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September 29, 2012, 4:36 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 …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
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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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple's excessive work hours progress: tracking 800k, 97% 60-hour work week compliance  —  Apple has updated its Labor and Human Rights page to detailing its efforts to curtail excessive work weeks in its suppliers factories, like Foxconn in China.  —  The updates include the fact …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.

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