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Facebook defies social media gravity with user and profit growth

It tops 1.79b monthly visitors at end Sept, up 16% year on year; total profit nearly 3 times as much as a year ago

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Ms Sandberg says of the fast-growing audience: "We're really pleased at the strong growth of the Facebook community. . . That's pretty exciting to us."

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TO PARAPHRASE Isaac Newton's third law of motion, what goes up must, inevitably, come down. Now, try telling that to Facebook.

The social network on Wednesday reached the latest milestones in its quest to dominate the world, topping 1.79 billion monthly visitors as at

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