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September 29, 2012, 12:35 PM

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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.
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).
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 …
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.
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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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 …

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Discover better ways to exceed customer expectations - Introducing Customer Surveys in Zoho CRM  —  Zoho Survey is now integrated with Zoho CRM.  If your CRM is the lifeline of your business …
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
The First Brands Doing Cool Things with Beacons  —  The technology for beacons has been lingering out there since the launch of iOS 7, but it's only now that people are starting to notice.
AdExchanger:
GRP 2.0: How To Defibrillate An Old Metric With Fresh Data  —  The gross rating point (GRP) has time - and money, in the form of TV budgets - on its side, but a slew of new entrants in TV-to-digital measurement could disrupt what was once a Nielsen-run show.
 

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