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3:55 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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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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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Foursquare CEO Fights Back!  Promises Redesign, Says “We're Still A Platform For Location”  —  Following last night's big Facebook Places launch, we sent Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley an email.  We asked:  —  “So is Facebook the location platform now?  And is Foursquare an app on that platform?”
Discussion: NewsGrange, TechCrunch and The Register
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?
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Bing, Google get split decision in Facebook Places mapping feature  —  The Bing Maps team last night trumpeted the fact that Facebook's new Places check-in service uses the Microsoft mapping service, but that's only part of the story.  As noted by LiveSide.net last night …
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Addy Dugdale / Fast Company:
In the Age of Seamless Product Presentation, Facebook Keeps It Lo-Fi
Discussion: VentureBeat
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Partnering With Gowalla, Foursquare For Places
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.
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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, Digital Trends and SiliconANGLE, Thanks:edbott
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Time Inc. breaks the iPad logjam  —  This week's People app is the first to be free to subscribers.  Time, SI and Fortune 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 Carrie Underwood's dream wedding.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Begins Charging Devs $5 To List Chrome Extensions, Themes, And Apps  —  Completely open stores and galleries are great — until you realize that they quickly get loaded up with crap.  And especially when you realize that some of that crap is intending to be malicious.
Discussion: Chromium Blog and GeekSmack
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Music industry questions Google on piracy  —  The music industry wants assurances from Google and Verizon that their proposed regulatory framework for the Internet would include protections against piracy and child pornography.  —  Several groups representing the music industry including …
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: The Atlantic Online
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 …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Future iPhones, iPads could recognize, adjust for individual users  —  Relying on a user's picture or the sound of their voice, future portable devices from Apple like an iPhone or iPad could recognize individuals who pick up and use the item.  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office …
 
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Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
OK, Cupid! Baby Angel Alexis Ohanian Comes to New York
Discussion: NYConvergence
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
PlaySpan raises $18M from Vodaphone and SoftBank for virtual goods platform
Albert Wenger / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon And Wikipedia Show 5 Benefits Of Putting Limits On The “Open Web”
Thanks:bobcaswell
Simone S. Oliver / New York Times:
Who Elected Me Mayor? I Did
 Earlier Items: 
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype's Chief Development Officer Leaves Amid TechCrunch Comment Fiasco