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MySpace Connects To TV


Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said Wednesday afternoon that the firm has launched a new offering which will allow users to link to the site while watching TV. Tags: yahoo intel myspace widget

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009


Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. Top for January 16, 2009 - January 31, 2009 Posts Are You Selling Online Yet? This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then.

MySpace CEO DeWolfe Leaves


News Corporation, the parent firm of Los Angeles-based Myspace , said late Wednesday that MySpace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe is leaving the firm. DeWolfe will not be renewing his contract, and will be stepping down in "the near future" at the company, while remaining on the board of MySpace China and acting as a strategic advisor. In a statement announcing DeWolfe's departure, MySpace said that News Corp. Tags: myspace executive chris dewolfe

Report: MySpace Acquiring iLike


A report today from TechCrunch reports that Los Angeles-based online social networking site MySpace is in the process of acquiring iLike , which operates an online service that allows users to share their music playlists and recommendations with friends. Tags: myspace merger acquisitoin ilike music

MySpace Names CFO


Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today that it has named Mark Rosenbaum as its Chief Financial Officer. Tags: myspace executive Rosenbaum was most recently a consultant to MGM, and was previously SVP Corporate Finance at Gemstar-TV Guide. He has also served at SmartJog S.A., and at positions at Twentieth Century Fox and Walt Disney. Rosenbaum reports to Owen Van Natta. READ MORE>>.

MySpace Confirms iLike Buy


Los Angeles-based MySpace confirmed Wednesday that it has purchased Seattle-basd iLike , a venture funded firm providing a way for users to share playlists and information on music. Tags: ilike myspace merger acquisition music No additional information about the buy was announced by the company, nor was any further detail on a rumored $20M price tag provided by the company. iLike will remain headquartered in Seattle. READ MORE>>.

MySpace Music Names Execs


Los Angeles-based social networking web site MySpace said Tuesday afternoon that it has named three executives for the firm's music community, MySpace Music. Kantrowitz was most recently SVP International Marketing and Content for MySpace; Maghen was CTO at Yahoo! Tags: social content myspace networking music executive

MySpace Chops 30 Percent


Los Angeles-based MySpace has chopped 30 percent of the firm's staff, saying Tuesday that the company is laying of 30 percent of its employees, or 400 people. Van Natta said that MySpace's size had become "unsustainable," and instead, the firm needs to operate "as a nimble and entrepreneurial company with the adaptive mentality of a start-up." Tags: myspace employee jobs layoff employment

MySpace Extends APIs


Los Angeles-based MySpace has released an upgrade to the firm's set of application programming interfaces, saying this morning that it has released an upgrade to MySpaceID, the firm's API for allowing other websites to access its information. According to MySpace, the upgrade includes new access to the activity stream of MySpace users, integration of OAuth and OpenID for authentication of users, and new developer resources to help developers create and manage applications.


MySpace Launches New Streaming API


Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace , in a bid to connect with the "real-time" web, said early this morning at the LeWeb conference that it has launched a new, real-time API. According to MySpace COO Mike Jones, the firm is enhancing its MySpace Developer Platform to allow partners to access the firm's real-time data, including status updates, music, video, and photos. Tags: myspace realtime search

BuzzMedia Taps MySpace For Exec


Los Angeles-based Buzzmedia , which operates Buzznet, Celebuzz, and other pop culture web sites, said today that it has hired Chris George, former Vice President of Integrated Marketing at MySpace, as its Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing and Operations. Tags: buzzmedia buzznet myspace executive marketing

MySpace Lops 300 International Employees


Los Angeles-based MySpace reported this morning that the firm intends to restructure the firm's international operations, and will cut 300 employees from the division. According to MySpace, it is in consultation with international employees to reduce its staff from 450 employees to approximately 150 employees, and close at least 4 of its offices outside the United States. Tags: international layoff jobs employment myspace

MySpace Launches March Madness Brackets


Los Angeles-based MySpace is launching a promotion centered around the upcoming NCAA March Madness basketball tournament Monday, with a promotion and $10,000 prize, the firm revealed this morning. According to MySpace, it will be giving away $10,000 to the winner of the firm's second annual MySpace Bracket Challenge , which is being sponsored by vitaminwater. Tags: basketball myspace madness march ncaa

MySpace Rolls Out Music Videos, Artist Tools


Los Angeles-based MySpace said Wednesday evening that it has rolled out a new phase of the firm's music site, adding new music videos to the site, as well as tools targeted at artists. According to MySpace, its MySpace Music Videos feature provides an online collection of music videos, recommendation, and sharing tools for music fans. Tags: myspace music video artists content

MySpace Pulls Plug On Flektor


The service's web site now goes directly to the MySpace home page. Tags: flektor shutdown myspace Flektor, the online web slideshow and photo and video sharing site owned by Fox Interactive Media, appears to have completely disappeared as of this morning. A source close to the firm said that the service was being completely shut down today, including the servers, videos, polls, and more. Flektor had been acquired by Fox Interactive Media in May of 2007. READ MORE>>.

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MySpace, WSJ To Send User To Davos


Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace , The Wall Street Journal, and the World Economic Forum today said that the firms are in a contest to send a "citizen journalist" to the Davos World Economic Forum. According to the firms, the "citizen journalist" will join the Davos press corp, and report on conference news and interview world leaders for MySpace and The Wall Street Journal. Tags: myspace davos citizen journalist contest

MySpace, Citysearch To Launch Local Site


Los Angeles-based MySpace and West Hollywood-based CitySearch announced this morning that the two have launched a beta of a new local search site, MySpace Local, which will allow users to review, rate, and share information about small businesses. According to the firms, Coors and Outback Steakhouse are the brand sponsors for the new site, which leverages Citysearch's database of businesses and MySpace's social networking site.

Insights and Opinions: How To Save MySpace


For our Insights and Opinions section this afternoon, Docstoc's Jason Nazar makes a proposal on how to save MySpace. He says: I wouldn't bet against MySpace. I know many of their founders and early employees, and one of the co-founders of Intermix (the parent company of MySpace) is an investor. MySpace has lost the battle as the "place for friends". Tags: myspace insights opinions jason nazar docstoc

MySpace Execs Leave To New Firm


Los Angeles-based MySpace is reportedly losing three of its executives to a new startup, according to reports from a number of sources. A widely leaked memo from MySpace's Chris Dewolfe said that Kapur, Benedetto, and Pearman will remain at the firm "for the next few weeks" to ensure a smooth transition. Tags: social myspace networking executive

MySpace Ties Into Windows Mobile, Silverlight


Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace announced Monday that it is supporting a pair of Microsoft technologies: Microsoft Windows Mobile and Microsoft Silverlight. MySpace said its upcoming mobile application will run on Windows and use Silverlight; the firm said its new application will allow users to access the site's main social features and functionality. Tags: myspace microsoft windows mobile silverlight

MySpace Names Jones, Hirschhorn To Exec Team


News Corporation said a few minutes ago that it has added two new executives at MySpace , and is tapping Tsavo Media's Michael Jones as Chief Operating Officer and Sling Media's Jason Hirschhorn as Chief Product Officer. The two new appointments follow the recently appointment of Owen Van Natta as CEO at MySpace. Tags: hirschhorn jason media sling userplane jones michael tsavo executive myspace

MySpace Music Inks Deals With Independents


Los Angeles-based MySpace said Thursday that the firm has inked deals with several independent music providers, to distribute their music through MySpace Music. In addition, MySpace Music said the catalog of Wind-up Records will be available through a distribution deal the firm has with Sony Music Entertainment. Tags: royaltyshare content myspace music independent distribution

MySpace Partners On Web Reality Show, Launches Presidential Pledge Effort


MySpace said today that it has launched a new web reality show with reality entertainment producer Endemol, and separately, has launched a promotion along with Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Media linked to the upcoming Presidential Inauguration. According to MySpace, it will launched a new reality web series called "Get Married on MySpace," which will award a couple what the firm describes as "the wedding of their dreams" in exchange for letting people on MySpace plan and view their wedding.

How to Save MySpace

Jason Nazar

I wouldn’t bet against MySpace. I know many of their founders and early employees, and one of the co-founders of Intermix (the parent company of MySpace) is an investor. MySpace has lost the battle as the “place for friends”. The following are my 7 Ways on How to Save MySpace.

MySpace Mail Hits 15M Accounts


Los Angeles-based MySpace reported yesterday that its mail service, MySpace Mail, now has 15 million accounts. The firm launched its mail service in August of 2009, which integrates the social networking service with traditional email service. Tags: myspace email mail social networking The firm attributed the rapid signup to the service as a result of its automatic reservation of email addresses based on users' vanity URLs. READ MORE>>.

MySpace, WSJ Look To Send Users To Davos


Los Angeles-based social networking web site said late Thursday that it has kicked off a competition to send a MySpace user to the Davos World Economic Forum. The site said the effort--run in partnership with the Wall Street Journal--will allow the user to join the Davos press corps and report on news and interview world leaders at the forum for MySpace users. Tags: economic social video journal content forum davos street myspace networking world wall

Science's Mike Macadaan: What I Learned From Redesigning MySpace


Before MySpace had Justin Timberlake, there was Mike Macadaan. Macadaan shared what he learned from his experience redesigning MySpace in 2009 , and how that's helping to shape what he's doing--along with the rest of the team at LA technology incubator/studio Science Inc. science mike macadaan myspace scienceinc startup

MySpace Designer's Next Project: The Cord Taco


Mike Macadaan , the designer behind MySpace''s redesign in 2009 , has a new project: a Kickstarter effort to fund the design of a line of electronics accessories to organize your pile of electronic charging and accessory cords.

Rubicon Project Hires International VP


Rubicon, which provides online advertising optimization for web publishers, said that Stevens joins form MySpace, where he was SVP of Audience and also VP of MySpace's European operations. Tags: rubicon project international executive myspace Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project announced today that the firm has expanded into the UK, and hired on Jay Stevens as Vice President and General Manager, International.

SocialVibe Launches Halloween Charity Effort


The firm said that it is launching a new program called Click 4 Good , geared towards Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter users, which allows them to visit a "virtual neighborhood" online. Tags: socialvibe facebook brand charity twitter myspace social media Los Angeles-based SocialVibe , which develops charity-focused, brand web sites and social media applications, said this morning that it has launched a new effort to help charities raise money on Halloween.

Report: Fox Interactive Media Makes Cuts


Fox Interactive Media has reportedly laid off a number of staffers, and is restructing its MySpace unit, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Details were sketchy, however, MySpace told a number of publications that it is actively hiring and expects to have more employees at the end of the fiscal year than it currently has, despite the restructuring. Tags: jobs layoff interactive myspace media