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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 23- Facebook Inc grew mobile advertising revenue several times in the third quarter, a faster-than expected pace that helped reassure investors that the world's No. 1 social network is beginning to figure out how to earn money off smartphone and tablet users.

  • Barnes & Noble says PIN pads in 63 stores hacked Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Barnes& Noble Inc. said Tuesday that devices used by customers to swipe credit and debit cards have been tampered with in 63 of its stores in nine states. The stores are in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 23- Facebook Inc grew mobile advertising revenue several times in the third quarter, a faster-than-expected pace that helped drive shares in the world's No. 1 social network nearly 13 percent higher.

  • UPDATE 1-Facebook mobile gains spur revenue growth Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 8:28 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 23- Facebook Inc posted a better-than-expected 32 percent jump in third-quarter revenue to $1.26 billion, as the company reignited advertising growth with the help of gains in mobile.

  • Hawaiian Airlines 3Q net income jumps 78 percent Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 7:33 PM ET

    HONOLULU-- Hawaiian Airlines on Tuesday said its consolidated adjusted net income jumped 78 percent in the third quarter to $45.5 million as the company continued expanding flights to Asia and the U.S. mainland.

  • Volcker group to say Illinois budget is unsustainable Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 6:51 PM ET

    CHICAGO, Oct 23- Illinois has dug itself into such a huge financial hole that it may not be able to provide basic services to residents or meet employee benefit obligations, according to a national task force that is due to release a report about the state's finances.

  • Gilead's 3Q profit slips on acquisition costs Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 6:47 PM ET

    FOSTER CITY, Calif.-- HIV drug maker Gilead Sciences Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit slipped on costs related to its purchase of hepatitis C drug developer Pharmasset Inc. But results still topped expectations and the company raised its sales forecast for the full year. The drug is the first approved by the FDA to reduce infection with HIV.

  • Samsung wins preliminary round over Apple patent Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 23- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which is battling Apple Inc across the globe for dominance of the smartphone market, dealt the California company a setback by winning a preliminary invalidation of a key Apple patent, according to a court filing.

  • Netflix slashes its forecast for subscriber gains Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:16 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Netflix slashed its prediction for how many U.S. video-streaming subscribers it would add this year after subpar third-quarter results, causing a sharp sell-off in its stock in after-hours trading.

  • Amgen 3Q profit jumps on lower costs, higher sales Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:36 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- Biotech drugmaker Amgen Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, when a huge legal-reserve charge weighed down results. Amgen said its net income adjusted to exclude one-time items was $1.31 billion, or $1.67 per share, up from $1.28 billion, or $1.40 per share.

  • Netflix gains 1.2M US streamers in 3Q; trims view Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:33 PM ET

    LOS GATOS, Calif.-- Netflix cut its prediction of how many video streaming subscribers it would add this year after its third-quarter additions of 1.2 million came in at the low end of the company's forecasts. Netflix's stock sank $10.72 in after-hours trading to $57.50.

  • Gov't to examine technology for automated cars Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:10 PM ET

    David Strickland, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told an automotive gathering that automated vehicles are the next "evolutionary step" in safety technology. He said his agency has held extensive discussions with automakers and Google about what needs to happen before automated cars can be safely introduced to consumers.

  • Prologis posts 3Q loss, raises 2012 forecast Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:49 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Industrial real estate developer Prologis Inc. posted a third-quarter loss, but said its core funds from operations improved from a year ago on a 9 percent increase in revenue. Prologis raised its forecast for full-year core FFO to between $1.72 and $1.74 per share, up from $1.64 to $1.70 per share.

  • Seattle man gets Billy Idol to play his birthday Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:26 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- Michael Henrichsen has ideas about how he might celebrate his 26th birthday this week. First, Billy Idol rolls up in a limo and tells him to hop in.

  • China leader's persona forged by harsh early life Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:12 AM ET

    LIANGJIAHE, China-- The next leader of China spent much of his youth living in a dug-out cave. Xi Jingping's seven years in this remote northern community meant toiling alongside rural villagers by day and sleeping on bricks by night, in stark contrast to his pampered early years in Beijing.

  • Hydrogen leak stopped at San Onofre nuke plant Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:11 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Crews have repaired a pipe that leaked flammable hydrogen gas at Edison International's San Onofre nuclear power plant and officials say there was no danger to the public. Edison International's Southern California Edison unit says a small leak in a pipe fitting was discovered in a non-nuclear part of Unit 2 on Sunday.

  • Jakks-Pacific's 3rd-qtr profit falls 13 percent Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Toy company Jakks-Pacific Inc. reported a 13 percent drop in third-quarter net income as it grappled with costs of fighting off a take-over attempt and weak sales. The company, which makes toys under such brands as Cabbage Patch Kids and Hello Kitty, said it earned $30.4 million, or $1.10 per share in the three months ended Sept. 30.

  • Sept. a good month for Wis., Minn. dairy farmers Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:51 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.-- September was a good month for dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where gains in milk production were among the best in the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin harvested 2.2 billion pounds last month. Wisconsin is the nation's second-leading milk producer behind California.

  • San Bruno survivors wants CPUC president replaced Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    SAN BRUNO, Calif.-- Survivors of a deadly PG&E Corp. pipeline explosion asked Gov. Jerry Brown to replace the president of the California Public Utilities Commission on Monday, saying energy regulators have failed to keep the public safe under CPUC President Michael Peevey's leadership.

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