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September 14, 2010: 8:20 AM ET

A round-up of the companies, deals, and trends that made headlines.

Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the morning's most newsworthy bits below.

  • Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg granted The New Yorker unprecedented access for a profile in the latest issue. Among the revelations: Zuckerberg has 879 Facebook friends, his favorite show was The West Wing until he realized Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was the show's creator, Facebook's conference rooms were named after bad ideas like "Subprime Mortgage" and "Beacon," and that trademark blue interface stems from the fact that Zuckerberg is red-green color blind. (The New Yorker)
  • Wal-Mart (WMT) is entering mobile with the Wal-Mart Family Mobile plan. Though $45 gets you one line with unlimited calling and texting, subscribers will only have five handsets to choose from, with the lone smartphone option being Motorola's (MOTO) less-than-stellar Cliq. (Gizmodo)
  • Despite the announcement of several top-level exec departures, Nokia (NOKBF) remained upbeat as it unveiled several new smartphones, including the much-delayed N8, which will include an aluminum chassis, a 12-megapixel camera, and an estimated cost of 370 euros, or $474, when it hits later this month. (Wall Street Journal)
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