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Tech News: What's Facebook's Next Move After Hitting 1 Billion Users?


Plus, Nokia's CEO talks about the Windows Phone and the future.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful tech commentary from around the Web each day.

Link: After 1 Billion Users, What's Next For Facebook?
"Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has officially reached the 1 billion monthly active user milestone, a great round number to trumpet for a company that's been struggling through some post-IPO blues. The achievement was expected at some point, but is still impressive in its own right."

Link: Q&A: Nokia CEO Elop Talks Windows Phone and the Future
"Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is betting its smartphone future on Windows Phone 8, Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) mobile operating system that's set to launch in the next month. Of all of Microsoft's partners, Nokia is the most dependent on Windows Phone's success. The once dominant phone maker isn't producing hardware for any other mobile operating systems, and the company is facing significant quarterly losses and a declining stock price."

Link:Lawsuit, iPhone 5 Spur Samsung Galaxy Sales
"Yesterday Samsung (PINK:SSNLF) added the iPhone 5 (NASDAQ:AAPL) to its patent lawsuit against Apple and other manufacturers. This comes after Apple was awarded $1 billion for Samsung's infringements. But sales of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III haven't been hurt and appear to have been helped by the news. The powerhouse Android device saw average growth of 9% in new devices each week since August 1, with huge spikes in Galaxy S III adoption occurring after the Apple lawsuit verdict and after the iPhone 5 announcement."

Link: Acer Details Iconia W700 Windows 8 11.6-inch Tablet PC, Available October 26 Starting At $799
"Today, Acer (TPE:2353) officially unveiled the U.S. and Canadian availability, pricing and full spec list of its Iconia W700 Windows 8 tablet, which comes in three variants ranging in price from $799 ($749 in Canada) to $999, depending on hardware configuration. The tablets will ship on October 26, the same day Windows 8 is scheduled for its public release, which should provide us with an early look at how third-party offerings will perform in a market that's yet to really be proven."

Link: Rubbing Salt in the Apple Maps Wound: Google Adding 'Street View' to its iOS Maps Web App
"By now you've either heard about how inadequate the native iOS 6 Maps app is compared to the old Google Maps (NASDAQ:GOOG) app or experienced it yourself. Well, some good news is in the pipeline for those still suffering.

"Google plans to add the Street View feature, which shows what an actual location looks like from the ground level, to its iOS Maps web app. This is according to AllThingsD's Walt Mossberg, who mentioned the details within a review of the native Google Maps app on Android."

Link: HP Shares Fall as Chief Sees Trouble
"Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard's (NYSE:HPQ) chief executive, beat up her company on Wednesday.

"Ms. Whitman told a meeting of Wall Street analysts that they should expect sharply lower revenue and profits. She also told them not to expect the company to fully right itself before 2016. 'We have much more work to do,' she said."
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