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8:35 AM ET, August 19, 2010

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Michael Eyal Sharon / Facebook Blog:
Who, What, When, and Now...Where  —  If you're like me, when you find a place you really like, you want to tell your friends you're there.  Maybe it's a new restaurant, a beautiful hiking trail or an amazing live show.  —  Starting today, you can immediately tell people about that favorite spot with Facebook Places.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
New Facebook Places Logo Is A “4.”  In A Square.  Yeah.  —  On the left is the logo for Facebook's newly launched geolocational product Facebook Places, on the right is the logo for the current leader in the space Foursquare.  Notice anything interesting?
Discussion: Telegraph and Pocket-lint
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Foursquare's Dennis Crowley: Still deciding on Facebook Places  —  With Facebook's announcement of a check-in feature dubbed Facebook Places, we're all wondering how it will affect location-based services like Foursquare.  So I went ahead and asked founder and chief executive Dennis Crowley.
Chris Pendleton / Bing Maps Blog:
Facebook Places Launches with Bing'd Out Maps  —  After listening to the rumor mills roar and authoring hundreds of emails with my friends at Facebook it can finally be said that Facebook has launched their location-based check-in service dubbed Facebook Places.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Partnering With Gowalla, Foursquare For Places  —  Today at an event in Palo Alto, CA, Facebook unveiled its new Places product — essentially their check-in utility.  Obviously, there has been a lot of talk about what this means for the current players like Foursquare and Gowalla.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Places Goes Live On The iPhone.  Check-In While It's Hot (If You Can)  —  At Facebook's Places event earlier tonight, they noted that their iPhone app would be updated tonight with the new check-in functionality.  Sure enough, here it is.  Though the App Store update alert hasn't kicked in yet …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Wants Advertisers To Help Build Out Its Directory of Places
Discussion: CNET News and Neowin.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype's Chief Development Officer Leaves Amid TechCrunch Comment Fiasco  —  Madhu Yarlagadda, who joined Skype as Chief Development Officer last month, has left the company.  Generally speaking executives don't leave a startup as it jumps into the IPO process, and they certainly don't leave after just a month on the job.
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Skype Loses Engineering Chief Before Offering  —  After just a month as chief development officer at Skype, Madhu Yarlagadda has left the company for personal reasons, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.  —  Mr. Yarlagadda's responsibilities at Skype included running engineering for all of its products …
Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App: New Stacked Cards Interface for Gmail on iPad.  —  In April 2009, we announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iOS and Android.  Among the improvements was a complete redesign of the web application's underlying code, which allows us to more rapidly develop …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Search For Google Docs From Within Gmail (And It Catches Typos, Too)
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
It's official: Windows 7 is a hit, and XP is finally in decline  —  Last year at this time, Microsoft was in the final stages of preparing Windows 7 for its worldwide launch.  The new OS was finally available to the public—well, at least that segment of the public with a TechNet or MSDN subscription.
Discussion: Lockergnome Blog Network, Thanks:edbott
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 …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple's App Store Director Sells His Own Fart Apps  —  Apple has long been an icon for quality products, but its overflowing iOS App Store is a crapshoot: Nuggets of quality are buried in a vast, steaming heap of inanity.  In fact, the man who oversees the App Store process runs a side business selling fart and urination apps.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Apple's ‘Freedom From Porn’ Enforcer Drawn To Porn Stars and Escorts on Twitter
Discussion: VatorNews, everythingiCafe and iLounge
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Chrome OS Tablet Unlikely So Soon  —  Google, Verizon and HTC are building a Chrome OS tablet for Nov. 26 (Black Friday).  Considering Chrome OS is supposed to launch on netbooks first, this seems to be a stretch.  —  The Google tablet rumor continues to twirl …
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Wall Street Journal:
RIM Shops for Mobile Ad Network  —  Under pressure in the increasingly competitive wireless market, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. is shopping for a mobile advertising network, people familiar with the matter said.  —  In recent months, the Canadian device maker has held talks …
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
The Problems With Google House Ads  —  [Note: This blog post has taken me 7 months to write, so I'm glad to be sharing it finally.  I am cross-posting it to Search Engine Land.]  —  Introduction  —  Many publishers run “house ads” to self-promote their own offerings.  Google does too.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Apple Catching Up on iPhone 4, iPad Production  —  The wait for a new Apple iPhone 4 order should be shorter by the end of September, which would help Apple sell 14 million new handsets in the third quarter and another 15 million in the final three months of 2010 according to an industry analyst.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter's COO Dick Costolo Talks About Management, Monetization and IPO Cravings!  —  Yesterday, BoomTown headed to the well-appointed downtown San Francisco HQ of Twitter as part of a renewed quest that I have dubbed “Meet the Twits.”  —  No, really!  Since Twitter has been on a significant hiring spree …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:rawmeet
Cho Ji-hyun / The Korea Herald:
Site crashes as iPhone fans make 130,000 pre-orders  —  KT Corp., the exclusive provider of the iPhone in Korea, said Wednesday that the number of people who made pre-orders for Apple's iPhone 4 surpassed 130,000 in the first 13 hours of registration.  —  The number of people applying …
 
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