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Week in review: Intel's security concern

Chip giant pairs with McAfee, while Facebook finds its Place. Also: Windows Phone game plan.

Intel believes today's array of Net-connected machines aren't adequately secured.

To fix that, Intel announced plans to buy security company McAfee for $7.68 billion --the biggest acquisition in its 42-year history. Intel said offering protection for mobile devices, TVs, cars, ATMs, and medical gadgets requires a new approach that can tie together software, hardware, and services.

By integrating McAfee's core technology, Intel asserts that it can improve current products and offer new ones that can better secure both the cloud and devices used by consumers and businesses. The first product resulting from the team-up is expected to be released in early 2011.

In the future, you may not have to buy antivirus software for your laptops and mobile devices if Intel is able to live up to the promise of integrating technology from acquisition target McAfee. While Intel has been pushing more and more functionality down into the chips, a marriage with McAfee will mark a shift away from the security firm's traditional product strategy, experts told CNET.
•  Analysts: McAfee fits into Intel's future
•  Intel exec Renee James discusses goals for McAfee (Q&A)

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Facebook Places: One check-in to rule them all

The launch of Facebook Places means start-ups like Foursquare are forced to rethink their business plans--and consumers are forced to rethink the entire idea of a location-based "check-in" service.
•  Facebook Places takes aim at Google
•  Shots already fired over Facebook Places privacy
•  Facebook unveils location-sharing feature 'Places'

India prods wireless providers on BlackBerry ban

The government ups the ante by sending letters to wireless operators informing them they will have to shut down BlackBerry services if RIM doesn't comply with demands by August 31.
•  BlackBerry Torch already being sold at discount

Adobe moves further into Google's orbit

Google's Android operating system may be the most important external project to Adobe: without it, Adobe's mobile strategy would be in tatters.

At 15, Microsoft's Internet Explorer at a crossroads

Microsoft released the first IE back in 1995, but arguably the browser has never been more important to Redmond's future.

Report: Hurd short-circuited HP board's probe

Hewlett-Packard's board of directors was reportedly stymied, and irked, by Mark Hurd's settlement of sexual harassment claims.
•  Former HP chief eyeing career options
•  HP reports $30.7 billion revenue, up 11 percent

Verizon shows off iPad TV app and more

Verizon is adding more bells and whistles to its Fios TV service, including an app that turns an iPad into a TV and several other new options for taking your video content on the go.
•  The clock is ticking for iPad competitors

Microsoft details Windows Phone game plan

At the Gamescom 2010 conference in Germany, Microsoft outlines the first Xbox Live titles that will be available when Windows Phone launches this holiday season.
•  Hands-on with Windows Phone 7's games

Microsoft adds photo editing to Mac Office

The upcoming release will also get Sparklines--the mini charts that were added in the last Windows version of Office.
•  Mac Office gets new tricks (images)

School escapes charges in Webcam spying case

Employees at Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District will not face criminal charges over secretly taking Webcam photos of students via laptops they had brought home.

Also of note

•  How Google TV will make money still up in the air
•  Check proves Ceglia paid Zuckerberg--what now?
•  Cameron Diaz 'riskiest' celeb on the Net