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September 28, 2012, 3:10 PM

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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 …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Apple Is Heavily Promoting Alternative Map Apps In The App Store  —  Now that Apple has told the world that it didn't come with its best offering for Maps, the company is now featuring other map applications heavily within the App Store in case you didn't notice:  —  It's also showing up for the iPad:
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.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Apple's plan to have music-streaming service built into iPhone 5 scuttled by royalty fight with Sony/ATV  —  Apple's plan to have its own music-streaming service built into the iPhone 5 was dramatically dashed when talks between the tech giant and Sony/ATV hit a last-minute snag, The Post has learned.
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile Leases Its Towers for $2.4 Billion to Fund Its LTE Plans  —  T-Mobile said on Friday that it has reached a deal to unload its cellular towers for $2.4 billion, a move that will help fund the company's effort to modernize its network.  —  The buyer is Houston-based Crown Castle, a major owner of such towers.
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.
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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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 …
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.
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 …

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