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2:10 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.
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
No Timeline Pages for Brands Yet, Facebook Says
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Internet Explorer to start automatically updating itself in January
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.
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
iPhone 5, Steve Jobs among top Google searches in 2011
Discussion: PC World and @joshuaschnell
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Source Reveals Facebook Is Gushing 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 …
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.
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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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 …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Within 2 Hours of Activation, Your Galaxy Nexus Will Receive an Update - Here are the Details  —  Once you have your Galaxy Nexus up and running for a couple of hours, an update will become available that brings you to Android 4.0.2 and build ICL53F.  This is the update we showed you yesterday …
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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: WebProNews
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
French President's Residence ‘Busted’ For BitTorrent Piracy  —  French President Nicholas Sarkozy is a man who has championed some of the most aggressive anti-piracy legislation in Europe.  But today it's revealed that the occupants of his very own office and home are responsible …
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.
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.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Accel Leads $14M Round In Cloud-Based, Visual Presentation Software Prezi  —  Cloud-based presentation software Prezi has raised $14 million in Series B financing led by Accel Partners with Sunstone Capital participating in the round.  Accel's Andrew Braccia will be joining Prezi's board of directors.
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Samsung's snarky TV ads have harshed the iPhone's vibe  —  Samsung's “buzz score” has overtaken Apple's in a key demographic, says YouGov  —  Click to enlarge.  —  The chart at right says it all.  —  Starting around Nov. 28 — six days after Samsung began airing its Galaxy Nexus ads mocking Apple's …
Jason Goldberg / betashop:
Behind the Scenes: How Fab Raised $40 million with a lot of data and not much pain  —  Let's face it, fundraising can be a real pain in the ass for the entrepreneur.  —  It takes up a ton of time that can be otherwise spent managing the business.  —  Sure, it's a necessary evil, but it's also typically a big distraction.
Discussion: Betabeat
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
Meet The Genius Behind Tweetbot, The Twitter App For iPhone Everyone's Going Nuts About  —  On Monday we spoke with Paul Haddad, the programmer behind Tweetbot, the best Twitter app in the App Store.  —  We asked Paul about what makes Tweetbot so good, and why tech fanatics are in a frenzy about it.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Judge gives Universal Music 24 hours to explain takedown spree  —  A federal judge has given Universal Music Group until the end of the day Thursday to respond to charges that it abused the DMCA takedown process to censor a promotional music video by the locker site Megaupload.
Sony Ericsson Developer World:
Ice Cream Sandwich alpha ROM available for unlocked Xperia™ phones  —  To show our continuous support to the open developer community, and get your valuable feedback, we are today making an alpha ROM of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.1) for Xperia™ arc S, Xperia™ neo V and Xperia™ ray available for download.
Emil Protalinski / ZDNet:
Obama doesn't let his daughters on Facebook  —  Summary: Facebook may be the world's largest social network, but it's not allowed at the White House.  US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama don't let their daughters use the service.  —  US President Barack Obama …
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
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Foursquare's Crowley Declares Bygones! — And Maybe More? — With Google
Discussion: WebProNews
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
ITunes Match international rollout premature; refunds being issued
Discussion: MacStories
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
Chester Wisniewski / Naked Security:
Google and EFF propose improvements to HTTPS as GlobalSign releases CA breach report
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Apps vs. the web: Are they enemies or allies?
Pew Internet:
Where people get information about restaurants and other local businesses
Discussion: The New Persuaders
Akshay Kannan / Google Chrome Blog:
Google Cloud Print picks up steam
Delicious Blog:
New Look on Delicious  —  We've received a lot of helpful suggestions …
Discussion: The Next Web