January 6, 2013, 4:05 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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Fifth Horseman: Samsung  —  We all know the “four horsemen” of tech: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.  These are the companies that pretty much everyone agrees will shape the foreseeable future of the tech sector.  In some circles, that list makes waves for who is not included: Microsoft.
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Google's New Director Of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, Is Building Your ‘Cybernetic Friend’  —  World-renowned artificial intelligence expert and Google's new Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, wants to build a search engine so sophisticated that it could act like a ‘cybernetic friend,’ who knows users better than they know themselves.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Lenovo to split into Lenovo Business Group and Think Business Group, effective in April  —  Lenovo's done pretty well since its acquisition of IBM's personal computer business in 2005, but in an internal e-mail earlier today, CEO Yang Yuanqing admitted that despite some attempt …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Vizio refreshes its PC lineup: all new models have touchscreens, quad-core CPUs  —  When Vizio entered the PC market last year, we weren't gushing about its computers, per se, but we found ourselves rooting for the company anyway: for all it got wrong (flaky trackpads, poor battery life), it did a lot of things right.
More: IGN and The Verge
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Life and Death Online: Who Controls a Digital Legacy?  —  Alison Atkins died on July 27 at age 16.  Online, her family is losing its hold on her memory.  Three days after the Toronto teen lost a long battle with a colon disease, her sister Jaclyn Atkins had a technician crack Alison's password-protected MacBook Pro.
More: DigitsTweets: @geoffreyfowler
David Beren / TmoNews:
T-Mobile's Unlimited Data Plan Coming Soon To Monthly4G  —  Some good news for Monthly4G customers as your opportunity to take advantage of T-Mobile's Unlimited 4G data plan finally arrives on January 9th.  T-Mobile's Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan is “Perfect for video chat …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
HBO Renews Universal Deal Through 2022  —  HBO has renewed a pact with Universal Pictures, which will keep the studio's movies, like “Ted” and “Bourne Legacy” on the pay cable channel through 2022.  —  HBO, which normally plays up the value of its original productions like “Game of Thrones …

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