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 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.
August 14, 2006 |
Signaling its ambition to turn MySpace into an entertainment marketplace, News Corp. today is expected to unveil plans to sell downloadable copies of 20th Century Fox movies and TV shows through the popular social network and other Fox Interactive Media websites. The announcement comes a week after Fox signed a major advertising deal with Google Inc., intensifying News Corp.'s race against Viacom Inc. and other entertainment companies to cultivate younger audiences online.
June 25, 2006 |
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.
June 14, 2006 |
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.
May 12, 2006 |
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.
April 9, 2006 |
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 |
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!"