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12:15 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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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!
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
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.
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
Marina Strauss / Globe and Mail:
Molson pulls plug on Facebook photo contest  —  In response to growing criticism from universities, Molson has pulled a controversial photo contest on Facebook, underlining the challenges that companies face in trying to pitch their products on new social media.
Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:
Zune 80 official battery test results  —  Our CNET Labs have just published the results of their Zune 80 audio-only battery drains and the numbers are somewhat disappointing.  Microsoft rated the Zune 80 for 30 hours of audio playback with the Wi-Fi feature turned off.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Computerworld
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
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hackers will feed on Vista in 2008, says McAfee  —  OS faces tough year as it becomes a serious target for the first time  —  Microsoft will face more than 40 vulnerabilities in Windows Vista next year, a McAfee Inc. analyst said today, as the operating system climbs past the 10% market share milestone …
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nyko's Perfect Shot Wiimote accessory — less toy, more gun
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Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
COMICS SKETCH IS STILL ROUGH
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
YAHOO WORKING ON A UNIVERSAL IM APP
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Engadget:
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InfoWorld:
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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Facebook: Opening the Doors Wider
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 Earlier Items: 
InfoWorld:
Another inconvenient truth: Al Gore's Web site hacked
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
CNET vs. CNET [Feuds]
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog and Digg
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
Mason Inman / New Scientist:
Cheap sensors could capture your every move
Discussion: Slashdot
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MeetUp Nabs Google Vet Dominic Preuss
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Mashable!
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Amazon wants you to schedule regular purchases of household items
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Give one, get one — right in the ass