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4:55 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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Andrew Jaquith / Forrester Blogs:
Intel-McAfee: Horseless Carriage Vendor Buys Buggy-Whips
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Intel's McAfee Buyout Inspires Head Scratching
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?”
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Facebook Places takes aim at Google
Discussion: Google Mobile Blog
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Bing, Google get split decision in Facebook Places mapping feature
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Addy Dugdale / Fast Company:
In the Age of Seamless Product Presentation, Facebook Keeps It Lo-Fi
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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.
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.
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Chrome OS Tablet Unlikely So Soon
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
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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
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 …
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 …
Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold R020 internal overview, replaces BlackBerry Bold 9700  —  You'd think that RIM would be replacing highest-end product with a brand new device, right?  Well, previous rumors suggested that the BlackBerry Bold 9700 would get nothing more than a simple refresh, and we're able to confirm those rumors.
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.
 
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Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
OK, Cupid! Baby Angel Alexis Ohanian Comes to New York
Discussion: NYConvergence
Electronista:
LG vows its tablet will be more productive than Apple's
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
Caroline Waxler / Metropolis:
212 Lust: Old Phone Numbers Are New Thing in Tech Scene
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Agence France Presse:
Seoul fights to block N.Korea's Twitter propaganda
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
Wall Street Journal:
RIM Shops for Mobile Ad Network
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype's Chief Development Officer Leaves Amid TechCrunch Comment Fiasco