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4:45 PM 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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Mitch Lipka / Reuters:
Amazon's Kindle Fire lets kids charge up a storm
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Gadget Lab
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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Is DigiTimes trying to kill the iPad 2's Christmas sales?
Discussion: TUAW and Action at a Distance
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 …
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Mac App Store downloads don't include Lion, updates or downloads to other Macs
Thanks:theloop1
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Dish Network Seeks to Partner With T-Mobile USA If AT&T Acquisition Fails  —  Dish Network Corp. (DISH), the second largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, is seeking to partner with T-Mobile USA if AT&T Inc. (T)'s takeover bid fails, Chief Executive Officer Joseph Clayton said in an interview.
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Stephen Grocer / Deal Journal:
DoJ, AT&T Make Joint Request to Postpone Antitrust Case
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to allow open source apps in Windows 8 Store  —  Summary: Microsoft is providing a loophole in its Windows 8 Store developer agreement that allows for inclusion of OSI-licensed open source apps.  —  Microsoft is planning to allow applications licensed under Open Source Iniative …
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows 8 app store screenshots leak, reveal download manager and demo apps
David Lieberman / Deadline:
Netflix Shares Soaring On Report Of Sale Talks With Verizon  —  The video rental company's shares have spiked 6.8% in midday trading — an eye-popping standout on a day when the market's down about 2%.  The reason: website DealReporter says that Verizon is considering buying Netflix to get into the video streaming business.
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 …
GSMArena:
EXCLUSIVE: Big Sony Ericsson Arc HD (Nozomi) live shots pop up  —  Now look what we found in our mailbox this morning.  We just received photos of the upcoming Sony Ericsson flagship and some specs to go with them.  Unfortunately, we didn't get the name cleared out so we don't know if the earlier …
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: Business Insider and Pulse2
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Megaupload to Sue Universal, Joins Fight Against SOPA  —  Last Friday, file-hosting service Megaupload surprised the Internet by launching a campaign fronted by a Printz Board-produced song featuring some of the world's most prominent recording artists.  —  Needless to say, the spectacle of P Diddy …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Adblock Plus Will Soon Block Fewer Ads  —  AdBlock Plus, the popular ad-blocking plugin for Firefox and Chrome, will soon stop blocking “non-intrusive” ads by default.  AdBlock Plus, of course, became as popular as it is today because it scrubbed websites from intrusive …
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.
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Google Working to Address Europe's Concerns About Motorola Mobility Deal
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Apple's MacBook Air to dominate ultrabook market, says analyst  —  Apple's MacBook Air will generate huge sales and retain its dominant market share despite the growing onslaught of rival ultrabooks, says a new report from J.P. Morgan.  At least for now.  —  As other vendors try …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Why Twitter Engineers And Execs Keep Quitting - One Insider's Explanation  —  From the outside, Twitter seems like it's doing very well.  It has 2,400 advertisers and 100 million active users, 50 million of whom send 250 million tweets every day.  The company is worth $8 billion on secondary markets.
Discussion: Technologizer
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple tells MFI's to get busy building next-gen iOS accessories with Airplay over Bluetooth 4.0  —  AirPlay, a proprietary protocol by Apple allowing for worry-free wireless streaming of audio, video, photos and related metadata between certified devices, is about to gain an enhanced support …
Kate Rose / YouTube Blog:
Opening up a world of educational content with YouTube for Schools  —  When I was in school during the 90s, watching videos in the classroom was a highlight of any week.  The teacher would roll in a television on a cart, pop in a VHS tape, and then we'd enjoy whatever scratchy science video …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft: Windows Phone 7.5 does not support NFC, coming next year  —  NFC support for next-generation Windows Phones  —  Microsoft was forced on Monday to correct a previous statement it made on NFC support in Windows Phone 7.5.  —  The software giant mistakenly revealed the existence …
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
The pirates of YouTube  —  The real villains of YouTube are the multinational companies cashing in on public domain footage they claim is their own  —  When you hear about “piracy” in connection to YouTube, perhaps you think of the billion-dollar lawsuit brought by Viacom against the Google division …
Discussion: TeleRead and Boing Boing
The Droid Guy / Android Phones, Android Tablets …:
Dutch Company Turns Google Street View Into A First Person Shooter  —  Imagine you're walking down the streets of New York City with an M4A1 assault rifle by your side.  You're not in cartoon format, you're not looking at computer aided animation but you're looking at real cabs, real people, real cars and real buildings.
 
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Michael Morisy / Muckrock:
FBI: Carrier IQ files used for “law enforcement purposes”
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Firefox Source Code Is So Big, It Hit the 32-Bit Virtual Address Space Limit
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 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How Zynga grew from gaming outcast to $9 billion social game powerhouse
Thanks:dylan20
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Jive Software Will Start Trading Tuesday
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Salesforce, a Leader in Cloud Computing, Draws Big Rivals
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Viral coefficients + store feature + branding + influencers = cool apps on iOS first
Discussion: Appboy Blog
Shelly Freierman / New York Times:
One Million Mobile Apps, and Counting at a Fast Pace
Discussion: dailywireless.org, Thanks:jasonhiner
Joab Jackson / ITworld.com:
Usenix: Google deploys IPv6 for internal network
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