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CNNMoney: News Corp. sells Myspace to Specific Mediaupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 18:19:00

Myspace has a new owner: Digital ad network Specific Media said Wednesday that it has acquired the ailing social network from News Corp.

Myspace users (what's left of them) are more open-minded, study saysupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 11:54:00

People who regularly visit Myspace tend to be more open-minded, according to a study released Thursday.

CNNMoney: MySpace slashes its staff in halfupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 15:09:00

MySpace said Tuesday that it is laying off 500 employees, cutting its staff by 47%.

Cashmore: Why Myspace revamp worksupdated: Thu Oct 28 2010 09:42:00

Myspace this week began rolling out a redesign that aspires to rekindle the fortunes of the once-dominant social network. The overhaul -- expected to be complete by the end of November -- also comes with a new logo and a subtle rebranding from "MySpace" to "Myspace."

MySpace moves against apps that share user dataupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 07:25:00

Social networking site MySpace, while acknowledging it shares profile information with advertisers, said Saturday that it is taking action against app developers who may have violated the website's terms of use by sharing user data.

Twitter now getting more traffic than MySpaceupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 16:54:00

Twitter's number of monthly unique visitors finally surpassed that of MySpace in August. Though it ranked third among social networking sites, Twitter ranked #50 in the list of top 50 properties overall. The numbers were crunched by the marketing research firm comScore. In His Own Words: JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater's 20 Year-Careerupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 10:31:00

On his Facebook and MySpace pages, he boasted about flying high and taking a five year break from the skies

How to create an $850M fad, like Bebo didupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 12:34:00

Do you remember Bebo? AOL bought the hot social networking Web site for $850 million in 2008. This week, the company threw in the towel -- Bebo will either be sold or shut down in 2010, according to an internal memo.

CNNMoney: Lawbreakers foiled by Facebookupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 06:16:00

You might be surprised to learn who's following you on Twitter, or who your Facebook friends really are.

Fortune: MySpace, a place for (knife wielding) friendsupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 09:10:00

Even measured by Internet time, that was fast.

Social networks and kids: How young is too young?updated: Tue Nov 03 2009 17:44:00

Status updates, photo tagging and FarmVille aren't just for adults or even teenagers anymore.

Does your social class determine your online social network?updated: Wed Oct 14 2009 09:28:00

Like a lot of people, Anna Owens began using MySpace more than four years ago to keep in touch with friends who weren't in college.

CNNMoney: MySpace to buy social music site iLikeupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 16:23:00

Social networking site MySpace said Wednesday that it agreed to buy popular music application iLike for an undisclosed amount.

Conviction in MySpace suicide case tentatively overturnedupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 21:08:00

A federal judge tentatively overturned the conviction of a Missouri woman accused of using MySpace to deceive a teenage girl who eventually committed suicide, a U.S. attorney's spokesman told CNN.

CNNMoney: Viacom's second shot at MySpaceupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 10:53:00

By his own admission, Sumner Redstone has long coveted MySpace, the online social network his rival Rupert Murdoch stole from under his nose. Yet while Redstone's Viacom media conglomerate missed out on grabbing the internet company four years ago, it could get a second bite at the cherry.

Fortune: Yes, MySpace can be savedupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 10:47:00

Things are grim at MySpace. The number of U.S. visitors has dropped off to just 70.24 million in May. Rival Facebook has finally surpassed MySpace, logging 70.28 million visitors. The site is bleeding cash -- News Corp reported an $89 million loss in the unit that includes MySpace in its most recent quarterly report. And on June 16, MySpace laid off 420 employees, roughly 30% of the staff.

CNNMoney: MySpace to cut 30% of workforceupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 14:18:00

Social networking site MySpace said Tuesday that it plans to slash nearly 30% of its workforce, leaving it with 1,000 employees.

Can once-cool MySpace stage a comeback?updated: Thu Jun 11 2009 17:57:00

In the brief history of Web sites, there are few if any second chances. Remember Friendster?

Sentencing postponed in MySpace suicide caseupdated: Tue May 19 2009 01:23:00

A federal judge has postponed the sentencing of a Missouri woman in the case of a teenager who committed suicide after she was criticized on the social networking Web site MySpace Suicide Victim's Mom Urges Parental Actionupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 14:41:00

Tina Meier, whose daughter was a cyberbully's target, sees new hope online

MySpace CEO to step downupdated: Thu Apr 23 2009 00:20:00

MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe will step down as head of the Internet company he helped found about six years ago, MySpace owner News Corporation announced Wednesday.

N.C. officials: 2,116 of state's sex offenders found on MySpaceupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 15:06:00

More than 2,100 registered North Carolina sex offenders were found on the social networking site MySpace, the state attorney general's office said Tuesday.

Fortune: Can MySpace get its mojo back?updated: Thu Mar 05 2009 14:30:00

MySpace, the News Corp.-owned social networking site, is off to a rough year. Growth has slowed (the number of U.S. visitors has hovered around 75 million for the last seven months), top talent is leaving the company, and like other media companies, it is feeling the effects of the slowing economy: a MySpace executive this week told FORTUNE that ad sales dipped in January and February.

MySpace kicks out 90,000 sex offenders, Connecticut AG saysupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 15:38:00 has identified and removed 90,000 convicted sex offenders from its popular social-networking site, according to one of the dozens of state attorneys general who pressured the site to beef up its safety standards.

Rocking or reeling? Record labels adapt to a world of online musicupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 11:52:00

"I'm having a vision of the near future.

The big debate: Do record labels have a future?updated: Tue Jan 13 2009 11:51:00

It's no secret that the music industry has not made an ideal transition into the digital era.

Study: Teens on MySpace mention sex, violenceupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 16:05:00

A new study finds that 54 percent of teens talk about behaviors such as sex, alcohol use, and violence on the social networking giant MySpace -- presenting potential risks even if all they're doing is talking, researchers said Monday. Woman Convicted of Misdemeanors in MySpace Suicide Caseupdated: Fri Nov 28 2008 16:01:00

Lori Drew faces three years in prison in a Cyber-hoax that led to a 13-year-old girl's death

Jury deliberates in MySpace suicide trialupdated: Tue Nov 25 2008 21:52:00

California jurors will resume deliberations Wednesday in the trial of a Missouri woman accused in the case of a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide after she was criticized on the Web site

Jury selection begins in MySpace hoax trialupdated: Tue Nov 18 2008 17:50:00

Jury selection began Tuesday for a Missouri woman accused in the case of a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide after she was the target of a hoax on the Web site

Fortune: After uproar, MySpace signs indie music dealupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 13:55:00

When MySpace rolled out its new music service last month, some of the most prominent independent record labels withheld their artists because they believed the social network was treating them unfairly. That was a public relations nightmare for MySpace which touts itself a champion of "indie" bands. MySpace to Businesses: Kiss MyAdsupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 19:20:00

What a dire time to launch a new ad platform! But that's just what MySpace is doing today MySpace Music: Not the Only Free-Music Game in Townupdated: Mon Sep 29 2008 17:00:00

MySpace Music will introduce the masses to free legal music online, but littler sites, like Imeem, and SpiralFrog, have been offering the same service for ages

Fortune: Indie labels rebel against MySpaceupdated: Fri Sep 26 2008 14:06:00

MySpace founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson have always portrayed themselves as champions of independent music. The company is fond of pointing out that it has been a springboard for such once-obscure bands as the Arctic Monkeys, which records for independent label Domino. MySpace Launches a Free-Music Revolutionupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 15:00:00

Starting today, the new MySpace Music service will offer its members more than 2 million tunes from the catalogs of four major music labels -- for free.

Fortune: Future bleak for music subscription servicesupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 10:27:00

Back in April, MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe vowed to create a groundbreaking new digital music service offering everything from ad-supported free songs to iTunes-like downloads to monthly subscriptions. But DeWolfe ended up jettisoning part of that plan.

Online student-teacher friendships can be trickyupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 19:12:00

Randy Turner knows there's a huge gap in age and technology between him and his adolescent students.

Fortune: MySpace goes to the moviesupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 13:42:00

The Toronto Film Festival has been the launching pad for many an Academy Award-winning movie. "Ray," the gripping tale of legendary singer Ray Charles' rise to fame and his battle with drug addiction, was unveiled at the festival several years ago. So was "Crash," the gritty saga of racial and social strife in Los Angeles. Scouting Micro Social Networksupdated: Tue May 20 2008 15:45:00

MySpace and Facebook only account for half of all visits to social-network sites. What about the 4,000 other sites?

Mom charged in MySpace hoaxupdated: Fri May 16 2008 12:15:00

A federal grand jury indicts a Missouri woman for her alleged role in a deadly online hoax. Mom Charged in MySpace Suicideupdated: Thu May 15 2008 16:00:00

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a Missouri woman for her alleged role in perpetrating a hoax on the online social network MySpace against a 13-year-old neighbor girl who then committed suicide Madonna Releases Her New Album Earlyupdated: Fri Apr 25 2008 16:34:00

The singer premieres Hard Candy on MySpace days before its official launch

Fortune: MySpace takes on iTunesupdated: Thu Apr 03 2008 13:12:00

MySpace, the world's largest social networking site, is invading Apple's turf with an online music store backed by three record labels. N.Y. Sex Scandal: 'Kristen''s Pop-Music Dreamsupdated: Thu Mar 13 2008 20:23:00

The 22-year-old at the center of the governor scandal has two songs on the Web QUOTED: Marlee Matlin Blogs About Dancingupdated: Thu Feb 21 2008 15:22:00

"I'm not really deaf; I just faked it to win the Oscar...KIDDING."

CNNMoney: MySpace seeks online music serviceupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 10:21:00

Online social networking site MySpace has been talking with major record labels in an effort to allow users to listen to copyrighted music for free on the Web site, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Fortune: New effort to protect kids onlineupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 13:23:00

MySpace has long been under fire by parents and politicians alike for exposing children to online sexual predators. Now, the industry's largest teen social networking site is calling on the industry to make kids safer. Wanted: Friends for Barbara Walters's MySpace Pageupdated: Sun Dec 02 2007 01:26:00

She's butted heads with heads of state, endured the tug o'war between Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump, even been mercilessly parodied on SNL – but there's one thing Barbara Walters admits intimidates her: her MySpace page.

Impact of the Broadway strikeupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 07:07:00

The ongoing Broadway strike is is also hurting restaurants and hotels. CNN's Maggie Lake reports.

Some digital neighborhoods better for dating updated: Mon Nov 19 2007 11:45:00

With social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace now in the digital dating mix, there are plenty of new chances to meet the right -- and wrong -- people online. Behind the Alicia Keys MySpace Scam updated: Tue Nov 13 2007 12:00:00

Hackers infiltrated the diva's MySpace page last week, showing that online scammers like social networking too

CNNMoney: MySpace set to go mobileupdated: Mon Sep 24 2007 08:14:00

The social networking Web site MySpace is launching a free, advertising-supported cell phone version Monday as part of a wider bid by parent News Corp. to attract advertising for mobile Web sites.

Fortune: Where MySpace and Facebook are headedupdated: Fri Sep 21 2007 06:36:00

For all of Facebook's recent successes, MySpace continues to thrive. That's the theme of my recent big Fortune story on the MySpace/Facebook battle, "As Facebook takes off, MySpace strikes back." Meanwhile, innumerable permutations of the seductive social networking model continue to arise, because this is increasingly the kind of Internet that users are showing, with their behavior, that they want.

Fortune: Bebo's British invasionupdated: Wed Sep 19 2007 06:42:00

MySpace and Facebook may dominate the U.S. market, but across the world, a social-networking land grab is underway. A slew of also-rans in the U.S. have attracted some unlikely followings. In Brazil, everyone's on Orkut. In Peru, it's Philippines: Friendster. The U.K.: Bebo, the hottest site in all the world (that doesn't end in -ace or -ook).

CNNMoney: 'Thirtysomething' creators to air Web-based showupdated: Thu Sep 13 2007 06:44:00

The creative minds behind such TV shows as "Thirtysomething" and "My So-Called Life" are launching a Web-based show, hoping to find the artistic freedom online that they say is lacking on broadcast networks.

CNNMoney: MySpace reportedly may allow member adsupdated: Sun Aug 26 2007 21:10:00

MySpace is considering lifting a ban on commerce on the popular social networking site as a way to increase its own profits, according to a published report.

Business 2.0: The Facebook economyupdated: Thu Aug 23 2007 07:31:00

Talk about a killer app. Two years ago Jia Shen and Lance Tokuda wrote, just for fun, a goofy Web application for MySpace that could turn anyone's photos into live-action slide shows. It succeeded - horribly. Within days of its launch, hordes of users at the then-superhot social network discovered the app, added it to their profiles, and communicated it to their friends. It spread like a case of Ebola at the Super Bowl. Within a month Shen and Tokuda had 100,000 users, and traffic was doubling every 24 hours. MySpace, Others Hacker Vulnerableupdated: Mon Aug 06 2007 10:00:00

Social networking Web sites are increasingly juicy targets for computer hackers, who are demonstrating a pair of vulnerabilities they claim expose sensitive personal information

Fortune: Why I'm glad Rupert wonupdated: Thu Aug 02 2007 22:03:00

I'm glad Rupert Murdoch is buying Dow Jones. He is likely to be a far more responsive steward of the Wall Street Journal brand and a more aggressive marketer of its news than the paper has had. In the fundamentally-changed Internet era of media, the Journal has been waning, and without radical change would likely decline further in both quality and impact. But now radical change has come.

CNNMoney: MySpace kicks off 29,000 sex offendersupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 06:53:00

Popular Internet social network MySpace said Tuesday it detected and deleted 29,000 convicted sex offenders on its service, more than four times the figure it had initially reported.

CNNMoney: MySpace gets date with Eisner showupdated: Thu Mar 29 2007 07:39:00

MySpace continued its push toward becoming a key Web video destination by announcing a partnership to debut a new original show hours before it appears on any other site.

Fortune: The biggest Web site you've never heard ofupdated: Tue Mar 27 2007 11:48:00

Photobucket is the most important site on the Internet that hardly anybody understands. Unpretentiously, it has built an essential service that didn't need to shout out for attention, the way MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, or other related sites have. Yet it's built an audience of 38 million members, a figure now growing more than 80,000 per day. That's up from just 50,000 members at the end of 2003.

CNNMoney: Move over, MySpaceupdated: Mon Mar 19 2007 10:26:00

When News Corp. bought Intermix Media, the parent of social networking site MySpace, in 2005 for $580 million, some wondered if Rupert Murdoch had lost his mind.

Business 2.0: Startups to watchupdated: Fri Mar 02 2007 12:47:00

It's getting crowded on the Web 2.0 frontier, but there are still some startups that truly stand out. Business 2.0 Magazine identifies the ones most likely to strike gold in 2007.

Business 2.0: A MySpace for Mom and Dadupdated: Tue Feb 13 2007 09:23:00

Until now, social-networking sites marketed themselves to business users (LinkedIn) or teens (MySpace and Facebook). But Cozi Central, a free online service founded by Microsoft veterans and making its first big marketing push in January, offers social networking for parents - with 50 million households as potential users by 2010, according to research analysts at the Diffusion Group.

Fortune: The Net and children: still scaryupdated: Mon Feb 12 2007 17:11:00

Despite all its virtues, the Internet has created a raft of new threats to our children. Sexual predators and abusive pedophiles are newly empowered by the Net, and neither parents nor society have yet figured out how to respond. However bad you think the problems are, they're probably worse.

CNNMoney: Murdoch ready for CNBC fight, 'Borat' sequelupdated: Thu Feb 08 2007 10:44:00

In a wide-ranging speech Thursday morning, News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch discussed plans for a new cable business channel, the growth opportunities for social networking site MySpace, the 2008 presidential race and why he liked "Borat" so much.

CNNMoney: Hey hey, My MySpace!updated: Wed Feb 07 2007 08:46:00

News Corp. president and chief operating officer Peter Chernin suggested that the company's rapidly growing online division, which includes the popular social networking unit MySpace, could beat the company's revenue targets for this fiscal year and will be profitable in 2008.

Linking together organizationsupdated: Sat Jan 27 2007 14:26:00

As well as getting the chance to leave business school with three magic letters after your name, there is another reason why people take an MBA -- the contacts.

CNNMoney: MySpace sued by families of sexually abused teensupdated: Thu Jan 18 2007 13:45:00

Four families have sued the popular social-networking site MySpace and its owner, News Corp., after their teenage daughters were solicited online and sexually abused by adults they met on the site, lawyers for the families said Thursday.

CNNMoney: News Corp. hopes to not 'screw up' MySpaceupdated: Tue Jan 09 2007 15:29:00

The president and chief operating officer of News Corp., the parent company of top social networking site MySpace as well as traditional media properties such as the Fox television network and movie studio, told investors that News Corp. plans to invest more heavily in MySpace this year but will be careful to not make changes that could alienate the site's users.

Money Magazine: Keep your kids safeupdated: Tue Dec 05 2006 14:50:00

Chances are, your child will spend most of his Net time instant messaging with the same kids he sees all day in school, doing homework, playing video games or finding other fans of his favorite obscure band.

CNNMoney: Social networks: Bait for cybercrimeupdated: Tue Oct 03 2006 15:20:00

The majority of adults who use of social networking sites like News Corp.'s MySpace and FaceBook engage in dangerous behavior that exposes them to cybercrime, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Social networking fuels new Web boomupdated: Tue Oct 03 2006 03:47:00

If you haven't already created a cyber profile on a social networking Web site like or, you're part of a rapidly shrinking minority.

Business 2.0: Suddenly Everything's Coming up Widgetsupdated: Mon Oct 02 2006 11:51:00

Ed Anuff spent nearly eight years building portals for large corporations. But now he wants to reverse all that to become part of a movement that's exploding the Web into millions of tiny chunks an...

CNNMoney: Protecting your kids - from themselvesupdated: Mon Sep 25 2006 14:28:00

Imagine if every dumb thing you did as a teen followed you around for the rest of your life.

CNNMoney: Murdoch unveils MySpace ambitionsupdated: Tue Sep 19 2006 09:15:00

News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said Tuesday that his company has big plans for its popular social networking site MySpace.

Fortune: MySpace cowboysupdated: Tue Aug 29 2006 09:20:00

One night this past April, Tom Anderson was surfing, as he does for hours every night, when he spotted a link to something called kSolo on another member's profile page. The service, An...

Fortune: Will Fox change MySpace?updated: Thu Aug 24 2006 10:29:00

Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe founded Myspace on the principles of user control, grass-roots growth, and authenticity. "The users govern the site," DeWolfe says adamantly. But now he and Anderson have News Corp.'s financial targets to hit, a "chief revenue officer" to contend with, and serious pressure to make MySpace safe for advertisers.

CNNMoney: Beware the return of the Web Bubbleupdated: Wed Aug 16 2006 10:41:00

Banker David Hannum, and not P.T. Barnum as widely believed, once said that "there's a sucker born every minute." That axiom may yet prove true for major media companies in the coming months.

Business 2.0: Cyworld attacks!updated: Thu Jul 27 2006 12:01:00

Meeyoo Kwon, a 22-year-old college student, starts every morning the same way: "I just wake up, turn on my laptop, and go to Cyworld," she says.

Business 2.0: Cyworld ready to attack MySpaceupdated: Thu Jul 27 2006 10:07:00

The editors have identified the Best business ideas in the world, which will appear here in a series throughout the next month. Check back daily for updates.

CNNMoney: The new wave of richesupdated: Thu Jul 27 2006 09:55:00

The next generation of Web start-ups are coming into their own, with talk of some of these online properties ready to join the billion dollar club.

CNNMoney: How big media is wooing the MySpace setupdated: Fri Jul 21 2006 09:38:00

"Little Man," the new comedy by the Wayans brothers that was almost universally panned by critics, surprisingly finished in second place at the box office last week with $21.6 million in ticket sales.

Finding campaign space on MySpaceupdated: Mon Jul 17 2006 17:12:00

t's not an exaggeration to say that Allan Lichtman is an underdog in Maryland's race for the U.S. Senate. The Democratic primary is two months away and Lichtman has the support of only 4 percent of party voters, according to a recent Washington Post poll. Yet he dismisses such numbers. Instead, the American University professor points to an unconventional indicator of his popularity:

Fortune: Life in a connected worldupdated: Mon Jul 10 2006 00:01:00

What is the Internet doing to us? Thirteen years after the invention of the web browser, are we any smarter? Are we creating more wealth? Or are we just watching more porn and getting more spam? Ho...

Fortune: Can this man make MySpace safe for kids?updated: Mon Jul 10 2006 00:01:00

Perhaps MySpace - the social-networking site that is home to more than 80 million users - has always been a lawsuit waiting to happen. But when a 14-year-old Texas girl and her mother filed a $30 m...

Business 2.0: Sly Fox?updated: Sat Jul 01 2006 00:01:00

Halfway through the most important presentation of his career, with media baron Rupert Murdoch sitting in judgment, Ross Levinsohn had the troubling sensation that he was about to blow it.

Business 2.0: How Fox Interactive got so slyupdated: Tue Jun 27 2006 16:24:00

News Corp. executive Ross Levinsohn hadn't even heard of MySpace until he interviewed a 20-something woman who was applying for an entry-level administrative position with him back in 2004.

Fortune: Life in a connected worldupdated: Fri Jun 23 2006 08:28:00

What is the Internet doing to us? Thirteen years after the invention of the web browser, are we any smarter? Are we creating more wealth? Or are we just watching more porn and getting more spam? How big a deal is it that the world is increasingly connected?

Business 2.0: Making real money in a virtual worldupdated: Mon May 15 2006 11:27:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Doppelganger, a San Francisco-based startup is launching a virtual world today that's part nightclub, part billboard.

Fortune: Making friends - and money - on MySpaceupdated: Mon May 08 2006 08:09:00

Entrepreneurs are striking gold on MySpace, the social networking site best known for teens, dating profiles, and amateur bands. Many young small-business owners - particularly in fields like clothing, graphic design, photography, publishing, and real estate - are discovering that they can effectively advertise on the site to a narrow, but often enthusiastic demographic.

Business 2.0: Google's Wi-Fi plans falterupdated: Fri May 05 2006 15:46:00

In its hometown of Mountain View, Google is preparing to launch the first of many planned free, citywide Wi-Fi networks that may one day blanket the nation. But the search engine is running into some technical glitches. A city official says that the network may need more access points -- those are radios that broadcast an Internet-access signal -- to provide the expected coverage, and the launch of the network could be delayed until July. That's a big problem: Having to deploy more hardware could change the economics behind Google's free Wi-Fi plans. The company is counting on increased Web browsing and searching by Wi-Fi users to generate enough advertising to subsidize the cost of all that hardware.

Business 2.0: FCC leaks Sidekick III detailsupdated: Mon Apr 24 2006 19:26:00

It's a nightmare for any electronics maker planning a splashy launch: Key technical details and photos of the gadget show up on the Web prior to its premier. But Danger Research, the designer of the popular Sidekick smartphone, doesn't have a disgruntled employee to blame for the leak: It turns out the Federal Communications Commission published details of the new Sidekick III on its website, as it does with all new wireless devices that run on FCC licensed airwaves, unless manufacturers request confidentiality. Ironically, the FCC also published the request for confidentiality that Danger's manufacturing partner, Sharp, filed along with the photos.

Business 2.0: MySpace purge draws sharp reactionsupdated: Fri Mar 31 2006 12:34:00

When Friendster started deleting profiles it deemed risque or otherwise objectionable, users bolted for the exits, helping to boost rival social networks like MySpace. Could MySpace be making the same mistake? Author Nicholas Carr characterized a recent move to close 200,000 accounts as a "purge." Ross Levinsohn, head of MySpace parent News Corp.'s Internet division, said the move was motivated by concerns for teen safety. That's certainly credible given the spate or recent incidents in which adults have been arrested for soliciting sex from minors met on the site. But mainstream marketers' concerns about questionable content may just go just as far in explaining its recent reform campaign. And with 250,000 new accounts opened daily, the closures hardly seem large enough to slow MySpace's momentum.

Fortune: News Corp. (hearts) MySpaceupdated: Wed Mar 29 2006 10:53:00

When News Corp. paid $580 million for MySpace, an Internet site for teens and young adults, some people figured that Rupert Murdoch's fascination with all things digital had once again led him to overpay for a new-media property.

Business 2.0: MySpace Messenger on the wayupdated: Mon Mar 13 2006 14:48:00

When kids aren't blogging on MySpace, they're probably using instant messenger programs. So why wouldn't News Corp.'s MySpace get into IM, too? Peter Cashmore, a strategy consultant and entrepreneur who tracks new Internet startups on the Mashable blog, snagged screenshots of the new MySpace Messenger, which is expected to launch shortly. Details on the product are scant, but the screenshots show one intriguing detail: A musical-note icon, suggesting that MySpace's IM software will let you see the music that your friends are listening to as you chat.

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