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September 26, 2012, 1:45 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+.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Xbox Music pricing and features revealed through Windows 8 and leaked Xbox interface  —  Microsoft cherry-picks the best cloud music features for Xbox Music  —  Microsoft has revealed its Xbox Music service pricing through the Windows 8 Music app, at the same time as pushing …
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.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Facebook Groups get more useful for business with Dropbox file sharing  —  Here's a hot bit of news for you.  Starting today, Dropbox is rolling out a feature in conjunction with Facebook that will allow you to share your Dropbox files directly to Facebook Groups.
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.
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
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.
Aaron Lucchetti / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Faces Lawsuits, Arbitration Over Its Initial Public Offering  —  Facebook Inc.'s botched initial public offering is turning into a potential legal morass for the social-networking firm, its investment bankers and the exchange on which it went public.
More: CNET
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.
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” …
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cisco Acquires Wi-Fi Location Data Analytics Startup ThinkSmart  —  Cisco has made an interesting acquisition today, announcing the purchase of ThinkSmart Technologies, a company that delivers location data analysis using Wi-Fi technology.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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.
More: GeekWire, CNET and FortuneThanks:@sarahfrier

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