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    Facebook, which announced on Thursday it has reached 1 billion users, has increasingly been in the public eye lately and increased its focus on revenue. But one analyst cautioned investors against thinking that this would result in immediate gains for the company.

  • S&P Logs 4-Day Win Streak, All S&P Sectors Up Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:20 PM ET

    Stocks ended in positive territory Thursday, with the S&P 500 finishing higher for a fourth-straight session, after some encouraging comments by ECB President Mario Draghi and as investors looked ahead to the monthly government jobs report.

  • *Facebook confirms billion-user mark, growth slows. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Facebook Inc.

  • Zuckerberg's Redemption?     Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:55 PM ET

    Facebook hit one billion users today, and a member of KitchenAid's Twitter team mistakenly posted an offensive tweet about President Obama on the company's Twitter page. CNBC's Robert Frank & Julia Boorstin discuss.

  • Google acquired Motorola in May for $12.5 billion to bolster its patent portfolio as its Android mobile operating system competes with rivals such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. But many investors and analysts have questioned Google's need to be in the hardware business, where profit margins are lower and Google has little experience.

  • If you could take a look inside any building that's off limits, where would you look?

  • Netflix: Back from the Dead?     Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:15 PM ET

    Discussing tailwinds facing Netflix, with the FMHR traders. Meanwhile Facebook reaches 1 billion users. Nicholas Carlson, Business Insider, weighs in.

  • Facebook's New Milestone & Ad Debut     Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:57 AM ET

    NBC's Matt Lauer talks to Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg about the company hitting the one billion user mark, and launching a new ad campaign.

  • What Caught Wall Street's Eye in Facebook’s New Ad Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:47 AM ET
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    It was the flash of an image lasting less than a second toward the end of Facebook's ad that caught the eye of many investors and analysts. That flash was a phone.

  • U.S. stocks rose for a fourth session on Thursday following encouraging comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on tools to tackle the region's debt crisis and in support of the euro. **COLLABRX INC, $6.9, up 83.3 pct.

  • Facebook now home to 1 billion monthly users Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- More than a billion people now log into Facebook each month to check up on old friends, tag photos of new ones and post about politics, religion, cats or what their kids are doing. The latest milestone also amounts to nearly half of the world's roughly 2.5 billion Internet users, as measured by the International Telecommunications Union.

  • Signs of the Apocalypse Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:09 AM ET
    Cows waiting to be milked

    I consider it my duty to keep you informed of the upcoming end of the world. The signs are everywhere.

  • Social Media Renders Rapid Judgment on Debate Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    Big Bird is endangered. Jim Lehrer lost control. And Mitt Romney crushed President Obama. Those were the judgments rendered across Twitter and Facebook  during the first debate of the 2012 presidential contest.

  • Facebook Debuts Ad, Hits 1 Billion Users     Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin talks with Daniel Ernst, Hudson Square Research, about Facebook' hitting the one billion user mark; and launching its new ad campaign.

  • *Facebook adds 45 million users since June. Oct 4- Social media company Facebook Inc reported on Thursday it reached the 1 billion user mark last month, while Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said it would keep pursuing growth through mobile devices.

  • U.S. stocks rose at the open after labor market data came in within expectations and following encouraging comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on tools to tackle the region's debt crisis. **NUVASIVE INC, $14.9, down 34 pct.

  • U.S. stock index futures added to gains after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said growth risks are on the downside and should be contained by effective policymaker action. Brokerages Canaccord Genuity, Robert W. Baird& Co, Mizuho Securities USA, BMO Capital Markets and ThinkEquity Llc cut their price targets on the stock.

  • 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 million users since June. Facebook has faced a rough debut since its May initial public offering.

  • U.S. stock index futures added to gains after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said growth risks are on the downside and should be contained by effective policymaker action. **NUVASIVE INC, Wednesday close $22.62, down 29.3 pct premarket. **INFORMATICA CORP, Wednesday close $33.63, down 19.7 pct premarket.

  • Futures Hold Gains After Jobless Claims Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:39 AM ET

    U.S stock index futures held their gains Thursday as jobless claims rose less than expected in the previous week and investors awaited latest meeting minutes from the the Federal Reserve.