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Pretty much back to the top of the pile of links, enjoy.

Google, Microsoft Threaten End to Cookie Tracking – WSJ.comMicrosoft quietly announced in a blog post that the company will give marketers the ability to track and advertise to people who use apps on its Windows 8 and 8.1 operating system on tablets and PCs. The company will do this by assigning each user a number—a unique identifier—that monitors them across all of their apps. (The system doesn’t block cookies in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser.) Industry players think Microsoft-powered smartphones and Xbox game consoles will be a natural extension of the system

Christmas 2013: Consumers in Europe – Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International

Why US Airlines Have Been Consolidating – Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International

New Research Shows Shoplifting, Retail Crime on the Rise Globally – Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International

Can Computers Negotiate? Win-Win Negotiations in a Virtual World | INSEAD Knowledge

China Internet Watch Is A China Online Marketing Blog

Smaller isn’t always better: The vanishing benefits (and profits) of smaller processes and new foundry tech | ExtremeTech

A Marine Grunt’s Take on GPS, Compasses, Radios and the ‘Golden Hour’ – Defense One – interesting insights into human adoption of technology and common sense

Apple maps: how Google lost when everyone thought it had won | Technology | theguardian.com

WPP CEO Martin Sorrell Talks Candidly About Mergers, Mayhem—and His Own Demise | Adweekwe live in a world where people don’t want to take risks, a world where the average CEO lasts five years and an average CMO in America two years. There are good examples of people prepared to invest, willing to take risks, but they have to unfortunately deal with quarterly performance, non-executive directors, corporate governance, regulators.

White Paper: Reaching the Emerging Middle Classes Beyond BRIC – Euromonitor International

Smartphones take lead with 55% of mobile phone sales | Mobile – CNET News

Messaging App Line Now Brings In Nearly $100M A Quarter, But No Official Word On An IPO | TechCrunch

What’s an Active User worth? | – the interesting bit here is how much Twitter and iPhone users are worth respectively

True Social Metrics: Social media analytics

Easy Social Media Analytics & Measurement | Simply Measured

Elop Microsoft CEO Strategy Analysis: Can execs prevent killing spree? | BGRthis is a rare spectacle — much like “Game of Thrones” but without dragons or magic or glamor or sex or nobility or physically attractive people

Apple Surpassed ZTE To Rank The Fifth in China — China Internet Watch

Apple Finds Surprising Growth Market in Japan – WSJ.com

App Maker – Make an app with Conduit Mobile

Adobe® Analytics | 2013 Trends for the B2C CMO

Taiwan’s ‘White Shirt Army,’ spurred by Facebook, takes on political parties – The Washington Post

Half of all computer malware is written in Chinese, but the most dangerous is written in Russian – Quartz

China’s Building Push Goes Underground. – WSJ.com – interesting standardised approach to building mass transit systems