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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.
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Facebook Timeline goes live: Gives users seven-day grace
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 …
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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Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
The nightmarish SOPA hearings
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Plagiarism Today
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
Discussion: @emilychangtv and MediaFile
Lee Spears / Bloomberg:
Zynga Said to Price 100M Shares at $10 in IPO
Discussion: TechCrunch, GeekWire and Company Town
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.
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.
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: GottaBeMobile, Thanks:stuartmiles
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.
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 …
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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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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Alastair Sharp / Reuters:   RIM Q3 profit falls 27 percent
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.
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 and WebProNews
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: PC Magazine, TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog:
OwnCloud: An open-source cloud to call your own  —  Want your own personal cloud?  Check out ownCloud.  —  Everyone likes personal cloud services, like Apple's iCloud, Google Music, and Dropbox.  But, many of aren't crazy about the fact that our files, music, and whatever are sitting on someone else's servers without our control.
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 …
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:
Cloud Storage Platform Box.net Ramps Up Security For The Enterprise; Debuts Partnership With Intel  —  Cloud storage platform Box.net is ramping up security today, announcing a new set of tools and access controls for the enterprise.  In addition, Box is also announcing a product integration …
 
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Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Samsung Galaxy Note Detailed for AT&T 4G LTE
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
Danny Schreiber / Silicon Prairie News:
Dwolla unveils ‘Instant,’ immediate access up to $500 for flat monthly fee
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Foursquare's Crowley Declares Bygones! — And Maybe More? — With Google
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Judge gives Universal Music 24 hours to explain takedown spree
Discussion: Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
John Cook / GeekWire:
Amazon selling more than a million Kindles per week, says demand accelerating for the Fire
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
ITunes Match international rollout premature; refunds being issued
Discussion: MacStories, 9to5Mac, The Verge and TUAW
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Sony and Warner Are Said to Join Suit Against Grooveshark
Emil Protalinski / ZDNet:
Obama doesn't let his daughters on Facebook
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Accel Leads $14M Round In Cloud-Based, Visual Presentation Software Prezi
Discussion: GigaOM and VatorNews
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Samsung's snarky TV ads have harshed the iPhone's vibe
Thanks:philiped
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Stolen iPhone? Your iMessages may still be going to the wrong place
Discussion: The Verge, MacRumors and The Register
 

 
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