Also: Zuckerberg visits Russia, Paul Allen weighs in on Windows 8, and Sean Parker talks Airtime.
Facebook sells more access to its members [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
To amp up the effectiveness of its ads, Facebook in recent months has begun allowing marketers to target ads at users based on the email address and phone number they list on their profiles, or based on their surfing habits on other sites.
It has also started selling ads that follow Facebook members beyond the confines of the social network.
Along with executive turmoil — including the upcoming stepping back of tech lead Eric Feng and Shawn Fanning, Parker's Napster co-founder, who was the CEO and driving force behind Airtime while Parker was focused on Spotify last year — there has also been a very weak launch in getting Airtime off the ground.
Zuckerberg meets with Medvedev in a crucial market [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Medvedev talked about Facebook's role in politics, though only jokingly in reference to its importance in the American presidential campaign, according to Mr. Medvedev's press office.
They also discussed copyright rules and high-tech business. Mr. Zuckerberg gave the Russian leader a T-shirt; the meeting lasted about 20 minutes.
Paul's take on Windows 8 [PAUL ALLEN]
I did encounter some puzzling aspects of Windows 8. The bimodal user experience can introduce confusion, especially when two versions of the same application – such as Internet Explorer – can be opened and run simultaneously. Files can also be opened in either of the two available modes.
Nest unveils its next device [FORTUNE]
Fadell's homage to Apple and Jobs goes beyond theatrics. The new Nest, which replaces the old Nest and still sells for $249, is thinner ("20% thinner," Fadell says), one piece of stainless steel rather than two, has more connectors than the first version, and even has a neater back side. This last bit is a nice nod to the Jobs obsession with the inside of the early Macintosh, the part consumers wouldn't see. The back of a Nest goes up against the wall. Get it?
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iPhone 5: 1 million pre-orders in first 24 hours [WIRED]
Whether you find the iPhone 5 boring or exciting, it's certainly struck a chord with consumers. The iPhone 5 sold a whopping 2 million units in its first day of pre-order sales, according to a Sept. 17 press release issued by Apple.
That's double the pre-order sales of the MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 17, 2012 1:25 PM ET
What Mark Zuckerberg didn't say (but should have); 500 million Android devices activated to date.
The undercover report on how the new iPhone 5 is made inside Foxconn factory [M.I.C. GADGET]
The Chinese journalist precisely recorded his 10 days of working experience in the factory and published a dairy to disclose the inside story of manufacturing the iPhone 5. The Tai Yuan Foxconn factory is recently well-known for it's large-scale workers strike which took place MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 12, 2012 11:20 AM ET
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"Regardless of how you feel about digital ecosystems or about Google, please do not take the free and open internet for granted from government intervention. To the extent that free flow of information threatens the powerful, those in power will seek to suppress it." -- Google co-founder Sergey Brin (Google+)
* MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 19, 2012 3:30 AM ET
Facebook's "don't call it email" email will have some effect on major email players, with Yahoo and MSN being exposed more than Google.
The first thing I thought of when Facebook released its FaceMail integrated product yesterday was that Google has SMS, email and IM built into GMail/Google Voice already (along with Voice, calendar and a slew of other stuff as well). Perhaps Google's solution isn't as elegant and its attempts at integration MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 16, 2010 4:30 PM ET
Kleiner Perkins thinks we're in a third wave of technology. Doerr, Zuckerberg, Bezos and Pincus are throwing a $250 million "party" in order to ride it.
The last time venture capitalist John Doerr opined that a technology wave was about to sweep over the globe it was just before the height of the Internet bubble in the 1990s, when he pronounced that the Internet was under-hyped. Yes, there was Internet startup MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - Oct 21, 2010 5:38 PM ET
But there is no meat to the deal.
At a joint press event today, Microsoft (MSFT) and Facebook unveiled the new Bing search engine that uses social information from Facebook to make decisions. The two companies offered a variety of places where the Facebook results would be integrated into Bings results, just like Bing's results appear at the bottom of a Facebook search. And it all seems to be beneficial.
For instance, MORESeth Weintraub - Oct 13, 2010 7:08 PM ET
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