Amazon adds Veronica Mars and G.I. Joe to its lineup of fan fiction properties

Amazon’s Kindle (s AMZN) Worlds program, which secures licenses that allow self-published authors to legally sell Kindle fan fiction based on properties like Gossip Girl and Kurt Vonnegut’s books, added a few more brands to its lineup Wednesday. Among them: Hasbro’s G.I. Joe and Warner Brothers (s WB) shows Veronica Mars and Ravenswood. Cult favorite Veronica Mars is a particularly interesting case because Amazon Prime Instant Video is the exclusive streaming home of that show, and its creator Rob Thomas recently raised over $5 million on Kickstarter to fund a Veronica Mars movie.

Amazon Prime Instant Video gets Fargo, Annie Hall and History Channel’s Vikings in MGM deal

Amazon (s AMZN) and MGM announced a deal Tuesday to make more MGM movies, as well as the History Channel hit Vikings, available for streaming on Prime Instant Video. Previously, Vikings had been available exclusively through Amazon’s European streaming service Lovefilm. It’s not available for streaming on Netflix (s NFLX). Movies included in the deal: FargoPlatoon and Hoosiers (can also all be streamed on Netflix); Annie Hall and Hotel Rwanda (not available for streaming on Netflix).

Christmas Eve AWS outage stings Netflix but not Amazon Prime

Big problems with Amazon Web Services’ Elastic Load Balancing service in its US-East data center nailed Netflix and Heroku on Christmas Eve and carried over into Christmas. Netflix competitor Amazon Prime Instant Video appeared to be unaffected.

What to expect at next week’s Kindle event: A rumor roundup

What should we expect from next week’s Amazon press conference in Los Angeles? The rumor mill suggest a front-lit Kindle e-reader, a new Kindle Fire with a camera and location technology, and more streaming movie offerings for Prime members.