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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 18, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 18, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. In the wake of the Instagram controversy, today we broke down the company's new Terms of Service to examine what they really mean while telling you how you can ditch Instagram for good, if that's what you want to do. We also told you about five services that would make a good replacement for Instagram, while the company's co-founder wrote a blog post in an attempt to clear some things up. Instagram controversy aside, today Google Play launched a free alternative to iTunes Match, while Twitter shot past the 200 million monthly active users mark.

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Tim Cook, Marissa Mayer among TIME Person of the Year finalists

Tim Cook, Marissa Mayer among TIME Person of the Year finalists

TIME Magazine has unveiled its shortlist of finalists for the magazine's 2012 Person of the Year award, which goes to the person or group that TIME editors deem had the single greatest impact during the past year. Among the final eight to make the list include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and Italian physicist Fabiola Giannati.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook talks competition, addresses Samsung ad

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks competition, addresses Samsung ad

You've probably already seen Samsung's infamous iPhone-mocking TV advertisement that pokes fun at the Apple fanboys waiting in line for the next iPhone, yet Samsung touts that "the next best thing is already here." The ad ended up being named the most viral tech ad of 2012, but what does Apple CEO Tim Cook think about it? During his first TV interview since becoming CEO, Cook sat down with NBC's Brian Williams to discuss competition.

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Tim Cook is highest-paid CEO in the US

Tim Cook is highest-paid CEO in the US

Since taking the CEO helm of Apple 18 months ago, Tim Cook has been the face of the company, and he's getting paid big bucks for the role. According to CNBC, Tim Cook is the highest-paid CEO in America right now, with $95 million in compensation. He leads comfortably over Larry Ellison at Oracle with $70 million, and Ron Johnson at JC Penney.

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Tim Cook says iPad mini is in a different league than 7-inch tablets

Tim Cook says iPad mini is in a different league than 7-inch tablets

In 2010, Steve Jobs minced no words as he expressed his distaste for 7-inch tablets, stating that the size is useless unless users sand their fingers down to a quarter of their size. The iPad's competition was DOA, he said. Now Apple's introduced its 7.9-inch iPad mini, and some consumers are pointing fingers.

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Apple App Store hits 35 billion downloads

Apple App Store hits 35 billion downloads

Tim Cook is currently on stage at Apple's big event, but before he gets to revealing whatever today's focus is (cough iPad Mini cough), he's touting some of the company's latest numbers. We already heard about things like iOS 6 and Mountain Lion, but when it comes to the App Store, Cook had some impressive numbers to share. When Cook took the stage last more, he told the audience that there were 700,000 iOS apps on the App Store, 275,000 of which were iPad apps. Today, he says that both of those numbers are still growing.

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Apple now makes it super easy to use alternative maps

Apple now makes it super easy to use alternative maps

Earlier today, Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a public apology to users of the company's new Maps app. A good portion of the letter addressed the different alternatives that users could take advantage of while Apple was busy improving their own maps. The company is now making it even more convenient to download and install a maps app that isn't Apple's own.

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Tim Cook’s Maps apology a massive display of power

Tim Cook’s Maps apology a massive display of power

Apple had a bad situation on their hands when it became apparent over the past week that their new non-Google "Maps" app appeared to fall short of expectations, but Tim Cook took this situation today and flipped it on its head entirely. It's not that Cook apologized for the situation - the situation being that Apple Maps (without Google) isn't as perfect as they wanted it to be - it's that inside this apology, he encouraged users to use other products while they remain patient for Apple Maps to improve. Tim Cook took a situation where Apple could easily have said "just chill out" to the public and said instead, in so many words, "we're confident enough in our own product that we'll literally tell you to use other solutions while we prove to you that you'll want to return to us when the time is right" - this is rare in the tech industry.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook apologizes for Apple Maps fiasco

Apple CEO Tim Cook apologizes for Apple Maps fiasco

Apple has been under some extreme fire lately with their new Maps app on iOS 6. A lot of users have been reporting that the new maps are inaccurate and extremely buggy, especially the new 3D flyover feature where melting architecture was the bane on user experience. Apple CEO Tim Cook has brought up the problems and issued a public apology on the matter.

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Tim Cook notes iPad selling 84 million units since introduction

Tim Cook notes iPad selling 84 million units since introduction

This week Apple has announced at their big iPhone 5 event that the iPad is doing better than any other tablet on the market and is out-doing every other manufacturer's entire PC lineup. That means that the amount of iPads Apple sells is more than any other manufacturer sells of every PC they've got on the shelves. They've announced that through last year they had a massive 62% market share and that, according to Tim Cook, "almost all of the Fortune 500 are testing or deploying iPads. And they're investing in custom apps. This is something none of them do on the PC."

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Apple: Stores in 12 countries serving over 83 million visitors

Apple: Stores in 12 countries serving over 83 million visitors

Things just kicked off here in San Fransisco where momentarily Apple will be unveiling the all new iPhone 5. We expect some great things to come from today's event but as usual they're talking numbers. In case you're not following along you can watch it all unfold on our live blog at live.slashgear.com, then check out the mind boggling numbers below.

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Apple and Google talk patent settlement via CEO meeting

Apple and Google talk patent settlement via CEO meeting

A new report from Reuters claims that Apple and Google CEOs Tim Cook and Larry Page have been conducting private one-on-one settlement talks regarding all these outstanding patent issues. Apparently they've been engaged in private discussions behind the scenes for well over the past week according to the report.

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