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  • Facebook

    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.

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

  • Marc Faber and Jim Rogers

    Stock market ultra-bear Marc Faber said investors should brace for a major market drop ahead that will present a buying opportunity.

  • *Publisher can choose not to participate in Google's Library Project. Google and the Association of American Publishers said on Thursday that U.S. publishers can choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project.

  • Starbucks Wants You to Tip With Your Smartphone Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:03 PM ET

    Starbucks says a digital tip function will be added to its mobile payment application starting next summer. A similar option will also be available on Square, a new payment app that Starbucks customers will be able to use starting in November.

  • 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.

  • Yoshikami: The Secret Market Movement Formula Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:39 PM ET

    Uncertainty is ruling the day across the globe and that is what’s driving market volatility

  • 5 Cash-Rich Companies to Buy This Fall Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:26 PM ET

    When the market's rife with risk, cash provides quite a bit of safety. So it's no big shock that seeking it out can provide some attractive risk-reward tradeoffs this fall. TheStreet.com reports.

  • 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.

  • Starbucks to allow 'digital tipping' Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:31 AM ET

    Starbucks is making an app for that. A similar option will also be available on Square, a new payment app that Starbucks customers will be able to use starting in November.

  • Google bought Motorola last year for $12.5 billion, with the aim of bolstering its patent portfolio in the intellectual property fight its Android mobile system faces with rivals Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

  • Google plans to shrink Motorola's operations in Asia by exiting unprofitable markets, abandoning low-end devices and focusing on a few models instead of dozens, the New York Times had reported earlier.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Toys ‘R Us Goes Hollywood, to Offer Video Streaming Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:11 PM ET

    Toys ‘R Us is the latest retailer to begin offering streaming and downloading video for sale.

  • TOKYO, Oct 4- Japan's Nikkei share average is set to rise on Thursday after more data showed the U.S. economic recovery is gathering steam, but gains will likely be capped by wariness ahead of European Central Bank and Bank of Japan meetings starting later in the day. Nikkei futures in Chicago closed at 8,790, up 0.5 percent from the close in Osaka.

  • TOKYO, Oct 4- KDDI Corp is in the final stages of talks with Apple Inc to sell a new version of its iPad expected for release in Japan next month, in a move that would end rival Softbank Corp's monopoly on cellular-enabled iPads, the Nikkei business daily reported.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb built a major position in distressed Greek government bonds in September, according to a monthly report and quarterly letter he sent to his investors.

  • FRANKFURT/ NEW YORK, Oct 3- T-Mobile USA, which plans to merge with MetroPCS, will have to overcome technology hurdles to be able to take on bigger rivals Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc and Sprint Nextel Corp.

  • S.Korea-Market Factors to watch on Oct 4 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:46 PM ET

    SEOUL, Oct 4- Following is a list of events in South Korea as well as news stories and press reports that may influence financial markets. TOP STORIES> S.Korea c.bank switches tack to encourage growth> Google withdraws patent complaint against Apple.