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5:50 PM ET, December 12, 2011

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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
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 CNET News
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
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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple adds ability to delete individual Photo Stream pics in iOS 5.1 beta 2  —  Apple on Monday provided developers with a second beta of iOS 5.1, with the latest update granting the ability to delete individual photos synced to the iCloud Photo Stream feature.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Obscures Future Device Hints in iOS 5.1 Beta 2 with Fake References
Discussion: 9to5Mac, BGR and Know Your Cell
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Microsoft Replaces Lees as Head of Windows Phone Business  —  Microsoft is moving the current head of its Windows Phone business, Andy Lees, to a new role, AllThingsD has learned.  —  Terry Myerson, the corporate VP who has led engineering efforts for the phone unit …
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
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon  —  Summary: The iPad-optimized version of Microsoft OneNote is out, and the Lync mobile client for the iPad, iPhone, Android and Symbian phones is coming “shortly.”  —  The early warning indicators were right.
Michael Morisy / Muckrock:
FBI: Carrier IQ files used for “law enforcement purposes”  —  The spook in your pocket  —  A recent FOIA request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for “manuals, documents or other written guidance used to access or analyze data gathered by programs developed or deployed by Carrier IQ” was met with a telling denial.
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.
LucianParfeni / Softpedia News:
Firefox Source Code Is So Big, It Hit the 32-Bit Virtual Address Space Limit  —  Mozilla, or rather the Firefox team, is facing a somewhat unusual problem that is holding up development in some cases.  Firefox can't reliably be compiled because the linker runs out of virtual address space.
Discussion: The H Open Source
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
 
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Billy Steele / Engadget:
ASUS delays Transformer Prime's release until WiFi fix is found (update: Prime to be released the week of 12/19)
Discussion: BGR and Business Insider
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
A Very Rare Video of Steve Jobs Telling the History of Apple
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Wikipedia Mulls Total Blackout to Oppose SOPA
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Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
The pirates of YouTube  —  The real villains of YouTube …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How Zynga grew from gaming outcast to $9 billion social game powerhouse
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Jive Software Will Start Trading Tuesday
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft: Windows Phone 7.5 does not support NFC, coming next year
Discussion: SlashGear and Electronista
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Salesforce, a Leader in Cloud Computing, Draws Big Rivals
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb