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September 28, 2012, 5:45 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:
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Amazon breaks down its Kindle Paperwhite light technology (video)  —  Amazon's certainly not the first company to deliver an illuminated e-reader, but the mega-retailer's psyched about its new Kindle Paperwhite nonetheless, and after playing around with the device a bit, it's easy to see why.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Twitter Announces New Improvements For Discover Tab, Adds Continuous Tweet Stream  —  Today, Twitter announced some updates to its Discover offering.  Here's what the company had to say: … The name of this game is context.  What Twitter has been working really hard at is providing top news stories …
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.
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Foursquare just launched a no-brainer partnership with OpenTable for reservations in its Explore tab  —  Foursquare announced an interesting partnership today with OpenTable.  Tap on any place in the Foursqare app's Explore map that's an OpenTable partner and you'll be able to make reservations right in the app.
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.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
HP takes Open webOS 1.0 live, shows it supersized on a TouchSmart (video)  —  WebOS loyalists have been waiting a long, long time for HP's September launch of Open webOS, but the company has made good on its promise with not a moment to spare.  Open webOS 1. is now available with core browser …
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.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Kodak planning to exit consumer printing business as bankruptcy restructuring continues  —  Kodak today announced it would cease the sale of consumer inkjet printers and cut a total of 1,200 jobs, up from the 1,000 previously announced, as the company works to restructure its business after filing for bankruptcy earlier this year.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Movie Pirates Handed Jail Sentences, Ordered To Pay 1.1 Million Euros  —  As far back as 2005, piracy release group CiNEFOX had been leaking the latest movies onto the Internet.  By early 2007 they were seriously on the radars of the leading studios and anti-piracy group ALPA …
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 …
More: PC Magazine, SiliconANGLE, BBC and CNETTweets: @notch

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