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September 26, 2012, 2:35 PM

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Google Working on Maps for iPhone and 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 …
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.
Jamie Rosenberg / Official Android Blog:
Google Play hits 25 billion downloads  —  Whether you're looking for directions, checking email or sharing a picture with friends, apps are now an indispensable part of life.  And if you're using Android, it all starts with Google Play, home to 675,000 apps and games.  That's a lot of choice.
Scott Lowe / The Verge:
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Barnes & Noble Takes Aim at Amazon With New HD Nooks  —  Yesterday, Barnes & Noble revealed its plans for a Nook-branded online video store.  —  Today, the company is showing off the products it hopes you'll be watching that video on: New Nook tablets, called the Nook HD and Nook HD+.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Yahoo's Choice of New Chief Financial Officer Suggests a Plan for Deals  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As Yahoo's newly installed chief executive, Marissa Mayer has given employees free cafeteria food, replaced their BlackBerry phones with iPhone and Android smartphones and closed a long-awaited deal with Alibaba that gives Yahoo $625 million.
Julia Boorstin / Media Money with Julia Boorstin:
Twitter CEO Costolo Talks Ads, Facebook, and IPO  —  Twitter is at a turning point, trying to roll out advertising while also maintaining the user experience.  I sat down with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo at the company's new San Francisco headquarters to talk about his plans to grow the social media giant.
More: CNET, Mashable!, The Next Web and Evolver.fmTweets: @rsarver
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Survey: iOS 6 Leads To Decrease In Device Satisfaction Among iPhone Users  —  Apple's iOS 6 doesn't appear to be doing the company any favors when it comes to user satisfaction, according to a new poll conducted by mobile customer research firm On Device.  The survey of just under 16,000 iPhone owners …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung has fix for Galaxy S III reset vulnerability, asks users to update software  —  Yesterday's big bad news for Samsung — that a number of Galaxy Android devices were exposed to being hard-reset when their user clicked a link in the browser — is being quickly rectified by the Korean company …
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Cellphones Are Eating the Family Budget  —  Heidi Steffen and her husband used to treat themselves most weeks to steak at Sodak Shores, a restaurant overlooking a lake near their hometown of Milbank, S.D. Then they each got an iPhone, and the rib-eyes started making fewer appearances.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Murdoch's Times unblocks search engines to seek new subscribers  —  In May 2010, News Corp.'s The Times newspaper said it would block search engines from indexing its stories, believing it must remove all possibility of free access as it introduced digital payments.  —  Two years later, that philosophy is being up-ended.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix CEO Keeps Focus on Expansion, Price  —  Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Reed Hastings is trying to prove that his streaming-video company isn't in a state of arrested development.  —  Last year, Netflix lost subscribers and investor confidence with a debacle over a sharp subscription …
More: GeekWire, CNET and WebProNewsTweets: @carlesdijous
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Tipping Point?  We're Watching More Web Video on TVs Than on PCs.  —  Getting Web video off your PC and onto your plasma screen used to be a niche activity.  No more: Consumer-tracking service NPD says TV sets are now the most popular way to watch streaming video.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twilio's Biggest Partnership Yet: AT&T Will Resell Its Cloud Telecom Apps And API  —  Twilio's business is getting a huge boost today, as AT&T has just announced it will resell the startup's voice and SMS API and apps as the “AT&T Advanced Communications Suite.”
More: GigaOM
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Silicon Valley Exec Shelby Bonnie Joins Allen & Co.  —  Longtime Silicon Valley executive Shelby Bonnie started off his career as a financial analyst.  He may wind up finishing it that way, too.  According to his LinkedIn profile, Bonnie has just joined Allen & Co. as a managing director in the investment firm's San Francisco office.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
TweetMeme, the precursor to DataSift, closes its doors after 500,000 installs  —  Since the earlier days of Twitter, one of my favorite services has been TweetMeme.  It aggregated tweets around popular subjects, then categorized them so that you could easily find what topics were hot at any given time.
Wall Street Journal:
CEOs on Twitter: Fear Makes Some Executives Leery of Social Media  —  Social-Media Gaffes Make Some Chiefs Leery of Twitter, but a Few Brave Ones Embrace It  —  When General Electric Co. Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt tweeted for the first time this month, his “Hello Twitter” …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Samsung schedules strategy meeting with Google's Schmidt over Apple's Android war  —  Google chairman Eric Schmidt will meet with Samsung execs in South Korea this week, Samsung's mobile chief has revealed, in what's tipped to be an attempt to boost Google's involvement in Android litigation.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Electronic Arts Buys Online Gaming Studio ESN, The Developers Behind Battlefield's Battlelog Online Social Network  —  Electronic Arts continues to beef up its cloud-based gaming offerings.  Today it was announced that it is buying ESN, developers of the Planet web-based games framework, for an undisclosed sum.

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Intel:
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