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Myspace Racks Up Registrations

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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

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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 will also be expanding to include movies, news, sports, and reality channels.

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More Great News for #LATech – Crosscut Ventures Raises $75 Million Fund

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But before it was popular en masse to do so they quit the cozy confines of a big VC firm and set out on their own along with the third co-founder who is one of LA’s more experienced Internet operators – Brett Brewer (co-founder of team that launched MySpace, president at AdKnowledge).

MySpace Acquired By Specific Media

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Los Angeles-based MySpace , the once dominant social networking website, has been sold to Irvine-based Specific Media , the online advertising network, in a deal reportly worth $35M. According to Specific Media, News Corporation will take a minority equity stake in Specific Media as part of the deal. As part of the buy, current MySpace CEO Mike Jones will be leaving the company after a transition period.

Stephan Paternot shares open letter to Facebook’s Zuckerberg

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Yes, we’re talking pre-Friendster, MySpace , Facebook …you get the point. However, before you pop open the champagne, please read this op-ed I wrote last summer about the death of MySpace, it’ll give you a sense about what you’re in for after you go public.

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Mike Jones Echoes Hollywood | If You Build It, They Will Come

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Mike Jones may be known for his most recent role as CEO of MySpace , but this Internet entrepreneur is no stranger to the startup world. Also find out when you can hear more from MySpace alumni Sean Percival and Tony Adam – two of the first entrepreneurs in residence at Science.

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Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Judges Include Mike Jones, CallFire, Idealab, Tech Coast Angels, Coloft

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A serial Internet entrepreneur, Mike has founded and sold numerous businesses, including agency PBJ Digital, application platform Userplane, which he led from startup to its acquisition by AOL, Tsavo Media and Myspace. Most recently Mike Jones served as the CEO of Myspace.

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

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Although Worlize may be news to some they have been around for just over a year and they are based right here in Los Angeles. Worlize is a user-created social gaming and chat platform for Facebook and social networks including Twitter, MySpace and OpenSocial.

MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets

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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.

Pervical: Why MySpace Was A Spaghetti-Ball Mess

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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.

Report: Activision's Kotick Eyes MySpace

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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. News Corp. has reportedly been seeking $100M for MySpace.

Digital LA: Live Streaming 101 Panel

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Your Little Black Book | Mobile App

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So good news there is an app out there! ” Jonathan’s passion for building great consumer products at MySpace and most recently for eHarmony can be seen in the Little Black Book. Entrepreneurship Social Media Social News Startup little black book mobile app myspace

MySpace CEO DeWolfe Leaves

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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.

“Built In L.A.” the New Online Community for Startups

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from PriceGrabber, LowerMyBills , Shopzilla to Myspace and some great exits without much community around it,” said Berman. “To

MySpace Swallows Fox Audience Network

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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.

Biz2Beach To Stream Live Here On TechZulu

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and most recently Myspace, where he ran an online marketing team focused on SEO, social media, and paid traffic acquisition. He is currently also consulting as Social Producer at CBS News for their show What’s Trending.

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DailyFill Takes On Celebrity News

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Santa Monica-based Slingshot Labs , the startup incubator headed by MySpace co-founders Josh Berman and Colin Digiaro, officially rolled out its first web site this morning, DailyFill. According to the firm, which is a division of News Corporation, the new site will cater to "celebrity-obsessed" audiences and provide celebrity news, fashion, and pop-culture information. Tags: dailyfill content entertainment news celebrity

What Mattered in 2010: Mike Jones, Myspace

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Today, we're sharing the thoughts of Mike Jones , CEO of Myspace. What was the biggest news for you/your firm this year? The biggest news was a complete, new launch of a new product, strategy and brand. The third one, of course, is Myspace!

MySpace, MTV.com Team To Stream From Comic-Con

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace and MTV.com said Wednesday that the two are partnering to stream the Comic-Con International conference to their users. The broadcasts will stream on both MTV's home page as well as a MySpace page devoted to comic con.

SodaHead.com Morphs Towards Social News

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Los Angeles-based SodaHead.com , the social question-and-answer and polling startup headed by former MySpace VP of Operations Jason Feffer, is morphing its focus towards the social news area, saying last night that the company is looking to become a "social newspaper." According to SodaHead.com, the site is looking to create a forum to discuss breaking news and "hot topics" which are important to users on the site. Tags: web2 startup news social sodahead

MySpace Loses Hirschhorn, Jones To Take Over

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MySpace co-president Jason Hirschhorn is leaving the firm, according to the firm, and fellow co-president Mike Jones is taking over the helm as CEO. MySpace, which confirmed earlier rumors of the move Thursday afternoon, said that Hirschhorn is returning to New York, and that "we fully respect" Jason's decision to leave. Tags: myspace mike jones executive jason hirschhorn

MySpace Launches March Madness Brackets

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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 Goes Real-Time On Google

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Updates for users on Los Angeles-based MySpace 's social networking service are now being indexed by Google in real-time, according to Mike Jones , Co-President of MySpace. Jones said Tuesday in a blog post that the implementation of the firm's MySpace Real-Time Search API went live on Google today, so that live updates form its users--including news, photos, and blog posts--are shown as part of search results on Google's search engine.

First Ever Biz2Beach Presented by CallFire Hits The Ground Running!

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Having previously worked at notable companies including Myspace, PayPal, Yahoo!, He is also a Social Producer at CBS News’s What’s Trending.

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MySpace, WSJ To Send User To Davos

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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

News Corp. In Repeat With Sale To Local Tech Firm

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News Corp. MySpace? That appears to be the story (again) today, after news that Ziff Davis , the publisher owned by Los Angeles-based J2 Global , has acquired IGN. News Corp. Those numbers--and the story--seems to be almost an exact repeat of the story behind MySpace , which--also in 2005, in July--was acquired by News Corp. Local technology firms here actually look to be the home to quite a few of News Corp.'s Does this sound familiar?

MySpace Names Jones, Hirschhorn To Exec Team

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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

How to Save MySpace

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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.

Big Stage Inks Another Partnership, With Splash News

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Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment has inked its third partnership of the week, saying yesterday that it has tied into Splash News, a provider of celebrity news and photos. Big Stage, which develops virtual 3D avatar technology, said that the agreement allows consumers to put their 3-D avatars into celebrity photos from Splash News, both on the Big Stage web site and at partner web sites.

MySpace, WSJ Look To Send Users To Davos

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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

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.

The Interaction of Our Lives | QR Codes and Augmented Reality

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