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1:05 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
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?
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.
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.
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 …
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Dan Frommer / The Business 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.
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.
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
DigiTimes:
Google may cooperate with Motorola for Android 3.0 tablet, says Digitimes Research  —  As several smartphone makers are working aggressively to form cooperation agreements with Google for an Android 3. tablet PC, Motorola is currently the company's priority choice, according …
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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
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 …
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
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.
DigiTimes:
Acer may delay tablet PC launch for another quarter to wait for Android 3.0  —  Acer's ARM/Android-based tablet PC is expected to be delayed to the first quarter of 2011, from the fourth quarter of 2010, as the company plans to wait until Google launches Android 3., which will feature support …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
PlaySpan raises $18M from Vodaphone and SoftBank for virtual goods platform  —  Someday, it may be better to be in the virtual goods business than the real goods business.  PlaySpan is demonstrating that as it announces today that it has raised $18 million from Vodaphone and SoftBank for its virtual good and monetization platform.
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 …
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
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