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October 1, 2012, 4:15 PM

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David Talbot / Technology Review:
Hey, Apple: Mapping Takes More Work than You Think  —  Apple's apology suggests it may underestimate how much effort is needed to build a great map app.  —  In response to scathing criticism over its new Maps app for mobile devices, Apple CEO Tim Cook last week apologized and admitted that the company …
Farhad Manjoo / PandoDaily:
Mapgate Is Over.  Apple Won.  Customers Won.  Google, Not So Much.  —  In a single succinct, sincere, and brilliant note, Tim Cook has put Apple's Maps fiasco to bed.  It was a beautiful thing.  He offered a clear assessment of the problem ("we fell short"), and took full responsibility for it.
Keith Andrew / Pocket Gamer.biz:
Is Apple clamping down on third-party app promotion services?  —  Guidelines point to promo app update block  —  Product:  —  Manufacturer:  —  Media attention may have been focused on the launches of iPhone 5 and iOS6 - including the subsequent ‘MapGate’ and ‘ScuffGate’ backlashes …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Verizon iPhone 5 update eliminates carrier data usage while connected to a Wifi Network  —  An update is going to Verizon iPhone 5 owners this evening that resolves an issue where, under certain circumstances, the iPhone 5 may use Verizon cellular data while connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Passes Microsoft's Market Value as PC Loses to Web  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) has surpassed Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to become the world's second-largest technology company, in another sign of the expanding ability of the Internet to facilitate computing tasks once completed on desktop machines.
Tim Mak / Politico:
White House confirms cyberattack  —  The White House confirmed but sought to downplay a report by a conservative website on Sunday that it had been the victim of a cyberattack, volunteering to POLITICO that no harm had been done.  —  The Washington Free Beacon reported that Chinese hackers …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple's Ping Social Network Officially Closes  —  Apple has officially shut down its failed social network Ping.  Reports in June signaled that Apple's social iTunes network would be removed from the next version of iTunes.  Apple has since been advertising the fact that the service would shut down as of last night, September 30th.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft takes the wraps off TypeScript, a superset of JavaScript  —  Summary: Microsoft is launching a preview of a new programming language known as TypeScript, which aims to make JavaScript development scale beyond the client.  —  As of today, we now know more about the formerly secret …
Brad Chacos / LAPTOP Magazine:
IHS iSuppli Cuts 2012 Ultrabook Sales Estimates In Half  —  With 2012 entering its closing quarter, the Ultrabook phenomenon hasn't performed quite as phenomenally as expected.  Even though Intel's brain trust has stuck closely to its prediction that the new class of notebook will claim …
Bloomberg:
Intel Software Snag Said to Hamper Windows Apple Response  —  Intel Corp. (INTC)'s delayed delivery of software that conserves computer battery life is holding up development of some tablets running the latest version of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Windows operating system, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acqhires Founders Of Carsabi Who Will Sell Off Their Car Price Comparison Site  —  Facebook's has just closed a deal to hire Dwight Crow and Christopher Berner, the two founders and only teammates of Y Combinator used car price comparison site Carsabi.
More: AllThingsD and Carsabi
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Security Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Twitter Accounts  —  “People should be changing their passwords,” says a victim whose account was hacked — and even put up for sale.  —  On Saturday, multimedia producer and Twitter user Daniel Dennis Jones — @blanket, at the time — received a notification that his Twitter password had been reset.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley tells the story of ARM and Newton at the start of Apple as a mobile giant  —  One of Apple's first forays into the arena that we think of today as ‘mobile’ computing was the Newton MessagePad.  As a pocketable, hand-sized device that was meant to be a a personal organizer …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Catalogs Comes To The Web, Now Integrated With Google Shopping  —  Google Catalogs launched as an iPad and Android app in August 2011.  Just ahead of the holiday shopping season, Google is now also making this service available on the web.  Google Catalogs on the web will feature brochures …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Yahoo CEO to return to office one-two weeks after birth of first baby  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Marissa Mayer, three months into a nascent effort to revamp the struggling Web company, could be back in the office in one week, following the birth of her first child on Sunday.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
AT&T announces Sony Xperia TL with 4.6-inch 720p display, 13-megapixel camera, Android 4.0  —  We had a feeling that AT&T would be one of Sony's carrier partners for the new flagship Xperia T, and now it's official.  AT&T today announced that it plans to carry the high-end Xperia …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HP announces the ElitePad 900, a business-friendly Windows 8 tablet arriving in January  —  Remember those hazy days of summer when HP ran an ad during the Olympics, slipped in a a shot of an unannounced tablet and thought we wouldn't notice?  (P'shaw!)  Well, you can finally lay your speculation …

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