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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • In mobile-computing boom, a battle rages for marketing Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Amazon.com Inc. Take Apple Inc, for example. Now Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Amazon, Microsoft Corp and other tablet and smartphone makers are stepping up with big spending on TV spots, print ads, guerilla marketing stunts and over-the-top launch events.

  • US Starbucks stores get Square mobile pay in November Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:30 AM ET

    *Square expands Starbucks' mobile payment options. Oct 4- Smartphone-wielding Starbucks customers in the United States will get a new way to pay in early November when the world's biggest coffee chain begins accepting Square Wallet mobile payments at its roughly 7,000 company-operated U.S. stores.

  • Gap posts 6 pct increase in key Sept. sales figure Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:55 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Clothing retailer Gap Inc. said Thursday that September revenue at its stores open at least a year rose 6 percent, beating Wall Street predictions and reversing a drop of 4 percent in the same month last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected an increase of 5.3 percent.

  • Wells Fargo's International Group, named Christopher Lewis as executive vice president and head of global trade services. Most recently, he was head of trade and supply chain for North America at HSBC.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *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."

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 3- Venture capitalist Ben Horowitz is famous for starting his blog posts with rap lyrics. His firm, Andreessen Horowitz, announced Wednesday a $15 million investment in Rap Genius, a website using crowdsourcing to dig into and explain arcane details of rap lyrics.

  • Unemployment rates in August for Western US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:43 PM ET
  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 3- Facebook Inc is letting users in the United States pay a fee to boost the visibility of their postings on the social network, the company's latest effort to look beyond advertisers for revenue.

  • *Lawyer to amend suit, file new charges with California authorities. *New twist in case that shook up Silicon Valley By Sarah McBride. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 3- A sexual harassment lawsuit that has 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."

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 3- Hewlett-Packard offered a 2013 earnings outlook on Wednesday that underscored slow progress on CEO Meg Whitman's turnaround plan and decelerating technology spending worldwide, sending its shares to a nine-year low.

  • Labor standoffs silence orchestras in Minn., Ind. Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians based outside a top cultural center. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the performers' average salary by $46,000 a year.

  • INSIGHT-In California, the Mungers haunt Jerry Brown Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 3- California Governor Jerry Brown has a problem. Yet Molly Munger and Charles Munger Jr., children of Warren Buffett's business partner, Charles Munger, Sr., have together become Brown's worst nightmare as the November election approaches.