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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stocks to Watch: FB, MAR, UPS, COST & More Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:25 AM ET

    Take a look at some of Thursday morning's early movers:

  • 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.

  • Now, at 25 a veteran anti-abortion campaigner in the semi-autonomous UK province of Northern Ireland, she's committed to a fight to ensure the abortion law in neighbouring Ireland remains one of the world's strictest, preventing terminations in nearly all circumstances.

  • Facebook tops 1 billion users Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Facebook has topped 1 billion users, but the past few months have not been easy. Zuckerberg updated his Facebook status on Thursday to announce that the social networking site has more than 1 billion active users each month. He thanked users and said that he is committed to making Facebook better.

  • Mark Zuckerberg

    Facebook, the social networking site, announced on Thursday that it now has one billion monthly active users and the company’s CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg called it “an amazing honor.”

  • Oct 4- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday the social media company reached the 1 billion active monthly users threshold last month. At the end of June, Facebook had 955 million active monthly users.

  • 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.

  • *Reaches one billion monthly active users, 600 million Mobile users- cnbc. *CEO Zuckerberg in statement confirms that "more than one billion people are. using Facebook actively each month ".

  • Facebook Reaches One Billion Users  Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:10 AM ET

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports the social network company has reached a giant milestone of one billion users, doubling its size in about two years.

  • Austrian gravesites get digital twist Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 6:41 AM ET

    VIENNA, Oct 4- The fabled Viennese fondness for fine funerals and "a schoene Leich"- a beautiful corpse- is about to get a modern twist. The first QR codes will start appearing on graves in Austria within weeks, said Joerg Bauer, project leader for Austrian bereavement company Aspetos, who has been working on the QR project for five years.

  • Facebook Test Turns Users Into Advertisers Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:35 AM ET
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    Facebook is testing a new product in the US that allows ordinary users to pay to promote their own status updates, marking a shift in the social network’s willingness to charge its users for a core service, the FT reports.

  • FEATURE-Asia's virtual masters eye Zynga's real lunch Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- A decade ago, a developer from Korean gamemaker Nexon threw a few lines of code together to create an image of a flower to present to his girlfriend, buying himself more videogame time as she sat impatiently by his side at an Internet cafe.

  • Japan’s New Tech Generation Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:36 AM ET
    Woman talking on a phone working on a laptop.

    Every Wednesday, a bar in central Tokyo hosts an unusual speed-dating event. There are drinks and plenty of coy looks. But the young people at the bar aren’t here for romance. The NYT reports.

  • Gambling chiefs race for share of U.S. online gaming Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:24 PM ET

    Our biggest challenge is converting the 25 to 35 year old to becoming participants in our industry, "said Brian Gamache, chief executive of slot machine maker WMS Industries Inc at the annual Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.