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Apps: Facebook ver 6.3 Improves iPad Support, New Google Map Soon for iPad

Facebook for iOS has been updated. The new version is available for download from the app store. It’s listed as version 6.3. It improves iPad support, fixes News Feed problem, supports verified account,which is much like the verified accounts you see on Twitter. You’ll see blue checkmarks to signify a verified account.

With Facebook 6.3, when a user searches for a celebrity, public figure or a brand, a blue “verified account” checkmark appears next to an account name to let users know that the Facebook account is official. In addition to showing up in search, the checkmark also appears when you visit that celebrity, public figure or brand’s Facebook page in the app.

Google has announced a significant new update that will bring the official Google Maps app to the iPad “SOON”. The updated Google Maps app will focus on exploration to browse and discover new places through a new cards interface that shows “great places to eat, drink, sleep and shop”. Alongside improvements to navigation and reporting of traffic conditions, Google will also bring Zagat and Offers integration, retire Latitude and My Maps, and release new location sharing and check-in options for Google+ (coming soon to iOS). According to Google, the My Maps functionality will return to future versions of the app.

You can read Google’s blog post (with screenshots of the new Google Maps app for Android) here.