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Myspace Racks Up Registrations


Beverly Hills-based > Myspace is claiming growth in its users, saying that it has added over 1 million new signups to the service, after it launched a new Myspace Music Player. The online entertainment site--now owned by Specific Media--has been looking to revamp Myspace into a new, social service which combines music, links to Facebook, and music recommendation engine. Myspace says it is now adding around 40,000 new registrations a day, driven by its music player.

MySpace, Panasonic Unveil Social TV Service


Social entertainment site Myspace , which is now owned by Irvine-based Specific Media, is making a big push this week at CES, and launched a new, social TV service with Panasonic Monday. The new service ties the social features of MySpace with traditional television viewing.

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Myspace Launches New Music Player


Beverly Hills-based Myspace , the online entertainment site now owned by Specific Media, said this morning that it has released a new music player. The site said its new Myspace Music Player will provide free, unlimited on-demand listening, personalized radio, search, as well as sharing features on both Myspace and Facebook. Myspace said it has inked licensing deals with Sony, Universal, EMI, and Warner, along with 20,000 independent labels, to power the music service.

Myspace Hails Growth In Users


Los Angeles-based Myspace said today that it has seen its user base, with 36 million people now using the website after the site''s big revamp in June. Myspace also detailed some of the demographics of its user base, saying that 70 percent of its users are 35 and younger.

MySpace Launches New Mobile App, Site Design


Los Angeles-based Myspace officially launched its new site design and a mobile app today, firmly centering the online site on music, music discovery, and streaming. Myspace said it has automatically upgraded profiles from the classic Myspace to the new platform.

GOGII Hires Away MySpace Exec


Los Angeles-based GOGII , the venture backed provider of mobile social messaging services, has snagged MySpace exec Chandra Hill as its new Vice President of Monetization and Publishing. Hill was most recently VP of Mobile Monetization at MySpace. myspace executive iphone textplus networking mobile social gogii

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MySpace Settles With FTC On Privacy


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

Reports: MySpace To Go For $20-30M


Multiple reports today say that once lofty social networking site MySpace is now being set to be sold by News Corp. Irvine-based Internet advertising network Specific Media and Golden Gate Capital are among the rumored bidders for MySpace. MySpace is reportedly planning big employee cuts at the company today. myspace employment jobs merger acquisition news

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Spotlight: LA Tech SuperDemo Announced! | Mike Jones Former Myspace CEO

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Most recently Mike Jones served as the CEO of Myspace. In this role, Mike oversaw global business strategy and operations for Myspace, Myspace Music, and Myspace Mobile, which included board and strategic roles with Myspace China and Myspace Japan. During his tenure, he was responsible for the relaunch of Myspace, one of the most high-profile turn-around challenges in the industry.

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Yahoo Taps Former MySpace Exec For Revenue Chief


The company said Monday that it is tapping the former Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer at Fox Interactive Media / MySpace, Michael Barrett , as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, under interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, the firm said Monday. Barrett was Chief Revenue Officer at Los Angeles-based MySpace. Barrett also has served at AOL Media Networks, GeoCities and Disney Online, in addition to a stint in Sales at Yahoo.

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Is Snap the New Myspace?

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Former Myspace execs offer Snap some friendly social network advice on dealing with Facebook

Stephan Paternot shares open letter to Facebook’s Zuckerberg

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Amidst the media frenzy surrounding Facebook’s S1 filing to go public, some people took pause today to reflect on what the IPO could mean for the social networking giant. Yes, we’re talking pre-Friendster, MySpace , Facebook …you get the point.

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Myspace Confirms Major Password Leak

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Los Angeles-based Myspace , which is now part of Time, Inc., confirmed a major security breach on Tuesday, saying that stolen Myspace user login data had been posted to an online hacker forum. Myspace--which blamed the hack on Russian cyberhacker "Peace."--said said the data stolen included user login data from a portion of accounts that were created prior to June 11, 2013 on the old Myspace platform. myspace password leak cybersecurity social networking

Myspace Hails Launch Response


Los Angeles-based Myspace has a new design, new owner, and is hoping for some new users with its brand new, music-focused, user interface--and says that so far, the response is good. Myspace also said that 34 percent of the traffic to its new site is coming from mobile users.

MySpace Swallows Fox Audience Network


Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace , which is a unit of News Corporation, said late Monday that it is integrating the Fox Audience Network (FAN) directly with MySpace. Fox Audience Network is News Corp's ad serving unit. The Fox Audience Network was created in 2007 as a spinout of MySpace. Mike Jones, President of MySpace, said in a statement that the move would put it in a "great position" to leverage FAN's technology.

Altly Reveals Seed Investors


Altly detailed its plans to create an alternative to Facebook last week, complaining in a lengthy manifesto from Shapiro that an alternative to Facebook was sorely needed due to privacy and other issues with the social networking site.

Altly Posts Anti-Facebook Manifesto, Gets Funding


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.

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MySpace Debuts New Timberlake Design


MySpace , the online social networking site which is now owned by Specific Media, has finally rolled out its new, Justin Timberlake-inspired web design, in conjunction with the release of a new single from Timberlake and JAY Z. myspace timberlake justin design social networking

Anybeat Opens To Public Access


Los Angeles-based Anybeat , the alternative social networking site created by former MySpace Music VP Dmitri Shapiro, has opened up broad, public access to the service. anybeat social networking myspace linkedin facebook dmitri shapiro startupThe firm--which had been in invite-only, beta mode--said it is looking to create a "third place"--different from home and work--for people to get away, relax, and socialize.

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Pervical: Why MySpace Was A Spaghetti-Ball Mess


Wonder why once dominant social networking site MySpace --once the poster child for the Los Angeles technology startup world failed under News Corp? Former MySpace VP Sean Percival says it was a "spaghetti-ball mess". The Guardian shares Pervical''s lessons drawn from his time at MySpace and talks about what went wrong. Percival--now in the Bay Area--also talks about MySpace''s failed attempt to purchase Spotify, and why bureaucracy killed MySpace.

MindJolt Becomes Social Gaming Network


Los Angeles-based Mindjolt , the developer of casual games which is now being run by MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, has renamed itself Social Gaming Network (SGN).

Worlize | Virtual World Tied To Facebook, Twitter and Now Your Blog

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Worlize is a user-created social gaming and chat platform for Facebook and social networks including Twitter, MySpace and OpenSocial. These past few months we have seen the rebirth of virtual worlds. With sites like , Chill , and Shaker to name a few.

MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets


Los Angeles-based MySpace has been among the most visible of Southern California's Internet era success stories, although the site--now owned by News Corporation--has had its own share of ups-and-downs, as well as questions about its future.

MySpace Launches Browser Toolbar


Los Angeles-based MySpace said Wednesday that it has officially launched its new MySpace Toolbar, an add-on for Internet Explorer 6.0 which directly connects MySpace users to their accounts. MySpace also said that it will be adding a version for Mac users in the near future.

Myspace In Sponsorship Deal With Chevrolet


Los Angeles-based Myspace has a new design, and a new brand sponsor, the first since its redesign and relaunch over the last few months. The promotion is part of a strong push Myspace has been making in the music area, which all started with the site's redesign and ties with Justin Timberlake.

MySpace Launches Android App


Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today that the firm has launched an application for Google's Android mobile operating system.

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

MySpace Adds Twitter Sync


Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace announced today that the firm has rolled out a beta of a feature which allows MySpace users to sync their status updates with Twitter. The firm said the new feature allows for two-way updates between the sites, with MySpace automatically posting status updates to Twitter feeds, and also updating status from Twitter feed updates. Tags: myspace twitter sync update social networking

MySpace Launches Developer Challenge


Los Angeles-based social networking site is looking to court developers with the launch of a development contest, the MySpace Developer Challenge , the firm said recently. The site said the challenge will award $50,000 between winners submitting MySpace applications, which use the firm's Real-Time Stream API, Open Search API, Photo Upload API, or which integrate the service on the Apple iPhone.

MySpace Syncs With Facebook


Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said Monday that it has added a new ability to synchronize MySpace updates with competitor Facebook. MySpace said its new Sync with Facebook synchronizes status updates, and also allows users to share their music, videos, links, and photos with friends on Facebook. Tags: myspace facebook sync synchronize update twitter

Report: Activision's Kotick Eyes MySpace


A report today from AllthingsD says that an investor group, which includes Santa Monica-based Activision 's Bobby Kotick, is in the last legs of negotiating a deal to acquire MySpace , the beleaguered, once-high flying social network. MySpace--which is now being headed by Mike Jones, and has switched its focus to music and content--has reportedly been shopped by New Corp. has reportedly been seeking $100M for MySpace. sale social networking

MySpace Buys Threadbox


Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace has acquired Threadbox , a developer of email messaging software, according to Threadbox. According to Threadbox, it sold certain assets of the firm to MySpace, and key members of the firm's team have moved over to MySpace's team. According to Michael Cerda, the firm's co-founder and CEO, the team will be applying the firm's technology at MySpace.

MySpace Shows Off New, Sexy UI


In what looks like a plan by Specific Media to revamp the relevance of former social networking giant MySpace as a choice for social networking, the firm is showing a new video of a revamped user interface for the site. MySpace is pointing its users to the new video, but did not say when it expects to release the new user interface to users of the service. myspace user interface video social networking specific media