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June 12, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Myspace, continuing its effort to mount a comeback, launched a mobile application that offers free, unlimited streaming of radio stations programmed by such artists as Pharrell Williams, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Lady Antebellum and Justin Timberlake. The application, available through Apple's App Store, allows people to create and program their own radio stations as well as to tune in to those programmed by artists or Myspace. The app boasts social features to help users discover and connect with others of similar musical tastes or interests.
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October 15, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
To promote its new song from platinum-selling country music artist Hunter Hayes and Grammy winner Jason Mraz on Tuesday, Warner Music Group didn't book its stars on "Good Morning America" or "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. " It made a video for YouTube. YouTube has elbowed out radio, MTV, Yahoo and Myspace as the leading way to reach young music listeners, and some of its personalities have emerged as tastemakers, serving much the same role as KROQ-FM's Kevin and Bean have. "For teens through age 24, YouTube is where people listen to the most music," said David Bakula, a senior vice president at audience measurement firm Nielsen.
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BUSINESS
May 8, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Remember that Myspace profile you created oh so many years ago that you've likely neglected? As it turns out the Federal Trade Commission took Myspace to task saying the social networking site exposed your personally identifiable information to advertisers when it had promised to protect it. Now, they've come to an agreement under which Myspace is barred from any other privacy misrepresentations and it must submit to regular privacy assessments over...
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June 17, 2013 | By Celine Wright, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Musical performances that air on live television often give you a taste of the performance but hardly satiate your hunger for more songs. But thanks to Myspace and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," that's about to change. The two are joining forces to bring live concerts to a worldwide audience, utilizing the music performance spaces of "Kimmel" and the social media platform that is Myspace. The series will kick off Tuesday with Empire of the Sun (the band's new album, “Ice on the Dune," comes out the same day)
BUSINESS
November 16, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
Can Justin Timberlake bring the sexy back to Myspace? That's the question the singer-actor tried to answer Thursday during a glitzy unveiling of the redesigned website that was once the world's largest social network. Last year, an Orange County advertising network company acquired the website, once worth $65 billion, for $35 million. Timberlake took an ownership stake and a lead creative role in the site's reincarnation. The new Myspace team scrapped what was left of the old social network, much of it bogged down by banner ads and devoid of users, and re-coded it from scratch.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2010 | By Ben Fritz and Jessica Guynn
In the latest blow to what was once the jewel of News Corp.'s digital empire, MySpace Chief Executive Owen Van Natta unexpectedly exited Wednesday after less than 10 months on the job. Van Natta's departure comes as the media conglomerate struggles to reshape MySpace, a former giant in social networking that has been overtaken by Facebook and confronts new challengers such as Twitter. MySpace's rapid decline also illustrates the perils of placing big bets on digital media, where websites can quickly rise and fall by the mouse clicks of fickle users.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
How did Justin Timberlake — who in last year's movie "The Social Network" portrayed a pivotal figure in the history of Facebook's phenomenal growth — wind up owning part of rival social network Myspace? It's all about connections. Nicole Winnaman, president and founder of entertainment branding firm Winnaman & Associates, learned a little more than two weeks ago that Irvine-based advertising network Specific Media was in talks to acquire Myspace from News Corp. The executive, who has paired musicians like Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Pink with well-known consumer brands, approached Timberlake's manager with a proposal to take a stake in the struggling Myspace as part of the new owner's attempt to bring sexy back to the once-dominant social network.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
Emphasizing a major shift in strategy, News Corp. all but conceded Wednesday that its once-dominant social network MySpace is no longer competitive with rival Facebook or micro-blogging service Twitter and will seek to rebuild the site around entertainment. News Corp. said MySpace -- whose 2005 acquisition was once considered so pivotal that it landed Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch on the cover of Wired magazine -- has undergone layoffs and a massive restructuring but continues to lose revenue.
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February 3, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
News Corp. raised the prospect of spinning off struggling Myspace, a signal that the media giant is getting ready to pull back from or exit social networks after being overtaken by Facebook. President and Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey, in a conference call Wednesday with analysts, said the company was weighing strategic options for Myspace, which he said would be best able to achieve its full potential "through a new ownership structure. " A number of parties have expressed interest in acquiring Myspace, Carey said, adding that the company would pursue all options, including bringing in an investor or restructuring ownership led by the site's managers.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
There's a new Myspace coming, and it looks....pretty. The site that once ruled the social networking space released a preview video Monday showing a newly imagined Myspace that provides an airy environment for artists to connect with their fans. Whether it is enough to save the troubled site remains to be seen. Like Facebook, the new Myspace will let users make connections with friends, and post photos and comments to what looks like a visual combination of Facebook's timeline and Pinterest.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
SGN, the social gaming company led by Myspace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, has acquired Carlsbad-based game developer Mob Science, the shop behind “Legends: Rise of a Hero,”  the company said Thursday. The deal will add Mob Science's 11 employees to SGN's current 80-person staff, along with its portfolio of games, and increase its user base to 350 million from 300 million. Financial terms were not disclosed. SGN, headquartered in Los Angeles, has been bolstering its staff as competitor Zynga downsizes.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Myspace, continuing its effort to mount a comeback, launched a mobile application that offers free, unlimited streaming of radio stations programmed by such artists as Pharrell Williams, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Lady Antebellum and Justin Timberlake. The application, available through Apple's App Store, allows people to create and program their own radio stations as well as to tune in to those programmed by artists or Myspace. The app boasts social features to help users discover and connect with others of similar musical tastes or interests.
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May 17, 2013 | By Meg James
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Facebook's initial public offering, a milestone that often prompts reflection and introspection. And in the case of Rupert Murdoch, the occasion provided an opportunity for a nanny-nanny-nah-nah tweet: "Look out Facebook! Hours spent participating per member dropping seriously. First really bad sign as seen by crappy MySpace years ago," Murdoch wrote on his Twitter account late Thursday night. VIDEO: Fall 2013 TV trailers Of course, Murdoch was famously burned after jumping in and snatching Myspace for $580 million in 2005, thwarting competing media company Viacom, which was mounting a bid. Viacom's failure to land Myspace led to the firing of CEO Tom Freston and generated much celebration in the halls of Murdoch's News Corp.
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March 16, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Justin Timberlake is certainly making up for lost time. This week he released “The 20/20 Experience,” his first new album in six years, and christened it with a double-whammy hosting/performing stint on "Saturday Night Live" and a full week of performances on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” REVIEW: Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" He'll conclude the week with a midnight performance in Austin, Texas, as...
BUSINESS
November 16, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
Can Justin Timberlake bring the sexy back to Myspace? That's the question the singer-actor tried to answer Thursday during a glitzy unveiling of the redesigned website that was once the world's largest social network. Last year, an Orange County advertising network company acquired the website, once worth $65 billion, for $35 million. Timberlake took an ownership stake and a lead creative role in the site's reincarnation. The new Myspace team scrapped what was left of the old social network, much of it bogged down by banner ads and devoid of users, and re-coded it from scratch.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
There's a new Myspace coming, and it looks....pretty. The site that once ruled the social networking space released a preview video Monday showing a newly imagined Myspace that provides an airy environment for artists to connect with their fans. Whether it is enough to save the troubled site remains to be seen. Like Facebook, the new Myspace will let users make connections with friends, and post photos and comments to what looks like a visual combination of Facebook's timeline and Pinterest.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Meg James
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Facebook's initial public offering, a milestone that often prompts reflection and introspection. And in the case of Rupert Murdoch, the occasion provided an opportunity for a nanny-nanny-nah-nah tweet: "Look out Facebook! Hours spent participating per member dropping seriously. First really bad sign as seen by crappy MySpace years ago," Murdoch wrote on his Twitter account late Thursday night. VIDEO: Fall 2013 TV trailers Of course, Murdoch was famously burned after jumping in and snatching Myspace for $580 million in 2005, thwarting competing media company Viacom, which was mounting a bid. Viacom's failure to land Myspace led to the firing of CEO Tom Freston and generated much celebration in the halls of Murdoch's News Corp.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2010 | By Dawn Chmielewski and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Management turmoil continues at struggling MySpace, as the social networking site shed another top executive Thursday. Former MTV and Sling Media executive Jason Hirschhorn quit as co-president, a job he took just four months ago, to return to New York. He could not be reached for comment. Hirschhorn's departure after just over a year at MySpace raises new questions about corporate parent News Corp.'s prospects of reviving the slouching fortunes of MySpace. The onetime sizzling hot Internet property has in recent years suffered from sagging advertising revenue and lower online traffic as Facebook has overtaken it as the world's most popular social networking site.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Digg, which was once a prominent Internet start-up, sold for just $500,000, making the acquisitions of other fallen Web giants look respectable. Digg raised $45 million from its investors since launching in 2004, but now, its brand, website and its technology have been reportedly sold for a sliver of that to Betaworks, a technology development firm. The sale, which was reported by the Wall Street Journal, will give Betaworks a site that still receives about 7 million monthly visitors after Social Code, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Co., hired more than half of Digg's staff away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2012 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
A corn dog and a few drag queens were never meant to wreak such havoc. But there they were, captured in photos deemed inappropriate because of their "sexual content. " It was an August afternoon and Mitch Stein was asked to see the principal of Covina's Charter Oak High School, where he worked as an assistant water polo coach. Someone had anonymously dropped off printouts of Stein's Facebook and Myspace pages. The envelope included a photo of Stein wearing eyeliner and surrounded by men decked out in bustiers, wigs and makeup.
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