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9:55 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: 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
HP Kicks webOS To The Kerb  —  We strongly believe that the best days for webOS are still ahead.  —  Thus spake Meg Whitman in her memo to the troops, an intramural rendition of HP's official announcement that webOS will be “contributed” to the Open Source community.
Discussion: ZDNet, Channelnomics and Phones Review, Thanks:invantory
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.
Discussion: London Calling Blog
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
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: Slashdot and Fudzilla
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Cloud testing service Soasta secures another $12M in funding  —  Soasta, a cloud-based performance testing services company, has secured $12 million in its fourth round of funding.  This series D round was led by Jeff Webber through The Entrepreneurs' Fund III and existing investors Canaan Partners …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Viral coefficients + store feature + branding + influencers = cool apps on iOS first
Discussion: Appboy Blog
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, Liliputing and Slashdot
Edmar Ferreira / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Vs TechStars: Whose Companies Are Bringing In More Funding?
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Meet Niklas Zennstrom's New, Mysterious ‘Free Broadband’ Venture: FreedomPop
Discussion: IntoMobile and Ology
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
India's pre-screening censorship plan may have been misreported after all
Discussion: TechCrunch and Global Voices
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Shockingly Unshocking: Two Congressional Staffers Who Helped Write SOPA/PIPA Become Entertainment Industry Lobbyists
Discussion: ZDNet, TechSpot, Boing Boing and Slashdot
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Slipstream: Bill Would Let Video Consumers Disclose All Their Choices
Discussion: Betabeat, PC World and Gizmodo
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Falcone's LightSquared Said to Disrupt 75% of GPS in Tests