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4:00 PM ET, December 18, 2011

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook For Android Finally Has More Daily Active Users Than Facebook For iPhone  —  For the first time, the Facebook for Android mobile app has eclipsed the daily active user count of Facebook for iPhone.  The Android app launched in September 2009 more than a year after its iPhone sister and has been playing catch-up ever since.
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Facebook updates its iPhone app; delivers Timeline, Friend Lists and more  —  Having finally rolled out Timeline access to its 800 million+ users in the browser and on Android devices, Facebook has today pushed live a new update for its iPhone application, delivering a slick new mobile Timeline view and various other improvements.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Fusion Garage Fired By Its Lawyers  —  News broke yesterday that Fusion Garage was fired by its PR firm, its website is offline and customers are pissed off that they haven't received their orders.  This is the company that we worked with for a year on the CrunchPad project, and eventually defrauded us.
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Joe Pollicino / Engadget:
Fusion Garage's website goes dark — has it bitten the dust? (update: it's back?)  —  Perhaps it's the comeback that wasn't meant to be — Fusion Garage has apparently silenced its radios for over a week on Twitter, and more than a month on Facebook.  Potentially worse, its website is now unreachable …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘Find My Car Smart’ is the First Low Energy Bluetooth App for iPhone 4S  —  Earlier this year, Apple introduced a new version of Bluetooth in some of their products.  This new version of Bluetooth is known as “Bluetooth Low Energy” or Bluetooth 4.0.  The Mac mini and MacBook Air …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Some Thoughts On The Louis CK “Experiment”  —  Since the early days of this blog, it has been filled with musings on how creativity will be rewarded in the internet age.  It is a theme I've come back to again and again.  These thoughts have worked their way into our investment thesis and our portfolio.
Discussion: Guardian and Not Quite a Blog
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
There Is Something Fundamentally Wrong With AOL's Media Business  —  This note is from BI Research, a new tech-industry intelligence service.  The service is currently in beta and free.  To learn more and sign up, please click here.  —  Everyone piles on AOL all day, and we certainly don't mean to add to that.
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Amazon.com and Jeff Bezos Talk Long Term and Mean It  —  In 1997, the year Amazon.com went public, its chief executive, Jeff Bezos, issued a manifesto: “It's all about the long term,” he said.  He warned shareholders “we may make decisions and weigh tradeoffs differently than some companies” …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
A New Path: Path Grows Daily Users 30x Since Relaunch  —  There is something about waking up day after day to write about people who take risks; You end up rooting for some of them.  This is the case with photo-sharing underdog Path.  Almost every investor I've talked to loves founder Dave Morin …
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Sony launches PlayStation Vita handheld to reclaim mobile gaming  —  Sony released its PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console in Japan on Saturday in a bid to recapture share in the mobile gaming market from Apple's iOS.  —  The Japanese consumer electronics maker released …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA and Homeland Security Caught Downloading Torrents  —  Last week we wrote about a new website that exposes what people behind an IP-address have downloaded using BitTorrent.  The Russian-based founders of the site gathered this data from public BitTorrent trackers, much like anti-piracy outfits …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Matthew Futterman / Wall Street Journal:
Pick Up the Phone, NFL: The Future Is Calling  —  At Long Last, a Hidebound Sport Ponders Embracing Technology  —  On the sidelines during every game, New York Jets cornerback Donald Strickland performs a trick familiar to any toddler who has ever held a flip book.
Discussion: Business Insider and Mashable!
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Sean Parker Brings Facebook-Style Skills to New York Social Scene  —  SINCE moving to Manhattan three years ago, Sean Parker, a founder of Napster and former president of Facebook, has considerably enlivened New York's social scene.  —  The parties at Bacchus House, his mansionlike home in the West Village …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Business Insider, Thanks:steverubel
 
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