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Google Maps rides to iOS users' rescue (week in review)

Google returns its maps to Apple's mobile operating system and, separately, revamps image search to make it harder for the innocent to stumble upon porn. Also: Instagram filters out Twitter.

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Apple's Aussie adventure led to this disclaimer. Victoria Police

Google Maps returned to the iOS platform this week, but that was not enough to rescue Apple's map app rep.

Banished from Apple's iOS earlier this fall, Google Maps returned to the mobile platform in the form of a standalone app. The official Google Maps app returned to Apple's App store Thursday evening with turn-by-turn navigation, as well as public transit directions, integrated Street View, and a 3D-like Google Earth view. Google Maps didn't take long to capture the top spot among free iPhone apps.

The release came a few days after Apple again became the subject of ridicule when police in Australia issued a warning discouraging iPhone users from relying on Apple's map app after rescuing several people who became stranded in recent weeks in the wilderness following the app's directions.

However, the bad directions may not entirely be the iPhone makers fault; apparently there are two listings for the same problematic location in the Australian Gazetteer, the de facto local geographical dictionary that lists some 322,000 locations and their corresponding GPS coordinates.
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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.
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Instagram photos disappear from Twitter feeds

Picture this: The photo-sharing app completely turns off all support for the microblogging site.
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•  Instagram improves camera, editing, and adds new filter
•  Analyst: Instagram will be big moneymaker for Facebook

BlackBerry 10 revives RIM's chances at federal agency

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency had said it would dump BlackBerry in favor of the iPhone. But now it will run a pilot program for new BB10 devices.
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Crazy like a fox? McAfee admits to playing the 'crazy card'

The security software founder, who has arrived back in the U.S. after fleeing Belize for Guatemala, tells ABC News he faked health problems to avoid being deported to Belize.
•  Antivirus guru John McAfee sells rights for movie about his life

U.N. summit implodes as U.S., others spurn Internet treaty

The summit on telecommunications policy breaks down after U.S., Canada, and other democracies refuse to sign a treaty that would hand a U.N. agency more authority over how the Internet is managed.
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•  Russia abandons proposal for U.N. governance of Internet
•  U.N. proposal renews concerns of Internet power grab

Facebook privacy settings get reworked once again

The social network overhauls its settings, not for the first time, in an attempt to make things easier for people to understand, and phases out the option to block people from searching for your profile.
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FTC re-slams apps for kids over privacy concerns

In a follow up to a 2011 study, the Federal Trade Commission found that "little or no progress has been made" on disclosure of information gathering since the first report was issued.
•  Developer temporarily pulls kids app accused of privacy violations

Also of note

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•  FCC wants texting apps like iMessage in text-to-911 plan
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