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September 25, 2012, 9:15 AM

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Kevin Krolicki / Reuters:
Google says Maps not waiting in wings for iPhone 5  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc has made no move to provide Google Maps for the iPhone 5 after Apple Inc dropped the application in favor of a home-grown but controversial alternative, Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said.
Teo Chian Wei / Bloomberg:
Google's Schmidt Says Up to Apple to Decide on Maps App  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) Chairman Eric Schmidt said it would be up to Apple Inc. (AAPL) to approve the company's map application for Apple's operating system after the iPhone maker's own app was criticized by reviewers.
Bloomberg:
Apple Use of Thin Display Seen Driving IPhone 5 Supply Shortfall  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s decision to create a smartphone that boasts a thinner, lighter touch screen contributed to the component shortfall that caused demand to outstrip supply of the iPhone on its debut weekend.
Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
iPhone 5 Galaxy S III Display Technology Shoot-Out  —  The iPhone 5 has been the most anticipated mobile device of 2012 together with its cousin the iPad Mini, which we expect to be seeing shortly.  Apple has made displays their most prominent marketing feature because it determines the quality …
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Myspace teases a completely rethought service, and believe it or not, it looks beautiful  —  Myspace has just revealed a video of what appears the be the future of the once wildly popular social network, now that Justin Timberlake and others have steered it in a new direction.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Possible flaw in Samsung's TouchWiz UI leaves smartphones open to data-wiping, SIM locks and more  —  A bug in the way Samsung's TouchWiz UI interacts with USSD codes on Android smartphones may allow an attacker to perform a factory reset on susceptible devices, simply by embedding a link on a website or sending an SMS.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Facebook Confirms No Private Messages Appearing On Timeline.  They're Old Wall Posts.  —  Updated.  Some Facebook users were alarmed this morning when it appeared that private messages written in 2009 and earlier were showing up on viewable Timelines as messages “Posted by friends.”
Negar Salek / The Australian Financial Review:
Wozniak likes NBN so much, he's applying for citizenship  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has listed the rollout of a national broadband network as one of the reasons he wants to become an Australian.  Mr Wozniak told The Australian Financial Review in Sydney that he had spoken …
Neil McAllister / The Register:
Oracle woos open sourcers with free Java web framework  —  ADF Essentials gives away the basics  —  Battling against an increasingly crowded field of Java web development frameworks, Oracle - ordinarily never one to turn away a buck - has decided to bite the bullet and offer a version …
Bryan Gardiner / Wired:
Glass Works: How Corning Created the Ultrathin, Ultrastrong Material of the Future  —  Don Stookey knew he had botched the experiment.  One day in 1952, the Corning Glass Works chemist placed a sample of photosensitive glass inside a furnace and set the temperature to 600 degrees Celsius.
More: The Verge
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
eBay's Mobile Momentum: 100M App Downloads, 100M Items Listed  —  EBay is not the only e-commerce company seeing a significant shift to mobile, but it may be the only publicly held company that talks about it.  Today, it has even more to say, and since the subject is big numbers, it threw in a nifty infographic (see below).
More: Street Fight and CNET
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Apple to meet Swiss railway over clock-design flap — report  —  An Agence France-Presse wire report notes that the Swiss railway SBB, which has accused Apple of ripping off a decades-old clock design used in its stations, doesn't intend to ‘upset’ Apple by asking for money.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Going Beyond E-Books, Barnes & Noble Nook Launches Digital Video Service  —  Barnes & Noble, looking to capitalize on its fast-growing digital business, is launching a Nook-branded video streaming service that, at first glance, looks a lot like Amazon's and Google's online video services.
Zusha Elinson / The Bay Citizen:
Google car zooms toward legal status  —  Mountain View company uses its clout to win legislative support for self-driving vehicles  —  When veteran legislative staffer Howard Posner began working on a bill that would allow driverless, computer-controlled cars to roam California's highways …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The W3C has accepted and published Microsoft's ‘Pointer Events’ submission  —  Today Microsoft announced that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has “accepted and published” its ‘Pointer Events’ specification.  —  No, this isn't the sexiest of news, but even if it won't get your blood pumping …
More: W3C, MSDN Blogs and Neowin
Sarah Clark / NFC World:
Microsoft demos Windows Phone 8 mobile wallet  —  John Skovron, group program manager for Windows Phone 8, showed off the capabilities of the software giant's new NFC-enabled wallet at the NFC World Congress last week and explained how the technology could help Microsoft gain mobile phone market share.
Steve Lohr / DealBook:
With Smartphone Deals, Patents Become a New Asset Class  —  David Berten has spent his legal career as a mercenary student of technological change.  He has educated himself in one field after another: chemical coatings, genetics, navigation systems, semiconductors and digital communications software.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Verizon says iPhone 5 won't be ‘relocked’  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Wireless said Monday that it won't prevent its version of the iPhone 5 from being used on AT&T's network.  The Verizon version of the iPhone 5, which went on sale Friday, came with an unexpected feature …
Freedom House:
New Report: Governments Grow Increasingly Repressive Online, Activists Fight Back  —  Brutal attacks against bloggers, politically motivated surveillance, proactive manipulation of web content, and restrictive laws regulating speech online are among the diverse threats to internet freedom emerging …
More: PC World

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