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September 26, 2012, 10:35 PM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple-Google Maps Talks Crashed Over Voice-Guided Directions  —  Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says Apple should have continued to use Google's mapping application in iOS 6 instead of swapping it out for its poorly received home-brewed replacement, and given the sour reception Apple's Maps app has been given, he may have been right.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Apple's Maps Tilt in Strange Directions  —  Last week, I used Apple's new Maps app on my iPhone to guide me to a speaking engagement.  —  The GPS navigation screen was clean, bold and distraction-free.  The voice instructions spoke the actual street names.  The prompts gave me just the right amount of time to prepare for each turn.
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Tracking growth: the iTunes app store vs Google Play  —  There are now more than 675,000 apps available in Google Play, a noteworthy figure not for the number of apps, but because it means Android is now within striking distance of overtaking iOS as the mobile operating system with the most apps.
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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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google to remove exporting of old Microsoft Office formats from Google Apps on October 1  —  Google today announced a huge change for Google Apps, including its Business, Education, and Government editions.  As of October 1, users will no longer have the ability to download documents …
Brian Hawkins / Data Liberation:
Your YouTube original videos now available in Google Takeout  —  Your Takeout menu is growing.  Today's entrée: YouTube videos.  —  Previously, you've been able to download individual transcoded videos from your YouTube Video Manager.  But starting today, you also have a more efficient …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
To Unlock A Full Price AT&T iPhone 5, Just Restore It In iTunes  —  If you have bought an AT&T iPhone 5 without a contract over the past few days, chances are that you want to unlock it to use it on another carrier.  The traditional process involves filling out an online form on AT&T's website …
Philip Dorling / Sydney Morning Herald:
US calls Assange ‘enemy of state’  —  THE US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States - the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency.  —  Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents …
More: World News and CNETTweets: @eldon
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Amazon seeks to throw out Apple “app store” advertising claim  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has asked a federal judge to throw out Apple Inc's false advertising claim in a lawsuit challenging the online retailer's use of the “app store” name.  —  The claim is part of a March 2011 trademark lawsuit …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Getting in tune; Samsung to shop for software  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics, which has vaulted the value chain on the strength of its hardware, will go out and buy mobile content providers, a senior executive told Reuters, to compete with Apple, Google and Amazon.com in a global digital music market worth nearly $9 billion.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Operation Unlike Is A Go: Page Fan Counts Are Dropping Because Facebook Is Deleting Fake Accounts  —  Some Facebook business Pages lost tens of thousands of fans today, but they shouldn't fret.  Facebook has confirmed with me that it's currently purging fake accounts and Page Likes …
Claire Cain Miller / NYT Bits:
Amazon Starts a Shopping Site for the Environmental Crowd  —  Amazon.com is going after the environmental crowd with a new site called vine.com for buying green products.  —  Vine is part of Quidsi, the company that Amazon bought in 2010 that also runs sites like Diapers.com (baby stuff), Wag.com (pets) and YoYo.com (toys).
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Sees Stronger Start for Note 2, Unfazed by iPhone  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) expects sales of its new Galaxy Note 2 smartphone to get off to a stronger start than its predecessor even after Apple Inc. (AAPL) sold a record number of the latest iPhone in its debut weekend.
TechCrunch:
Airbnb Is Raising A Big Third Round, Aiming For A Valuation North Of $2B  —  It's the darling of “sharing economy” startups, Y Combinator and a good portion of Silicon Valley's top investors, and a symbol of consumer web startups moving beyond entertainment to solve real life problems.
Grant Gross / Network World:
.xxx to launch porn search engine  —  Search.xxx is intended to give porn fans a streamlined, private search experience The company behind the .xxx top-level domain plans to launch a search engine in an effort to drive more traffic to .xxx websites and give pornography fans a more satisfying search experience.
More: The Next Web and CNETTweets: @jessicakroy
David Pakman / Disruption:
Not All Traffic Is Created Equal  —  To build the online media giants of tomorrow, companies need models where the costs of both content and distribution are near zero.  Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and countless others employ this model.  These models allow scale to emerge at very low-cost.
More: ECPM BLOGTweets: @hunterwalk and @mathewi
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 …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Nest Takes Honeywell Patents Back to the Drawing Board  —  While the Apple versus Samsung patent trial got most of our attention this summer, another intellectual property suit stirred silently in the background: Nest versus Honeywell International, the designer thermostat outfit against the aerospace/consumer tech giant.
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.
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.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Maker of Smart-Grid Control Software Hacked  —  The maker of an industrial control system designed to be used with so-called smart grid networks disclosed to customers last week that hackers had breached its network and accessed project files related to a control system used in portions of the electrical grid.
Nicole Perlroth / NYT Bits:
American Banks Undamaged by Cyberattacks  —  Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, Citigroup, U.S. Bancorp and PNC have been hit by a wave of cyberattacks that have caused Internet outages and delays to online banking sites.  —  The banks have been targeted with distributed denial of service …

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