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January 6, 2013, 1:10 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's De Castro Begins Reorg of Ad Sales Unit  —  As I had previously reported, Yahoo's key business unit — its advertising sales force — is now getting details of a reorganization by its new leader, COO Henrique De Castro.  —  In making the changes, just weeks ahead of Yahoo's annual sales conference …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Unreasonable at Sea to set sail on 100-day accelerator cruise with 11 startups and Desmond Tutu  —  A first of its kind type of accelerator is preparing to hoist anchor and set off on a unbelievable journey.  Unreasonable at Sea, the startup accelerator taking place entirely on a boat …
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.

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