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3:40 AM ET, November 27, 2007

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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
News Corp builds online ad network  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - News Corp's (NWSa.N: Quote, Profile, Research) Internet division plans to launch an online network to sell advertising across Rupert Murdoch's sprawling empire and even to other media companies as early as the first half of next year.
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MySpace plans Facebook-style news feeds  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - News Corp's popular online social network, MySpace, plans to launch Facebook-style "news feeds" in the next 30 to 45 days, Fox Interactive Media President Peter Levinsohn said on Monday.  —  News feeds, which alert a user …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Screenshots And Details On Upcoming MySpace "News Feeds"  —  A Reuters article earlier today gave a few details on MySpace's upcoming "new feeds" product (which is what Facebook calls their similar product launched a year ago.  We spoke to MySpace and got a much deeper look at the product, as well as screenshots of how it will look.
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Business Wire:
Intuit to Acquire Homestead Technologies  —  Expanding Small Business Offerings to Include Web Site Creation and E-commerce Solutions  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq:INTU) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Homestead Technologies Inc. …
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Jskitch / CEO Unplugged:
Intuit and Homestead join forces  —  Big news in the Homestead universe today!  We announced this afternoon that Homestead has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Intuit for a generous amount of cash.  You can read the standard-issue press release here.  It's expected to close early next year.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Intuit Finally Buys Homestead for $170m
Discussion: Mashable!
Nick / Rough Type:
Understanding Google  —  Any understanding of Google as a business has to begin, I'm convinced, in the idea of complementary goods.  In The Google Enigma, an article in the new issue of Strategy & Business, I argue that the wide scope of Google's interest and activity is a natural …
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MoveOn to Facebook: We caught you red-handed  —  Is there more to the controversy surrounding Facebook's "Beacon" ads?  MoveOn.org thinks so.  —  Last week, a feud began to brew between leftist activist group MoveOn.org and social-networking site Facebook concerning its "Beacon" advertisements …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's 15.4-inch XPS M1530 multimedia powerhouse available on-line  —  Thar she blows!  Dell's mysterious XPS M1530 is up live and dancing on Dell's Singapore site.  With any luck, she'll be struttin' that 15.4-inch, 1440 x 900 CCFL (not LED-backlit) display, HDMI-out and optional slot-loading Blu-ray Disc …
Discussion: Crave
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Xbox 360 Fall Update includes social networking features  —  The Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update will be upon us on December 4, and Microsoft has started releasing details about what we can expect from the patch.  Since Xbox Live has always been about the social experience of online play …
Discussion: Xbox.com, Gizmodo, TechCrunch and Engadget
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
YouTube Has Innovative Overlay Ads from Adobe....and Beet.TV is in the Plan  —  YouTube, which recently introduced overlay advertising on the video clips of a limited number of select content publishers, including Ford Models and Beet.TV, is part of the big Adobe ad campaign media buy.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The next step in Digg clones  —  On Saturday I wrote a post asking for private email from people who are working on Digg clones.  I got about a dozen responses, they all look good.  I think any of them could work for the project I have in mind.  —  This left me with a vexing problem …
Discussion: ParisLemon and Compiler
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
As Google readies "GDrive", will Microsoft lead, or follow?  —  Some seemingly non-news coming out of the Wall Street Journal tonight, saying that Google is readying their online storage product, commonly referred to as GDrive.  The Journal doesn't offer any really new information, saying only in the publicly accessible copy:
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Digg Blocked For "Bandwidth Theft"  —  It's hard to find anybody to agree with the logic, and certainly the only people that appear to be writing about it have done so to heap ridicule and scorn, but (apparently) the same person to bring us WhyFirefoxIsBlocked.com has now introduced WhyDiggIsBlocked.com.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Read/WriteWeb
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Universal Music Working Hard To Alienate Its Biggest Stars  —  The recording industry loves to trot out musicians in its fight for ever-more-draconian copyright laws.  We're repeatedly told that fans who create mash-ups with their favorite songs and post them back to YouTube …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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