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September 28, 2012, 10:00 AM

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Tim Cook / Apple:
A letter from Tim Cook on Maps  —  To our customers, At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers.  With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment.  We are extremely sorry for the frustration …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Tim Cook Apologizes For Apple Maps, Points To Competitive Alternatives  —  Apple has finally made a real statement to its customers apologizing about the Maps drama that's been unfolding over the past few weeks with the introduction of iOS 6.  According to CEO Tim Cook, the company “fell short” …
Tim Kelly / Reuters:
Sharp says making adequate volumes of display used in iPhone5  —  (Reuters) - A Sharp Corp executive said the company is making “adequate volumes” of displays it is known to supply for Apple Inc's new iPhone5, indicating that a bottleneck in supplies of screens may have eased.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Global iPhone 5 Rollout Continues, Tight Supplies Be Damned  —  A week after it first debuted, the iPhone 5 is still in short supply, with Apple's online store offering it for shipment in the U.S. in three to four weeks.  But the aggressive rollout the company scheduled for it continues apace.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Google's “iLost” Motorola ad faked an address to “lose” iOS 6 Maps  —  Google's Motorola Mobility subsidiary went looking for an address that didn't actually exist in an effort to artificially portray Apple's new iOS 6 Maps as deficient.  —  In a marketing ploy not unlike Nokia's faked camera shots …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
No, Facebook does not have 63.5 million active users in China.  —  A new report published this week has suggested that China is Twitter's largest global market and Facebook has 63.5 million users there — despite both being blocked by the country's Internet censorship system …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Yes, the iPhone 5 does vibrate differently  —  If you're the proud owner of an iPhone 5, you may have noticed something different about the way that it vibrates.  Well, you're not imagining it, because there is something different about it: the vibrating motor.
More: CNET and PhoneArenaTweets: @sohear
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Say Hello to Gifts, Facebook's New Mobile Revenue Stream  —  Facebook on Thursday unveiled Gifts, the company's major initiative into the world of social gift giving and e-commerce.  —  It's exactly what it sounds like.  Users can choose, mail and pay for real-world, physical gifts …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
RIM won't show off BlackBerry 10 phones this year  —  Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben tells CNET that Research In Motion will show off more of BlackBerry 10's capabilities, but there will be no big reveal until closer to the launch date.  —  BlackBerry fans hoping to get a peek …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Calif. law passed to halt employer snooping on social media  —  Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signs a privacy bill making it illegal for employers to demand employee usernames and passwords for social media accounts.  —  Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown took to social media today to announce that he signed …
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Microsoft: Lack of tech workers approaching ‘genuine crisis’  —  Microsoft unveiled a lobbying push on Thursday to produce more applicants with the skills to fill technology and engineering jobs.  —  The proposal would boost visas for high-skilled foreign workers and invest millions of dollars in federal funding for education.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Here's Yahoo's 2011 3-Year Strategy Plan That Could Be New Roadmap  —  As most readers know, I love a good internal memo from Yahoo — and now I have landed a really meaty one.  —  It's the “Yahoo! Three-Year Product Strategy” plan, a 21-page report that was completed in mid-2011 by a team headed by former product head Blake Irving.
More: PandoDaily
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Spurned by VCs, a chip startup turns to Kickstarter  —  Andreas Olofsson, the founder and CEO of Adapteva, had a problem.  He had built a computer chip that could deliver the horsepower of a supercomputer on a smartphone or a tablet.  His Epiphany chip design was manufactured and then placed …
AppleInsider:
Apple iPad dominates tablet-based web browsing with 98% share, report says  —  A study released on Thursday claims the iPad accounts for nearly of all web traffic originating from tablets, and 54.5 percent of all traffic from mobile devices, to sites running the touch-centric Onswipe platform.
Bloomberg:
Dish Said to Be in Talks With Viacom About Internet TV  —  Dish Network Corp. (DISH) is talking to networks such as Viacom (VIAB) Inc.'s MTV about offering their channels over the Internet, a service that could shift the economics of the pay-TV industry, five people familiar with the plan said.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 officially priced in Europe, available in November  —  Nokia unveiled its Lumia 920 and 820 Windows Phone 8 devices earlier this month, but the company refused to mention pricing, pre-orders, and availability dates.  Despite this, Nokia's Russian subsidiary has started …
Tim Peterson / Adweek:
Yahoo Resurrects Its AdSense, With a Partner  —  Yahoo is back in the contextual ad business.  —  Two years after shutting down a fledgling text-based ad product that Yahoo called the Publisher Network—essentially Yahoo's answer to AdSense, the company is giving it another go with the launch …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
F.T.C. Moves to Tighten Online Privacy Protections for Children  —  Federal regulators are about to take the biggest steps in more than a decade to protect children online.  —  The moves come at a time when major corporations, app developers and data miners appear to be collecting information …
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Cloud security company Qualys to IPO at $12 a share tomorrow  —  You can expect to see another security company on the market tomorrow.  Cloud security company Qualys will debut on the NASDAQ Friday under the ticket symbol QLYS. … The company plans to sell 7,575,000 common stock shares …

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