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12:50 AM ET, December 12, 2011

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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon's Fire, Some Say, May Become the Edsel of Tablets  —  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.
Discussion: CNET News, The Verge, Electronista and TeleRead, Thanks:hunterwalk
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Louis C.K. Doesn't Get Torrents, But Gets Distribution  —  Stand-up comedian Louis C.K is selling a direct download of his show at the Beacon Theater for 5 dollars.  No DRM, no forced email spam, no expensive middle-man - just value for value.  That's how easy and convenient video distribution …
comScore, Inc.:
U.S. Online Holiday Spending Approaches $25 Billion for the Season, Up 15 Percent vs. Year Ago  —  Upcoming “Green Monday” (Dec. 12) to Contend with Cyber Monday for Heaviest Online Spending Day of the Year  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Shan Li / Los Angeles Times:
Furor surrounds Amazon's price-comparison app  —  Retailers and a senator denounce a one-day promotional offer that will give discounts to Amazon customers who use the Price Check app while browsing at physical stores.  —  Amazon's Price Check app has users identify a product by scanning its bar code …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Slipstream: Bill Would Let Video Consumers Disclose All Their Choices  —  IF Netflix has its way, Facebook members in the United States may soon be able to see which of their friends and family members have just video-streamed “Paranormal Activity” or “Boys Don't Cry.”
Discussion: PC World and Gizmodo
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Browser Study Sheds Light On Firefox's Insecurity (And Google Approves This Message)  —  Illustration by Galit Weisberg.  Click on the image to see his original.  —  Updated with a response from Mozilla.  —  When Google funds a study on browser security and allows it to be published …
 
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Edmar Ferreira / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Vs TechStars: Whose Companies Are Bringing In More Funding?
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
India's pre-screening censorship plan may have been misreported after all
Discussion: Global Voices, NDTV and India IT Blog
Eric Goldman / Techdirt:
The Good And The Bad Of The New OPEN Bill From Wyden And Issa
Discussion: WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
We Can't Wait: Obama Administration Announces $2 Billion in Resources to Support Job-Creating Startups
Discussion: Pulse2
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
iPhone 4S Receives Network Access Permit, Set to Go On Sale in China This Month
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Boss: If The Chinese Censor The Internet Without A Problem, Why Can't The US?
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
The Crunchpad is proof of obviousness in the iPad design
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gizmodo
 

 
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
WBD says it intends to match one of the offers for NBA rights; a source says it is targeting the package from Amazon, which is for about $1.8B per year

Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
TelevisaUnivision reports Q2 revenue up 3% YoY to $1.3B, ad revenue up 6% YoY to $785M, and operating expenses up 6% YoY to $896M

Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast reports Peacock Q2 revenue up 28% YoY to $1B, a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023, and paying subscribers up 38% YoY to 33M

 
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