October 4, 2012, 4:05 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.
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:
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.
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) …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook confirms it is scanning your private messages for links to increase Like counters  —  Yesterday I spotted a video submitted to Hacker News by the Polish startup that clearly showed sending a link in a Facebook private message increases the Like counter on the link's originating third-party website.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
James Niccolai /
HP smartphone not coming in 2013, says CEO Meg Whitman  —  But HP will need one within five years to avoid missing out on a big segment of the market, its CEO said  —  HP has no plans to launch a smartphone next year but will need to sell one eventually to avoid missing out on …
Jaikumar Vijayan /
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 …
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 …

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