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September 28, 2012, 10:55 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:
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Katherine Harmon / Scientific American Blog Network:
Silk-Based Electronics Dissolve on Cue for Vanishing Medical Implants  —  Imagine an electronic medical implant that, like dissolvable stitches, could disintegrate after it is no longer needed.  An innovative combination of silk and silicon have now been used to create just such ephemeral …

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