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10:40 PM ET, November 26, 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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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 …
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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Intuit Finally Buys Homestead for $170m
Discussion: CEO Unplugged and Mashable!
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.
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
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.
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: Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Xbox.com and Engadget
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Plans Data Center in Siberia  —  Microsoft is discussing plans to build a data center in Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia.  The facility will be able to hold 10,000 servers, according to Birger Steen, the head of Microsoft's Russian and CIS business unit.
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
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Give one, get one — right in the ass  —  So I was talking to Paul Otellini last night and he's absolutely furious about the Journal story on the OLPC train wreck which ran in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday.  Gist of the story is that Nicholas Negroponte has screwed the pooch on his XO machine but somehow it's all Intel's fault.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Native LucasArts Games Emulation Makes iPhone Absolutely Perfect [Iphone Gaming]  —  After a long wait, here is the application that makes the iPhone absolutely perfect: ScummVM, the emulation engine that allows you to play LucasArts and Sierra graphic adventures, is now fully working on the iPhone.
comScore:
Black Friday Sees $531 Million in Online Retail Spending, Up 22 Percent versus Last Year  —  Cyber Monday Expected to Surpass $700 Million in Online Spending, Making it Heaviest Online Spending Day on Record  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
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.
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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InfoWorld:
Gartner: x86 servers gain as Unix shipments fall
Discussion: The Register
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The next step in Digg clones
Discussion: Compiler
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Can Firebrand Make Commercials Hot?
Chris Matyszczyk / Between the Lines:
Is Facebook banking that you're a beacon of egomania?
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
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Fuzzy picture for Apple TV
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Privacy Issue Won't Die
 Earlier Items: 
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Don't believe the hype: Super Mario Galaxy is not that great
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Saul Hansell / Bits:
A Little Attack Ad for Apple
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Microsoft on the hunt for 'serious' Windows flaw
Discussion: The Open Road
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Enable Auto-Complete on Google Homepage
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Canada Fumbles Health Data in Security Breach
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed and CBC News
Mason Inman / New Scientist:
Cheap sensors could capture your every move
Discussion: Slashdot
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Amazon wants you to schedule regular purchases of household items
Marina Strauss / Globe and Mail:
Molson pulls plug on Facebook photo contest