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  • Oct 4- Social media company Facebook Inc said on Thursday it reached the 1 billion active monthly users threshold last month, and is up by 45 mi llion us ers since June. Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California, hit the 1 billion milestone on Sept. 14 at 12:45 p.m. Pacific time, the company said on its website.

  • HERAT, Oct 4- Afghanistan has imposed a cap on U.S. dollar flows across the border with Iran amid clashes there between Iranian police and protesters prompted by a collapse in the rial currency, Afghan police said on Thursday.

  • The Reserve Bank of India said on Thursday it accepted all 5 bids for 9.30 billion rupees at its one-day reserve repo auction, through which it absorbs excess liquidity from the banking system. Earlier in the day, it accepted all four bids for 68.5 billion rupees at its one-day repo auction through which it injects liquidity into the banking system.

  • Oct 4- Social media company Facebook Inc said on Thursday it reached the 1 billion active monthly users threshold last month, and is up more than 50 million users since June. Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California, hit the 1 billion milestone on Sept. 14 at 12:45 p.m. Pacific time, the company said on its website.

  • By Saeed Azhar and Kelvin Soh SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Oct 4- Standard Chartered's.

  • Google bought Motorola last year for $12.5 billion, with the aim of bolstering its patent portfolio in the intellectual property fight its Android mobile system faces with rivals Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

  • DUBAI, Oct 4- Shops in Tehran's Grand Bazaar stayed shut and police patrolled the area on Thursday as authorities struggled to restore normalcy a day after security forces clashed with anti-government protesters angered by the collapse of the currency.

  • UPDATE 4-Oil rises above $109 on geopolitical tensions Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:00 AM ET

    *Unrest in Turkey- Syria raises regional security worries. LONDON, Oct 4- Brent crude oil rose above $109 per barrel on Thursday as escalating tensions between Syria and Turkey raised more concerns over the security of oil supplies from the Middle East.

  • REFILE-Calpine to buy Texas plant for $432 mln Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:59 AM ET

    Oct 4- Calpine Corp, the largest U.S. independent power generator, said it will buy an 800- megawatt power plant in Texas from Bosque Power Co LLC for $432 million plus adjustments.

  • Calpine to buy Texas plant for $432 mln Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:58 AM ET

    Oct 4- Calpine Corp, the largest U.S. independent power generator, said it will buy an 800- megawatt power plant in Texas from Bosque Power Co LLC for $432 million plus adjustments.

  • PUDUCHERRY, India, Oct 4- India's central bank governor said on Thursday inflation had to be brought down further, signalling the bank would stick to a hawkish stance, and the size of the fiscal deficit would be a key factor in determining monetary policy.

  • Google plans to shrink Motorola's operations in Asia by exiting unprofitable markets, abandoning low-end devices and focusing on a few models instead of dozens, the New York Times had reported earlier.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100 rising between 0.2 and 0.5 percent. **NUVASIVE INC, Wednesday close $22.62, down 27.4 pct premarket.

  • New Issue-Indian Oil prices S$400 mln 2022 bond Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:30 AM ET

    October 04- Following are terms and conditions. of a bond priced on Thursday.

  • Strike-hit Indonesia to improve labour conditions Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:23 AM ET

    JAKARTA, Oct 4- Indonesia said on Thursday it would improve worker pay and restrict the use of temporary contracts in the face of a vow by union leaders, who staged a national strike this week, to press ahead with industrial action.

  • The 180- cst differential dipped $1.10 to a premium of 60 cents a tonne above Singapore spot quotes, lowest since April 18, according to Reuters data. More supply is seen coming out of India, with Indian Oil Corp. South Korean utility Korea District Heating Corp has issued a tender to seek 31,000 tonnes of LSFO or low sulphur waxy residue for delivery until Dec. 30.

  • COLOMBO, Oct 4- Sri Lankan stocks ended weaker for a fourth straight session on Thursday on profit taking in hotel shares while the rupee edged up on dollar sales by a state-run bank. The Colombo Stock Exchange's main index dropped 0.5 percent, or 29.34 points, to close at 5,861.35, its lowest since Sept. 19.

  • MUMBAI, Oct 4- India's main BSE index rose to a 15- month peak on Thursday, while the NSE index hit a 17- month high, after the government's reform proposals for the insurance and pension sectors sparked gains in financial stocks such as ICICI Bank.

  • Oct 4- 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.

  • Iran police on watch after currency protests Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 6:54 AM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran deployed riot police at key Tehran intersections on Thursday, after tensions flared over the nation's plunging currency in the most widespread display of anger linked to the country's sanctions-hit economy.