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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.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Facebook's New Design Brings Back User's Past
Discussion: Betabeat
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Facebook Timeline goes live: Gives users seven-day grace
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
SOPA votes derailed by politician's ‘offensive’ tweet  —  A marathon debate today in the House of Representatives on the Stop Online Piracy Act wasn't derailed by procedural questions, even though not one hearing had been held on how the law would actually work.
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Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
The nightmarish SOPA hearings  —  Last night I had a horrifying dream that a group of well-intentioned middle-aged people who could not distinguish between a domain name and an IP address were trying to regulate the Internet.  Then I woke up and the Judiciary Committee's SOPA hearings were on.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress
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 …
Discussion: Digiday
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.
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parislemon:
“Horses**t”  —  Wow.  Josh Topolsky is mad.  And that by itself is fine — he's clearly passionate about technology, which is great.  What's not fine is the fact that he's way off-base in his rant.  So far off-base that I need to respond.  —  First and foremost, Topolsky has decided …
Discussion: The Verge and Marketing Land
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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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chrome 15 puts IE8 in rear-view mirror, takes No. 1 spot
Discussion: The Verge
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
CashVille: Zynga finally goes public in a triumph for social games  —  After months of delay, social game maker Zynga is finally going public in an initial public offering.  The company priced its stock moments ago at $10 a share, the upper end of the price range.
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Nick Turner / Bloomberg:
Zynga Elaborates on Its IPO Risks After Google's Eric Schmidt Praises CEO
Lee Spears / Bloomberg:
Zynga Said to Price 100M Shares at $10 in IPO
Discussion: GeekWire, TechCrunch and Company Town
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 …
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.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
RIMM Slips 7%: 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.
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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: Pocket-lint, 9to5Mac, GottaBeMobile and @grg, Thanks:alexbrooks
Christian Science Monitor:
Exclusive: Iran hijacked US drone, says Iranian engineer  —  In an exclusive interview, an engineer working to unlock the secrets of the captured RQ-170 Sentinel says they exploited a known vulnerability and tricked the US drone into landing in Iran.  —  ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Discussion: The Register
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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Richard Nieva / Fortune:
Isaacson: Jobs biography could expand  —  The author discussed possible plans for expanding the 630-page book in the future with Fortune senior editor at large Adam Lashinsky.  —  By Richard Nieva, contributor  —  FORTUNE — Liked Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs?  There may be more to come.
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.
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Dell quits netbooks, says 'thin and powerful is where it's at'  —  While very few are still buying netbooks, many manufacturers have continued to release the small Intel Atom-powered computers (see Asus, Toshiba, etc.).  However, Dell isn't going to be one of those companies.
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes Match Goes Live Internationally (For Real This Time)  —  Following last night's premature access to iTunes Match some users in international markets were able to achieve through their iTunes Store account pages, the service now appears to officially be going live in several countries.
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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 and WebProNews
 
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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Zennstrom Said to Plan Skype-Like Wireless With FreedomPop
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cloud Storage Platform Box.net Ramps Up Security For The Enterprise; Debuts Partnership With Intel
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Samsung Galaxy Note Detailed for AT&T 4G LTE
Discussion: TechCrunch
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog:
OwnCloud: An open-source cloud to call your own
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Adobe closes year with solid Q4 earnings; keeps focus on digital media
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. won't put LAPD on Google's cloud-based email system
Discussion: Seattle Times and GigaOM
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Social Folders: It's Photo Stream for everything
Discussion: AllThingsD and Mashable!
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Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Foursquare's Crowley Declares Bygones! — And Maybe More? — With Google
Discussion: WebProNews
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Judge gives Universal Music 24 hours to explain takedown spree
John Cook / GeekWire:
Amazon selling more than a million Kindles per week, says demand accelerating for the Fire
Marc Chacksfield / TechRadar.com:
Google granted driverless car patent
Discussion: PC Magazine, TechCrunch and VentureBeat