January 5, 2013, 3:40 PM

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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 …
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 …
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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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.
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.
James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
Flextronics CEO Sees Hope for U.S. Tech Production  —  The CEO of Flextronics International Ltd., a Singapore-based company that helped hundreds of firms move manufacturing of electronic parts and products to Asia, says it is getting “easier to justify” production in the U.S.
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