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September 29, 2012, 9:15 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 …
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Take A Closer Look At The Icon For Apple's Terrible Maps App  —  iPhones used to come with Google Maps, but Apple booted Google after the two companies were unable to negotiate a new deal.  —  The whole thing fell apart over turn-by-turn directions.  —  The problem for Apple is, everyone (well, almost everyone) hates their maps app.
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple taps obscure Asian suppliers to bring the iPhone and other products to the masses  —  BADE, Taiwan — On a November afternoon two years ago, a taxi pulled up to the gate of Ta Liang Technology, one of countless nondescript companies that make up the global gadget supply chain.
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
The FeedBurner Deathwatch Continues: Google Kills AdSense For Feeds  —  As part of its latest round of “spring cleaning,” Google just announced that it is shuttering AdSense for Feeds.  The service, which allows publishers to earn a bit of extra revenue by adding Google's ads to their RSS feeds …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Google's Spring Cleaning program removes AdSense for Feeds and decreases Drive storage  —  As part of its effort to minimize resources while also focusing on products that they feel could improve users' lives, Google announced that it was continuing its spring cleaning program and shared …
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Urban Outfitters Says It Will Never Buy Another Cash Register Again — All Sales Will Be Done On iPods And iPads  —  Retailer Urban Outfitters had its first ever annual analyst day today.  —  You can listen to the whole presentation here, but about halfway through CIO Calvin Hollinger makes …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Bootstrap creators leave Twitter for Obvious and GitHub but vow to keep working on open-source project  —  Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton (aka @mdo and @fat), who jointly cooked up front-end Web app development toolkit Bootstrap whilst working at Twitter, have decided to leave the social networking company after 2.5 years.
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Wall Street Journal:
Mobile Ads: Here's What Works and What Doesn't  —  Coupons, Pitches Tied to Smartphone Search Get a Yes; Don't ‘Spray and Pray’  —  In 2010, Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs proclaimed, “Mobile advertising really sucks.”  Now, however, the rule book for what works in mobile advertising is slowly being written.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Shares Jump More Than 6% After Gifts Launch.  (Hooray For New Revenue Streams.)  —  Well, Facebook shareholders sure like the sound of Gifts.  —  Around Wall Street's close yesterday, the company launched a much anticipated e-commerce initiative that lets Facebook users send real …
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.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Stripe partners with Chilling Effects to report the legal complaints it receives against users  —  Following the lead of Google, Twitter and GitHub, US-based payments startup Stripe has just announced a partnership with Chilling Effects to report the “take-down” requests that it receives from third parties.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
iPhone 5 estimated to cost 41 cents per year to charge  —  A new estimate says Apple's newest iPhone costs 41 cents a year to recharge if you do it once a day.  —  A new estimate claims Apple's latest iPhone costs 41 cents a year to keep charged, less than a third of its sibling, the iPad.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon.com Planning Online Wine Sales  —  Amazon.com Inc. is planning an online marketplace for wine sales directly to consumers, said executives for several California wineries, marking the Seattle Web giant's second foray into the business in three years.  —  Amazon hosted a workshop …

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