystems as they change over time …

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