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September 28, 2012, 11:55 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 …
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 …
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.
Nivedita Bhattacharjee / Reuters:
Exclusive: Groupon reshuffles execs, seeks to fix Europe business  —  (Reuters) - Groupon Inc (GRPN.O), the world's largest online daily deals provider, is reshuffling senior management roles in an attempt to fix its struggling European business — a shake-up that will also include the departure of its chief of international business.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google's Copyright Crackdown Punishes Author For Torrenting His Own Book  —  Over the years, we've pointed out repeatedly a massive Achilles Heel for Google: its often dreadful customer service.  Trying to communicate with Google can often be like facing a giant white monolith, rather than any sort of human being.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …

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