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9:25 PM ET, August 19, 2010


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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intel Buys Cyber Security Giant McAfee For $7.68 Billion In Cash  —  Intel has just bought McAfee according to a release issued this morning.  The deal is worth $7.68 billion, or $48 per share.  See the release below.  —  According the statement issued by Intel, McAfee will continue operate …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel exec Renee James discusses goals for McAfee (Q&A)
Discussion: CircleID and ZDNet
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Intel's McAfee Buyout Inspires Head Scratching
Kurt / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
How to Protect Your Privacy on Facebook Places  —  Yesterday, Facebook introduced Places, a new location feature that competes with popular services like Foursquare, Google Latitude, Loopt, and Gowalla.  Places allows Facebook users to ‘check in’ to real world locations and to tag their friends as present …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
One Big Reason Why Facebook Places Beats Foursquare: Clarity of Identity
Discussion: PC Magazine, Ray Valdes and WebProNews
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Facebook Places now available to 100% of US users
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Is Facebook Places a Foursquare killer?  CEO Dennis Crowley isn't worried
Discussion: PC World, Lost Remote and Mashable!
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Facebook Places takes aim at Google
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Bing, Google get split decision in Facebook Places mapping feature
Discussion: and Bing Maps Blog
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Time Inc. breaks the iPad logjam  —  This week's People app is free to subscribers.  Time, SI and Fortune are expected to follow  —  Image: Time Inc.  —  There's more to the iPad issue of People that appeared on the Apple (AAPL) App Store this morning than Sandra Bullock's new joy.
Vic Gundotra / Google Mobile Blog:
To 100 million and beyond with Google Maps for mobile  —  Almost five years ago, we launched Google Maps for mobile to help you get where you needed to go from your phone instead of a paper map.  Today, more than 100 million people a month are now using Google Maps for mobile to get from point A to point B …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple testing iOS 4.1 alongside next-gen iPod touch, iPad and ‘unknown’ product  —  Apple is internally testing the first material update to its iOS 4.0 mobile operating system against a handful of new devices, including next-generation iPod touches, an iPad revision, and an “unknown” product, AppleInsider has discovered.
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar:
Revealed: Android Honeycomb next up from Google  —  Will it be Android 3.1 or Android 3.2?  Google is set to call the next iteration of its mobile OS Android Honeycomb, following on from the tablet-friendly Gingerbread platform.  Multiple sources have confirmed to TechRadar that the next version …
Mike Fleming /
Google Founders Sergey Brin And Larry Page Get Feature Film Treatment  —  EXCLUSIVE: The founders of Facebook aren't the only game-changing geeks poised to have their story told on a movie screen.  Michael London's Groundswell Productions has teamed with producer John Morris to acquire movie rights …
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Said to Adopt BMW, Crusher Tank Software for Planned Tablet Computer  —  Research In Motion Ltd. is turning to technology used in BMW audio systems and the Army's Crusher tank as it tries to distinguish its new tablet computer from Apple Inc.'s iPad, said three people familiar with the plans.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
What's that phone number?  Google disables area code look-up tool  —  Got a call from a strange number?  If you were in front of a computer, you could have used Google to look up where that caller probably was phoning from before you heard the second ring.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Chrome's ‘App Store For The Web’ In Developer Preview  —  Earlier this week we covered new details about the Chrome Web Store, an ‘App Store for the web’ that Google first announced at its I/O conference in May.  Now Google is giving developers their first taste of what they can expect …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Begins Charging Devs $5 To List Chrome Extensions, Themes, And Apps
Discussion: Chromium Blog and NewsGrange
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Shutting Down Quattro Wireless Network On Sept. 30 To Focus Exclusively On iAd  —  Apple will shut down the Quattro Wireless ad network it acquired last year for $275 million, and will focus its efforts solely on the iAd mobile advertising product that Quattro's team has led at Apple.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Why Are There So Many Porn Ads on Britney Spears' Facebook Page?  —  Britney Spears' official Facebook page, which has over four million fans, is rife with links to escort services.  —  Apologies for the link-bait, but it's true: Britney Spears' Facebook page is overrun by erotic pictures …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Groupon Having A $4 Million Day Thanks To The Gap  —  Groupon is having a smashing day, likely generating over $4 million in net revenue, thanks to a deal with the Gap.  —  Today's Groupon gives users a $25 discount at the Gap if consumers spend over $50 at the store.
Discussion: TechCrunch and
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Rogue Apple Exec Trashes Rivals' ‘Mediocre Engineers’  —  It's amazing that Phillip Shoemaker still works at Apple.  The app store director obsessed with porn and escorts, as we reported yesterday, has also used Twitter to attack execs at rival companies and media critics, we've learned.
Joe Rauch / Reuters:
BofA to test retail payments with cell phones  —  North Carolina (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp plans to begin a test program next month that lets customers use smartphones to pay for purchases in stores.  —  The program, set to run from September through the end of the year in the New York area …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
BlackBerry Takes Larger Cut Of Developer Revenues In Updated App World  —  Research In Motion is quickly working to improve the app-shopping experience on BlackBerry devices, but in updates being sent out to consumers today, there are some pros and cons for developers.
Discussion: PC World, Electronista and IntoMobile
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Exclusive: Dell Thunder prototype preview (video)
Discussion: IntoMobile and Electronista
John Cook / TechFlash:
OggiFinogi raises $2 million for interactive media ad system
Discussion: paidContent, PR Newswire and Xconomy
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Moving Toward IFrames Over FBML for Canvas Apps and Page Tabs
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Hurd's last hurrah: HP hits earnings targets
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Dish Network survey hints at Google TV pricing options
Discussion: Home Theater Blog
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
OK, Cupid! Baby Angel Alexis Ohanian Comes to New York
 Earlier Items: 
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Music industry questions Google on piracy
Discussion: Techdirt
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Future iPhones, iPads could recognize, adjust for individual users
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212 Lust: Old Phone Numbers Are New Thing in Tech Scene
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
It's official: Windows 7 is a hit, and XP is finally in decline

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