Facebook Experiments With Free Check-Ins and 2 Hot Stocks Rounding Out the Week

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) surpassed the one billion user mark a few months ago, and speculation increased regarding a means for Facebook to continue to leverage its growth. As discussions of a Facebook phone and a possible search engine crop up every few months, Facebook continues to be interested in a more practical experiment, which is free Wi-Fi check-ins. The project has not been announced, and it was first noticed by Scotland-based developer, Tom Waddington, who identified a line of text in Facebook’s Page Insightscode which refers to something named “social Wi-Fi.” Then, Waddington discovered an explanation of the code, that said, “People who liked your Page after checking in via Facebook Wi-Fi.” The developer then deduced that this must be a new Facebook option for businesses that offer Wi-Fi to customers with Facebook accounts.

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AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T): Service on the networks of AT&T (NYSE:T), Sprint (NYSE:S), Deutsche Telekom’s (DTEGY) T-Mobile was not easy to find in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday and Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reports. The inability of the carriers to keep reliable service in New York after the hurricane are expected give “new urgency” to debates concerning the steps that companies should take to ensure that service is able to continue after emergencies, the newspaper said.

Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) has continued pursuing the next billion people to access the Internet, as it still attempts to attract BlackBerry owners, first-time smartphone users, and possibly, some Android users. On Nov. 1, the company introduced the Nokia 109 for developing markets, prior to the cutting of subsidies or taxes the 109 will cost around $42, and the company announced two new programs for developers working on the design for various devices. The clamshell-style 109 features a 1.8-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) display running Nokia’s Series 40 user interface, which is simple and attractive that will not keep users off the Internet. The phone runs Nokia’s Xpress browser, described by Nokia as “cloud-accelerated” to lower the amount of data consumption of Web pages by as much as 90 percent. Along with offering a better browsing experience, the crunching of data in the cloud, instead of on the phone, assists in low data costs.

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