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8:30 AM ET, November 27, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
Google Plans Service to Store Users' Data  —  Google Inc. wants to offer consumers a new way to store their files on its hard drives, in a strategy that could accelerate a shift to Web-based computing and intensify the Internet company's competition with Microsoft Corp.
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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:
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
IAC/InterActive Plans China Push  —  BEIJING — IAC/InterActiveCorp plans to spend $100 million on a new Internet business in China and will bring its search engine, Ask.com, to the fast-moving market as well.  —  The new company, which could be launched as soon as within a year …
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 …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Some Thoughts on the Facebook Beacon  —  Recently I've read a number of negative posts about the Facebook Beacon which highlight how easy it is for a company to completely misjudge the privacy implications and ramifications of certain features in social software applications.
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Cory Doctorow / InformationWeek:
How Your Creepy Ex-Co-Workers Will Kill Facebook  —  Columnist Cory Doctorow describes how Facebook and other social networks have built-in self-destructs: They make it easy for you to be found by the people you're looking to avoid.  —  Facebook's "platform" strategy has sparked much online debate and controversy.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
BBC, ITV, Channel 4 to launch joint on-demand web TV  —  BREAKING NEWS: In an unprecedented joint venture, UK TV giants BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 are to launch a jointly-owned on-demand Web service creating a single destination for over ten thousand hours of TV entertainment content.
Discussion: The Register
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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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Intuit Finally Buys Homestead for $170m
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple acknowledges some MacBook hard drive problems  —  Apple is investigating whether or not faulty Seagate hard drives are to blame for data loss on some MacBooks.  —  Retrodata, a U.K. data recovery firm, reported earlier this year that certain 2.5-inch Seagate drives used in MacBooks …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Online investigations into job candidates could be illegal  —  Companies could be infringing privacy if they dig up information about job applicants from social networking websites, an internet expert has warned.  —  John Carr, chairman of the UK Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
New York Magazine:
Universal Music CEO Doug Morris Speaks, Recording Industry in Even Deeper S**t Than We Thought  —  In the December issue of Wired, Seth Mnookin sits down with Universal Music Group CEO/supervillain Doug Morris for a pretty excellent profile (which is, tragically, not yet online).
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
South Africa, Netherlands and Korea striding toward ODF  —  But France is still making the strongest move to ODF and its native office suite, OpenOffice  —  As Microsoft's Office Open XML document format remains in ISO limbo, a trio of countries are pushing forward an adoption …
Discussion: Slashdot
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Are Hackers Exploiting WordPress Themes?  —  WordPress is growing quickly - both as a hosted platform and also via standalone blog installations.  The rapid growth and its open, flexible approach to blog design, means it may become a target for hackers who embed malicious code within themes they distribute.
Discussion: Derek Punsalan and Digg
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 at CNET UK and Crave
 
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Electronista:
Some developers getting early iPhone SDK?
Discussion: Gadgetell and CrunchGear
Mozilla.org:
Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2007-37
USA Today:
Net shoppers tread treacherous water
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Wired Staffs Up for Video Push
Discussion: Mashable!
Stephanie Kang / Wall Street Journal:
Fine-Tuning Cable Audiences
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Politics 'stifling $100 laptop'
ZDNet:
Skype must 'rebuild trust' after number debacle
Luke O'Brien / 02138mag.com:
Poking Facebook  —  Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg created …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Valleywag
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
YAHOO WORKING ON A UNIVERSAL IM APP
Discussion: Download Squad
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hackers will feed on Vista in 2008, says McAfee
InfoWorld:
Gartner: x86 servers gain as Unix shipments fall
Discussion: The Register and IT Facts
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Universal Music Working Hard To Alienate Its Biggest Stars
Discussion: Gizmodo
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The next step in Digg clones
Discussion: ParisLemon, Scobleizer and Compiler
Rich Ericson / Computerworld:
Review: Sony's flash-based notebook — a road warrior's dream
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Xbox 360 Fall Update includes social networking features
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
News Corp builds online ad network
 

 
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