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May 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Federal law gives MySpace.com immunity from a lawsuit over the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl by a man she met on the social networking website, a federal appeals court ruled. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that a Texas girl's family filed against MySpace and its parent company, News Corp. The family said MySpace didn't protect young users from sexual predators.
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NATIONAL
September 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Be careful when you boast. Oklahoma college students who bragged on MySpace that their party business had served thousands of revelers have been hit with a state tax bill of $320,000. The Oklahoman newspaper reported Sunday that 2007 tax documents indicate that the party business Kegheadz hosted more than 100 events over nearly five years. But co-founder Julius Baroi estimates his business hosted just over 20 parties in 1 1/2 years, netting less than $2,000. Another co-founder, Jordan Glover, says tax officials were misled by "hype" on the business' MySpace site that was designed to attract more partiers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2008 | Scott Glover
The jury in the MySpace cyber-bullying case has reached verdicts on three of four counts against a Missouri woman accused of perpetrating a hoax on a teenage girl who later committed suicide. Jurors deliberated all day Monday before telling the judge just before 5 p.m. that they had reached verdicts on three counts but were split on the fourth. U.S. District Judge George H. Wu sent the jurors home and asked them to return this morning for further deliberations on the final count. He did not ask jurors which counts they had reached verdicts on. Lori Drew, 49, is charged with three counts of violating federal computer statutes and one count of conspiracy for allegedly creating a MySpace account in the name of a fictitious 16-year-old boy and using it to engage in an online relationship with 13-year-old Megan Meier.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
MySpace has identified and removed 90,000 registered sex offenders from its social networking site over the last two years, the Beverly Hills company confirmed Tuesday, nearly double the number previously acknowledged. About 50,000 sex offenders had been identified as using the popular site until the new numbers were released Tuesday, the attorneys general for Connecticut and North Carolina said in a statement.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
A middle school principal in northeastern Pennsylvania was shocked to see his photo online along with a description of him as a "hairy sex addict" and a "pervert" who liked "hitting on students" in his office. A high school principal north of Pittsburgh saw a MySpace profile of himself that called him a "big fag," a "whore" and a drug user. And in West Virginia, a school principal found out that a girl had created an online site to maliciously mock another girl as a "slut" with herpes.
OPINION
July 28, 2011 | Meghan Daum
Google+, which launched a month ago to great fanfare, is so far feeling more like Google nonplussed. Reported to have crossed the 20-million-user mark last weekend, the new social networking site is designed to correct one of Facebook's major drawbacks: the problem of too much information being shared with too many people. Instead of all social contacts being lumped into one huge group (meaning that your boss and your mother and your best friend from clown college all see the same posts)
BUSINESS
January 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo proposed a state law that would ban sex offenders from visiting social networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook and require them to register their e-mail addresses. The law, drafted after consultations with News Corp.-owned MySpace and closely held Facebook -- two of the most popular sites -- also would prohibit convicted sex offenders from communicating on the Internet with anyone under 18 years old.
NATIONAL
July 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Gov. Matt Blunt signed a bill that outlaws cyber-bullying in response to the suicide of a 13-year-old girl who was harassed on MySpace. Megan Meier of Dardenne Prairie killed herself in October 2006, shortly after receiving mean-spirited messages. A neighbor, Lori Drew, 49, faces charges in California, where MySpace is based. She is charged with conspiracy and accessing computers without authorization.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Facebook Inc., the most popular social-networking website, attracted twice as many users as last year after expanding overseas, extending its lead over News Corp.'s MySpace. Facebook had 132.1 million visitors in June, 6.6% more than a month earlier and up from 52.2 million in 2007, researcher ComScore Inc. said. MySpace users climbed 2.6% to 117.6 million from May. Facebook more than quadrupled its users in Europe and Asia after introducing versions of its site in Spanish, German and French this year, helping to compensate for slowing growth in the U.S.
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