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December 13, 2012, 7:50 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In conversation with Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital [Video]  —  Bill Gurley is one of the best kept secrets of Sand Hill Road.  With a dozen years of venture investing under his belt, Gurley has seen it all.  A big boom, a bubble, a bust, personal trials and tribulations and success.
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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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Soundtracking's New Twitter Cards Music Integration Lets You Hear Photos Within Tweets  —  While Instagram has pulled its photos out of the Twitter stream, tweets from Soundtracking now stream music in-line.  The music moment-sharing app joins a small club including YouTube, Rdio, Official.fm …
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
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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
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.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho SalesIQ - Real-time sales intelligence platform with tight Zoho CRM integration.  —  You run an apparel store.  There's a visitor who walked in after seeing your weekly ad.
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
Don't Look Now: Here Come the Disappearing Message Apps  —  Get ready for a world of expiring photos and vanishing status updates.
AdExchanger:
Eyeview Wants To Personalize Online Video Like Display And Search  —  It seems all online ads, except video ads, are targeted.  That online video largely isn't personalized seems odd, since the ad industry jumps …
 

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