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October 4, 2012, 1:40 AM

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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 …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Forgotten Mapmaker: Nokia Has Better Maps Than Apple and Maybe Even Google  —  It's impossible to create a perfect map, but that hasn't stopped Nokia from trying.  Here, we go inside the company's neverending drive to create a digital copy of the world.  —  Apple's maps are bad.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
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.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Fresh from the rumor mill: Microsoft is in talks to acquire music startup Rdio  —  Sometimes, you hear something from someone that sounds like it would make sense if you take some time to think about it.  —  But, 9 out of 10 times, unsubstantiated rumors don't even stand a chance …
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
A New Tech Generation Defies the Odds in Japan  —  TOKYO — Every Wednesday, a bar in central Tokyo hosts an unusual speed-dating event.  There are drinks and plenty of coy looks.  But the young people at the bar aren't here for romance.  —  “I want to meet like-minded people — basically …
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 …
More: The Verge and Co.CreateTweets: @josephjpeters
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 …
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
AT&T Is Said to Unveil Nokia's Lumia 920 Tomorrow  —  AT&T Inc. (T), the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier, will announce plans today to sell Nokia Oyj (NOK)'s first device running on Windows Phone 8 software for the U.S. market, two people with knowledge of the plan said.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Craigslist rolls out new Map View feature for apartment searches  —  Even as it's locked in a legal dispute with apartment hunting sites over use of its data, Craiglist has released its own mapping feature for the apartment listings on its website.  The service appears to be rolling out gradually …
More: The Verge
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
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 …
Jillian C. York / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
A Dark Day for the Philippines as Government Passes Cybercrime Act  —  A Dark Day for the Philippines as Government Passes Cybercrime Act  —  The government of the Philippines today has passed the troubling Cybercrime Prevention Act.  The Act covers a range of offenses, but—as we wrote last month …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Google's Motorola Mobility Acquires Image And Gesture Recognition Company Viewdle  —  Earlier this week, we heard rumors that Google was in the process of acquiring the augmented reality and image recognition firm Viewdle.  Turns out those rumors were true.
More: AllThingsD, CNET and EngadgetThanks:@fredericl
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 …
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 and Mashable!
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Pandora defeats class-action suit over Facebook integration  —  Judge throws out multibillion dollar suit arising from obscure CD-and-audiotape rental law, saying nobody was actually harmed by Pandora's opt-in integration with Facebook two years ago.  —  When Pandora was sued …
More: MediaPost
Kyle Wiens / iFixit:
Chemical Analysis Reveals that New Phones Have Fewer Toxics  —  High technology feels so clean—no coal or steam or mess, just cool aluminum, sleek plastics, and polished glass.  But that clean surface hides an interior that is far messier and more toxic.  In partnership with HealthyStuff.org …
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Kindle Paperwhite sold out until November  —  Amazon's new front-lit e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite (our review here), only started shipping on Monday to those who'd pre-ordered it, but it's already sold out.  If you order a Kindle Paperwhite today, it won't ship for four to six weeks.
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.

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