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  1. Myspace Sold to Specific Media: It's Official

    June 29, 2011 4:02 PM EDT It's official: NewsCorp has sold Myspace to advertising network Specific Media. The official release announcing the move did not mention a sale price, only that as part of the deal NewsCorp will take a minority equity stake in Specific Media. ...

  2. Myspace Sold for $35 Million: Report

    June 29, 2011 2:08 PM EDT AllThingsD reports that NewsCorp has agreed to sell Myspace to advertising network Specific Media for $35 million. Few details were available at press time, only that the deal is in the process of being completed, and that NewsCorp will retain a f ...

  3. Myspace Layoffs, Sale Pending This Week: Report

    June 28, 2011 12:52 PM EDT Lots of movement over at Myspace this week, if reports are accurate. It all started with reports that the company would be laying of some 150 staffers on Wednesday, or around 37% of employees. That comes after nearly half of its workforce was let ...

  4. Myspace Music Adds New Features as Sale Nears Close

    June 14, 2011 12:39 PM EDT As parent company NewsCorp continues to seek out a buyer for the unit, Myspace continues to build up its product, particularly on the music side of things. Last month, it introduced integration with Facebook, allowing artists to port their Myspace ...

  5. Report: Myspace Bidding Starts Wednesday, Music Unit Planning New Products

    April 04, 2011 11:48 AM EDT Myspace and parent company NewsCorp will give interested bidders for the struggling social networking site access to its financials and other details beginning this Wednesday, according to a report in AllThingsD . While reports of "talks" ...

  6. Vevo and Myspace? Interesting, But Unlikely

    March 29, 2011 1:26 PM EDT As NewsCorp continues its search for a buyer of the struggling Myspace social networking service, we're going to hear about several "interesting" conversations it has with potential partners. The latest, according to Bloomberg , is ...

  7. Courtney Holt Leaving Myspace Music

    February 24, 2011 3:07 PM EST Myspace Music President Courtney Holt is leaving the company, Billboard.biz has confirmed. AllThingsD's MediaMemo first broke the news, which sources close to the situation have confirmed to Billboard.biz. We've since obtained the copy o ...

  8. MocoSpace to Buy Myspace? Don't Count on It

    February 07, 2011 1:40 PM EST When a once-mighty, once-popular company like Myspace falls from grace and winds up on the seller's block, it's going to become big news. And with big news comes no shortage people and companies that want to piggyback on that big news fo ...

  9. The Daily: Rupert Murdoch's iPad-Only Newspaper Launches, Still A Work In Progress

    February 02, 2011 3:53 PM EST Today marks the launch of The Daily, NewsCorp's iPad newspaper that is founder Rupert Murdoch's vision for the future of digital publishing. Each "issue" features up to 100 "pages" of news, sports, entertainment, goss ...

  10. Will Myspace Survive 2011?

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Myspace is becoming synonymous with "rumor" these days. With chatter still circulating about parent company NewsCorp considering selling the struggling social networking site, now comes new word that it may be preparing for a massive rou ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 'New MySpace' Focuses On Entertainment

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace lifted the veil on its much-anticipated redesign today, reining in the Wild West approach the social networking pioneer took to date with a far cleaner design focused on young users and entertainment content. To be sure, the narrower focus ...

  13. ComScore: MTV Tops Online Music Sites In August

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV received all sorts of flack for losing out on the chance to buy MySpace after the social networking giant was acquired by NewsCorp. Now, MTV Networks’ online sites outrank MySpace Music and everybody else according to new data from ComScore Me ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Report: Yahoo's Bix Web Site Shut Down

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo's Bix online karaoke contest website has apparently shut down. Originally brought to light by TechCrunch , Yahoo later confirmed it closed the service on June 30. A company representative said the decision was part of Yahoo's " ...

  17. Briefs: UMG, Borders, Pandora, EMI, U2

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A New York Times article claims both Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group "relaxed" the terms of their licensing deals with Imeem to accommodate the music service's inability thus far to find a business model that does so ...

  18. Digital Briefs: Pandora, MTV Games, Project Playlist

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- As part of their effort to turn a profit by next year , Pandora has introduced a premium service tier called Pandora One , which charges users $36 a year in return for an ad-free experience. This includes a specialized desktop Pandora music pla ...

  19. News Corp Names Van Natta As MySpace CEO

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace has named former Facebook executive and current CEO of Project Playlist Owen Van Natta as the new CEO of the company, effective immediately. Natta will be based in Los Angeles and will report directly to Jonathan Miller, NewsCorp CEO of di ...

  20. Confirmed: MySpace CEO DeWolfe To Exit Company

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace co-founder and CEO Chris DeWolfe has made it official -- he's leaving the company. According to an announcement late Wednesday, DeWolfe's decision not to renew his contract with the company was "by mutual agreement" wit ...

  21. Report: MySpace CEO DeWolfe To Be Fired

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT According to a report on TechCrunch , MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe and possibly several others of the company's executive team are close to being fired. The report, which remains unconfirmed, states that the new CEO of Digital Media for MySpace ...

  22. Fox Opens Doors On New Mobile Group

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After buying out the minority stake of its Jamba mobile entertainment joint venture from partner VeriSign, NewsCorp has reorganized its mobile interests into a new business unit. The new organization - Fox Mobile Group - oversees three mobile team ...

  23. Jamba Names Montanaro CEO

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mauro Montanaro has been appointed chief executive of Jamba, the mobile content division of NewsCorp. With effect from Feb. 4, Montanaro succeeds COO Lee Fenton, who has served as interim CEO since Lucy Hood resigned last October. Berlin-based Mon ...

  24. Jamba MD Berger-de León Exits

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Markus Berger-de León, co-managing director and chief sales officer of Berlin-based mobile phone content provider Jamba, is to leave the company after five years. Jamba co-managing director and chief operating officer Lee Fenton will take the helm ...

  25. Fox Mobile/Jamba CEO Resigns

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Lucy Hood has resigned from her role as CEO of Fox Mobile/Jamba, the mobile content division of NewsCorp. COO Lee Fenton will take over as interim CEO until a replacement is found. No official reason was given for the departure, but Hood expressed ...

  26. MySpace Unveils New Ad System

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Social networking giant MySpace unveiled a new targeted advertising technology today designed to let advertisers tailor their message to MySpace members based on information contained in their profiles. MySpace says the new system increased the ch ...

  27. James Blunt Album To Be Sold Via MySpace

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group will sell the new James Blunt album "All the Lost Souls" on MySpace. And while it's not DRM-free, it will work with the iPod. WMG is tapping LaLa, which is creating a sales widget that will sell the album for $9.9 ...

  28. NBC Universal Drops iTunes TV Deal

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT NBC Universal is following the footsteps of Universal Music Group and cancelling its contract with iTunes. The company informed Apple Thursday that it did not intend to renew the current agreement, which is set to expire in December. According to ...

  29. Reports Suggest MySpace Is In Play

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Reports have surfaced suggesting MySpace parent company NewsCorp is considering trading its ownership of the popular social networking service to Yahoo in return for 30% of the combined company. Based on Yahoo's current value of $37 billion, ...

  30. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: With the Beatles putting yet another long-running legal dispute behind them, the road is becoming increasingly clearer for bringing the Fab Four's catalog to digital music services. By settling its royalty dispute with EMI , the two ...

  31. Internet Group Buys Wurld Media

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Broadband Internet services firm Roo Group has purchased P2P music service Wurld Media for $10 million. Roo clients include NewsCorp, Verizon, The Street.com and others. The Wurld Media P2P music service licenses music from all the major labels, a ...

  32. MySpace To Sell Downloads

    September 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Social networking giant MySpace is developing an ecommerce solution that will allow artists and labels to sell music through its site, as well as through other websites and blogs. Social networking giant MySpace is developing an ecommerce solution ...