January 5, 2013, 6:10 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Behind Google's Antitrust Escape  —  After early hopes for a sweeping antitrust case against Google Inc., it became clear to the Federal Trade Commission last fall that no such lawsuit was in the offing.  —  A clinching moment came in November when FTC staff, who had exhaustively investigated …
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Shenanigans: Google Maps redirect issue on Windows Phones is a matter of competition, not compatibility  —  Sources close to Microsoft in contact with TNW have cast doubt on Google's telling of the Windows Phone 8 and Google Maps controversy.  A thorough look shows that the situation …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Welcome to CES: A Trade Show, Not a Tastemaker  —  This week, most of the developed world will stagger halfheartedly back to the office, attempting to work after two weeks of twinkling lights, post-nog hangovers, and watching bad TV sprawled across couches inside the houses we grew up in.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Cult app Cheddar up for sale, solo hacker explains why  —  Cheddar, a cult classic among hackers and Mac die-hards, is up for sale.  —  The elegant app is a simple task manager, but it really took off because of creator (and former Hipstamatic and Scribd engineer) Sam Soffes' code.
Tweets: @soffes
Caroline Winter / Business Week:
Bitcoin: Making Online Gambling Legal in the U.S.?  —  Michael Hajduk had sunk one year and about $20,000 into developing his online poker site, Infiniti Poker, when the U.S. online gambling market imploded.  On April 15, 2011, a day now known in the industry as Black Friday …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Mobile User Counts Revealed: 192M Android, 147M iPhone, 48M iPad, 56M Messenger  —  Facebook keeps user counts for its mobile apps hidden, but analyst Benedict Evans found a way to uncover them and they provide critical insight into the direction and performance of Facebook's mobile efforts.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Google Play will hit a million apps in June (probably sooner than the iOS app store)  —  I think we're well past the time when number of apps is the defining factor of a mobile ecosystem, at least if you're Apple or Google.  Perhaps not so much if you're Windows Phone or RIM.

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Convergence EMEA: Matching business challenges to technological solutions  —  Perspective from Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International, leading up to the keynote in Barcelona at 6:30 a.m. PT on Nov. 30.
Federal Insecurity  —  The number of security incidents impacting Federal agencies has grown from 5,503 in 2006 to 67,168 in 2014 — a massive 1121% increase in 8 years — what can be done?
What consumers have to say about Bitcoin, P2P, social spending and more  —  We asked 7000 digital consumers how they expect to pay for digital goods & services in the future.  The results are in.
Upload Web Receipts for scanning with the new Google Chrome add-on  —  Remember the days of keeping receipts in a shoebox?  Sure, you had them all in one place, but they weren't organized, they weren't sorted …
CareerArc: How Square's Debut Draws Concerns Over IPO “Ratchets” & Impact on Tech Talent  —  Square's IPO points a spotlight on “IPO Ratchets”—now a common demand among tech investors.  But how might ratchets affect employees?

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