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8:00 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: Daring Fireball 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 …
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: SlashGear, MacNN and Digiday
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
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 …
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.
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
Judgment Day Looms for Apple, HTC  —  Apple Inc.'s claims that some smartphones running Google Inc.'s Android software copy its inventions are approaching their first big judgment day in the U.S.  —  The International Trade Commission in Washington on Wednesday is expected to rule on whether …
Discussion: ITProPortal and PhoneArena
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
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
 
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Joab Jackson / ITworld.com:
Usenix: Google deploys IPv6 for internal network
Discussion: Fudzilla and Slashdot
Jason Calacanis / LAUNCH:
Am I Happy about the Gowalla and Facebook Deal?
Discussion: Business Insider, Thanks:mattlynley
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Meet Niklas Zennstrom's New, Mysterious ‘Free Broadband’ Venture: FreedomPop
Discussion: IntoMobile, Ology and Neowin.net
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Shockingly Unshocking: Two Congressional Staffers Who Helped Write SOPA/PIPA Become Entertainment Industry Lobbyists
Discussion: TechSpot, Boing Boing and Slashdot
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Slipstream: Bill Would Let Video Consumers Disclose All Their Choices
Discussion: PC World and Gizmodo
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Louis C.K. Doesn't Get Torrents, But Gets Distribution