September 28, 2012, 3:20 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 …
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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:
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.
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.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
FCC kicks off effort to reclaim TV spectrum for wireless  —  The FCC started the process for making rules for the upcoming incentive auction as it tries to free up more wireless spectrum from broadcast TV providers.  The target date for the complicated auction, which has three distinct parts, is June 2014.
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.
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
Notch: “I'd rather have minecraft not run on win 8 at all than to play along.”  —  Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft, is in the rare position to be able to do just about whatever he wants and say whatever he feels.  So the man whose game is tearing up the charts on Xbox Live Arcade …
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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