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MySpace Settles With FTC On Privacy

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Once high flying social networking site MySpace --now a unit of Specific Media--has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over privacy issues, according to the FTC. Among other parts of the settlement , the FTC said that MySpace will be required to obtain biennial assessments of its privacy program by independent, third-party auditors for 20 years. myspace privacy settlement legal charges

Interview with Ted Dhanik, engage:BDR

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Ted was an executive at Myspace, as VP of Strategic Marketing, and was at LowerMyBills before that. Ted Dhanik: Advertisers and agencies right now have spreadsheets of these influencers and their reach, and other information, and they're even very old school and sending faxes. What, if anything, did you learn from Myspace which you are applying here? From that standpoint, I learned a lot from Myspace. instagram marketing influencer myspace engage engagebdr dhanik

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Broke Girl's Guide Gets Funding

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Santa Monica-based Broke Girl's Guide , a startup focusing in on daily deals and information for women, has scored a small debt funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. The firm--started by Erin Bunch, Michelle Vick, and Rita Ravindra--notably lists former MySpace SVP International Marketing and MySpace Music SVP Jamie Kantrowitz as an advisor. Broke Girl's Guide runs a daily deal newsletter with offers, online promos, and sales information.

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Altly Posts Anti-Facebook Manifesto, Gets Funding

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Los Angeles-based Altly , the latest startup of Dmitry Shapiro , the founder of Veoh and former CTo of MySpace Music, has officially thrown down the gauntlet, saying in a blog post this week that it there is a need for an alternative to Facebook--and the firm is going to create that alternative.

MySpace Confirms iLike Buy

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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. 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. Tags: ilike myspace merger acquisition music

MySpace Further Connects To Facebook

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Further acknowledging that the firm has lost its former status as the center of the social networking universe, MySpace announced Thursday afternoon that it is now allowing its users to port information, likes, and interests from users' Facebook profiles over to MySpace. MySpace said its new feature-- Mashup with Facebook --will link a user's stream with entertainment content based on their interests in music, celebrities, TV, and movies.

MySpace Extends APIs

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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.

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MySpace Music Goes Live

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Los Angeles-based MySpace launched its MySpace Music service last night, the firm's joint venture with EMI Music, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV/ Music Publishing. The site is an online music community and music store, which allows MySpace members to listen to and purchase music. According to MySpace, the site incorporates the entire music catalog from The Orchard, and will offer both audio and video content.

MySpace Launches New Streaming API

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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

MySpace: We're Tops On Android Market

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace reported Tuesday that the firm is now the top, social application on the Android platform, and is the third most popular downloaded application overall on the Android Market. MySpace trails T-Mobile's account information app and The Weather Channel's app in the store. Tags: myspace android market mobile google

MySpace Rolls Out Music Videos, Artist Tools

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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 To Simplify User Privacy Settings

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Los Angeles based social networking site MySpace said Monday afternoon that it will be simplifying its user privacy settings, as the public debate over privacy in social networking has heated up. According to MySpace co-president Mike Jones, the firm is planning the launch of a simplified privacy setting for user profiles, allowing users to control whether they want their information to be public, available only to friends, or only public to people 18 and over.

MySpace, Citysearch To Launch Local Site

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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.

BeachMint Partners With Olsen Twins On New Site

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The new site will include exclusive apparel, trend reports, videos, and other information. BeachMint is the latest startup of MySpace co-founder Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, which already runs JewelMint.com, another celebrity ecommerce site with actress Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist Cher Coulter. stylemint beachmint olsen twins ashley mary-kate marykate celebrity ecommerce myspace

MySpace Signs Advertisers For Music Site

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Los Angeles-based MySpace announced a lineup of advertisers who will be sponsoring the firm's new MySpace Music site this morning, saying that it has signed four brands who will be integrated sponsors of the site. According to MySpace, McDonald's, Sony Pictures, State Farm, and Toyota will sponsor the site, which offers music videos, track downloads, information about music, and other music-related information.

Why You Should Put Yourself Out There and Try New Products

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They thought it was like MySpace and why did I need a MySpace page? It was a break from information overload of Facebook. In 2006 I started using Facebook and most of my friends & colleagues thought I was strange.

MySpace Inks Ad Deal With Auditude, MTV Networks

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Los Angeles-based social networking site and online video advertising firm Auditude announced this morning that the two companies have partnered with MTV Networks to insert ads into user uploaded videos on MySpace. According to the firms, MySpace is using technology from Auditude to identify professional videos and insert video advertising. The technology then allows those content owners to insert advertising and attribution information into the video.

Myspace Rolls Out New Mobile Site, iPhone App

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Beverly Hills-based Myspace said today that it has launched a new mobile website and iPhone application. The firm--which is currently being revamped by CEO Michael Jones into a new, entertainment focused portal--said the updated site creates the "best experience for Myspace mobile web users". Like the recent revamp of Myspace's web pages, the new mobile version of its site focuses on breaking news and information about musicians and celebrities.

SuperMoney Launches Search Engine For Loans

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According to the company, led by CEO Miron Lulic, it helps consumers find online loans, helping users compare different loan offers based on basic information such as loan amount, credit score estimate, employment status, and more. Lulic is also the president and co-founder of LoanNow, and previously had served at Swagsy as co-founder, Specific Media/MySpace, founded Frugalytics, and also has served elsewhere in the finance and technology space in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Report: Dmitry Shapiro To Head Up Google Plus

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A report today says that Dmitry Shapiro , the former founder of Veoh and head of MySpace Music, and currently founder of alternative social networking site Anybeat , may be heading to Google to head up its Google+ efforts. The report , from PandoDaily, cited a single source for the information.

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Science Launches SpringRole To Tackle Professional Reputations Using Blockchain

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Santa Monica-based startup studio Science , led by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones and Peter Pham, has launched a new company called SpringRole , to tackle the fraud in user profiles. The new startup--the first Blockchain startup out of Science--lets employers and educators verify information on user profiles, and also uses Blockchain to weight endorsements of others in your network.

SodaHead Ties With Google Analytics

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SodaHead, which was co-founded by former MySpace exec Jason Feffer, was one of nearly two dozen social sites who partnered with Google on the feature. Other sites providing their information include Reddit, Disqus, Delicious, and Meetup. Los Angeles-based SodaHead , the online social discussion and voting site, is one of the launch partners for the new Google Analytics Social Media features, Google said this week.

Ten of Southern California's Top Software Companies

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We've identified ten of the more technically interesting companies working on software in Southern California, using our unscientific, unproven, and undoubtedly biased informal polling.

Spotlight: LA Tech | One Year, Recap, and Thank You!

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PIM offers comprehensive coverage in 500+ cities in the US, Canada, and Europe by providing rates, hours, entrance points, and occupancy information. Many thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s Spotlight: LA Tech at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Spotlight: LA Tech | One Year, Recap, and Thank You!

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PIM offers comprehensive coverage in 500+ cities in the US, Canada, and Europe by providing rates, hours, entrance points, and occupancy information. Many thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s Spotlight: LA Tech at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Interview with Bong Koh, LifeCrowd

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There's the problem with finding the right instructor, finding other friends who wanted to learn surfing with me, finding something that would fit my schedule, getting information about pricing, all of those things. Tony Adam is an advisor, he was formerly at MySpace.

Why I’m Doubling Down on the Twitter Ecosystem

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Our goal is to make the enormous volume of real-time information more manageable for the 99% of companies that lack the infrastructure to process these volumes in real time. DataSift has a product that builds a permanent database for you of just the information you want to capture.

SocialVibe Launches Halloween Charity Effort

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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. Users clicking on houses in that "virtual neighborhood" are asked to share information on Twitter or Facebook, in exchange for charities getting money donated to their cause. Tags: socialvibe facebook brand charity twitter myspace social media

New Owner Looks To Sell Tsavo Media, Sees Yahoo Penalty Fees

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Cyberplex said that Tsavo Media was informed that it will be required to pay Yahoo approximately $4.8 Tsavo had been founded by former MySpace CEO and current Science Inc. The new owner of former Los Angeles startup Tsavo Media , Canadian-firm Cyberplex , said today that it is looking for "strategic alternatives" for the unit of the firm, after a fiasco involving Yahoo's traffic quality reporting system.

Goodreads Decouples From Amazon

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Santa Monica-based Goodreads , the online community for book readers headed by Otis Chandler, said today that it has separated itself from its former reliance on Amazon.com's book information, and is now gathering its data from Ingram, the largest wholesaler of books in the U.S. According to Goodreads, it is also working with other open data sources for book information on the site. Goodreads is backed by True Ventures, Michael Jones (MySpace, Userplane), along with others.

Insights and Opinions: When the Cloud Goes Poof.

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Paul Resnikoff , publisher of the Digital Music News , which provides news, information, and analysis of the digital music industry, published this editorial Thursday, and gave us permission to reprint it here in our Insights and Opinions section. Abruptly, Imeem subscribers are being redirected to MySpace Music, and their cloud has suddenly gone dry. Tags: insights opinions cloud poof imeem myspace music digital content

Social Networking (the Shorter Version) Past, Present, Future

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Why did MySpace lose to Facebook & what can Twitter learn from this? MySpace grew faster because Friendster’s servers couldn’t scale. MySpace didn’t handle images or video well. Fox bought MySpace for $580 million.

Interview with Jason Kiesel and Kurt Daradics, FreedomSpeaks

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FreedomSpeaks is a startup developing a business around connecting people with information about their political representatives, and also enabling organizations and others to do the same. When I was listening, I made a point to try to do that, but when I did, I found I had to go to twenty sites to find the information I needed--whether that was to write a letter, send an email, or whatever.