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September 28, 2012, 8:50 AM

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Tim Cook Apologizes For Apple Maps, Points To Competitive Alternatives  —  Apple has just made a real statement, apologizing about the Maps drama that's been unfolding over the past few weeks.  According to CEO Tim Cook, the company “fell short” on its commitment to bring world-class products to it's customers.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Sorry, Apple fans: the Google/Motorola fake address “scandal” is no scandal at all  —  The interwebs are in an uproar about evil Google subsidiary Motorola's map comparison between Google and Apple.  I'm sorry, but there's no scandal to be found here.  —  The commentary includes phrases like …
More: Softpedia NewsTweets: @manan
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Say Hello to Gifts, Facebook's New Mobile Revenue Stream  —  Facebook on Thursday unveiled Gifts, the company's major initiative into the world of social gift giving and e-commerce.  —  It's exactly what it sounds like.  Users can choose, mail and pay for real-world, physical gifts …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
No, Facebook does not have 63.5 million active users in China.  —  A new report published this week has suggested that China is Twitter's largest global market and Facebook has 63.5 million users there — despite both being blocked by the country's Internet censorship system …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Roger Cheng / CNET:
RIM won't show off BlackBerry 10 phones this year  —  Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben tells CNET that Research In Motion will show off more of BlackBerry 10's capabilities, but there will be no big reveal until closer to the launch date.  —  BlackBerry fans hoping to get a peek …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
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.
More: PhoneArenaTweets: @sohear
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Calif. law passed to halt employer snooping on social media  —  Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signs a privacy bill making it illegal for employers to demand employee usernames and passwords for social media accounts.  —  Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown took to social media today to announce that he signed …
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Here's Yahoo's 2011 3-Year Strategy Plan That Could Be New Roadmap  —  As most readers know, I love a good internal memo from Yahoo — and now I have landed a really meaty one.  —  It's the “Yahoo! Three-Year Product Strategy” plan, a 21-page report that was completed in mid-2011 by a team headed by former product head Blake Irving.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 officially priced in Europe, available in November  —  Nokia unveiled its Lumia 920 and 820 Windows Phone 8 devices earlier this month, but the company refused to mention pricing, pre-orders, and availability dates.  Despite this, Nokia's Russian subsidiary has started …
Claire Cain Miller / NYT Bits:
A New Google App Gives You Local Information — Before You Ask for It  —  Google has created a new mobile app that gives people facts about the places around them — unprompted, without the need to even ask for the information.  —  The app, Field Trip, offers historical trivia about a park …
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 …
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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Dish Said to Be in Talks With Viacom About Internet TV  —  Dish Network Corp. (DISH) is talking to networks such as Viacom (VIAB) Inc.'s MTV about offering their channels over the Internet, a service that could shift the economics of the pay-TV industry, five people familiar with the plan said.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter may not be displaying all of your @mentions in clients  —  Update below that shows both first and third party apps are affected.  —  If you use Twitter's app for iPhone, you may be missing some of the times your username is being referenced, and sometimes they are being ‘replaced’ by older retweeted mentions.
More: Favstar.fm and MacNNTweets: @applespotlightThanks:@steve_karaoke

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