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October 4, 2012, 9:40 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.
Business Week:
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
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 …
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 …
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” …
Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo:
How to Look Inside Any Building in the World  —  People take Instagram photos everywhere.  Even—especially— in places you can't easily get into.  That's why it seems like the most natural thing in the world for something like Worldcam to exist.  —  Worldcam's premise is simple …
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 …
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.)
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
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Stores Get the Glory, but Retail Partners Shoulder Load  —  Apple's stores are among the most successful brick-and-mortar shops around, generating more revenue per square foot than any other retailer in the United States, including Tiffany.  —  During the company's last earnings call …
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 …
More: Computerworld and BBC
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 …
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft considering ‘Surface Phone,’ but not this year  —  Decision may hinge on success of Windows Phone 8  —  Microsoft won't release its own Windows Phone device this year, sources have told The Verge.  Multiple insiders have confirmed there are no plans to introduce …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Fan Sites Settle Children's Privacy Charges  —  The operator of fan Web sites for the pop stars Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Rihanna and Demi Lovato agreed to pay a $1 million civil penalty to settle federal charges that the sites illegally collected personal information about thousands of children …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
After Rising To Number 2 On comScore, AOL On Network Launches Native Mobile And Tablet Apps  —  AOL's On Network, which is the company's distribution and syndication network, has steadily grown the number of videos in its library, as well as the number watched each month by viewers.

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