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10:55 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.”
Mitch Lipka / Reuters:
Amazon's Kindle Fire lets kids charge up a storm
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Daring Fireball
DigiTimes:
Next generation iPads to be available in 3-4 months, say sources  —  The next generation iPads are expected to be available in the next 3-4 months as makers in the supply chain have started delivering parts and components for the new tablets to OEM contractors while reducing those prepared for iPad 2 …
Apple:
Apple's Mac App Store Downloads Top 100 Million  —  Apple® today announced that over 100 million apps have been downloaded from the Mac® App Store™ in less than one year.  With thousands of free and paid apps, the Mac App Store brings the App Store experience to the Mac …
Sung-won Shim / Reuters:
Samsung says sells over 300 million mobile handsets in 2011  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd (005930.KS) said on Sunday its annual mobile handset sales this year had exceeded 300 million units for the first time in the company's history.  —  The world's second largest handset maker …
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 …
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Google, Motorola Mobility Review Temporarily Halted by EU  —  European Union regulators suspended their antitrust review of plans by Google Inc. (GOOG), the biggest maker of smartphone software, to buy Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. after requesting more information about the deal.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Viral coefficients + store feature + branding + influencers = cool apps on iOS first  —  At LeWeb last week former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt was asked by an audience member why the coolest apps come out on iOS first.  Apps like Flipboard and Instagram.  He answered:
Discussion: Appboy Blog
Joab Jackson / ITworld.com:
Usenix: Google deploys IPv6 for internal network  —  Though the project is only halfway finished, Google's IPv6 network is already bearing fruit  —  In a project that has taken longer than company engineers anticipated, Google is rolling out IPv6 across its entire internal employee network.
Discussion: Fudzilla and Slashdot
Shelly Freierman / New York Times:
One Million Mobile Apps, and Counting at a Fast Pace  —  Somewhere at a computer last Wednesday, a developer pushed a button and the one millionth mobile app went to market.  —  Apps shrink the programs that were once available only on a desktop computer to make them usable on smartphones …
Thanks:jasonhiner
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Nook Color update adds Netflix, comics, landscape reading, and more  —  Already the visual appearance between Nook Tablet and Nook Color made it hard to differentiate, and now with Color's version 1.41 update, the feature set is beginning to look decidedly similar to its successor.
 
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Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
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Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Cloud testing service Soasta secures another $12M in funding
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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
HP Kicks webOS To The Kerb
Discussion: ZDNet, Channelnomics and Phones Review, Thanks:invantory
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
Judgment Day Looms for Apple, HTC
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Jason Calacanis / LAUNCH:
Am I Happy about the Gowalla and Facebook Deal?
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Kindle Touch jailbroken with simple MP3 hack
Discussion: Gizmodo
Edmar Ferreira / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Vs TechStars: Whose Companies Are Bringing In More Funding?
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Pincus Faceoff With Zuckerberg Shows Fearsome Prelude to Zynga's IPO: Tech
Discussion: Business Insider
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Meet Niklas Zennstrom's New, Mysterious ‘Free Broadband’ Venture: FreedomPop
Discussion: IntoMobile and Ology