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October 4, 2012, 8:55 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 …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Facebook Hits 1 Billion Users, Hires Iñárritu To Make Commercial Comparing It to Chairs  —  Facebook is celebrating its milestone with a commercial directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu.  —  Screenshot / Facebook  —  It's been a while since Facebook has had cause to publicly celebrate.
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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Lowering Full-Year Results Again; Recording Huge Negative for OMGPOP  —  Zynga is reporting preliminary third-quarter results today, but it won't do much to comfort investors who were already growing wary of the company's prospects.  —  The social games company says that the third quarter …
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) …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Updating our built-in apps for Windows 8 … As we get close to the general availability (GA) of Windows 8, there are many things that the Windows team and other teams at Microsoft have been doing to get ready.  Of course, the most important thing has been working with PC makers to help …
Amanda Leicht / Google LatLong:
Street View comes to Google Maps on your Mobile Browser  —  To make Google Maps even more comprehensive, accurate and useful, today we're making Street View available on mobile browsers.  With access to Street View on your phone, you can use panoramic, street-level imagery to explore and navigate the places around you, even on the go.
David Fisher / New Zealand Herald:
Suspicion over Dotcom net glitch  —  Telecom engineers investigating internet irregularities weeks before GCSB has said it started spying on him.  —  Kim Dotcom's internet connection was being diverted inside New Zealand weeks before the Government Communications Security Bureau says it started spying on him.
More: TorrentFreakTweets: @findingnewo
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Camera marries Android and photography on AT&T, we go hands-on (update: video!)  —  Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy Camera is a bit of a wild card, marrying Google's Android Jelly Bean OS with a 16-megapixel camera — heck, it's even got a 4.8-inch 1,280 x 720-pixel (308 ppi) touchscreen display.
Vivek Gowri / AnandTech:
Razer's Project Fiona Gaming Tablet Confirmed for Production  —  Razer garnered a lot of press at CES this year with their Fiona gaming tablet, a 10.1" Windows-based tablet packing a Core i7 processor and two joystick handles featuring dual analog sticks and a typical controller-style button layout.
More: BGR and Ars TechnicaTweets: @minliangtan
David Meyer / ZDNet:
UK considers Facebook logins for access to public services  —  Summary: Social networking meets social security, as the Cabinet Office reveals it is considering Facebook as one of the firms whose login process can be used to get access to government services such as applying for a driver's licence.
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 …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Acer Iconia W700 Windows 8 tablet launching on October 26th for $799.99  —  An 11.6-inch tablet with a 1080p display  —  It has been over four months since Acer first revealed its Windows 8 lineup, but now that the launch of Microsoft's next operating system is closer than ever …
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Tumblr gets its first analytics tool by way of Union Metrics  —  Tumblr will get its first analytics platform, its marketing and revenue consultant Rick Webb announced today on stage during his keynote at Advertising Week's OPS conference, alongside Union Metrics's CEO, Hayes Davis.
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 …
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 …

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