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December 13, 2012, 1:05 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 …
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 which will allow developers to utilize its service within their own apps.
More: EngadgetThanks:@fredericl
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
More: Betabeat, Business Insider and GeekWireTweets: @qthrul
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 …
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.
Reuters:
Guatemala deporting software pioneer McAfee to U.S  —  (Reuters) - Guatemala said on Wednesday it would deport to the United States software pioneer John McAfee, a former Silicon Valley millionaire who is wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of a fellow American.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Crowdtilt Launches Crowdfunding API To Give Developers Easy Access To Group Payments & Social Fundraising  —  Since launching in February, Y Combinator grad Crowdtilt has been on a mission to become the easiest way for friends and groups of people to raise money for any cause.
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
PlayCast cloud gaming service is coming to the US in 2013, we go hands-on a bit early  —  We're no stranger to cloud gaming services 'round these parts — we covered OnLive's brush with death and subsequent rebirth and Sony's acquisition of Gaikai.  Meanwhile, Playcast has been growing on its own …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
EMC follows VMware, rest of world into OpenStack  —  EMC has joined the OpenStack open-source cloud effort.  The news hits three months after VMware — 80 percent owned by EMC — signaled its intention to back the initiative.  EMC joins as a corporate-level member while VMware is a higher-level gold member.
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 …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ review  —  The bookseller-turned-manufacturer takes on the goliaths of the tablet market  —  Barnes & Noble picked a tough time to revamp its lineup of tablets.  On the one hand, the 7-inch market is both more crowded and more mature than ever thanks to the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and iPad mini.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
FreedomPop launches free home wireless to compete with low-end DSL  —  FreedomPop's new Hub Burst will begin shipping in January 2013.  —  FreedomPop  —  Just over three months after launching its free portable hotspot, FreedomPop now says its ready for the second phase of its expansion plan—a free home wireless connection.

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