Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsMyspace Com
IN THE NEWS

Myspace Com

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.
Advertisement
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.
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.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Internet social networking giant MySpace.com plans to announce today that it has introduced a video-filtering program that should automatically remove copyrighted material from its website. The pilot program, according to MySpace, which is part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. empire, will begin by weeding out unauthorized content belonging to Universal Music Group and NBC Universal.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
With MySpace.com, another Rupert Murdoch gamble is starting to pay off. News Corp. on Wednesday said the social networking website that it acquired to great skepticism in 2005 had turned profitable and was bringing in revenue faster than expected. MySpace's sales in the latest quarter tripled from a year earlier, making the site a highlight of its parent's earnings report. News Corp. reported net income of $822 million in its fiscal second quarter, down from $1.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Virginia Atty. Gen. Bob McDonnell said Monday that he would seek legislation requiring convicted sex offenders to register their online identities with the state to help MySpace.com and other online hangouts more easily block access. If enacted, Virginia would be the first state to require registration of e-mail addresses and instant-messaging identities on the state's sex offender registry, McDonnell's office said.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The popular online hangout MySpace.com said Tuesday that it would develop technologies to help block convicted sex offenders, the News Corp.-owned website's latest attempt to address complaints about sexual predators and other dangers to teens. Santa Monica-based MySpace is partnering with Sentinel Tech Holding Corp. of Miami to build and deploy within 30 days a database that will contain the names and physical descriptions of convicted sex offenders in the U.S.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Universal Music Group sued MySpace.com on Friday, alleging that the social networking site that bills itself as a source of "user generated" content instead trades on "user stolen" songs and music videos. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, described MySpace as a "vast virtual warehouse" of pirated works from some of the company's best-known artists, including Mariah Carey, Diana Krall and U2.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|