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November 16, 2012, 4:50 AM

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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 …
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 …
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.
Mike Torres / The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive usage has doubled in the last 6 months, now you can select what to sync  —  About 6 months ago, we released the first sync apps for SkyDrive making it easy to view and manage your personal SkyDrive from the File Explorer in Windows and Finder in OS X. We're excited to announce that since then …
Ted Mann / Wall Street Journal:
Cities Move to Rein In Smartphone Taxi Services  —  Taxi and limousine regulators from 15 U.S. and Canadian cities plan to release proposed guidelines Friday aimed at reining in some of the smartphone applications and online services that are radically changing how customers hail cabs.
More: The Verge
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Launches Ingress, a Worldwide Mobile Alternate Reality Game  —  What's the wackiest thing you can imagine Google launching?  How about a game to fight for control of the minds of everyone on earth?  —  Or maybe that's not so wacky.  —  Meet Ingress, a new free mobile app …
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 …
Jeff Jordan / A16Z:
E-commerce 2.0  —  We at a16z could not possibly be more bullish on the prospects for e-commerce, and we believe growth is poised to accelerate.  —  Part of the reason for this is due to competitive market dynamics.  As I've blogged before, e-commerce players have substantial cost advantages over their physical competitors.
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Verizon Will Reduce Speeds of Repeated BitTorrent Pirates  —  Last year the MPAA and RIAA teamed up with five major Internet providers in the United States to launch the Center for Copyright Information (CCI).  —  The parties agreed on a system through which subscribers are warned …
More: SlashGear
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.
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Ravikant: AngelList is Craigslist for entrepreneurs  —  The motto behind AngelList is: “We stand for Startups, and always want to do what's right for them,” says founder Naval Ravikant.  At tonight's PandoMonthly fireside chat, host Sarah Lacy described it as fixing things that frustrate entrepreneurs.
More: PandoDailyTweets: @davemcclure
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Amazon adds Adobe's Photoshop Touch to Kindle Fire Appstore  —  Kindle Fire owners with a penchant for on-the-go image editing will want to take note: Adobe's Photoshop Touch is now live on the Appstore.  The app, already a mainstay on iOS and Android's respective markets …

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