Tech Today: Apple iPhone 5 to ditch Google Maps?

Plus: Mac OS X updated, Facebook reaches 750m

While you were sleeping we've been keeping tabs on the tech news from around the web. There's news that Apple might launch its own mapping service and the final OS X update before Lion.

Apple releases Mac OS 10.6.8 with Lion imminent
In what is likely to be the last incremental update before the arrival of Mac OS X Lion, Apple has rolled-out Mac OS X 10.6.8 which offers an update to the Mac App Store to prepare users for the upgrade to Lion. There's also various bug fixes and more protection against variants of the Mac Defender virus.
Link: Apple Insider

Apple to ditch Google Maps for own mapping service in iOS
Rumours are about that Apple is to end its reliance on Google for its iPhone mapping solution by launching its own bespoke maps app. Some of the legal small-print in Apple iOS 5 has revealed that Apple has been working with third-party services, such as TomTom along with others that have no association with Google.
Link: MacRumous

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Facebook reaches 3/4 billion users
Mark Zuckerberg's unstoppable march to a billion friends has reached the latest landmark after reportedly racking up 750 million members. Meanwhile just one day after it appeared that jilted Facebook twins the Winklevosses had finally settled with the social networking site, they have filed yet another lawsuit.
Link: WSJ

Better Xbox Live integration coming as part of Mango
Microsoft has detailed the forthcoming improvements to the Games Hub section of Windows Phone that will arrive in the new Mango update. Among the changes are better Xbox Live integration, allowing users to respond to messages on any platform, moving avatars, side by side achievement comparisons and pop-up notifications for game invites.
Link: Electronista

Japan creates fictional pop-star from parts of other pop stars' faces
Japanese advertisers have created a computerised pop icon comprised of the features of the members of real-life girl group AKB48. Aimi is comprised of the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hair and facial features of various members of the 50-member strong AKB48 group. Check her out in the video below. It's not like they did a bad job.
Link: Telegraph

News@8: In our daily round-up there more news on Apple's rumoured venture into the TV market, while word has reached the internet that the iPhone 5 will have a dual LED flash camera. In other news the first Nokia Windows Phone has leaked out and Nokia has been talking to T3 about why it chose Microsoft's platform over Android.