Today in Tech: Kindle Fire comes under attack

December 13, 2011, 7:00 AM UTC

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* AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is reorganizing the Internet company. Its dial-up services will be merged with Web services, which includes AOL Instant Messenger. The other three divisions will include advertising, local services, and the Huffington Post media group. (Bloomberg)

* Amazon’s Kindle Fire has come under, well, fire, over some customer complaints. Among them: sluggish performance, lack of physical volume control buttons, and little-to-no parental controls. Over at TechCrunch, writer John Biggs argues there’s actually little room to complain, largely because the Fire accomplishes what it set out to do. “It’s hard to accept, but Amazon (AMZN) doesn’t need the hardware geeks salivating over its specs. All it needs to do is serve up copies of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest.”  (The New York Times and TechCrunch)

* If AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile falls through, there may be another party waiting in the wings to scoop it up. Dish Network CEO Joseph Clayton suggested his company could partner with T-Mobile and merge their wireless spectrums to create a serious threat to AT&T and Verizon. (Bloomberg)

* Intel (INTC) chalked up expected fourth quarter revenues of $13.7 billion  — 7% less than originally forecast– to a global shortage of computer hard disk drives. (The New York Times)

* Andy Less, the head of the Windows Phone business, is being moved to another role within Microsoft (MSFT) that CEO Steve Ballmer called “a time-critical opportunity focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8.” VP Terry Myerson will absorb Less’s current duties. (All Things D)

* How Zynga, which will go public Thursday with a valuation of $8.9 billion, became a social gaming juggernaut. (VentureBeat)

* Downloads for Apple’s Mac App Store, which launched less than a year ago, topped 100 million. (Apple)

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