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September 26, 2012, 7:45 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.
NYT Bits:
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 …
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.
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.
Scott Lowe / The Verge:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Tweets: @mathewi and @hunterwalk
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Trouble in paradise?  Cracks show in Microsoft-Intel alliance  —  Recent comments from Intel about Windows 8 underscore the tension between the chip giant and longtime partner Microsoft.  —  When Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablets earlier this year, Intel executives were shocked.
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: GigaOM, CNET, GeekWire and WebProNewsTweets: @carlesdijous
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook completes test asking you to snitch on your friends, has no plans for a broad roll out  —  Last week, we wrote about a controversial prompt Facebook was testing.  Essentially, the social network was asking users to snitch on their friends if they weren't using their real name.
More: WebProNews
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.
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.

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