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September 27, 2012, 11:30 AM

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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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD's new combo chips deliver PC graphics that burn Intel's Ivy Bridge  —  Advanced Micro Devices is taking a shot at Intel today with a new family of combination graphics-microprocessor chips to drive cheaper and faster mid-range PCs.  —  The chips, code-named Trinity, are accelerated processing units …

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