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October 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
MySpace is getting into the book business. The online social network, an increasingly popular venue for authors, booksellers and publishers, is collaborating with a children's imprint of HarperCollins on an environmental handbook coming out April 22, Earth Day. The paperback original, to be called "MySpace/Our Planet: Change is Possible," will be written by freelance journalist Jeca Taudte with a foreword by Tom Anderson, co-founder and president of MySpace.
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June 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
MySpace can collect $6 million from a notorious Internet marketer accused by the popular online hangout of spamming its users. An arbitrator has ruled that Scott Richter and his Web marketing company, Media Breakaway of Westminster, Colo., must pay MySpace $4.8 million in damages and $1.2 million in attorney's fees for barraging MySpace members with unsolicited advertisements. Media Breakaway and its employees were also banned from the site. MySpace, a unit of News Corp.
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July 5, 2005 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
The five members of the 88, an independent rock band from Los Angeles, thought a single on "The O.C.'s" soundtrack and a performance on late-night TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" would win them fans. They were right. But the fans didn't share much of that love until the 88 hit MySpace.com. The popular online hangout featured the band on its front page, where the 20 million members sign in.
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April 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The online hangout MySpace is expanding its offerings for Latinos, adding eight bilingual communities focused on bands and celebrities, soccer and other interests. The year-old MySpace Latino has largely been a translation of MySpace's English-language site into Spanish. Beginning Tuesday, MySpace is unveiling content geared to one of the fastest-growing groups online. "It's been something they've been asking for," said Victor Kong, the Miami-based managing director for MySpace Latino.
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April 8, 2006 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
I've covered murders, grisly accidents, airplanes falling out of the sky and, occasionally, dirty politics. But in nearly two decades of journalism, nothing has made my insides churn like seeing what my 13-year-old daughter and her friends are up to on MySpace.com. Here's a bulletin I recently found posted to her site: "OMG! Add this hott guy! He will whore the first 20 people added to his friends list.... Add him! You can do it in his van!"
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November 2, 2007 | Jessica Guynn and Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writers
Internet search company Google Inc. is joining forces with MySpace to make it easier to create programs for the biggest social networking site, a move that draws sharp battle lines with their respective rivals, Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. Stealing some thunder from fast-growing Facebook, Google and MySpace said Thursday that software developers could now use a common technology standard Google had created to build features for MySpace users.
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June 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
MySpace can collect $6 million from a notorious Internet marketer accused by the popular online hangout of spamming its users. An arbitrator has ruled that Scott Richter and his Web marketing company, Media Breakaway of Westminster, Colo., must pay MySpace $4.8 million in damages and $1.2 million in attorney's fees for barraging MySpace members with unsolicited advertisements. Media Breakaway and its employees were also banned from the site. MySpace, a unit of News Corp.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2008 | From Reuters
MySpace, the top social networking site owned by News Corp., is in talks to create an online music joint venture with the four biggest record companies, sources familiar with the discussion said Wednesday. The talks are part of Rupert Murdoch's plans to distinguish MySpace, a haven for new music fans, from fast-moving rival Facebook as the premier destination for digital media. Plans for the service, tentatively named MySpace Music, are still in the discussion phase.
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January 15, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
MySpace says it can't guarantee that the people who sign up for its social networking site aren't underage or sex offenders. But it averted a potential legal battle Monday by agreeing to keep trying. A group of 49 state attorneys general probing safety issues at MySpace and other online social networks signed a deal with the Beverly Hills-based unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
MySpace, News Corp.'s social-networking website, plans to produce more than 30 concerts across the U.S. to promote artists who became popular online. The MySpace Music Tour, starting in October in Seattle, will feature acts such as Hellogoodbye, a pop group, and Say Anything, an alternative-rock band, MySpace said. The concerts may add another source of revenue to MySpace, which New York-based News Corp. is using to sell online advertisements aimed at young consumers.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2008 | From Reuters
MySpace, the top social networking site owned by News Corp., is in talks to create an online music joint venture with the four biggest record companies, sources familiar with the discussion said Wednesday. The talks are part of Rupert Murdoch's plans to distinguish MySpace, a haven for new music fans, from fast-moving rival Facebook as the premier destination for digital media. Plans for the service, tentatively named MySpace Music, are still in the discussion phase.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
MySpace says it can't guarantee that the people who sign up for its social networking site aren't underage or sex offenders. But it averted a potential legal battle Monday by agreeing to keep trying. A group of 49 state attorneys general probing safety issues at MySpace and other online social networks signed a deal with the Beverly Hills-based unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2007 | Jessica Guynn and Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writers
Internet search company Google Inc. is joining forces with MySpace to make it easier to create programs for the biggest social networking site, a move that draws sharp battle lines with their respective rivals, Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. Stealing some thunder from fast-growing Facebook, Google and MySpace said Thursday that software developers could now use a common technology standard Google had created to build features for MySpace users.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
MySpace is getting into the book business. The online social network, an increasingly popular venue for authors, booksellers and publishers, is collaborating with a children's imprint of HarperCollins on an environmental handbook coming out April 22, Earth Day. The paperback original, to be called "MySpace/Our Planet: Change is Possible," will be written by freelance journalist Jeca Taudte with a foreword by Tom Anderson, co-founder and president of MySpace.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Emboldened by the success of video series within its pages, MySpace is taking on the ownership role of a television network as it seeks a bigger piece of the action. The top social networking site co-developed a new scripted serial, "Roommates," that premieres today. The Web show -- about several underdressed young women who make ends meet by starring in a reality show about underdressed young women -- will air daily at Myspacetv.com and on new MySpace pages devoted to the subjects.
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October 18, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Top MySpace executives Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson have struck rich deals to continue working at the company, which was bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in 2005. DeWolfe and Anderson each will get about $15 million to stay for two years, although that figure is contingent on the unit's performance, according to people familiar with the arrangement. The contract talks have been a subject of wide speculation and debate within News Corp.
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April 12, 2007 | Joseph Menn and Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writers
The struggle over how to generate more money from MySpace without killing its freewheeling style burst into the open Wednesday when the social networking site blocked videos its users had created with the aid of another popular website. News Corp.'s MySpace said it barred videos and slide shows created by some of Photobucket Inc.'s 40 million users.
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April 25, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
MySpace will try to increase its appeal among Latinos in the U.S. and South America with Spanish-language versions of its social-networking website. The company said it designed one version for U.S. Spanish speakers and another for South Americans. The sites are part of owner News Corp.'s effort to expand the global reach of MySpace, which has websites designed for 12 countries.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
MySpace has reached a licensing deal with Sony BMG Music Entertainment to stream music videos from such artists, as Britney Spears, Beyonce Knowles and Bruce Springsteen. MySpace said it would share ad revenue with Sony BMG, which will make its music videos and select audio material available on artists' profile pages to MySpace's U.S. users.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
News Corp.'s MySpace social networking site and EBay Inc.'s Skype will offer MySpace members free Internet calling services, executives from the companies said, in a bid to expand their base of users while fending off competitors. Beginning in November, Skype's voice service will be folded into MySpace's existing instant messaging technology, enabling MySpace members to place free calls to other people on the MySpace and Skype networks.
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