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1:50 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 …
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Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines Blog:
Intel to acquire McAfee for $7.68 billion; cloud security becomes key priority
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Intel's McAfee Buyout Inspires Head Scratching
Electronista:
Intel to buy McAfee for on-chip security
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?
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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Partnering With Gowalla, Foursquare For Places
Addy Dugdale / Fast Company:
In the Age of Seamless Product Presentation, Facebook Keeps It Lo-Fi
Discussion: VentureBeat
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
Revealed: Android Honeycomb next up from Google  —  Will it be Android 3.1 or Android 3.2?  —  Tell us what you think [ 1 comments ]  —  Google is set to call the next iteration of its mobile OS Android Honeycomb, following on from the tablet-friendly Gingerbread platform.
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.
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.
Discussion: paidContent and Digital Daily
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Chrome OS Tablet Unlikely So Soon
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: VentureBeat and Lockergnome Blog Network, Thanks:edbott
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 …
Caroline Waxler / Metropolis:
212 Lust: Old Phone Numbers Are New Thing in Tech Scene … The most coveted accessory in New York's tech scene isn't a new iPad app or an invitation to a private beta.  It's a status symbol that comes from the city's analog age — something that evokes the days of egg creams and subway tokens, not Silicon Alley: a 212 area code.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Simone S. Oliver / New York Times:
Who Elected Me Mayor?  I Did  —  ALEXANDRA HARCHAREK will never forget the first time she was anointed the “mayor” of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia.  It was an overcast Wednesday in April and she was driving to the city on her last day of an internship.
Discussion: PSFK
Albert Wenger / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon And Wikipedia Show 5 Benefits Of Putting Limits On The “Open Web”  —  The Wired cover story on “The Web is Dead?  A Debate” has in fact caused an intense debate of the question, taking place — of course — on the web.  —  It may be seen as somewhat ironic that on just the following …
Thanks:bobcaswell
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 …
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.
Electronista:
LG vows its tablet will be more productive than Apple's  —  LG in an interview today positioned its upcoming Android tablet as the antithesis of Apple's iPad [sub. required].  Marketing VP Chang Ma told the WSJ that the slate, which will go under the Optimus badge used for phones in Korea, should be “surprisingly productive.”
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
PlaySpan raises $18M from Vodaphone and SoftBank for virtual goods platform
Agence France Presse:
Seoul fights to block N.Korea's Twitter propaganda
Discussion: Associated Press
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Zynga May Be Readying a City-Building Game
Discussion: Techland
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter's COO Dick Costolo Talks About Management, Monetization and IPO Cravings!
Thanks:rawmeet
Gady Epstein / Beijing Dispatch:
Race Is On To Be The Groupon And Foursquare Of China
Pete Warden / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's Publicly Available Data: A Big Strategic Risk
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Mobile Flash Fail: Weak Android Player Proves Jobs Right
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