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1:20 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
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
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
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: TechCrunch, Xbox.com, Engadget and Gizmodo
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.
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
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
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
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
YAHOO WORKING ON A UNIVERSAL IM APP  —  Last Friday Valleywag got a nice little scoop on a new Yahoo project called MyM that looks to be joining the universal chat space.  The service is currently invite only, but already from the sign-up page it appears to be joining several Web services together.
Discussion: Download Squad
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Can Firebrand Make Commercials Hot?  —  On paper, it sounds like the dumbest idea ever: build an entire channel around commercials.  No shows, just commercials.  You know, the things you skip with TiVo or curse online.  But startup Firebrand, which launches tonight, believes there's big business to be had in an ads-as-content model.
Discussion: Podcasting News
 
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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!
Engadget:
Engadget's Holiday Gift Guide: for her
Discussion: Digg
Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:
Zune 80 official battery test results
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hackers will feed on Vista in 2008, says McAfee
InfoWorld:
Gartner: x86 servers gain as Unix shipments fall
Discussion: The Register
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Yahoo Can't Cope with Cyber Monday
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
CNET vs. CNET [Feuds]
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog and Digg
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Fuzzy picture for Apple TV
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
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Plans Data Center in Siberia