Facebook

  1. Facebook To Close Virtual Gifting Service

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Facebook is shuttering its virtual gifting service, which among many other items for a time included music. The Facebook Gift Shop closes Aug. 1, according to a company blog post , saying the move is to help “focus our product development efforts” ...

  2. Lady Gaga To Set New Facebook Record

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga is about to become the first living person to reach 10 million Facebook friends, according to tracking firm Famecount.com. That’s in addition to 4.7 million Twitter followers, notes a Reuters report . By way of comparison, Michael Jackso ...

  3. Opinion: Facebooks New Privacy Settings Only Step One

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After several weeks of controversy over its privacy settings, Facebook introduced a new set of consolidated privacy controls that, among other things, allow users to turn off third-party applications completely. The key element of the new setting ...

  4. Twitter Expects Hundreds Of Advertisers

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter plans to have hundreds of advertisers using its new ad system in the fourth quarter as the company ramps up plans to become a self-sustaining, profitable business. COO Dick Costolo said the company's newly-launched advertising system ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. In Pictures: Spotify’s New Social Features

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spotify started rolling out new social networking features that add a new layer to the music streaming service. Key among the features is users’ ability to link to their Facebook accounts and follow and share music with their friends. Users’ inbox ...

  7. @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 ...

  8. Twitter's Growth Examined

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Not that you need a study to tell you that Twitter has exploded in popularity over the last three years, but the Edison Research and Arbitron Internet and Multimedia Series has put together the hard stats. In a report called Twitter Usage in Ameri ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Facebook Unveils 'Open Graph' To Push A More Social Web

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At its annual F8 developers conference today, Facebook unveiled the company's latest effort to elevate social networking to an integral part of how people browse the Web. Called Open Graph, Facebook's new effort is designed to merge user ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Value of a 'Fan' on Social Media: $3.60

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Brands have rushed to Facebook to build fan bases, with some amassing millions of connections. The nagging question has been: What is the monetary value of these fans? Social media specialist Vitrue, which aids brands in building their customer ba ...

  13. A Look At The Early Numbers: Free All Music

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Free All Music, currently in private beta, shared some statistics with Billboard it says show the service has started off on a positive note. The private beta testing period lasted from mid-December to mid-February. -- FAM says it achieved a 94% a ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Yahoo Partners With Twitter To Boost Social Features

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc plans to integrate Twitter into its collection of Web sites, as the company seeks to enhance the appeal of its online properties with popular social networking features. The partnership will allow web surfers to view the short, 140-chara ...

  17. MySpace's Revolving Door: Van Natta Fallout Continues

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The fallout from the ouster of MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta continues, as executives loyal to the former top executive now ponder their future. TechCrunch confirms that senior VP of user experience and design Katie Geminder will leave at the end of ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Business Matters: Ustream, eMusic, Facebook, UCLA and More

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Ustream has received a $20 million investment from Sof ...

  20. @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 ...

  21. Mobile, Facebook Win In Gartner Report

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Research and analysis firm Gartner issued its key predictions for the information networking market for the next five years, and among them point to huge gains for mobile Internet and Facebook, something content providers like record labels and pu ...

  22. U.K. Internet Firms Rail Against Digital Bill

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Several high-profile internet companies, including Google, eBay, Facebook and Yahoo! Europe, have sent an open letter to Britain's Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, opposing new legislation which they say risks harming t ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Lala Deal Extends Believe’s International Presence

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST European digital distribution service Believe Digital has partnered with music website www.Lala.com to provide its repertoire to Google's recently unveiled music service. The deal will also see Believe Digital provide its repertoire through L ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Business Matters: Qtrax, MySpace, Lala, WMG

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Qtrax , which has been holed up in the "where are they now?" file for a few months, issued a press release on Wednesday with details ...

  27. Facebook To Launch Music Gifting Service

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Facebook later this week will launch a new content gifting service that will allow members to, among other things, buy and give digital music tracks to their friends. The music element will be powered by Lala, which is the exclusive music vendor. ...

  28. Facebook Agrees To Make Canada Privacy Changes

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Facebook, the popular social networking website, agreed on Thursday to make changes to better protect the personal information of its users as a result of negotiations with Canada's privacy commissioner. The worldwide changes will give users ...

  29. Web Reaction: MySpace, iLike Deal

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace’s acquisition of iLike carries numerous implications. For one, artists and labels need to consider how the pairing will affect their marketing. For example, MySpace could benefit from iLike’s ability to create communities around live conce ...

  30. Facebook Buys Social Media Start-up FriendFeed

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Facebook, the world's largest social networking site, said it will buy FriendFeed, netting a group of prized ex-Google engineers in the fast-growing Internet business. FriendFeed, an up-and-coming social media startup, lets people share conte ...

  31. News Corp Sees MySpace As Place For Videogames

    July 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp hopes to transform MySpace, which has been losing users to Facebook, into a stronger online videogaming platform as it works to reposition the six-year-old site as an entertainment destination. News Corp digital head Jonathan Miller said ...

  32. Facebook Has Privacy Gaps: Canadian Watchdog

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The popular social networking site Facebook is not doing enough to protect the personal information it gets from subscribers, and it gives users confusing and incomplete information about privacy matters, Canada's privacy commissioner said. & ...

  33. Social Nets Explode Around Jackson Death, Memorial

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's memorial service continues to drive a heavy portion of the online conversations occurring on message boards, blogs and social networking platforms nearly 24-hours after its conclusion. However in terms of Web chatter, the se ...

  34. Facebook Flooded With Jackson Updates

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The King of Pop is more popular than the leader of the free world, at least on Facebook. During Tuesday's memorial service for fallen music icon Michael Jackson, when numerous news, music and entertainment events streamed the event live, Face ...

  35. MySpace To Cut 300 International Positions

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Social-networking site MySpace said Tuesday that it will cut 300 international positions and close at least four offices outside the U.S. as it looks to cut costs and narrow its territory coverage. The move comes a week after the company said it w ...

  36. MySpace To Cut 30% Of Staff

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace said Tuesday it is cutting nearly 30 percent of its work force in a bid to become more efficient, bringing its staffing level more in line with its more popular rival, Facebook. The move comes less than two months after MySpace, a unit of ...

  37. Facebook, Twitter Cut Into MySpace's User Time

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp. executives often present MySpace and Facebook as competing in different markets, with Facebook used as a communications vehicle and MySpace for entertainment. Whatever the case, a straight line can be drawn between more time spent on Fa ...

  38. Nielsen: Social Nets Overtake E-mail

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Social networking has overtaken e-mail as the most popular Internet activity, according to a new study released by Nielsen. Active reach in what Nielsen defines as "member communities" now exceeds e-mail participation by 67 percent to 65 ...

  39. Mobile Study Offers Insights For Advertisers

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST A feasibility study by global mobile communication body GSMA and a task force of U.K. telecommunications companies has revealed insights into the behavior of mobile users that GSMA says can be used to develop more comprehensive advertising campaig ...

  40. Digital Briefs: Project Playlist, Facebook, Guns N' Roses, '360'

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Project Playlist has landed former Facebook chief revenue officer Owen Van Natta as it's new CEO, according to the blog AllThingsD . Van Natta is an investor in the music discovery startup. - The Los Angeles man accused of illegally uploadi ...

  41. Thievery Corporation Teams With iLike, Facebook

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Thievery Corporation announced they would start streaming their new album, "Radio Retaliation," via iLike and Facebook on September 19, five days prior to the album's official September 23 release date. This event marks the first ti ...

  42. Live Nation Flips Switch On Facebook Widget

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation unveiled a Facebook application that lets users search for and buy concert tickets directly from their profile on the popular social networking site. The application is simply an extension of the My Live Nation Web site, which lets use ...

  43. Plugged And Unplugged

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged On the way to/from Billboard's recent Music & Money conference -- which is focused as you may guess on the intersection of music and commerce -- I ironically polished off a great book lamenting on how the mixture of art and busine ...

  44. Facebook To Launch Music Service?

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Facebook is reaching out to the major labels and scheduling meetings to discuss the potential implementation of a music acquisition service with the popular social networking site, Billboard.biz has learned. Sources at multiple major labels say di ...

  45. Facebook Speaks Spanish for First Time

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Facebook Inc. unveiled a Spanish-language version of its popular online social network Thursday, hoping to expand its audience and catch up to rival MySpace.com. It marks the first time Facebook has been available in a language besides English sin ...

  46. Rhapsody Extends Full-Song Streams To Facebook

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rhapsody has beta-launched a Facebook widget designed to extend full-song music streaming into the popular social network. The application allows Facebook users to recommend songs, and lets visitors to their profiles stream the full versions of so ...

  47. MySpace Joins Google OpenSocial Initiative

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Google's newly unveiled OpenSocial effort received a huge boost when MySpace announced its support of the initiative. Other newly announced companies named to the initiative include Imeem, Oracle, Six Apart and more. MySpace is by far the lar ...

  48. Qloud Launches With Impressive Key Investors

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After more than a year in beta and a three-month trial on Facebook, the Qloud music service, and its My Music Facebbok application, have officially gone live. The Qloud My Music application allows users and their friends to stream their entire iTu ...

  49. Microsoft Pays $240 Million For Facebook Stake

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it would pay $240 million for a minority equity stake in Facebook in a deal that values the social networking Web site at $15 billion. The world's largest software maker was bidding against Google Inc. for a s ...

  50. MySpace Expected To Open Dev Platform

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Reports suggest that MySpace may announce an open application development platform similar to Facebook's at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco next week. According to the blog TechCrunch , several developers say the move -- rumored since ...

Pages