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2:42 AM ET, November 27, 2007

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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!
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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Reuters:
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 …
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Facebook Privacy Issue Won't Die
Steve Outing / Editor and Publisher:
An Important Lesson About Grassroots Media  —  I learned — the hard way — some truths about grassroots content and online community.  This is my attempt at preventing you from going through similar business heartache.  —  This month I'm going to talk about my company, the Enthusiast Group.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:   Strangled by the Grassroots  —  Steve Outing writes …
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
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: Compiler and ParisLemon
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: Engadget, Xbox.com, Gizmodo and TechCrunch
AppScout:
foodtube.net: Food Videos on the Tubes  —  Four days post-Turkey Day, and I still feel full—yet I couldn't help taking a gander at foodtube.net.  It's exactly what it sounds like: a YouTube knock-off for foodies.  Every uploaded video—most embedded from other video sharing sites, including YouTube—features food, glorious food.
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 …
Rich Ericson / Computerworld:
Review: Sony's flash-based notebook — a road warrior's dream  —  What's notable about this almost-weightless workhorse is that there's no traditional platter-spinning 2.5-in. hard drive  —  Sony Electronics Inc.'s Vaio TZ191N notebook proves that good things do come in small packages.
Discussion: Slashdot
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple stores having 'gravitational pull' on mall shoppers - report  —  Analysts for investment bank Piper Jaffray spent six hours this past weekend monitoring traffic at mall-based Apple retail stores and found that the shops exerted a gravitational pull on shoppers who came within 25 feet of the entranceways.
 
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Brett Thomas / bit-tech.net:
BASHing Through Scripts
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Cloudmark:
Reputation of UK Brands Dramatically Affected by Phishing Attacks …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nyko's Perfect Shot Wiimote accessory — less toy, more gun
Discussion: Gizmodo and 2dayBlog
Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
COMICS SKETCH IS STILL ROUGH
Discussion: Mashable!
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
YAHOO WORKING ON A UNIVERSAL IM APP
Discussion: Download Squad
Engadget:
Engadget's Holiday Gift Guide: for her
Discussion: Digg
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Zune 80 official battery test results
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hackers will feed on Vista in 2008, says McAfee
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InfoWorld:
Gartner: x86 servers gain as Unix shipments fall
Discussion: The Register
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Universal Music Working Hard To Alienate Its Biggest Stars
Discussion: Gizmodo
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Can Firebrand Make Commercials Hot?
Discussion: Podcasting News and Mashable!
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Facebook: Opening the Doors Wider
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Yahoo Can't Cope with Cyber Monday
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
CNET vs. CNET [Feuds]
Discussion: Digg
Saul Hansell / Bits:
A Little Attack Ad for Apple
Discussion: The Mac Observer
eWEEK.com:
Where Social Networking Meets the Semantic Web