June 13, 2013 |
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.
June 12, 2013 |
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.
May 17, 2013 |
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.
March 16, 2013 |
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...
November 16, 2012 |
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.
September 24, 2012 |
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.