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4:30 AM ET, December 12, 2011

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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As Kindle Fire Faces Critics, Remedies Are Promised  —  The Kindle Fire, Amazon's heavily promoted tablet, is less than a blazing success with many of its early users.  The most disgruntled are packing the device up and firing it back to the retailer.  —  A few of their many complaints: there is no external volume control.
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Kindle Fire software update coming in less than two weeks, performance and UI improvements promised  —  In the wake of many user complaints about web browsing speeds and other performance issues, Amazon has told the New York Times that it will be releasing a software update for the Kindle Fire “in less than two weeks.”
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Mitch Lipka / Reuters:
Amazon's Kindle Fire lets kids charge up a storm  —  Related Quotes … (Reuters) - Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet, one of the hottest gadgets this holiday season because of its low price, has some parents bristling over the simplicity at which children can order from the retail giant …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Andy Baio / Waxy.org:
No Copyright Intended  —  On October 26, a YouTube user named crimewriter95 posted a full-length version of Pulp Fiction, rearranged in chronological order.  —  A couple things struck me about this video.  —  First, I'm surprised that a full-length, 2.5-hour very slight remix of a popular film …
Discussion: @qthrul and VentureBeat
Mercury News:
Google founders offer ‘100 percent’ funding to save Hangar One, but no word back from NASA  —  Hangar One, once home to the Navy's giant airships at Moffett Field, finally has a few willing benefactors: Google's top three executives have offered to salvage the historic landmark.  —  No word yet on NASA's response.
Edmar Ferreira / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Vs TechStars: Whose Companies Are Bringing In More Funding?  —  Y Combinator and TechStars are two of the first seed-stage venture funds, and they've each had some successful companies.  But how can we analyze how they're doing so far?  One way is acquisitions …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Falcone's LightSquared Said to Disrupt 75% of GPS in Tests  —  Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — Philip Falcone's proposed LightSquared Inc. wireless service caused interference to 75 percent of global-positioning system receivers examined in a U.S. government test, according to a draft summary of results.
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Pincus Faceoff With Zuckerberg Shows Fearsome Prelude to Zynga's IPO: Tech  —  When Zynga Inc. reached an impasse while negotiating a five-year partnership with Facebook Inc. in August 2010, Chief Executive Officer Mark Pincus demanded a one- on-one meeting with Mark Zuckerberg.
Discussion: Reuters
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Kindle Touch jailbroken with simple MP3 hack  —  Just because the Kindle Touch isn't Android-based doesn't mean that it wouldn't be fun and potentially useful to gain root on it.  Developer Yifan Lu has managed to do just that and has released the jailbreak tool for the e-reader in a format that might surprise you: an mp3 file.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Shockingly Unshocking: Two Congressional Staffers Who Helped Write SOPA/PIPA Become Entertainment Industry Lobbyists  —  Two high level Congressional staffers who have been instrumental in creating or moving forward both PROTECT IP (PIPA) and SOPA have left their jobs on Capitol Hill …
Discussion: TechSpot, Boing Boing and Slashdot
Michael Robertson / GigaOM:
Why Spotify can never be profitable: The secret demands of record labels  —  Imagine a new hot-dog selling venture.  Let's also say there's only one supplier to purchase hot dogs from.  Instead of simply charging a fixed price for hot dogs, that supplier demands the HIGHER of the following …
Discussion: Digiday
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Meet Niklas Zennstrom's New, Mysterious ‘Free Broadband’ Venture: FreedomPop  —  I'd never heard of FreedomPop until earlier this morning, when the company announced a partnership with U.S. wireless broadband network operator LightSquared.  —  FreedomPop, according to the press release …
Discussion: Ology and Neowin.net
 
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comScore, Inc.:
U.S. Online Holiday Spending Approaches $25 Billion for the Season, Up 15 Percent vs. Year Ago
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Slipstream: Bill Would Let Video Consumers Disclose All Their Choices
Discussion: PC World and Gizmodo
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