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November 14, 2007 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
Bebo Inc., the No. 3 social network website, is trying to catch up to market leaders MySpace and Facebook Inc. by allowing major media companies to add music and videos to its site for free and keeping any ad revenue they generate. Bebo's strategy, which it unveiled Tuesday: Add popular entertainment for users to share with their network of friends in the hope that the site can grow its audience and get it to stay tuned in longer. Launch partners include Viacom Inc.'s MTV, CBS Corp.
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November 14, 2007 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
Bebo Inc., the No. 3 social network website, is trying to catch up to market leaders MySpace and Facebook Inc. by allowing major media companies to add music and videos to its site for free and keeping any ad revenue they generate. Bebo's strategy, which it unveiled Tuesday: Add popular entertainment for users to share with their network of friends in the hope that the site can grow its audience and get it to stay tuned in longer. Launch partners include Viacom Inc.'s MTV, CBS Corp.
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February 6, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
News Corp.'s MySpace, the world's most popular social-networking website, opened its software code to outside developers Tuesday, following rivals Facebook Inc. and Bebo Inc. Chief Operating Officer Amit Kapur, promoted last week to lead the project, is giving programmers access to member information such as friend lists, and will let them build and test applications.
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August 5, 2010 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Former Internet giant AOL Inc. posted a $1.06-billion loss Wednesday resulting largely from an accounting charge triggered by its recent sale of social networking company Bebo Inc. The company, which was spun off by Time Warner Inc. last year, is struggling to remake itself as an information and media hub as its decade-old dial-up business continues to erode. Its ad revenue was down 27% from the same quarter last year. But the decline might have stemmed from a set of decisions that Wall Street likes, said Clayton F. Moran, an analyst at Benchmark Co. AOL has been selling off weaker advertising units as it steps up its efforts in higher-margin display advertising.
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March 14, 2008 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
AOL has a new buddy: Bebo. After several months of negotiation, Time Warner Inc.'s AOL agreed Thursday to buy the social networking site for $850 million, part of its bold strategy to grab a greater share of online advertising. Analysts say it's a potentially powerful pairing if AOL succeeds where others have struggled, in making money from the growing Internet phenomenon of social networking. That could prove daunting if the economic downturn takes a big bite out of online advertising dollars.
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April 7, 2010
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