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November 16, 2012, 12:55 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Google Preps Maps App for Apple Devices  —  The head-to-head battle between Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in mobile maps is drawing nearer.  —  Google has distributed a test version of its new mapping app that will work on Apple's iPhones and iPads to some individuals outside the company …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The native Google Maps app for iOS will reportedly have turn-by-turn navigation when launched  —  Google has sent out a ‘test’ version of its new mapping app, reports The Wall Street Journal.  This test version of the iOS app has apparently been seeded to ‘some individuals outside of the company’.
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Sam Byford / The Verge:
LTE iPad mini and 4th-gen iPad now for sale at Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon (updated)  —  If you've been holding out for an LTE-enabled version of the iPad mini or 4th-generation iPad, it may be your lucky day.  Sprint has announced that it'll be carrying both tablets in its stores from today …
Stefan Filip / Twitter Blog:
Sharing Tweets just got easier  —  If you're like me, you probably come across Tweets every day that you'd like to share.  They might be funny or include a striking photo.  They might be breaking news or feature old news.  Of course, you can retweet any of these to your Twitter followers …
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
Behind Mark Pincus's Bid to Save Zynga  —  Tears nearly welled up in Zynga Inc. chief executive Mark Pincus's eyes at a meeting in September with Apple Inc. director Bill Campbell.  —  Mr. Campbell, a technology veteran who has coached Silicon Valley CEOs such as Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt …
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
U.S. consumers hesitant to make switch to Windows 8  —  Most Windows users in the U.S. know about Windows 8 but few have immediate plans to upgrade to Microsoft's newest operating system.  —  Customers get a look at products at Microsoft's pop-up store in Manhattan in October.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook offering e-retailers sales tracking tool  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc wants more credit for making online cash registers ring.  —  Facebook will begin rolling out on Friday a new tool which will allow online retailers to track purchases by members of the social network who have viewed their ads.
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Wall Street Journal:
Google, Dish Held Talks to Launch Wireless Service  —  Google Inc. has held talks with satellite-TV provider Dish Network Corp. in recent weeks to partner on a new wireless service that would rival the networks of wireless carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Ev Williams Takes To Medium To Discuss The True Purpose Of His New Publishing Tool  —  You might have heard a few things about Ev Williams and crew's new product, Medium.  To some, it seems like “just another blogging platform,” but if you think about where Ev and Biz Stone come from …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Google modifies Android SDK to battle platform fragmentation  —  New terms for developers specifically prohibits them from any action that could contribute to further fragmentation of the mobile platform.  —  Recognizing that fragmentation of the Android platform frustrates consumers and developers alike …
Andy Skelton / WordPress News:
Pay Another Way: Bitcoin  —  At WordPress.com, our mission is making publishing democratic — accessible and easy for anyone, anywhere.  And while anyone can start a free blog here, not everyone can access upgrades (like going ad-free or enabling custom design) because of limits on traditional payment networks.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
After Launching It In SF, eBay Brings Same Day Delivery Service To New York  —  After launching its same day delivery service in San Francisco a few weeks ago, eBay is debuting “eBay Now” in New York City.  Users in the area can download the new app here.  —  The service offers customers in Manhattan …
Ben Kersey / The Verge:
Google Play Music enables scan and match in Europe ahead of US launch  —  Google Music went live in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain this week, bringing the company up to speed with the likes of Amazon and Apple by allowing users to purchase songs and albums while also offering a digital locker service.
Andy Serwer / Fortune:
Steve Jobs vs. Sam Walton: The tale of the tape  —  A rare conversation with Walter Isaacson and John Huey, the writers who got inside the heads of these two extraordinary business leaders.  —  FORTUNE — When you consider the greatest business minds of the past 100 years …
Sovan Mandal / Good E-Reader:
Apple Granted Patent for Their Page Turn Animation  —  Anyone who has spent some time with iBooks should be familiar with the way pages turn on ebooks.  It's unique in that it mirrors the appearance of a page turning on a real book.  Apple has now been granted patent on the particular animation …
David Kravets / Wired:
As CIA Chief Scandal Looms, Lawmakers Consider Tightening E-Mail Privacy  —  Then-CIA Director David Petraeus visited the McConnell Center in 2010.  Photo: McConnell Center/Flickr  —  Recent intrusions by the FBI into e-mail correspondence between former CIA Director David Petraeus …
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Apple Takes Over Former Nortel Patents  —  Apple is stocking up on patents.  —  The company has quietly snapped up more than a thousand patents in the past six months from Rockstar Consortium, a move that helps bolster it as it battles Google, Samsung, and other Android backers in the mobile-device market.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple Australia hit with $28.5M in back taxes after questionable use of tax havens  —  Days after executives from Google, Amazon, and others were grilled by regulators in the United Kingdom over the issue of tax avoidance in Europe, The Sydney Morning Herald reported today that Apple's Australian arm …

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