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Amazon handles demand.
Source: Kindle Fire Shipments Reach 3-4M, Could Hit 5M by January -- The Kindle Fire's touch panel supplier, Wintek, recently bumped up its Amazon shipment forecast, and sources estimate the company could ship up to 3.5 million Kindle Fire touch panels by the end of December. That said, DigiTimes' sources say that some in the supply chain are hedging inventory against demand, slowly building up their supply of on-hand parts, but keeping shipments routine to avoid a glut of inventory in case demand suddenly tapers off and Amazon changes its mind on order quantities.

Stupid Coke (or stupid consumers?)
A Frosty Reception for Coca-Cola's White Christmas Cans -- Coca-Cola Co. is switching back to its time-honored red just one month after rolling out its flagship cola in a snow-white can for the holidays. New seasonal cans in red will start shipping by next week, as white cans--initially expected to be in stores through February--make an exit. While the company has frequently rung in the holiday with special can designs, this was the first time it put regular Coke in a white can. Some consumers complained that it looked confusingly similar to Diet Coke's silver cans. Others felt that regular Coke tasted different in the white cans. Still others argued that messing with red bordered on sacrilege.

Infographic of the day, brought to you by Google's revenue.
Google's $29 Billion Revenue In Perspective -- You already know what things are smaller than Apple's sizable market cap, but wouldn't you also like to know what is smaller than Google's $29 billion in revenue? Of course you would. You already know that it's bigger than the amount of money you could expect to earn in several particularly good lifetimes, but what if I told you it exceeds the GDP of 28 entire countries? Combined.

Less debt, more desire to spend...
Consumers shed debt but desire to spend is seen -- Households continued to slowly pare debt in the third quarter and showed a glimmer of interest in ramping up spending, a sign the economy is crawling back toward normalcy after a wrenching downturn. U.S. consumer debt fell in the July through September period, led by declines in mortgage balances, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said on Monday in a quarterly report on household debt and credit.

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