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September 26, 2012, 3:57 AM

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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Only 2,000?  Developer interest in Windows 8 is stagnant, opening a new line of worry for Microsoft  —  Windows 8 contains the Windows Store, making it the first edition of Windows to sport such an app store.  Platforms are increasingly reliant on strong app ecosystems …
More: ZDNet and parislemon
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.
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+.
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 …
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.
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 …
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Study: Android Owners “More Complacent” Than iOS Users When It Comes To Browser Choice  —  Most iPhone and Android owners overwhelmingly tend to use the default browser on their devices, though some have downloaded and use alternatives according to a new analysis from Chitika.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Sweet: Instagram finally updated to support iOS 6 but iPhone 5 appears to lose live filter preview  —  Updated with more info on live filters below.  —  Instagram for iPhone has been updated to support iOS 6 and the new iPhone 5, fixing the awkward centering stopgap that we've had to deal with for...a whole 4 days now!
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 …
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.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins: ‘we have a clear shot at being number three’  —  Speaking to the press today shortly after the unveiling of the latest beta version of BlackBerry 10 and a new developer device, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins discussed BlackBerry 10's chances on the market.
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.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Cablevision takes side of broadcasters in fight against Aereo  —  The broadcast industry has received support from an unusual source in its legal battle against Aereo: a new company that distributes local TV signals over the Internet.  —  In an amicus brief filed late Friday in federal court in New York …
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 …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Chrome Becomes A Better 3D Gaming Platform, Now Supports Pointer Lock  —  Google just launched a new stable version of Chrome today that adds supports for the Pointer Lock JavaScript API.  The purpose of this API is pretty simple: in 3D games on the browser, for example …

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