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October 4, 2012, 1:45 PM

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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.
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.
Neha Alawadhi / Reuters:
Google warns of more cuts at Motorola, third-quarter cuts to cost $340 million  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc said planned job cuts at its Motorola Mobility mobile phone unit will cost about $340 million in severance and other costs in the third quarter and it warned of further restructuring.
Bloomberg:
Sprint Said to Eye MetroPCS Bid to Rival T-Mobile Offer  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), the third- largest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, is in the early stages of evaluating whether it should make a counter offer for MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) to top Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
TomTom navigation apps finally arrive on Android, incompatible with many popular devices  —  International Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, HTC One X, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note are all excluded  —  TomTom's popular offline navigation apps have finally made their way over to Android, right on schedule.
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 …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft, Barnes & Noble joint venture finalized and named  —  Summary: The Microsoft-Barnes & Noble joint venture, formerly called NewCo, is now officially known as Nook Media LLC, and is a subsidiary of B&N.  —  The “NewCo” venture formed by Microsoft and Barnes & Noble back in April 2012 …
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 …
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 …
More: CNET and NYT Bits
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
‘Big data’ startup Trifacta comes out of stealth with $4.3M in Accel funding  —  Trifacta is coming out of stealth mode today as the latest “big data” startup.  Accordingly, it has raised $4.3 million from Accel Partners' Big Data Fund.  Trifacta is creating productivity platforms that make data analysts more productive.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Fresh from the rumor mill: Microsoft is in talks to acquire music startup Rdio  —  Sometimes, you hear something from someone that sounds like it would make sense if you take some time to think about it.  —  But, 9 out of 10 times, unsubstantiated rumors don't even stand a chance …
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
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” …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to launch Surface at midnight on October 26th  —  Microsoft has started sending out invites to a special “Surface Reception” event on October 25th.  Alongside a Windows 8 introduction, the software giant will launch its highly anticipated tablet at midnight on October 26th — according to a company spokesperson.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Viacom Joins Comcast, NBCU, And HBO As Social TV Startup Zeebox's Latest Strategic Partner  —  It seems like just last week that Zeebox launched its second screen app in the U.S., also announcing partnerships with Comcast, NBC Universal, and HBO to offer up exclusive content and tie-ins with their TV shows.
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

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