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  1. Once-mighty MySpace Deepens Facebook Integration

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a sign of the companies' divergent fortunes, MySpace says it will let its users log in to their Facebook accounts through their MySpace page. Doing so will port the likes and interests they have listed on their Facebook profiles to MySpace ...

  2. MySpace, Facebook To Make Joint Announcement Today

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Facebook and MySpace are holding a joint press conference this afternoon to announce... something. Leading the event are MySpace CEO Mike Jones and Facebook's VP of partnerships and platform marketing Dan Rose. The fact that Facebook CEO Mark ...

  3. Google Says Not Building Facebook Rival

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Internet search leader Google Inc is not building a social network to compete with Facebook, a company executive reiterated on Thursday (Nov. 11), despite an intensifying rivalry between the two leading Internet groups. "We're not workin ...

  4. MOG's Hyman to Imeem's Caldwell: You're Wrong

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is launching a new digital music service an exercise in futility or a shot at great opportunity? Depends who you talk to. Earlier this week Imeem founder Dalton Caldwell made headlines with a speech to the Y Combinator Startup School saying that l ...

  5. Report: Facebook Apps Transmitted Personal Info

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Wall Street Journal is reporting that 10 popular Facebook applications have been transmitting users' personal identifying information to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies. The newspaper said Monday that the breach also ...

  6. Imeem Founder: Music Startups Destined To Fail

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What's Imeem founder Dalton Caldwell been up to since MySpace acquired the company he started for $1 million last year, and then subsequently shuttered? Well, most recently he discussed his reflections on the Imeem experience to a group of st ...

  7. Facebook Adds A Layer Of Privacy With Groups Feature

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Facebook Groups was the leading update among several the social service unveiled yesterday. Groups allows users to create multiple private groups so they can send photos, content, posts and so on, to each other while restricting others outside the ...

  8. Facebook Resolves Service Disruption Issue

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Facebook experienced technical difficulties on Thursday (Sept. 23) that slowed its website to a crawl or blocked off access for some of its 500 million users, a glitch that has since been resolved. A separate Facebook feature integrated into other ...

  9. James Blunt Checks In To Facebook Places

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter James Blunt is set to be the first major artist in the U.K. to embrace Facebook Places, the latest feature from the social networking site. The tool allows Facebook users to publish their current locations on the site via their m ...

  10. Google Sites To Add Social Networking In 'Layers'

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc plans to gradually introduce social-networking features starting this fall, reviving attempts to compete with Facebook after pulling the plug on its stillborn Wave project. Chief executive Eric Schmidt told reporters the Internet search ...

  11. Google Polishes Real-time Search, Launches Site

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc launched a website on Thursday (Aug. 26) - Google realtime - for users who want to sift through news, comments and other information on the Internet in real time, letting them follow conversations on social network hubs such as Facebook ...

  12. Facebook Trumps MySpace on Ads

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the social media space, two vastly different ad stories are playing out: Facebook is soaring toward must-buy territory, while MySpace appears to have completely lost its mojo. Advertisers will spend $1.28 billion globally on Facebook this year ...

  13. MySpace Selects Agency To Lead Rebranding

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pereira & O'Dell of San Francisco has won the assignment to help rebrand MySpace following a review, according to sources. The shop bested New York agencies Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Droga5 and Los Angeles-based Goodness Mfg., which made f ...

  14. Facebook, AOL Mull Online Ad Alliance: Report

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Internet firms Facebook Inc and AOL Inc are discussing a strategic alliance aimed at boosting their online advertisement business, the New York Post said, citing sources. The two companies have been talking for several months about a partnership t ...

  15. Facebook to Advertisers: Get More Social

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Mike Murphy joined Facebook in March 2006, he was coming aboard a promising startup with 5 million users, nearly all of whom were in college. A little more than four years later, Facebook is one of the most important companies on the Internet ...

  16. Clampdown Rumored As China Twitter-style Sites Down

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chinese social networking websites that provide Twitter-like services have suddenly reverted to testing mode and access has been spotty amid reports of a government clampdown. Although Twitter has been banned for more than a year in China, Chinese ...

  17. New Social Gaming Opportunities Emerge For Music Industry

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Social gaming on Facebook is a growing trend that is slowly starting to see more opportunities for the music industry. The most recent development is the official launch of Nightclub City, a game that lets users oversee virtual live music settings ...

  18. Business Matters: Freemium, 'Idol,' Twitter, MySpace and more

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT THE FREEMIUM DEBATE -- Writer/educator/consultant Clay Shirkey says sites with paywalls will underperform. Plus, he’s worried that content behind paywalls will not be part of public discourse. “When we talk about newspapers, we talk about them bei ...

  19. MySpace U.K. Traffic Slumps: Report

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The number of visitors to MySpace U.K. has halved in the last six months, according to TechCrunch . The site reports that it has seen internal figures showing monthly figures down from 10 million at the beginning of 2010 to 5 million by the end of ...

  20. Business Matters: Terra Firma, MySpace, Skyline and more

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT REPORT: TERRA FIRMA OKs FUTURE FUNDS -- A report says Terra Firma has approved a resolution on June 10 that would allow it to inject another £500 million ($759 million) into EMI Music. That resolution gives EMI parent company Maltby Capital the ri ...

  21. MySpace Co-President To Depart Amid Challenges

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The doors just keep swinging at MySpace. MySpace has confirmed a Techcrunch post that co-president Jason Hirschhorn is set to announce his departure tomorrow, nary four months after accepting the co-leadership role with Mike Jones. Jon Miller, chi ...

  22. Business Matters: AT&T, Rdio, C-32, eMusic, Vevo and More

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Much has been said about AT&T's plan to limit bandwidth of new mobile subscribers. Some have called it the end of young, innovative music services that have blossomed through mobile apps. But is AT&T really crippling these services ...

  23. Plugged/Unplugged: How Facebook’s Privacy Problems Affect Music Discovery and Recommendation

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There’s not an update or change that Facebook has made to either the tools available to users—or the terms of service they must agree to—that hasn’t gotten one group or another bent out of shape. But the most recent and ongoing dust-up over its pr ...

  24. Business Matters: Live Nation, Google, Lala, mFlow

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Morgan Joseph maintained its “neutral” rating on Live Nation stock. Note the Morgan analyst believes artists could possibly have less, not more, leverage in the future. “We remain on the sidelines and look for more signs of positive free cash f ...

  25. Social Network Tagged Rolls Out Music Strategy, Offers Bon Jovi Exclusive

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Coming in third isn’t so bad when you’re competing in the Olympics, where it earns you a place on the podium and a medal. But when you’re in third place among U.S. social networking sites, and the first two slots are taken by Facebook and MySpace, ...

  26. @Web 2.0 Expo: Facebook's Buchheit Talks Privacy, Power of Like

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The power of Facebook is the activity of its users, according to Facebook executive Paul Buchheit. And the way the social networking site intends to expand its presence and membership is by bringing the power of those users to any Web site and ser ...

  27. Plugged/Unplugged: How Facebook Will Change Digital Music

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT No longer just a popular social networking, Facebook's new mission is to become the underlying social engine powering the entire Internet. That's what became exceedingly apparent yesterday during CEO Mark Zuckerberg's keynote speech ...

  28. A Crowdsourcing Strategy That Makes Sense

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now here’s a crowdsourcing strategy that makes sense. The CASH Music initiative last week released two new apps that let artists give away music to fans that help spread the word via Twitter or Facebook. Called Tweet-for-Track and FBConnect-to-Tra ...

  29. MySpace Unveils Ticketing And Events Platform

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace finally unveiled its long-promised ticketing and events platform. The move expands the social networking site from a tool for artists to sell more concert tickets to a far broader events platform designed to organize all aspects of users&# ...

  30. WaTunes Shifts Focus To Facebook

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service WaTunes has created a music download application for Facebook that allows users to buy and download songs without having to leave the social network. WaTunes originated as a digital distributor, placing artists songs for sale ...

  31. Facebook Overtakes Google.com

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New figures from research firm Hitwise show that Facebook.com now accounts for 7.07% of all American Web traffic. Google.com accounts for 7.04 per cent of traffic. The latest Hitwise figures cover March 7 to March 13. It is the first time that Fac ...

  32. MySpace Readies Site Overhaul To Rekindle Growth

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST With shrinking audiences, deep layoffs and two management shake-ups, MySpace, the one-time leader in Internet social networking, has had a rocky year. Mike Jones, who took over as co-president last month with Jason Hirschhorn, said that even withi ...

  33. MySpace Tweaks Strategy

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace provided a glimpse into its future during an all-hands-on-deck meeting at the company's headquarters Thursday, featuring the introduction of the company's new co-president leadership team and unveiling of a tweaked product strate ...

  34. CEO Van Natta Out at MySpace

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST After less than a year on the job, MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta has stepped down from the position. Last April, Van Natta replaced MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe, , who was ousted from the position as part of a management shakeup designed to reinvigo ...

  35. Google Gmail Tweak Challenges Facebook, Twitter

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Inc is tapping its huge network of Gmail users and Web surfers to create a Buzz that it hopes will help it catch up with online social networking leaders Facebook and Twitter. The world's No. 1 search engine on Tuesday (Feb. 9) launche ...

  36. @MIDEM: MySpace CEO Talks Growth

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta used his MidemNet keynote to celebrate the return to growth in user numbers on the social network following its recent revamp. MidemNet in Cannes, which runs Jan. 23-27, is the digital-focused sibling of the main MIDEM c ...

  37. @MIDEM: Quick Bits From MySpace CEO Keynote

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta gave his first keynote outside the U.S. today (Jan. 23) in an interview with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde. Among the key points Van Natta hit upon on stage: - There are 25,000 artists (major, indie, unsigned) ...

  38. TuneCore, MySpace Music Ink Deal

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital music distribution service TuneCore has added MySpace Music to its list supported digital music outlets. What makes this addition unique is that for the first time, TuneCore is providing music to a primarily ad-supported music streaming se ...

  39. Digital Briefs: Snocap, Green Day, Google

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Fallout from MySpace Music's purchase of imeem continues. Artists and labels owed money from sales and streams on the now-defunct imeem won't get any money from the services new owners. Wired's Epicenter blog focuses on the more ...

  40. Business Matters: MySpace, Imeem, Virgin Media, Google

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- On the day MySpace Music closed its purchase of Imeem , the imeem.com domain was redirected to myspace.com/imeem and visitors were greeted with ...

  41. Done Deal: MySpace Music Acquires Imeem

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace's acquisition of imeem is complete. The company officially announced the transaction on its blog after weeks of speculation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources with knowledge of the transaction say it was for less than ...

  42. MySpace Music Launches In The U.K.

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Over a year after its U.S. rollout, MySpace Music has made its long-awaited bow in the United Kingdom, going live at 00.01 U.K. time today (Dec. 3), following a launch gig by U.K. rock band Kasabian at London's Heaven venue. As with the U.S. ...

  43. Brands Urged To Engage With Music Fans Via Social Networks

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music is playing such a critical role on fast-growing social networks that brand owners can no longer ignore it for brand-awareness strategies, says a new report by Heartbeats International, the Sweden-based international marketing agency. Called ...

  44. Business Matters: Teamsters, MySpace, Imeem

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Composers and lyricists in Hollywood are considering joining the Teamsters , Local 399. According to the Los Angeles Times, about 400 such prof ...

  45. Reports: MySpace Signs Agreement To Acquire Imeem

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace has reportedly signed an agreement to acquire ad-supported on-demand music service imeem. According to reports at TechCrunch and PaidContent , a letter of intent has been signed. The TechCrunch report lists the price at $1 million in cash, ...

  46. MySpace CEO To Speak At MidemNet

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta will speak at MidemNet in Cannes on Jan. 23, 2010. The appearance by Van Natta at the international forum on new technologies and new business models in the music industry will be his first Keynote outside of the U.S. He ...

  47. MySpace Close To Acquiring Imeem

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace reportedly is in the late stages of negotiating an acquisition of rival music streaming service imeem. Billboard has independently verified initial reports from tech blog TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD , that the negot ...

  48. Lala, MySpace Land Exclusives

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fresh off their new streaming partnership with Google, digital music providers Lala and MySpace have scored exclusive access to several tracks from a variety of labels and artists as part of a bid to help promote the new Google music search featur ...

  49. Analysis: Google To Boost The Music Biz In Three Ways

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google has given the music industry a big push forward with the launch of its expansive new music search capabilities . The connection the new search makes between consumers and content owners - finding and listening to music has never been easier ...

  50. LiveNation.com Overhauled To Feature User-Gen, Social Media

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT LiveNation is taking the user-generated content route with a new site upgrade that allows fans and artists to upload information and content that will appear alongside the "official" details of the various tours the company promotes. Art ...

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