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December 13, 2012, 11:20 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 …
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 …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Cornelius Rahn / Bloomberg:
Sprint Seeks to Buy Rest of Clearwire for About $2.1 Billion  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) proposed to acquire shares in wireless partner Clearwire Corp. it doesn't already own in a deal that the third-largest U.S. carrier says would cost about $2.1 billion.  —  Sprint, which owns …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Here's why Sprint offered $2.1B to buy the rest of Clearwire  —  Sprint said it was in discussions with Clearwire( s clwr) to buy the remaining chunk of stock in the company in a deal valued at $2.1 billion.  The nation's third largest wireless carrier is an investor and majority stockholder in Clearwire with 51.7 percent of the stock.
Jessica Leber / MIT Technology Review:
Meet Young Sohn, the Man Charged with Revamping Samsung's Technology Strategy from Silicon Valley  —  Samsung chief strategy officer Young Sohn explains why he still uses Apple devices at home—and what his company needs to do to stay ahead.  —  Why It Matters
Jean-Baptiste Su / Forbes:
Dell Quits Smartphone Business Globally, Drops Android  —  Jeff Clarke, Dell's vice chairman and president, Global Operations and End User Computing Solutions at Dell World (day 1)  —  Dell is definitely pulling the plug on the smartphone business, globally.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Puts Instant Video On iPhone And iPod Touch, Cloud Player Music On Roku And Samsung Smart TVs  —  Amazon has announced a number of new platform expansions for its streaming media services today, including Cloud Player apps for Samsung Smart TVs and Roku set top boxes …
Ryan Tate / Wired:
Mr. Zuckerberg, Tear Down This Wall  —  The web was created to knock down walls.  You could create a page on a Unix workstation in Switzerland that could be viewed perfectly on a Windows laptop in California, all thanks to the miracle of common formats and open standards.
Tweets: @wired_business
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.
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
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Yahoo Said to Plan Board Shake-Up, Adding Levchin  —  Yahoo is poised to announce changes to its board, including the addition of Max Levchin, a former senior executive at PayPal, people briefed on the matter said.  —  The board is also expected to announce the departure of two current directors …
Dan Worth / V3.co.uk:
Google rules out Gmail and Drive apps for Windows 8  —  Google has revealed that it has no plans to develop dedicated apps for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 for its business app products such as Gmail or Drive.  —  Speaking to V3, the firm's product management director at Google Apps …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
London buses now accept NFC contactless payments, if you have the magic logo  —  Transport for London has emailed customers to announce the activation of NFC contactless payments on the city's fleet of 8,500 buses, despite any hiccups on the tube.  From today, anyone who swipes a debit …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Khosla Ventures Retains Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates As Advisors To Help Portfolio Companies Navigate International Issues  —  Khosla Ventures is announcing a strategic relationship with RiceHadleyGates LLC, a consulting firm started by Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
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.
Kevin Murphy / DomainIncite:
New gTLD lottery tickets now on sale  —  ICANN has started selling its $100-a-pop New gTLD Prioritization Draw raffle tickets in Los Angeles, with a little less than a week to go until the make-or-break drawing.  —  The organization is understandably eager not to balls it up this time …
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Campus Helps Hometown Shine  —  Commercial Rents and Building Activity Have Popped in Cupertino Since the Tech Giant Unveiled Plans for Futuristic Building  —  First the personal-computer industry, then the smartphone and then the tablet.  The latest area touched by Apple Inc.'s innovation: its hometown of Cupertino.
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.

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