January 5, 2013, 11:15 PM

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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Google says Maps redirect on Windows Phone was a product decision, and will be removed  —  Today, a Google spokesperson provided The Next Web with a statement indicating that the company intends to remove the redirect that it has in place for Windows Phone users who attempt to access the Google Maps product …
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Explaining Windows 8 PC Sales Over the Holidays  —  It's time to stop denying that Windows 8 is off to a slow start  —  At some point, the cheerleaders—and yes, amazingly, they're out there—are going to have to face reality: Windows 8 is selling slowly.  More slowly than Windows 7 at launch …
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
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
IPv6 takes one step forward, IPv4 two steps back in 2012  —  IPv6 rollout is still inefficient with problems ahead, but there is slow progress. … “Hi, I'd like to sign up for Internet service at my new apartment.”  —  “That's great!  We have the highest speeds at the best prices, you won't be disappointed.
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 …
More: Digits and Mercury NewsTweets: @zseward and @amir_efrati
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 …
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.
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.

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