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December 13, 2012, 5:05 AM

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Daniel Graf / The Official Google Blog:
Google Maps is now available for iPhone  —  People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone.  Starting today, we're pleased to announce that Google Maps is here—rolling out across the world in the Apple App Store.  It's designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Google Maps App for iPhone Goes in the Right Direction - Review  —  It was one of the biggest tech headlines of the year: in September, Apple dropped its contract with Google, which had always supplied the data for the iPhone's Maps app.  For various strategic reasons, Apple preferred to write a new app …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Native Maps For iOS, And Here's The Deep Dive On Navigation, Info Sheets And More  —  As we hinted at time and time again, Google has released its native Maps app for iOS...before Christmas.  The timing couldn't come soon enough, as many people have become frustrated with the built-in iOS 6 Maps that Apple offers.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google Makes SDK Available For Its Native iOS Maps App So That Developers Can Bypass Apple's  —  To go along with its brand-new, built-from-scratch iOS Maps app, Google has released a new SDK that will allow developers to utilize its service within their own apps.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Maps for iPhone is here: how data and design beat Apple  —  In the wake of Apple's Maps problems, Google finally delivers what might be the best option on any smartphone — Android included  —  Google has released a native maps app for the iPhone and it's fast, full-featured …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Chairman Says Android Winning Mobile War With Apple: Tech  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Android is extending its lead over Apple Inc. (AAPL) in the mobile-software market at a rate that compares with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s expansion in desktop software in the 1990s, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Announcing City Notes, A New Mobile Travel Startup By... Me!  —  Short version: I just launched a new company, City Notes, which I've been working on for several months.  We are making what we hope will be the best and most interesting travel guides for iPhones and iPads.
More: TechCrunch
Wall Street Journal:
Dish Networks Wins a $9 Billion Spectrum Prize  —  For more than a decade, telecom moguls and hedge fund titans have wrangled with regulators in a bid to wring billions of dollars out of thin air.  This week, the government crowned a winner.  —  The Federal Communications Commission late Tuesday …
Lucian Parfeni / Softpedia News:
The Google Homepage Is Now Built into Chrome - Screenshots  —  Google is making it official, search engines are coming to the new tab page.  The only surprise is that it's not just Google, the team devised a new API which should enable any search engine to integrate with the Chrome new tab page to any degree it wants.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
U.K.'s First 4G Network To Expand To 17 More Towns By March 2013; Carrier EE Also Upgrading 3G To Fastest Variant: DC-HSPA  —  EE, the carrier behind the U.K.'s first 4G network has announced its rollout will expand to 17 more towns by March 2013.  It will also increase the network density …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
This Year, NORAD Tracks Santa With Microsoft & Bing, Not Google  —  Google has been helping the popular NORAD Tracks Santa site locate Santa Claus on Christmas Eve since 2007.  But this year, Jolly St. Nick will be tracked on Bing Maps, not Google.  NORAD is also pushing an official Windows 8 app.
Casey Newton / CNET:
Google tweaks image search to make porn harder to find  —  The company says the move is designed to ensure adult content is shown only to those who explicitly request it.  —  Search for porn using Google Image Search today and you might come up empty-handed.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google tests new Flight Explorer service to help you buy the perfect plane ticket  —  Google appears to be testing a new service called Flight Explorer.  The company has not announced it, nor is there any documentation available via any of Google's help pages.  It doesn't even have a typical Google beta tag.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Samsung Targets Apple Maps with New Promotional Display in Australia  —  Samsung is taking advantage of Apple's Australian Maps snafu, where several motorists became lost after Maps gave them the wrong directions to the city of Mildura, directing them instead to the middle of the Murray-Sunset national park.
Stephen Gandel / Fortune:
Marc Andreessen: We're in a tech depression  —  Netscape founder says tech stocks are cheap.  —  FORTUNE — Marc Andreessen, co-head of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and founder of Netscape, says the slump in technology stocks is as bad as he has ever seen it.  And now might be the time to buy in.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's Classic Mac Startup Chime is now a Registered Trademark  —  Over the years Apple has filed for a wide variety of trademarks so as to protect their distinct imagery and/or marketing strategies.  Beyond the normal trademarks such as the iMac or iPhone, they also trademarked some pretty odd ones too.
Amol Koldhekar / Engadget:
Time Warner Cable TV app for iOS now streams video on demand  —  When it comes to Time Warner Cable, it seems that late is better than never.  While Xfinity subscribers have had on-demand programming on mobile platforms for the better part of two years, Time Warner Cable customers (with iOS devices) now have similar access.
Pew Global Attitudes Project:
Social Networking Popular Across Globe  —  SURVEY REPORT  —  Social networking has spread around the world with remarkable speed.  In countries such as Britain, the United States, Russia, the Czech Republic and Spain, about half of all adults now use Facebook and similar websites.
More: CNET and Poynter
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Dropbox buys Audiogalaxy: next up, a cloud music service?  —  Dropbox has acquired Seattle-based music startup Audiogalaxy, according to a post on the Audiogalaxy blog.  Details of the transaction haven't been released, but it looks like an acqui-hire that could get the Dropbox team some serious media smarts.
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Facebook Changes Privacy Settings, Again  —  Stop me if you've heard this one before: Facebook is making changes to its privacy settings.  —  First, it is improving some privacy protections.  The company is adding a new top-level control, called Privacy Shortcuts, that will allow people …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's New Data Highlighter Lets You Add Structured Data To Your Sites Without Touching Any Code  —  Google wants website owners to add as much structured data to their sites as possible in order to improve its search results and Knowledge Graph boxes with rich snippets like event listings, reviews and other information.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Juniper to buy SDN startup Contrail in deal worth $176M  —  Juniperannounced plans to purchase stealthy networking startup Contrail Systems for $176 million in stock and cash.  The deal, which Juniper disclosed in an SEC filing, and tiny blog post, was struck last week and should close before the end of this year.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
FCC says Apple's iMessage and other services should allow text-to-911  —  The FCC has proposed that “over-the-top” internet messaging services such as Apple's iMessage should let users send emergency texts to 911.  The move comes after last week's announcement that all four major carriers …
More: Bloomberg and MacRumors
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
The tablet is killing the ebook reader: Study says shipments to fall 36% this year  —  Worldwide shipments of dedicated ebook readers such as the E-Ink Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook will fall by 36 percent to 14.9 million units this year, and plummet to just 7.1 million units by 2016.

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