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December 13, 2012, 1:40 PM

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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 …
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:
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
US court rules Apple's iPhone infringes on three patents held by Sony and Nokia owned MobileMedia  —  A US court has ruled that Apple's iPhone infringes on three patents held by MobileMeda, a company many consider to be a ‘classic patent troll’.  The report, via a Bloomberg tweet, has yet to be fleshed out with details.
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
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Samsung to reduce investment in LCD  —  Samsung Electronics is moving to reduce investment in its liquid crystal display (LCD) unit as the firm has shifted the focus of its screen business to organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and plastic-based flexible displays.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Aims To Get More Social With Acquisition Of Q&A Startup Localmind  —  Airbnb is announcing that it has acquired Localmind, a startup that allows users to post questions about specific locations, which are then answered in real-time by local experts.  —  Airbnb has acquired the company's three-person team and its technology.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
All the beautifully redesigned 1Password 4 for iOS wants to do is help you forget your passwords  —  “They're still holding on to this idea that they must know their passwords,” says David Teare, founder of AgileBits.  He's talking to me about the common types of password users in advance …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
NYC regulators approve limited pilot program for taxi hailing apps like Uber  —  Proof that government prefers to move slowly  —  Drivers and passengers in New York City can now use smartphone apps to hail nearby street cabs, thanks to a one-year pilot program that was just approved by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Rankles Advertisers With Web User-Privacy Plan  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is sticking with a decision to make it harder to track users' online behavior, earning plaudits from privacy groups while drawing fire from the advertisers its money-losing Web unit needs most.
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 …
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 …
Violet Blue / CNET:
Exclusive: ITU ‘failed,’ says former policy chief  —  A former telecommunications policy maker at the international organization, which is holding talks in Dubai to expand regulation of the Internet, warns that the group's conference is “absolutely absurd.”  —  The International Telecommunications …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Amazon launches Kindle apps and e-bookstore in China, hinting at imminent Kindle arrival  —  Amazon has paved the way for the long-awaited launch of its Kindle e-reader in China after the company quietly launched Chinese versions of its Kindle apps for iOS and Android and a localized Kindle electronic bookstore.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
European Commission accepts settlement from Apple and four major publishers over ebook price-fixing  —  After offering to settle the price fixing case back in September, Apple and four major publishers - Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette Livre and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Report: FTC To Say Google Did Not Violate Antitrust Laws  —  The New York Post is reporting that relatively soon, possibly as early as next week, the FTC is scheduled to announce a settlement of its antitrust investigation and potential claims against Google.  The Post says that settlement will substantially let Google off the hook:

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