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October 4, 2012, 11:45 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.
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 …
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 …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Zynga's financial troubles worsen, company falling faster than before  —  Among its issues, Zynga announces it overpaid for OMGPOP.  —  Zynga's big hits, like FarmVille, are not making the company as much as it once did.  —  plok  —  Weeks ahead of its official Q3 earnings report …
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.
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) …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung's Galaxy phones drive record $7.3 billion profit  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics reported quarterly profit of $7.3 billion on Friday, a fourth straight record quarter and nearly double last year's figure, as strong sales of its Galaxy smartphones more than offset reduced orders …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mozilla's First Preview Release Of Firefox Metro Arrives On Windows 8  —  With the official launch of Windows 8 just around the corner, Mozilla today unveiled its first preview release of Firefox Metro.  The Metro version of Firefox, Mozilla says, was “designed from the ground up for Windows 8″ …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Interbrand: Apple, Amazon, Samsung fast becoming brand darlings, ousting crusty traditional labels  —  Interbrand likes to give the world's top companies a brand value, or a mix of their on-the-ground fiscal performance with an estimate of the premium they can ask through name alone.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Intel unveils personal cloud platform for SMBs, consumers  —  Summary: Intel is diving into the personal cloud storage space with a new Atom-based platform targeted towards both consumers and small businesses.  —  Rachel King  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Intel is getting into the personal cloud storage game …
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.
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Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
No more clipboards: ZocDoc lets patients check in online  —  Since launching in 2007, ZocDoc has been laser-focused on bringing its appointment booking engine to doctors and patients in cities across the country.  But with the Thursday rollout of its new patient Check-in product …
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.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Cisco buys VCider to boost its distributed cloud vision  —  Cisco is buying vCider, a specialist in virtual network overlay technology (and a former GigaOM Structure LaunchPad finalist).  The move is a response to VMware's acquisition of Nicira and its software-defined networking technology …
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.
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Android-only cross promotion network AppFlood now serving 200M impressions a month, planing iOS expansion  —  AppFlood, the Android exclusive cross-promotion network is a hit, says creator PapayaMobile.  The company reports AppFlood is already generating as many as 200 million impressions a month …
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.

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