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October 3, 2012, 8:45 PM

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Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Google Moves Ahead in Fight to Dominate the Map Apps  —  Apple has been taking lots of justified heat for its decision to replace Google Maps on the iPhone with a fledgling, and flawed, maps app of its own.  In my otherwise favorable review of the new iPhone 5, I called Apple's maps app …
T-Mobile Newsroom:
T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS to Combine, Creating Value Leader in U.S. Wireless Marketplace  —  Combination Establishes the Leading Value-Focused Wireless Carrier  —  Accelerates T-Mobile's Challenger Strategy with Increased Scale, Spectrum and Financial Resources
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Turning to Select Retail Store Employees to Help Improve Maps for iOS 6  —  MacRumors has learned that Apple is piloting a program to tap into its vast number of retail store employees to help improve the company's new Maps app for iOS 6.  Details on the initiative remain unclear …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox Music to launch on October 26th with free ad-supported streaming  —  Spotify-like service on the way  —  Microsoft is preparing to launch its Xbox Music service on October 26th.  Multiple sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have confirmed the new service will launch at the same time as Windows 8.
Phil Dzikiy / iLounge:
Apple tightens MFi rules, stalls 3rd-party Lightning add-ons  —  Following up on prior reports that Apple had not made Lightning connectors available to developers, multiple reliable sources have confirmed to iLounge that Apple has made significant changes to its Made For iPad/iPhone/iPod …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google officially launches Google Wallet for web content  —  We knew it was coming when Google leaked a rough draft of its blog post announcing the feature, but today Google is making things official for Google Wallet for web content.  The experimental feature will allow Google Wallet users …
More: The Verge and Engadget
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Asia's Apple Suppliers Begin Mass Production on Mini iPad  —  TAIPEI—Apple Inc.'s Asian component suppliers have started mass production of a new tablet computer smaller than the current iPad, people with knowledge of the situation said, as the Silicon Valley company tries to stay competitive …
Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo:
How to Look Inside Any Building in the World  —  People take Instagram photos everywhere.  Even—especially— in places you can't easily get into.  That's why it seems like the most natural thing in the world for something like Worldcam to exist.  —  Worldcam's premise is simple …
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Ellen Pao's Lawyer: Kleiner Perkins Firing Was Retaliation  —  Ellen Pao, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers venture capitalist who is suing the firm for gender discrimination, will now add termination for the purposes of retaliation to her claims, said her lawyer on Wednesday.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
13-inch Modbook Pro Mac tablet priced at $3,499, preorder now  —  Back in June we told you that the OS X based Mac tablet dubbed “Modbook” would be making a return almost 5 years after the launch of the original device in 2007.  The company recently revealed that the new Modbook Pro will include …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Stores Get the Glory, but Retail Partners Shoulder Load  —  Apple's stores are among the most successful brick-and-mortar shops around, generating more revenue per square foot than any other retailer in the United States, including Tiffany.  —  During the company's last earnings call …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
A VC opens up: Union Square Ventures starts sharing internal market research publicly  —  Here's an interesting move: New York City-based Union Square Ventures (USV), an investor in a few companies you might have heard of (Boxee, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Meetup, Kickstarter and Twilio …
Steve Lohr / NYT Bits:
A Big Data Road Map for Government  —  No entity produces, gathers and stores more data than the American government.  So the challenges and opportunities of so-called Big Data loom large for the many agencies and departments of the United States government.
More: ZDNet and GigaOM
Facebook Engineering:
Under the Hood: Building the App Center recommendation engine  —  As more apps on Facebook Platform have launched over the years, the types of apps available have become more diverse, making it crucial that people see the most relevant and highest quality apps in channels like news feed and App Center.
Nicole Perlroth / NYT Bits:
Google Warns of New State-Sponsored Cyberattack Targets  —  In June, many Google users were surprised to see an unusual greeting at the top of their Gmail inbox, Google home page or Chrome browser.  “Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer.”
More: CNET, GMSV and SecurityWeek
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Now Lets US Users Pay $7 To Promote Posts To The News Feeds Of More Friends  —  Facebook is expanding to the U.S. the controversial Promoted Posts feature that lets users pay to get their posts more visibility in the news feed.  It will cost $7 per post and Facebook hopes it will be used …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Take That Amazon!  Target Adds QR Codes In Retail Stores To Help Shoppers Buy Toys On Mobile Devices  —  Retail giant Target is adding a new technology to its mobile initiatives—QR Codes.  Target will debut QR codes in stores for the season's 20 most popular toys.
More: Gizmodo
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Mobile gaming firm CrowdStar names co-founder as its chief executive  —  Jeff Tseng, co-founder of CrowdStar, has been named as the chief executive of the mobile gaming company.  —  In an interview, Tseng said the company has made a big pivot from social games into mobile games and is now poised …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
HP's Whitman: Wait till 2014 for turnaround  —  HP's turnaround effort won't see results till 2014, HP CEO Meg Whitman said at the company's analyst meeting on Wednesday.  —  “We believe that 2014 will be the year you will see real recovery and expansion at HP.  You should see every business unit recover and grow.

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