Computing company Intel is to acquire anti-virus company McAfee in a deal that's been unanimously approved by both boards of directors. McAfee will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel, reporting into Intel’s Software and Services Group.
Yesterday morning City of London Police arrested nine people as part of an investigation into a suspected fraud case that's believed to have involved premium-rate international phone numbers being called on mobile phones. Officers also seized up to £15,000 worth of mobile phones along with hundreds of SIM cards and fake documents. The raids took place after an investigation in partnership with O2.
Social network Facebook has launched a mobile location service called Facebook Places. It enables users to 'check in' to a location using their mobile phone; this check-in then appears on their Facebook status. Facebook users at a venue can also choose to have their presence shared with other visitors if they wish.
Bambuser, which enables users to stream live video from their mobile phones to the web, has now launched a public beta for watching live and on-demand video on mobile phones.
This year's Communications Market Report from telecomms regulator Ofcom has revealed a surge in smartphone ownership. In June 2010, 26.5% of people in the UK said they had a smartphone, more than double the number two years previously. Growth in the last 12 months was particularly strong, up 81% from 7.2 million users in May 2009 to 12.8 million in May 2010.