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Intel Corporation to Acquire McAfee

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Intel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire McAfee, Inc., through the purchase of all of the company's common stock at $48 per share in cash, for approximately $7.68 billion. Both boards of directors have unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close after McAfee shareholder approval, regulatory clearances and other customary conditions specified in the agreement.

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Intel is going to make an anti-virus? Maybe it's a good idea, maybe not...
 

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Why would they want to do that? :confused: I mean, they can't integrate an antivirus like McAfee into a processor.
 

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Oh no - don't do it Intel - you've only bought McAfee 2010 - a new company called McAfee 2011 will be released in a couple of weeks which will cost you the same amount again :/
 

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Great idea. Enterprises will pay tons for an antivirus carrying the Intel brand name.
 
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Of all antivirus companies.... McAfee?

If you're going to be paying upwards of 7 billion, I'd at least chose a company with a good antivirus.
 
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maybe they'll make McAfee not suck... big maybe though
 

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McAfee eats processor time, so Intel sells you a faster one. Simple plan!
 
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Does McAfee own some proprietary patents?

Otherwise, I don't get it. Intel has a stronger brand name IMO than McAfee - meaning - they should develop and sell their own product, not spend BILLIONS on existing code and customer base. Doesnt make sense to me... more like some out-of-deals investment bankers persuading some Intel executives to spend some money. Naiive. Intel share price will go down... not due to McAfee directly, but due to the board having run out of investment ideas that this is the best they can do.
 
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I can think of better things to spend 7.68b on. Intel, the next time you feel the need to throw out $7+b, send it to me.
 
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Big Money big money, no whammys.... STOP!

perhaps instead of sitting on piles & piles & piles of cash, Intel could do some good. Instead of sending billions dollars to companies or "theubersmurf", perhaps intel could cut every household in America a check for $100. I liked this idea so much, I actually submitted it to them. It would be a better stimulus than the feds came up with, give them good PR and not cost em half of what the Mcafee acquisition set them back. Hell, i might even turn around and buy me a proc from them. As for the shareholders... buy another share or 2, for free.
 
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all i have to say :banghead:WASTE
 
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yea, i really don't know where this is gonna go besides them wanting an anti-virus possibly. I could see them simply acquiring mcafee for the user-base, re-working mcafee or simply writing their own anti-virus but with help from mcafee code and their programmers. Anti-virus is big bucks, but still....woulda figured for 7.68 billion they could've grabbed something else.
 

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Why would they want to do that? :confused:
only thing i can think of is it has something to do with intels entry into set top boxes and alot of providers like comcast and verizon use mcafee, so maybe its some kind of leverage for them to start using intel equipment + security for the boxes themselves.

Other then that i see no valid reason for Intel to pick up Mcafee of all things
 

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Big companies are buying other companies out.

Look at Google and microsoft, constant looking for new investments and make their marketshare and value, bigger.

But why the heck Mcafee. Its proberly the most family-scare-antivirus-package made together with norton.
 
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well its not like its worst than . . . . norton antivirus
 
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I think they are going to use it to develop a hardware based anti-malware app. think about it. instead of having software that sits in the background sucking cycles to monitor your other apps, you have a chip that specialized in identifying virus signatures. With a little non-volatile memory and access to the bus, it could update itself and do as good a job as a software solution without any impact on performance.
 
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Meh, now instead of buying a yearly virus update subscription you get to buy a new yearly CPU subscription, or else you get annoying popups?


64 bit OS with random writes and protected system operating area is already secure. Perhaps McAfee have identified a hardware vulnerability, perhaps Intel wants to just increase packaged marketshare, and try to monopolize another segment of the computer industry. Perhaps they failed so bad at graphics hardware they decided to go in the complete opposite direction.
 
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I think they are going to use it to develop a hardware based anti-malware app. think about it. instead of having software that sits in the background sucking cycles to monitor your other apps, you have a chip that specialized in identifying virus signatures. With a little non-volatile memory and access to the bus, it could update itself and do as good a job as a software solution without any impact on performance.
But it would add latency at the least (it would likely sit 'between' the RAM and CPU) and wreck havoc on the poor soul whose app is falsely flagged as malware... Intel is good at one thing - CPUs. :p Okay, well, maybe NICs too, but wow, their 'GPUs' as just tragic... :(


EDIT: good point Steevo - Intel WOULD be devious enough to place said hardware on the CPU die, and somehow make software AV not work properly on that chip.
 

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#23
Of all antivirus companies.... McAfee?

If you're going to be paying upwards of 7 billion, I'd at least chose a company with a good antivirus.
herehere, I cant agree more. My opinion of McAfee has never been that high to begin with, same goes for most of my lesser tech minded friends who buy poor value HP or CompaQ Pre-mades etc etc know to uninstall McAfee n put something half decent on such as norton 360v3 or 2010 (or 2011 - probably out soon since kaspersky has already got their 2011 kit out)

they should have partnerd up with Nod32 or someone else. Nod32 dont make half bad Anti-virus software.

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the idea sounds good though. a hardware based Anti-virus/firewall. - great idea but going the wrong way about it.

we shall wait n see how this pans out
 
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And everyone thought it was weird for AMD to buy ATI :laugh:

ATi was a bargin compared to McAfee
 

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Great idea. Enterprises will pay tons for an antivirus carrying the Intel brand name.
Maybe But Macafee is useless Its too easy to make a antivirus now. Notice they are all apeshit low since things like MS esentials and other free anti virus companies. I havent used any of my free Keperskys (or whatever they are called) that came with my ROG boards. Its funny when something like free virus software TROUNCES big companies They have no choice and theyve been struggling for a while. The party is over all that "Extra Protection Super Editions" are bogus. All Anti Virus companies including the free ones get there info from the SAME place and work the SAME way at the core. Its really eyeopening.