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  • 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.

  • James Bond films' history as dramatic as the movies Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:23 AM ET

    *James Bond films celebrate 50 years on Friday. LONDON, Oct 4- As a new documentary shows, the real story behind the James Bond film franchise is almost as dramatic as the 007 fantasies themselves, full of twists and turns, personality clashes, heroes, villains, beautiful women and narrow escapes.

  • Quantum computing firm D-Wave gets $30 mln investment Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:00 AM ET

    *Canadian company D-Wave lands $30 million investment.

  • *To finance acquisition through cash, loans* Mitsubishi UFJ Lease shares climb 3.0 percent* Japan firms are expanding aircraft lease operations TOKYO, Oct 4- Mitsubishi UFJ Lease& Finance Co.

  • Drought crushes local beef industry in Hawaii Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:09 AM ET

    At the same time, Hawaii cattle ranchers ship 40,000 live cattle each year to California, Kansas and other states, while just 4,000 are slaughtered for meat sales in Hawaii.

  • agreed to buy U.S. aircraft leasing firm Jackson Square Aviation from Oaktree Capital Group LLC for about $1.3 billion yen, signaling rising interest from Japanese companies to tap the growth potential of aviation finance industry. Japan's No. 3 lender Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group.

  • 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.

  • DETROIT, Oct 4- Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk dismissed fears the electric carmaker was in financial trouble and said it was making an advance payment on the federal loan used to make its Model S sedan.

  • TEXT-S&P rates LIN TV senior unsecured notes Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:51 AM ET

    --The company plans to issue $290 million of senior unsecured notes to partially finance this acquisition.

  • Barclays announced a shake up at its investment banking business aimed at streamlining the business in the face of a more challenging outlook for the industry. Wells Fargo's international group named Christopher Lewis as executive vice-president and head of global trade services.

  • Wal-Mart sued in Fla. by workers over gender bias Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:30 AM ET

    MIAMI-- Three female Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees have filed a lawsuit in South Florida claiming the retail giant discriminates against women in areas such as wages and promotion opportunities.

  • S&P revises Rural/Metro outlook to negative Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:26 AM ET

    --U.S. emergency transport services provider Rural/Metro announced very weak EBITDA for the June 2012 quarter, well below our expectations, driven by a significant charge for uncollectible receivables. --Cash flow is also negative for fiscal-year 2012, whereas we had been expecting modest positive cash flow.

  • Rush, Public Enemy among Rock Hall of Fame noms Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:20 AM ET

    They join returnees Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Kraftwerk among the 15 artists vying for entry.

  • 'Frankenweenie' joins reanimation of stop-motion Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:17 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- As far as Tim Burton's concerned, you can't keep a good dog down. And you can't keep a good, old-fashioned form of animation down, either.

  • PETA protests injury to whale at SeaWorld San Diego Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:29 PM ET

    *SeaWorld disputes claim injury inflicted by another whale. *In protest, animal rights group calls for SeaWorld boycott. "We are encouraging the public to boycott SeaWorld over their treatment of these killer whales, which results in injuries to the animals and to the trainers," said Matt Bruce, a local spokesman for the animal rights group.

  • California wades into national labor debate Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:59 PM ET

    The battle over Proposition 32 on the November ballot follows conflicts in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and elsewhere where efforts to dilute the strength of organized labor have produced political tumult, a flood of TV ads and widespread demonstrations.

  • UPDATE 2-Chip gear maker Applied Materials to cut jobs Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:39 PM ET

    Oct 3- Applied Materials Inc said it would cut its workforce by 6 to 9 percent to reduce costs as it struggles with a slowdown in its chip manufacturing equipment business and troubles at its solar and display groups.

  • *Lawyer to amend suit, file new charges with California authorities. *New twist in case that shook up Silicon Valley. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 3- A sexual harassment lawsuit that rocked Silicon Valley has taken another turn, with the Kleiner Perkins Caufield& Byers partner who filed the suit saying the firm told her on Monday to "leave and not come back."

  • NuVasive cuts 3Q revenue outlook and stock sinks Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Orthopedic device maker NuVasive Inc. forecast disappointing third-quarter revenue on Wednesday, and its shares plunged in after-hours trading. NuVasive said it expects about $147 million in revenue in the third quarter. Shares of NuVasive dropped $5.63, or 24.9 percent, to $16.99 in late trading.

  • UPDATE 1-Chip gear maker Applied Materials to cut jobs Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:40 PM ET

    Oct 3- Applied Materials Inc said it would cut its workforce by between 6 percent and 9 percent to reduce costs as it struggles with a slowdown in its chip manufacturing equipment business and troubles at its solar and display groups.