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October 1, 2012, 5:30 PM

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David Talbot / Technology Review:
Hey, Apple: Mapping Takes More Work than You Think  —  Apple's apology suggests it may underestimate how much effort is needed to build a great map app.  —  In response to scathing criticism over its new Maps app for mobile devices, Apple CEO Tim Cook last week apologized and admitted that the company …
Farhad Manjoo / PandoDaily:
Mapgate Is Over.  Apple Won.  Customers Won.  Google, Not So Much.  —  In a single succinct, sincere, and brilliant note, Tim Cook has put Apple's Maps fiasco to bed.  It was a beautiful thing.  He offered a clear assessment of the problem ("we fell short"), and took full responsibility for it.
Keith Andrew / Pocket Gamer.biz:
Is Apple clamping down on third-party app promotion services?  —  Guidelines point to promo app update block  —  Product:  —  Manufacturer:  —  Media attention may have been focused on the launches of iPhone 5 and iOS6 - including the subsequent ‘MapGate’ and ‘ScuffGate’ backlashes …
Tim Mak / Politico:
White House confirms cyberattack  —  The White House confirmed but sought to downplay a report by a conservative website on Sunday that it had been the victim of a cyberattack, volunteering to POLITICO that no harm had been done.  —  The Washington Free Beacon reported that Chinese hackers …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Verizon iPhone 5 update eliminates carrier data usage while connected to a Wifi Network  —  An update is going to Verizon iPhone 5 owners this evening that resolves an issue where, under certain circumstances, the iPhone 5 may use Verizon cellular data while connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook's new pitch to brand advertisers: forget about clicks  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc, stung by doubts that advertising on the social network delivers enough bang for the buck, is preparing to unveil data to counter its critics and show that “clicks,” the current metric of choice, tell only half the story.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Passes Microsoft's Market Value as PC Loses to Web  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) has surpassed Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to become the world's second-largest technology company, in another sign of the expanding ability of the Internet to facilitate computing tasks once completed on desktop machines.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple's Ping Social Network Officially Closes  —  Apple has officially shut down its failed social network Ping.  Reports in June signaled that Apple's social iTunes network would be removed from the next version of iTunes.  Apple has since been advertising the fact that the service would shut down as of last night, September 30th.
Bloomberg:
Intel Software Snag Said to Hamper Windows Apple Response  —  Intel Corp. (INTC)'s delayed delivery of software that conserves computer battery life is holding up development of some tablets running the latest version of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Windows operating system, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Security Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Twitter Accounts  —  “People should be changing their passwords,” says a victim whose account was hacked — and even put up for sale.  —  On Saturday, multimedia producer and Twitter user Daniel Dennis Jones — @blanket, at the time — received a notification that his Twitter password had been reset.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley tells the story of ARM and Newton at the start of Apple as a mobile giant  —  One of Apple's first forays into the arena that we think of today as ‘mobile’ computing was the Newton MessagePad.  As a pocketable, hand-sized device that was meant to be a a personal organizer …
More: PhoneArena, TUAW and 9to5Mac
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acqhires Founders Of Carsabi Who Will Sell Off Their Car Price Comparison Site  —  Facebook's has just closed a deal to hire Dwight Crow and Christopher Berner, the two founders and only teammates of Y Combinator used car price comparison site Carsabi.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
WikiLeaks' And Pirate Bay's Web Host PRQ Raided By Swedish Police  —  PRQ owner Mikael Viborg in front of the Stockholm-based Web host's entrance.  —  The Stockholm-based web host PeRiQuito AB, or PRQ, has long attracted some of the most controversial sites on the Internet.
Brad Chacos / LAPTOP Magazine:
IHS iSuppli Cuts 2012 Ultrabook Sales Estimates In Half  —  With 2012 entering its closing quarter, the Ultrabook phenomenon hasn't performed quite as phenomenally as expected.  Even though Intel's brain trust has stuck closely to its prediction that the new class of notebook will claim …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Catalogs Comes To The Web, Now Integrated With Google Shopping  —  Google Catalogs launched as an iPad and Android app in August 2011.  Just ahead of the holiday shopping season, Google is now also making this service available on the web.  Google Catalogs on the web will feature brochures …
Julia Boorstin / Media Money:
Where Facebook Is Looking to Grow: COO Sheryl Sandberg  —  For the first time since Facebook's IPO, COO Sheryl Sandberg sat down for an exclusive interview to talk about what's happened since the social network went public, and where she's taking the company next.  —  Facebook's IPO Disaster & Stock Slide
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL Finally Lands on YouTube  —  Want to be big in online video?  It helps if people can see your stuff on the world's biggest video site.  —  So that's what Tim Armstrong is going to do: After years of keeping its clips off YouTube, AOL is finally going to start distributing its video on Google's site, via 22 branded “channels.”
More: Engadget and WebProNews
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
App.net introduces a $5 per month plan, drops member price from $50 to $36 per year  —  App.net today announced new pricing options.  First off, there's a new $5 per month member plan.  Secondly, and more importantly for existing members, the current price has dropped from $50 per year to $36 per year.

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