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5:40 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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Begins Charging Devs $5 To List Chrome Extensions, Themes, And Apps
Discussion: Chromium Blog
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
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 Blog.games.com
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines Blog:
Dell earnings: Businesses are spending but consumer remains flat  —  As expected, Dell's second quarter was carried largely by sales to corporate customers as demand was on the rise worldwide for the company's enterprise offerings, including servers and networking systems, storage and services.
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.
 
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Rogue Apple Exec Trashes Rivals' ‘Mediocre Engineers’
Discussion: PC World and Wired News
Joe Rauch / Reuters:
BofA to test retail payments with cell phones
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
OK, Cupid! Baby Angel Alexis Ohanian Comes to New York
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Music industry questions Google on piracy
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
 Earlier Items: 
Simone S. Oliver / New York Times:
Who Elected Me Mayor? I Did
Discussion: CNN, TechCrunch, Webmonkey and PSFK
Caroline Waxler / Metropolis:
212 Lust: Old Phone Numbers Are New Thing in Tech Scene
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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
Wall Street Journal:
RIM Shops for Mobile Ad Network