Myspace has a new owner: Digital ad network Specific Media said Wednesday that it has acquired the ailing social network from News Corp.
People who regularly visit Myspace tend to be more open-minded, according to a study released Thursday.
MySpace said Tuesday that it is laying off 500 employees, cutting its staff by 47%.
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."
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.
On his Facebook and MySpace pages, he boasted about flying high and taking a five year break from the skies
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.
You might be surprised to learn who's following you on Twitter, or who your Facebook friends really are.
Even measured by Internet time, that was fast.
Status updates, photo tagging and FarmVille aren't just for adults or even teenagers anymore.
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.
Social networking site MySpace said Wednesday that it agreed to buy popular music application iLike for an undisclosed amount.
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.
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.
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.
Social networking site MySpace said Tuesday that it plans to slash nearly 30% of its workforce, leaving it with 1,000 employees.
In the brief history of Web sites, there are few if any second chances. Remember Friendster?
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.com.
Tina Meier, whose daughter was a cyberbully's target, sees new hope online
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.
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.
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.com 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.
"I'm having a vision of the near future.
It's no secret that the music industry has not made an ideal transition into the digital era.
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.
Lori Drew faces three years in prison in a Cyber-hoax that led to a 13-year-old girl's death
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 MySpace.com.
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 MySpace.com.
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.
What a dire time to launch a new ad platform! But that's just what MySpace is doing today
MySpace Music will introduce the masses to free legal music online, but littler sites, like Imeem, Last.fm and SpiralFrog, have been offering the same service for ages
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.
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.
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.
Randy Turner knows there's a huge gap in age and technology between him and his adolescent students.
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.
MySpace and Facebook only account for half of all visits to social-network sites. What about the 4,000 other sites?
A federal grand jury indicts a Missouri woman for her alleged role in a deadly online hoax.
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
The singer premieres Hard Candy on MySpace days before its official launch
MySpace, the world's largest social networking site, is invading Apple's turf with an online music store backed by three record labels.
The 22-year-old at the center of the governor scandal has two songs on the Web
"I'm not really deaf; I just faked it to win the Oscar...KIDDING."
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.
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.
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.
The ongoing Broadway strike is is also hurting restaurants and hotels. CNN's Maggie Lake reports.
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.
Hackers infiltrated the diva's MySpace page last week, showing that online scammers like social networking too
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.
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.
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 Hi5.com. Philippines: Friendster. The U.K.: Bebo, the hottest site in all the world (that doesn't end in -ace or -ook).
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.
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.
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.
Social networking Web sites are increasingly juicy targets for computer hackers, who are demonstrating a pair of vulnerabilities they claim expose sensitive personal information
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you haven't already created a cyber profile on a social networking Web site like MySpace.com or Facebook.com, you're part of a rapidly shrinking minority.
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...
Imagine if every dumb thing you did as a teen followed you around for the rest of your life.
News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said Tuesday that his company has big plans for its popular social networking site MySpace.
One night this past April, Tom Anderson was surfing MySpace.com, 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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: MySpace.com.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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?
SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Doppelganger, a San Francisco-based startup is launching a virtual world today that's part nightclub, part billboard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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