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12:45 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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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.”
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Trojan Horse: Don't Underestimate The Kindle Fire
Discussion: @dannysullivan
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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Is DigiTimes trying to kill the iPad 2's Christmas sales?  —  No, but the steady flow of rumors about a new iPad just around the corner aren't helping  —  Remember what happened to iPhone 4 sales last summer?  They hit a wall in mid-July, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, when “speculation” …
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
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 …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How Zynga grew from gaming outcast to $9 billion social game powerhouse  —  Zynga has turned the video game world upside down in its short five-year history.  As it's poised on the verge of a massive initial public offering, the social game startup is now one of gaming's great success stories.
Thanks:dylan20
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Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Pincus Faceoff With Zuckerberg Shows Fearsome Prelude to Zynga's IPO: Tech
Discussion: Business Insider
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Salesforce, a Leader in Cloud Computing, Draws Big Rivals  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For over a decade, Marc Benioff has had to listen to dismissals of the company he founded, Salesforce.com, as a marginal player in the business software industry.  —  But recently Salesforce has won the sincerest form …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: dailywireless.org, Thanks:jasonhiner
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 …
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 …
Discussion: SlashGear, Neowin.net and WMPoweruser
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
 
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Jive Software Will Start Trading Tuesday
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Pulls App for Creating Fake Driver's Licenses Following U.S. Senator's Complaint
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Nook Color update adds Netflix, comics, landscape reading, and more
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Intel Slashes Sales Outlook by $1 Billion on Hard Drive Shortage
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Occupy Movement Shows Potential of Live Online Video
Discussion: Beet.TV
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Cloud testing service Soasta secures another $12M in funding
Discussion: GigaOM, VatorNews and TechCrunch
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
HP Kicks webOS To The Kerb
Discussion: ZDNet, Channelnomics and SitePoint, Thanks:invantory
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Joab Jackson / ITworld.com:
Usenix: Google deploys IPv6 for internal network
Discussion: Fudzilla and Slashdot
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
Judgment Day Looms for Apple, HTC
Jason Calacanis / LAUNCH:
Am I Happy about the Gowalla and Facebook Deal?
Discussion: Business Insider, Thanks:mattlynley
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Meet Niklas Zennstrom's New, Mysterious ‘Free Broadband’ Venture: FreedomPop
Discussion: WebProNews, IntoMobile and Ology
 

 
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