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September 30, 2012, 6:40 PM

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Does Apple have a Scott Forstall problem?  —  There's no shortage of embarrassing instances where Apple (AAPL) Maps “fell short” — as Tim Cook's public apology put it — but on Friday Canadian reader John Garner pointed me to a particularly striking one.  Jason Matheson, a fellow Canadian …
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 …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Sloppy security?  Apple and Nokia conceal fewer sensitive sites than Google Maps  —  iOS 6 Maps is the most transparent of the three — but is that a good thing?  —  The launch of Apple's new mapping service in iOS 6 has generated a wave of criticism that shows no sign of abating.
Joseph Straw / NY Daily News:
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she doesn't use email  —  Napolitano tells cybersecurity conference that she doesn't have accounts.  Agency acts as the nation's top cybercop  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she avoids email for “a whole lot of reasons.”
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Simon Cowell And Will.i.am Are Teaming Up To Create An X Factor To Find The Next Mark Zuckerberg  —  Simon Cowell is on the hunt for the next Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates.  According to The Sun, the former American Idol and current X Factor judge is teaming up with Black Eyed Peas rapper …
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
As Apple and Samsung dominate, Japan's tech giants are in a free fall  —  TOKYO — While electronics giants Apple and Samsung fight each other for market dominance, with hotly competitive product releases and tit-for-tat patent lawsuits, Japan's consumer electronics makers find themselves …
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
The Case for Abolishing Patents (Yes, All of Them)  —  Our patent system is a mess.  It's a fount of expensive litigation that allows aging companies to linger around by bullying their more innovative competitors in court.  —  Critics have suggested plenty of reasonable reforms …
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Meg Whitman's Toughest Campaign: Retooling H.P.  —  IT'S not as easy being Meg Whitman as Meg Whitman might have expected.  —  At 56, Ms. Whitman, the eBay billionaire who spent a fortune unsuccessfully trying to become the governor of California, has found her Act III.
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Microsoft: 'To fill 6,000 jobs, we'll pay $10K per visa'  —  Plus $15K for green cards - other companies could buy in, as well  —  Microsoft has entered the US immigration debate with a novel proposal for expanding the number of visas available for foreign techies: have companies pay …
Technology Review:
PlaceRaider: The Military Smartphone Malware Designed to Steal Your Life  —  The US Naval Surface Warfare Center has created an Android app that secretly records your environment and reconstructs it as a 3D virtual model for a malicious user to browse  —  The power of modern smartphones is one of the technological wonders of our age.
David Carnoy / CNET:
Nook GlowLight e-reader price drops to $119  —  Just ahead of Amazon shipping out its highly anticipated Kindle Paperwhite, the Nook GlowLight gets a price chop.  —  As Amazon gets set to ship out the Kindle Paperwhite, its new e-ink e-reader that features an integrated light, its chief rival appears to be getting a price cut.
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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