February 12, 2007 |
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.
February 8, 2007 |
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.
December 12, 2006 |
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.
December 6, 2006 |
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.
November 18, 2006 |
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.
November 8, 2006 |
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. will invest 590 million yen ($5 million) with Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son's Softbank Corp. in a Japanese version of the social networking website MySpace. News Corp., which last year paid $580 million for MySpace, will put up the money in a 50-50 partnership with Tokyo-based Softbank, Japan's largest provider of high-speed Internet access.
October 9, 2006 |
The online hangout MySpace.com will organize 20 concerts featuring bands promoted on its site as part of a campaign to raise awareness and money for humanitarian relief in Sudan. The site, which grew in popularity thanks to emerging bands and their fans, has in recent months taken a more active role in social causes, such as environmental awareness and voter registration.
October 6, 2006 |
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.
September 14, 2006 |
To some in the music industry, social networking websites such as MySpace.com and YouTube.com are a godsend, helping listeners enjoy their favorite acts and discover new bands. But not to the head of the world's largest music company. On Wednesday, Universal Music Group Chief Executive Doug Morris took a swipe at social networking, contending that the sites assist users in violating copyrights of music videos.
September 7, 2006 |
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.