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4:45 PM ET, December 15, 2011

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Slater Tow / Facebook Blog:
Timeline: Now Available Worldwide  —  We recently announced our plans to introduce Facebook Timeline, an entirely new kind of profile.  —  Timeline gives you an easy way to rediscover the things you shared, and collect your most important moments.  It also lets you share new experiences …
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Mick Johnson / Facebook Blog:
Timeline Now Available on Mobile  —  Timeline gives you an easy way to see the things you've shared, and collect all your best moments in a single place.  In addition to making timeline available on the web , today we're also launching timeline on Android and m.facebook.com.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Source Reveals Facebook Is Swimming In Cash  —  A well-placed mole has forwarded us the Silicon Valley equivalent of hard-core pornography: an explicit look at Facebook's finances.  They're even more staggering than we expected.  A gusher of profits has left the social network with a cash hoard …
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Facebook's Revenue Numbers Just Leaked, And The Numbers Look Underwhelming  —  Gawker's Ryan Tate just published what he says “a source with knowledge of Facebook's finances” tell him are...Facebook's finances.  —  The numbers look a little light.  —  Facebook was supposed to generate …
Ryan Gavin / The Windows Blog:
IE to Start Automatic Upgrades across Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7  —  Everyone benefits from an up-to-date browser.  —  Today we are sharing our plan to automatically upgrade Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer available for their PC.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress  —  An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress  —  Today, a group of 83 prominent Internet inventors and engineers sent an open letter to members of the United States Congress, stating their opposition to the SOPA …
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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Horses**t  —  Last night I tweeted at John Gruber and MG Siegler: “What a load of horses**t.  All due respect, but horses**t.”  The tweet was in reference to a post on Daring Fireball citing MG's “review” of the Galaxy Nexus.  Now, I won't take issue with his review overall.
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Zeitgeist 2011: How the world searched  —  This year marks our 11th annual look back at the searches that compose the year's Zeitgeist—the spirit of the time.  With Zeitgeist, we look at the most popular and the fastest rising terms—the terms with the highest growth in 2011—in many categories across many countries around the world.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Verizon Galaxy Nexus hands-on  —  We finally got our hands on Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and... well, it's almost identical to the HSPA+ version we reviewed last month.  It's thicker, though we actually like holding and using the Verizon unit better because the slightly thicker case makes one-hand a bit more comfortable.
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Kellex / Droid Life:
Within 2 Hours of Activation, Your Galaxy Nexus Will Receive an Update - Here are the Details
Nielsen Wire:
New Mobile Obsession: U.S. Teens Triple Data Usage  —  Teens have officially joined the mobile Data Tsunami, more than tripling mobile data consumption in the past year while maintaining their stronghold as the leading message senders.  Using recent data from monthly cell phone bills …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Bill Gates Confirms He Won't Return To Microsoft  —  Bill Gates refutes a full-time return to Microsoft, the company he founded, to spend the rest of his life working for his foundation.  —  Bill Gates today ruled out ever returning to the helm of Microsoft and dismissed harsh barbs by his former arch-rival Steve Jobs.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
‘iPhone flaw’ that could cost you thousands?  Not so fast, it's an Apple wording mistake  —  There is a bug that is being shopped around as a huge issue with Automatic Downloads over cellular data in iOS 5.  The bug was discovered by Pocketlint and has been reported by sites like 9to5mac.
Discussion: 9to5Mac, Thanks:alexbrooks
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Pocket-lint:
Revealed: The Apple iPhone bug that could cost you thousands
Discussion: @grg, Thanks:stuartmiles
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
RIMM Slips 5%: Q4 BB Shipments Falling to 11M to 12M  —  Research in Motion (RIMM) this afternoon reported fiscal Q3 revenue per share in line with a pre-announcement earlier this month, and earnings per share in line with its reduced range, but forecast Q4′s results below expectations.
Discussion: BGR, AllThingsD and Financial Post
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Alastair Sharp / Reuters:   RIM Q3 profit falls 27 percent
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
French President's Residence ‘Busted’ For BitTorrent Piracy  —  Located near the Champs-Élysées in the French capital, Paris, the Élysée Palace is the official residence of President Sarkozy.  As husband of ‘first lady’ and musician Carla Bruni …
Marc Chacksfield / TechRadar.com:
Google granted driverless car patent  —  Kind of like auto-complete for journeys  —  Google has been granted a patent for driverless car technology, which can fully take over the control of a vehicle from a human driver.  —  This full-fat version of cruise control uses web functionality …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
US iPhone, iPad demand more than 40% stronger than expected  —  An Alphawise survey of American purchasing intentions indicates that US iPhone and iPad demand are stronger than expected; sales will continue to outperform expectations into 2012 and should enable Apple to beat estimates next year.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft takes the wraps off its So.cl social-search project  —  Summary: Microsoft is taking the wraps off a new learning tool, it social-search research project known as So.cl, from its FUSE Labs division.  —  Perhaps the best way to explain what Microsoft's new So.cl project …
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. won't put LAPD on Google's cloud-based email system  —  The City Council votes to scale back L.A.'s email services contract with Google, saying its technology could not meet the security needs of departments including police and the city attorney's office.
Discussion: GigaOM
John Cook / GeekWire:
Amazon selling more than a million Kindles per week, says demand accelerating for the Fire  —  It's going to be a Kindle kind of holiday for many folks around the globe.  Amazon.com today said that it is selling Kindles at a rate of more than one million per week — marking the third consecutive week that it has topped that milestone.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Buys Social Performance Platform Rypple; Will Launch ‘Human Capital Management’ Unit Successforce  —  Salesforce.com has just announced the acquisition of social performance platform Rypple.  Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close early next year, were not disclosed.
Royal Pingdom:
The most reliable (and unreliable) blogging services of 2011  —  There are millions upon millions of blogs available today, and many of them are hosted on dedicated blogging services.  These kinds of services have been around for a long time, with pioneers like Blogger paving the way for WordPress.com …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Stolen iPhone?  Your iMessages may still be going to the wrong place  —  Those who have had a phone lost or stolen are familiar with the horrors that follow: the thief (or the person he sold your phone to) starts to send texts as you to your family and friends, leaving you scrambling to de-activate the device as soon as possible.
Discussion: The Verge, MacRumors and The Register
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Foursquare's Crowley Declares Bygones!  — And Maybe More?  — With Google  —  Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley sold his company, Dodgeball, to Google in 2007, but he left two years later complaining about the lack of resources devoted to his start-up by the search giant.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Social Folders: It's Photo Stream for everything  —  Social Folders is one of the most useful new services I've seen in a while.  It's software for your PC or Mac that connects to your online social accounts and automatically mirrors new files you post online back to your hard disk.
Discussion: AllThingsD
Danny Schreiber / Silicon Prairie News:
Dwolla unveils ‘Instant,’ immediate access up to $500 for flat monthly fee  —  Dwolla, the online cash transfer startup based in Des Moines, today introduced a feature to give its users instant access to cash, an alternative to its current two- to three-day waiting period for users to transfer funds into their accounts.
 
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google's Crawler Now Automatically Detects Smartphone Content
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Judge gives Universal Music 24 hours to explain takedown spree
Discussion: Techdirt
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
ITunes Match international rollout premature; refunds being issued
Discussion: TUAW
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Sony and Warner Are Said to Join Suit Against Grooveshark
Angus Loten / Wall Street Journal:
Chasing the New Angel Investors
 Earlier Items: 
Emil Protalinski / ZDNet:
Obama doesn't let his daughters on Facebook
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
One password to bring them all and on Windows 8 bind them
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Accel Leads $14M Round In Cloud-Based, Visual Presentation Software Prezi
Discussion: GigaOM, Tech Europe and VatorNews
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Undercover Study Finds It's Easy to Buy Illegal Guns on Craigslist
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
Meet The Genius Behind Tweetbot, The Twitter App For iPhone Everyone's Going Nuts About
Pew Internet:
Where people get information about restaurants and other local businesses
Discussion: The New Persuaders
Jason Goldberg / betashop:
Behind the Scenes: How Fab Raised $40 million with a lot of data and not much pain
Discussion: Betabeat