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December 13, 2012, 4:50 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 …
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
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Samsung Exec Admits To Using Apple Products, Calls iDevice Ecosystem “Sticky”  —  The MIT Technology Review sat down with Samsung's Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn, who admitted that Apple devices are hard to beat when it comes to a connected ecosystem.  In fact, the man in charge …
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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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Speeds Up Android App By Ditching HTML5 And Rebuilding It Natively Just Like The iOS Version  —  Facebook's HTML5 app nightmare is over.  Later today it's releasing Facebook for Android 2., which replaces the hybrid native/webview code with an all-native infrastructure to answer years …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Mailbox for iPhone: a next-generation email app inspired by Sparrow and Clear  —  Cloud to-do list company Orchestra today announced Mailbox, an email client for the iPhone it's been building for the last year.  I've been testing Mailbox for the last few weeks and it's nothing short of spectactular.
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.
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 …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Legend Max Levchin Joins Yahoo Board, Intuit's Smith And Weather Channels's Kenny Leave  —  Max Levchin has been many things in his long run in Silicon Valley — PayPal cofounder, Slide founder, angel investor, etc. etc. — but now he's trying on something more traditional.
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
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Quickly Updates Malware Definitions to Detect New SMS Scam Trojan  —  Earlier this week, Russian security firm Dr. Web published a blog post announcing the discovery of a new OS X trojan horse known as “Trojan.SMSSend.3666”.  The malware masquerades as an installer for various software titles …
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple Best of 2012 rates iTunes, iBooks and App Store, names ‘Action Movie FX’, ‘Paper’ leading apps  —  Apple has launched its Best of 2012 section for the year, listing the top apps, iBooks, movies, music and TV Shows for the year.  The section is an annual event that features …
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.
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:
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.

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