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September 28, 2012, 6:30 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:
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Tim Cook Apologizes For Apple Maps, Points To Competitive Alternatives  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook has written an open letter on Apple's website, finally apologizing for the Maps drama that's been unfolding over the past few weeks with the introduction of iOS 6.  —  In the letter, Cook states that he is …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Google Maps, Now With More High-Res Satellite And 45° Aerial Imagery  —  Google Maps gets more awesome by the day.  Earlier this week, the service started rolling out stunning underwater imagery- if you will, a seaview mode.  Now Google took to the Google Maps blog to announces the inclusion …

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