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  1. Tech

    New Myspace Already Having Legal Problems

    Less than a week after going public, Myspace -- a website launched to help Justin Timberlake sell an album -- is already facing its first copyright issues. While the relaunch is focused largely on music, with licensing deals for over 50 million songs, it hasn't stopped them from allegedly using music from smaller labels without permission. The Merlin Network claims Myspace features content from its clients without permission.

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  2. Tech

    Time To Update That Bathroom Mirror Self Portrait: Rebooted MySpace Is Open To The Public

    Hey, everyone, remember MySpace? No? That's OK, neither do we really. Kidding, kidding -- it was like a bus service or something, right? You know what? It doesn't matter, because everything you thought you knew about MySpace is about to change. The long-lost social networking platform released its redesigned site into the wild this week, buoyed (we guess?) by the new single from former teen heartthrob and current MySpace stockholder Justin Timberlake, seen above doing the best Morrissey impression he can muster. Because if there is one thing that is going to get us to offer up all of our personal data again to a social network we haven't thought about in years, it is a Justin Timberlake single.

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  3. Weird

    Myspace Picks Up 1 Million Users in 30 Days, Somehow

    You thought Myspace was dead, right? No such luck. In fact, Myspace recently announced that in the past thirty days, it's put on a bit of weight, so to speak; Myspace has gotten an extra 1 million users. What? How? Why? Well, it's not Myspace that brought in all those users, exactly. The increase is largely attributed to new functionality that makes it easier for Myspace to interface with Twitter and Facebook. Basically, two of the social networks that had a hand in "killing" Myspace, are now dragging it back from the grave.

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  4. Tech

    Anonymous to Take Down Myspace, Friendster [Video]

    In this completely legitimate and not in the least bit sketchy video, Anonymous has announced that on December 21, 2012, they will be taking our most precious social networks, Myspace and Friendster, to name but two. This video was released today by Anonymous himself, who appears to actually be YouTube user JeffKallaus. Guys, this totally has a picture of the Anonymous question mark guy, text-to-speech synthesis, and like, it's on YouTube. Let's all take this incredibly, incredibly seriously and start freaking out. My Friendster, man, how am I supposed to get by without my Friendster?!

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  5. Tech

    Report: Myspace to be Sold to Specific Media for Only $35 Million [Updated]

    We knew the fallen social network Myspace was being shopped around on the cheap, but back then, News Corp. was looking for a $100 million offer -- still much cheaper than the initial purchase price of $580 million. Now, however, AllThingsD is reporting that the fallen social network has even further to fall, and is being acquired by ad-targeting firm Specific Media for the (comparatively) paltry sum of $35 million. AllThingsD claims sources say the deal should be closed today, and News Corp. will keep a very small stake in the company, around less than five percent. The deal supposedly includes cutting half of Myspace's staff of 400, and it is speculated that Myspace's higher-up staff, such as CEO Mike Jones, will only remain for an interim period. Remember when Myspace was the king of social networks and people used "Myspace me" just like they use "Facebook me" now? One can only wonder if Facbeook will eventually suffer the same fate. UPDATE: CEO Mike Jones reportedly sent out an email to employees confirmed the sale of Myspace to Specific Media. Head on past the break to see the email, which also states that Jones is leaving the company.

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  6. Tech

    Report: MySpace Being Shopped on the Cheap

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that bids to purchase the once-mighty MySpace from News Corp could begin next week. The rumored sell-off could come at an asking price of $100 million, a far cry from the $580 million that News Corp shelled out in 2005 when they bought the social networking site. Of course, a lot has changed since 2005, namely the rapid rise, expansion, and ubiquity of Facebook. Once the poster-child for the then-embryonic web 2.0, MySpace has seen declining membership and, more recently, massive staff reductions. Though MySpace has enjoyed some success by re-inventing itself as a music and entertainment hub, it hasn't been able to recapture the site's early momentum. By comparison, the Daily Register reports that in January Facebook was valued at around $50 billion. (WSJ via Yahoo News via Slashdot, U.K. Register)

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  7. Tech

    MySpace Lays Off Nearly Half Its Staff

    It's been confirmed: MySpace has laid off almost 500 of its employees in an attempt to "provide the company with a clear path for sustained growth and profitability." This comes after a major redesign, rebranding, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg being named Time's Person of the Year. In November, MySpace actually started integrating posting with Facebook, signaling an acknowledgement that some of its users were making a transition in their social networking preferences. So, is MySpace going the way of Friendster? Maybe, if Friendster had ceased to exist, which it hasn't. It's just a "social gaming site" now. (TechCrunch)

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  8. Tech

    MySpace Announces Mashup with Facebook

    MySpace is presently announcing Mashup with Facebook, a platform-syncing program that lets MySpace users port their data from Facebook, with a focus on entertainment. Sifting through MySpace's announcement (below), a few key details emerge. Perhaps the most readily apparent aspect of the program is that the Facebook "Like" button will appear on every page of the site "to give users an easy way to share their entertainment interests with their friends on Facebook." Moreover, while MySpace already allows some synchronization with Facebook Connect, Mashup takes this to the next level, thanks to "algorithms that help enable the discovery, expression, and connection to entertainment content," which are plugged into all of that incoming data from Facebook to create a thorougher map of MySpace users' interests. According to AllFacebook's Nick O'Neill, MySpace CEO Mike Jones addressed bloggy charges that the mashup signaled a "surrender" to Facebook's growing influence; rather, Jones "emphasized that this is part of the company’s new focus on 'social entertainment.'" There's no question that Facebook, with more than five times as many users as MySpace, has won at the game of becoming the social network for day-to-day life; however, MySpace still has 95 million unique visitors per month. By comparison cool kids' darling Tumblr had 6 million unique visitors last month. In leveraging that userbase and doubling down on its strength in entertainment, MySpace may have hit upon its best possible strategy for fighting its decline, and while we haven't test-run the Mashup integration, it certainly looks slick, and could well prove a smart tactic.

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  9. Tech

    Exec: MySpace Has to Turn Around in “Quarters, not Years”

    Remember MySpace? It was that thing that was big before Facebook was big. It had all those wacky custom mouse cursor sets and everyone's page had a bunch of music videos they liked and you hated? No? Well, it existed, and believe it or not, was once the be-all end-all of social networking. Aside from fading into relative obscurity once Facebook hit the scene, the biggest problem currently facing MySpace is a threat from News Corp.--who bought MySpace in 2005--saying that MySpace's business better be fixed soon.

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  10. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 10/9

    MySpace's New Logo ಠ_ಠ (TechCrunch) Steam Will Be Down on Monday: DON'T PANIC (Kotaku) New Trailer/Poster for Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Coventry Telegraph) You Can Play Zork On A Bunch of Ereaders (Joystiq) Who Else Is in the Deadpool Movie (Bleeding Cool) Automatic Spirograph Cake Decorator (Gizmodo) NYCC Cosplay Day 1 (Kotaku)

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  11. Tech

    Ping: Apple’s New Social Network for Music

    Say hello to Ping, Apple's new social network for music built right into iTunes 10.

    Somewhat curiously placed under the Store category in iTunes 10, rather than having a category of its own, lies Ping, Apple's own hat thrown into the social network ring. Dubbed a "social network for music," Ping aims to take standard social networking features and combine them with iTunes purchases and a music-centric theme.

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  12. Entertainment

    7 Rules For Parodying The Social Network‘s Trailer

    By now, the stirring trailer for "that Facebook movie" has burrowed itself deeply into the public consciousness. Though David Fincher's upcoming film The Social Network isn't released until October 1, well over 10,000 smug web users have already liked its fan page on Facebook, no doubt amused by the meta involved. It's a testament to how effective the film's marketing push has been (though by now we've learned to be cautious!). Ever since, faux trailers about the rise of other successful web platforms have cropped up on the Internet. We've already showed you the YouTube parody, The Video Website. MySpace and, most recently, Twitter and eBay have also received the treatment. To help you along, we've published a guide to deconstructing The Social Network's trailer, so that any budding filmmaker can create their own spoof.

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  13. Tech

    A Map of the Social Internet in 2010

    If you've got every xkcd comic etched forever into your mind, you may remember a 2007 "map of online communities and related points of interest." It's a little outdated to look at now (MySpace is practically the size of China!), which is why social media marketing company Flowtown put together an updated map for 2010.

    We have a few beefs with it -- the biggest is probably that the original's Ocean of Subculture is wiped out, meaning large social news sites like Digg, Reddit, Fark and such are absent representation while the likes of Foursquare and Imeem get seats at the table, but it's well-researched and witty, with lots of little jokes interspersed throughout. A few we like: The former kingdom of MySpace; the thin line between dating sites and porn sites; the cape of Hitler Downfall remake videos. Full map below:

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  14. Tech

    Microsoft’s New Kin Phones: What You Need To Know

    Well, Microsoft did tell us they were going to tell us something today. And now they've told us. It was not, as some had speculated, the near-mythological Microsoft Courier, a tablet computer. Instead it was a new line of phones, oriented at the person who is deeply, deeply into social networking. Says The Next Web:
    Microsoft are quick to point out that this is a completely different offering from Windows Phone 7. Instead of being a smartphone with hundreds of different applications at your disposal, the Kin One and Kin Two exist to keep you in constant contact with friends whilst your on the move, sharing photos, videos and status updates on the go without an app store in sight.

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