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The Windows Phone Store just kicked off a big holiday sale on twelve apps, indie games, and Xbox titles. The punnily-named “12 Deals of Red Stripe” runs through Jan. 1 and (in case you didn’t get it) was inspired by the Store’s long-running weekly sale. Only instead of the typical three discounted titles you’ll find a dozen priced 50% off or more. Highlights include Modern Combat 4, Rayman Jungle Run, Ruzzle, Gravity Guy 2, and other well-reviewed games and apps. Browse the full list

The Windows Store is running a similar promotion on PC and tablet apps. Check it out

Finally, if you or someone you know is planning to buy a new Windows Phone this holiday, don’t forget that for a limited time Nokia and Microsoft are both offering app gift cards with the purchase of certain phone models. Here are the details