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May 20, 2007 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
The Internet battle over the presidential campaign is ratcheting up following announcements by social-networking site MySpace and video-sharing hub YouTube that they plan live webcasts of town hall meetings and candidate debates leading up to the primaries. Both said they seek to draw more voters into the political process, but the sites also are engaged in what is shaping up as an old-style media fight over online information consumers -- and the ad revenues they bring.
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BUSINESS
May 16, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
MySpace said Tuesday that it would serve up a broad array of branded news and entertainment channels on its social-networking website, including video clips from small Web studios and from bigger media names such as National Geographic and the New York Times. The step continues the rapid expansion of video on the News Corp.-owned site, which is based in Beverly Hills.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Top law enforcement officers from eight states asked MySpace.com on Monday to turn over the names of registered sex offenders using the social networking website. In a letter, the attorneys general asked MySpace how many registered sex offenders were using the site and where they lived. North Carolina Atty. Gen. Roy Cooper signed the letter, along with attorneys general from Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
BUSINESS
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
April 25, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Reality-show pioneer Mark Burnett is making another run at combining the breadth of the Web with the big money of TV. Burnett is planning to use MySpace.com to find contestants for a proposed TV show focused on politics that would air early next year as the race for president heats up. Other television shows have made extensive use of websites for promotion.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Leave it to the folks behind "American Idol" to ask tens of millions of MySpace visitors to vote for their favorite news story. News Corp., which owns the world's top social-networking website as well as the Fox television network, is introducing MySpace pages today that will present a massive number of articles and blog entries ranked by their popularity among its users.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
MySpace.com sued Sanford Wallace, who became known as the King of Spam in the 1990s, for setting up dummy profiles to direct MySpace users to websites such as Real-vegas-sins.com. Wallace created 11,000 fake profiles using automated software programs in violation of MySpace's terms of use agreement, the company said in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. MySpace's complaint, which seeks unspecified damages, accuses Wallace of violating the 2003 U.S.
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March 26, 2007 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
The handful of people who have gathered on the patio of a Pasadena coffeehouse are either the answer, or the big question mark, in the upcoming presidential election. They have come at the behest of Mike Barako, a Los Angeles special-ed teacher who has been following Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). Last month, Barako launched a website through Obama's online campaign to build a local committee of active supporters.
NEWS
February 15, 2007 | Teresa Strasser, Special to The Times
I thought of MySpace as a storm that would pass. If I didn't panic, it would blow by like Hurricane Friendster and I would never get hit. I would never have to come up with an ironic yet welcoming "headline," or decide who would make my "Top 8." The whole thing seemed like a juvenile fiasco that was tossing my girlfriends asunder and causing them to regress emotionally. If I could wait it out, it would pass and I could avoid pillaging Ferlinghetti for quotes on embracing life.
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