U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street, with futures for the S&P 500 slipping by 0.1 percent, while the Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 futures contracts rose around 0.1 percent. **ZYNGA INC, Thursday close $2.81, down 19.2 pct premarket.
FRANKFURT, Oct 5- Mobile phone maker Motorola achieved a rare victory against software giant Microsoft. Microsoft has won three patent cases against Motorola in Germany.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5- Joe Lockhart, Facebook Inc's head of global communications and a former press secretary for President Bill Clinton, is leaving the social networking company, Facebook said.
HELSINKI, Oct 5- A senior Nokia executive in charge of product marketing has left the company, after a launch event last month for the company's new Lumia smartphones disappointed investors. He spoke to media last month when Nokia unveiled the Lumia 920, a top-of-the-range smartphone using Windows software.
NEW YORK-- Jay-Z is live-streaming the last of his eight concerts at New York City's Barclays Center for the launch of his new YouTube channel. The rapper announced Thursday his performance at the new Brooklyn sports arena will be live-streamed on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.
TAIPEI, Oct 5- Following are news items and media reports that may affect the Taiwan stock market. >Zynga warns of 3rd- qtr loss, lowers 2012 outlook. >Google warns of more Motorola cuts, lifts Q3 bill.
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*Facebook confirms billion user mark, growth slows. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Facebook Inc.
THE END: Google and a group of major book publishers have settle a legal tussle over digital copyrights after seven years. Both sides in the dispute indicated that publishers will have more control over the digital copies of the books that Google Inc. has been making for the past eight years.
Stocks ended in positive territory Thursday, with the S&P 500 finishing higher for a fourth-straight session, after some encouraging comments by ECB President Mario Draghi and as investors looked ahead to the monthly government jobs report.
*Publishers can choose not to participate in Google project. *Deal does not affect Google's litigation with Author's Guild. Google and the Association of American Publishers said on Thursday that U.S. publishers can decide whether they want their books made available through Google or not.
Oct 4- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Issuer Default Rating for Expedia, Inc.. Expedia's ratings reflect a mix of credit strengths and concerns coupled with a reasonably conservative balance sheet.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- One of today's major debates is how big government should be. Diana Farrell, an economist who recently returned to the consulting firm McKinsey after a two-year stint in the White House, thinks smart pragmatists should seize this common ground.
*Facebook confirms billion-user mark, growth slows. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Facebook Inc.
*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.
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.
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.
Take a look at some of Thursday's midday movers:
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.
*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.