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September 27, 2012, 3:45 PM

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Karolina Slowikowska / Reuters:
EU regulators set to charge Microsoft over breached deal  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators are preparing to charge Microsoft Corp for failing to comply with a 2009 ruling ordering it to offer users a choice of web browsers, the EU's antitrust chief said on Thursday.
Claire Cain Miller / NYT Bits:
A New Google App Gives You Local Information — Before You Ask for It  —  Google has created a new mobile app that gives people facts about the places around them — unprompted, without the need to even ask for the information.  —  The app, Field Trip, offers historical trivia about a park …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Snubbed by Apple, Foursquare makes its maps experience better on iPhone  —  How does the saying go?  The best offense is a good defense.  —  Fresh off rejection, Foursquare is making a full court press on iOS with the release of an iPhone 5 and iOS 6-ready version of its check-in application that touts …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Instagram Beats Twitter in Daily Mobile Users for the First Time, Data Says  —  Pictures beat words: In August, U.S. smartphone owners visited Instagram from their smartphones more frequently and for longer periods of time than they visited Twitter.  —  That data comes from comScore …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
New Zealand Prime Minister Apologizes To Kim Dotcom  —  “Of course I apologize to Mr Dotcom, and I apologize to New Zealanders.”  —  These were the humbling words of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key today after a report from Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Paul Neazor found …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Seen in the wild: An Apple trade show booth  —  Here at the Surge Conference in Baltimore, Md. I stumbled upon this Apple booth on the trade show floor.  Sure, many of the developers and operations engineers attending the conference toted MacBooks of some sort, but Apple doesn't show up at trade shows pitching its wares anymore.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Netflix gets iPhone 5 and iOS 6 support, takes advantage of the new 16:9 screen  —  Netflix today updated its native iOS app with iPhone 5 and iOS 6 support.  You can grab the latest version now from the official Apple App store.  —  The requirements for the app now read: “Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
More: TechCrunch
Cho Mu-hyun / The Korea Times:
Schmidt raps Apple for patent trolling  —  Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt made it clear Thursday that he is against patent wars in the mobile phone industry, expressing his frustration with Apple's recent move to file a myriad of legal attacks against users of the Android operating system (OS), including Samsung Electronics.
AppleInsider:
Apple seeks patent for Siri automated assistant  —  Apple is seeking ownership of the technology and features that drive its voice-controlled Siri personal assistant found on iOS devices.  —  The company's extensive 51-page application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is entitled “Intelligent Automated Assistant.”
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Could Be Working On A Square Competitor  —  Rumors have been coming in that Amazon is readying a mobile payments product that could compete with Square, Intuit GoPayment and PayPal Here.  A tipster and an industry source both tell us that Amazon is going after smaller chains of retailers …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Will TV will be Apple's Undoing?  —  The Wall St. Journal columnist who foresaw the “Microsofting of Apple” has a new theory  —  FORTUNE — Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. published a provocative theory Wednesday in the opinion section of the Wall Street Journal.  —  The “maps farrago,” as the paper's …
More: BGR
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Dish Network launches nationwide satellite broadband service with ViaSat, Hughes, calls it dishNET  —  Dish Network's long-gestating tie-up with ViaSat and Hughes has finally arrived under the name dishNET.  Sounding like an implement you'd use to clean dirty dinner plates …
Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
Disrupt Battlefield Finalist Zumper Reveals It Raised $1M Seed Round From Greylock, Kleiner Perkins, Andreessen Horowitz, Others  —  Zumper, the San Francisco-based startup that's assisting apartment hunters in finding the most ideal abode, announced today that it closed a $1 million seed round.
Chris Heinonen / AnandTech:
The iPhone 5 Display: Thoroughly Analyzed  —  When Apple rolled out the iPhone 5, they announced that it had a full sRGB gamut, which the new iPad almost achieves and would be a substantial improvement over the 4 and 4S displays.  The slight increase in screen resolution and size means …
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Camera+, a Top-Selling iPhone App, Expands to iPad  —  Camera+, an iPhone camera app that has been a top seller in the App Store for years, expanded to the iPad on Thursday.  Not many people shoot photos with an iPad, but the core features of the app are its editing suite and integration of Apple's iCloud online storage service.
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 …

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