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October 6, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
For a guy who walked away from MySpace with $47 million, Brad Greenspan shouldn't have anything to be angry about. But the founder of the Los Angeles company that created the popular social networking site Thursday railed against his former firm and demanded a federal investigation of News Corp.'s 2005 acquisition of MySpace, calling it "one of the largest merger and acquisition scandals in U.S. history." Greenspan, who was ousted from Intermix Media in 2003, alleged that News Corp.
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BUSINESS
September 7, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Facebook, the college friend-finder website that competes with News Corp.'s MySpace, added features that track what users do on the site, prompting protests from users. The new features show changes that members make to their personal site, such as adding pictures, and automatically alert members of user groups about their activities on Facebook, the Palo Alto-based company said. In response, more than 265,000 Facebook users have joined a protest group called Students Against Facebook News Feed.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2006 | Scott Timberg
SHE'S somebody's ideal hookup: female, 31 and living in Los Angeles. She's interested in meeting "the culturally curious and those who enjoy free things." Her friends include hipster bands Run Run Run and the Silversun Pickups, and her message board is full of smart, sometimes cryptic comments. (One reads: "great Gertrude Stein reading! thanks!") She's not an aspiring actress living in the Fairfax District, though, but rather the denizen of a multistory marble structure in Westwood.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2006 | From Reuters
News Corp. said My- Space.com plans to solicit bids from Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. to provide its popular youth-oriented network with search-based advertising, Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin said. News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch has said the firm is seeking to invest in the search business. News Corp. bought MySpace last year for about $580 million.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2006 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
Some in Congress want to make sure there's no space for MySpace at public schools and libraries. Concerned about reports of pedophiles trolling wildly popular "social networking" websites for teenage victims, Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) has introduced a bill to prohibit anyone under 18 from accessing them on school or library computers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2006 | Christine N. Ziemba
ALTHOUGH MySpace.com has gotten a lot of flak lately (especially from parents) for letting members post questionable materials and for not having tighter reins on posers and pedophiles phishing for "dates," the social networking site remains as popular as ever for those genuinely looking for love -- or something like it. It's become a thriving meat market, just without the jello shots and beer-soaked floors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2006 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A Costa Mesa middle school student could be expelled and is being investigated by police for threatening to kill a classmate in a posting on a popular website, officials said Thursday. "Going into a situation like this, we are concerned about the safety of all of our kids," said Bob Metz, Newport-Mesa Unified School District's assistant superintendent of secondary education. "We need to make sure we take the proper action to make sure our kids are safe."
BUSINESS
July 21, 2005 | Sallie Hofmeister, Times Staff Writer
The young hipsters who congregate on MySpace.com are known for posting revealing information about themselves. So when Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced this week that it had agreed buy the popular social networking website's parent company for $580 million, pranksters rushed to set up phony profiles of the 74-year-old media tycoon.
BUSINESS
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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