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Apple’s snub represents a major blow for Google Inc., which stands to lose mobile advertising revenue and valuable insights about people’s whereabouts if users of the popular iPhone and iPad devices embrace the alternative mapping service from Apple.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s late co-founder, viewed Android as a rip-off of the iPhone’s innovations and vowed to retaliate against Google for the perceived betrayal. Apple is currently pursuing allegations of intellectual theft against Samsung, a leading maker of Android devices, in a high-profile trial in a federal court in San Jose, Calif.

(NEWSER) – Dish Network is removing all four of AMC’s cable channels because it says too few people are watching. Part of the problem, it says, is that the “very limited popular programming” on AMC is “available to our customers through multiple other outlets such as Amazon.com, iTunes, and Netflix,” reports the Wall Street Journal . AMC Networks channels include IFC, WE TV, Sundance Channel, and AMC—which broadcasts Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead. More»

Google’s once-close relationship with Apple has been fraying since it began giving away its Android software in 2008 to cellphone makers looking to challenge the iPhone. Android has since established itself as the leading operating system for smartphones, helping Google boost its revenue by selling more digital advertising on its mobile services.

To highlight what it sees as a competitive advantage, Google is offering its latest improvements only on devices running its Android operating software. They include models from Samsung Electronics Co., HTC Corp., Sony Corp. and Google’s Motorola Mobility division. Google said it eventually hopes to make the upgrades available for other systems, including the iPhone and the iPad, but it didn’t say when.

The improvements center on listings for public transportation options in nearly 500 cities around the world. Wednesday’s update includes suggested routes and departure times for more than 1 million stations worldwide, about 50 percent more than a year ago. At some stations, Google will provide indoor directions to help riders navigate the system.

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