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Tech News: Google Maps Is Now Available for iPhone


Plus, Sprint aims to buy out Clearwire for $2.1 billion.

This column highlights the most interesting and usefdul business and financial commentary on technology from around the Web.

Link: Problem Resolved: Google Maps for iPhone Is Here, Looks Good
"It seem like iPhone (NASDAQ:AAPL) users have been obsessing over the possible arrival of an iOS version of Google Maps (NASDAQ:GOOG) for about a century now. Actually, it's been less than three months. Before that, we had the iOS 5 version of Maps, an app -- with Apple software and Google mapping data -- which was highly satisfactory except for the lack of turn-by-turn spoken driving directions."

Link: Sprint Aims to Buy Out Clearwire for $2.1B
"Sprint's (NYSE:S) slightly tumultuous relationship with Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) may finally lead to a marriage.

"After Sprint spent $1.6 billion to bail out Clearwire last December, sold off its Clearwire majority voting rights in June, and then reclaimed its majority voting status in October for $100 million, Sprint may finally be ready to buy Clearwire for $2.1 billion, Bloomberg reports based on a regulatory filing from this morning."

Link: Nokia Says Class Action Lawsuit Over Windows Phone Is Now Dismissed, No Compensation Paid
"Nokia (NYSE:NOK) may be struggling to reach a critical mass of users to adopt its Windows Phone-based smartphones instead of Android or iPhone devices, but today it got a little light relief in its bigger battle: it's had a class action suit over its choice of the Windows Phone platform formally dismissed, with no compensation paid.

"'After further investigation, the plaintiffs have agreed to dismiss the case against all defendants without any compensation being paid to any plaintiff or their counsel by any defendant,' Nokia notes in a statement. 'The complaint has been withdrawn and dismissed with prejudice by the court.'"

Chicago Tribune
Link: Amazon Wins EU E-Book Pricing Battle With Apple
"European Union regulators ended an antitrust probe into e-book prices on Thursday, accepting an offer by Apple and four publishers to ease pricing restrictions on Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and other retailers.

"The decision hands online retailer Amazon a victory in its attempt to sell e-books cheaper than rivals in a fast-growing market publishers hope will boost revenue and customer numbers. Reuters first reported in November that the Commission was accepting the settlement offer."

Link: Dell Says BYOD Driving Corporate Interest In Windows 8
"The case for Windows 8 (NASDAQ:MSFT) is a response to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend?

"That's the take of Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) founder Michael Dell, who told customers and partners Wednesday that corporate interest for Windows 8 is, surprisingly, 'quite high.'"
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