September 27, 2012, 8:20 AM

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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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On the Timing of Apple's Map Switch  —  Let's assume the timeframes being reported about Apple and Google's maps license are accurate.  The various reports coming out yesterday and today are in general agreement in this regard, and my own sources (who in this case are, as they say, directly familiar with the matter) back this up:
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 …
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 …
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.
More: TechCrunch
Matthew Panzarino / Robot Tuxedo:
The Primetimeness of Apple's Passbook  —  I'm not really in the habit of breaking down other writer's posts, but in this case I'll make an exception.  Erica Ogg wrote the article linked above at GigaOm, entitled Apple's New Passbook Isn't Quite Ready For Primetime.
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.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Amazon seeks to throw out Apple “app store” advertising claim  —  (Reuters) - 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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Looking for the ‘Next Big Thing’?  Ranking the Top 50 Start-Ups  —  This Year's List Shows a Focus on Business Tech as Health Care and Energy Fade  —  Venture capitalists are still investing in flashy Internet start-ups, but the “Next Big Thing” is more likely to be a maker of humdrum Internet plumbing for businesses.
Brent Hannify / Technapex:
Infamous AOL Squatter Launches Education Startup  —  A few months ago, an ambitious 20-year-old tech entrepreneur named Eric Simons made headlines when it was discovered he was secretly living at AOL's Palo Alto campus, posing as an employee.  He gained access to the swanky office by being part …
More: CNET and TechCrunch
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.

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