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September 29, 2012, 11:00 AM

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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.
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.
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Apple Drops the “Most Powerful Mapping Service Ever” Claim  —  Apple's CEO Tim Cook has honestly admitted that Apple Maps isn't as good as competing mapping services but the Apple website made a slightly contradictory claim.  It said: … Apple Maps may be beautiful for some regions …
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 …
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.
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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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 …
Scot Wingo / Amazon Strategies:
Amazon Lending - Amazon starts loaning capital to sellers to help them scale  —  Sellers are reporting that Amazon has started an interesting new program called Amazon Lending from Amazon Capital Services Inc. (at amazoncapital.com which redirects to amazonservices.com for now).

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