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October 4, 2012, 10:50 AM

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Newsroom:
One Billion People on Facebook  —  This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month.  —  If you're reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you.  —  Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life.
Bloomberg Businessweek:
Facebook's ‘Next Billion’: A Q&A With Mark Zuckerberg  —  In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook (FB) from his Harvard University dorm room, hoping to see what his classmates were up to on campus.  The following eight years brought international fame, unimaginable wealth, a hit Hollywood movie …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook officially passes 1 billion monthly active users  —  As expected, Facebook today announced it has passed the 1 billion user milestone.  This makes Facebook the first social network to reach the 10-figure mark; one out of every seven individuals on the planet now use the service.
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Google Street View Goes Live in the Google Maps Web App  —  Earlier today it was noted by Walt Mossberg Google Street View would be coming to the Google Maps web app on Thursday, essentially confirming what we were earlier told by the New York Times.  Well, it looks like Google Street View has gone live late Wednesday night PDT.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Google's Motorola Mobility Acquires Image And Gesture Recognition Company Viewdle  —  Earlier this week, we heard rumors that Google was in the process of acquiring the augmented reality and image recognition firm Viewdle.  Turns out those rumors were true.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
AT&T announces Nokia Lumia 920 exclusive, launches in November with Lumia 820  —  AT&T has revealed today that it plans to carry Nokia's latest flagship Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset as well as the mid-range Lumia 820.  The addition, alongside HTC's Windows Phone 8X …
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
With Oracle vulnerable, CEO Larry Ellison embarks on final battle to shape his legacy  —  SAN FRANCISCO — If you need to be reminded just how quickly today's winner in Silicon Valley can find that perch suddenly precarious, look no further than Oracle.  —  Last year, during …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AAP Publishers Get More Control Over Google As They Settle 7-Year Copyright Infringement Suit Over Google Library Project  —  Google has finally made some headway on the litigation over copyright infringement for the Google Library Project; and the deal puts in place another key piece of the puzzle for Google Books.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
First 2012 Presidential Debate Saw 10.3M Tweets And Gave Politics A New Dimension  —  Yes, we know that tonight was a record-setting night for Twitter.  The first 2012 Presidential Debate was the most tweeted about political event in company history.  Whether you care or not, this is significant and worth noting.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Evasive action: How The Pirate Bay four dodged Swedish justice—for a while  —  The Pirate Bay, despite its legal troubles, has survived for nearly a decade.  —  Citizen Media Watch  —  On April 17, 2009, the four Swedish men behind file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay (TPB)—Fredrik “tiamo” …
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
A New Tech Generation Defies the Odds in Japan  —  TOKYO — Every Wednesday, a bar in central Tokyo hosts an unusual speed-dating event.  There are drinks and plenty of coy looks.  But the young people at the bar aren't here for romance.  —  “I want to meet like-minded people — basically …
More: The Verge
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
AAPL: iPhone 5′s Amazing 93% Margin on NAND, Per RBC  —  RBC Capital's chip analyst Doug Freedman this afternoon reflects upon the “tear-down” findings of ifixit.com and chipworks.com pertaining to the iPhone 5, which went on sale three weeks ago (counting pre-orders.)
More: PhoneArena
Dan Graziano / BGR:
LG Optimus G arriving on AT&T and Sprint later this year  —  LG (066570) on Wednesday announced that its Optimus G smartphone would be available on AT&T (T) and Sprint (S) later this year.  The Android handset comes with a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor …
David Cohen / AllFacebook:
Another Month, Another Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Vs. Facebook  —  Hardly a month goes by without Facebook finding itself named in a patent-infringement lawsuit, and October's plaintiff is Bascom Research, which describes itself as a “software-development company focused on applying computational …
Jaikumar Vijayan / ITworld.com:
Group says it hacked systems at 100 major universities  —  Harvard, Stanford, Penn among those hit; breached data mostly innocuous, analyst says.  —  A hacking group that calls itself Team GhostShell this week claimed credit for breaking into servers at 100 major universities from around the world …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Rent Management Startup Cozy Raises $1.5M From The Social + Capital Partnership, Google Ventures, Others  —  Cozy, a startup trying to take a lot of the headache out of the landlord-tenant relationship, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding.  —  The round was led by The Social+Capital Partnership …
More: The Next Web and GigaOM
Jillian C. York / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
A Dark Day for the Philippines as Government Passes Cybercrime Act  —  A Dark Day for the Philippines as Government Passes Cybercrime Act  —  The government of the Philippines today has passed the troubling Cybercrime Prevention Act.  The Act covers a range of offenses, but—as we wrote last month …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google officially launches Google Wallet for web content  —  We knew it was coming when Google leaked a rough draft of its blog post announcing the feature, but today Google is making things official for Google Wallet for web content.  The experimental feature will allow Google Wallet users …
Laura June / The Verge:
Siri's strange movie reviews: it's tough being a robot  —  Apple's candid iPhone assistant has another Easter egg  —  You may or may not have noticed that sometimes Siri says crazy things.  We recently noticed that Siri summarizes movies in a pretty funny way, too.

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