Social information processing

  1. Facebook Gets Tough On Apps

    June 27, 2011 12:01 PM EDT Can't stand those annoying automated Facebook updates you get every time one of your friends plays a Facebook game or uses some app or another? Well, Facebook is cracking down on apps that constantly update on the walls and feeds of users ...

  2. Web Trends:Watch New Video Bon Iver- "Calgary" + Stream New Clap Your Hands Say Yeah "Same Mistake"

    June 15, 2011 5:15 PM EDT Google Trends: 12. Joss Stone British authorities busted two men with swords, rope and a body bag. They were plotting to kidnap and kill soul singer Joss Stone. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No Music News NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Facebook Looking at IPO in First Quarter: Report

    June 13, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Facebook is preparing to file for an initial public offering as early as October or November that could value the popular social networking site at more than $100 billion, financial news channel CNBC reported on Monday. Goldman Sachs is leading th ...

  5. Web Trends: Listen to Pitbull ft. Marc Anthony "Rain Over Me" + Watch Major Lazer New Album Preview

    June 10, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Google Trends: No music trends at this moment Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. 7 Great Les Paul Google Doodle Tunes NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: Bon Iver, 'Bon Iver' 2. From Brazil With Love: All About Tropicalia 3. Five Son ...

  6. Social Commerce Execs Praise Facebook At Billboard Country Summit

    June 06, 2011 9:22 PM EDT Montetizing the Social (from left): Marcus Whitney, CTO/entrepreneur, Moontoast; Andrew Mains, VP Artist and Label Relations, TopSpin Media; Mike Doernberg, Co-Founder/CEO, ReverbNation; Patrick Faucher, Founder, Nimbit; J Sider, CEO, RootMusic; B ...

  7. News Corp. Nears MySpace Deal, Report

    June 06, 2011 5:30 PM EDT NEW YORK - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is nearing a decision on a deal for MySpace, with a strategic partnership appearing more likely than an outright sale, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing people familiar with the situation. ...

  8. 'Born This Way' Media Blitz A Boon for Lady Gaga's Social Stats, Mostly

    June 02, 2011 3:09 PM EDT The media blitz that coincided with the release Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" gave her a social media boost in every way but one-Myspace. Enjoying the publicity around the album release, Gaga gained 3.32 million new fans on Facebook i ...

  9. Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman: 'I Screwed Up' on Facebook

    June 01, 2011 7:37 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - If he had another chance, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt would have pressed the Internet search leader to focus more on mounting a challenge to Facebook while he was still running the company. "I screwed up," Schmidt said ...

  10. LinkedIn Raises IPO Ante Amid High Investor Demand; Valued at Over $4 Billion

    May 18, 2011 7:36 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - Investors are clamoring to connect with the online networking service LinkedIn Corp. in the latest sign of the fervor for Internet companies that specialize in bringing together people with common interests. The demand to buy a pie ...

  11. Facebook Hired P.R. Firm to Plant Stories Critical of Google's Privacy Practices

    May 13, 2011 7:47 AM EDT NEW YORK - The intense rivalry between Facebook and Google just got juicier. In a twist seemingly out of a Hollywood thriller, Facebook hired a prominent public relations firm to try to plant stories harshly criticizing Google's privacy pract ...

  12. Business Matters: Myspace's Real Decline

    May 12, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Myspace: Less Your Space -- Artist and digital market experts, take note: MySpace is holding the line on unique visitors but losing momentum on other metrics, according to comScore numbers scrutinized by TechCrunch. People are visiting far less of ...

  13. Myspace Music Launches Program for Artists to Move Profiles Onto Facebook Fan Pages

    May 11, 2011 2:27 PM EDT Myspace Music has introduced a new program for artists that will let them transfer all their content currently residing in their Myspace profile onto Facebook, under a new "Music" tab. You can check out the program here . This includes s ...

  14. RootMusic To Issue Systemwide Update to Facebook BandPages

    May 05, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Mere weeks after celebrating its one-year anniversary at SXSW, RootMusic today will unveil a major update to its BandPages product for Facebook. The new update extends many of the features formerly available only to paid users (called Plus members ...

  15. What Facebook's Relaunched Music Page Means for Musicians, Venues, Fans

    May 02, 2011 3:57 PM EDT Facebook has relaunched its Music page -- www.facebook.com/music -- officially dubbed "Music on Facebook. With the new music-centric area, the social site answers criticisms of its unwillingness to work with the music industry and at the same ...

  16. Facebook's Growth Exceeds Expectations, $2 Billion in Earnings: Report

    May 02, 2011 7:52 AM EDT Facebook Inc's business is growing faster than forecast several months ago and the firm is on track to top $2 billion in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in 2011, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. ...

  17. Bids for MySpace Due by End of Week (Report)

    April 27, 2011 7:30 AM EDT News Corp. is looking for initial bids for MySpace by the end of the week and expects to announce a deal around June, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday afternoon. About a half-dozen suitors, including private equity firms, are in the hunt f ...

  18. Facebook Deals Takes on Groupon, LivingSocial

    April 26, 2011 1:28 PM EDT Jumping onto the bandwagon created by Groupon and LivingSocial, Facebook today is unveiling a local discount program for vendors called Facebook Deals. The service will launch on a test basis in five cities: Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego and ...

  19. Amazon Cloud Outage Impacts Foursquare, Indaba Music, Quora, Reddit and a Town in Canada

    April 21, 2011 3:44 PM EDT Amazon's Web Services is experiencing service issues that have affected a wide range of companies. By midday Thursday, the service health dashboard still showed service disruptions at its Elastic Compute Cloud and Relational Database services ...

  20. 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" ...

  21. Why Google's New +1 Button Matters To the Music Biz

    March 31, 2011 7:35 AM EDT With its new "+1" button , Google is taking on Facebook's popular "like" button and creating a new currency for the measurement of social media influence. The company introduced +1 i n a blog post Wednesday . To recommend ...

  22. Myspace Sale Begins

    February 25, 2011 8:17 AM EST News Corp has kicked off the process to explore the sale or spin-off of its troubled social entertainment site, Myspace, a person familiar with the talks said on Thursday. The media conglomerate has received early interest from around 20 parties s ...

  23. 'American Idol' Launches Facebook Voting for Season 10

    February 24, 2011 8:26 PM EST In its 10th season, "American Idol" has added a voting booth that does not require a telephone. Viewers will be able to cast votes on "Idol's" Facebook page beginning Tuesday when the 12 male semifinalists take the stage ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Twitter To Be Bought By Facebook And Google For $10 Billion?

    February 10, 2011 9:10 AM EST Google Inc and Facebook Inc, plus others, have held low level takeover talks with Twitter that give the Internet sensation a value as high as $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported. In December, Twitter raised $200 million in financing in a ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Interest In News Corp.'s Myspace Sale High

    February 04, 2011 3:15 PM EST News Corp has tapped Allen & Co to field buyout interest for MySpace and has heard from about 50 parties, people familiar with the process told Reuters on Friday. The global media conglomerate is considering a handful of options for the future ...

  28. Myspace Not Going Down Without a Fight

    February 02, 2011 10:50 AM EST Myspace may be down, but it's not going without a fight. The social networking service -- which laid off close to half its staff last month in a cost-cutting measure many feel is designed to make it more attractive to potential buyers -- sent ...

  29. Jack Isquith Guest Post: The Artist Website Problem

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST The following is a guest post from Jack Isquith, which originally appeared on his blog Digital Music Insider , and is reposted with his permission. Isquith is a digital music industry veteran who has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records an ...

  30. Britney Spears & Madonna: Social (50 Chart) Climbers; DMB & Boyce Avenue Have Top Debuts

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST While Justin Bieber continues to hold down the fort at No. 1 on the Social 50 chart , Britney Spears makes the largest positional leap up the tally, flying 21 spots to No. 22. No doubt the excitement stirred by last week's release of Spears&# ...

  31. Katy Perry to Make a 'Special Announcement' at Facebook HQ Wednesday -- What Could It Be?

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST In another example of artists turning to Facebook over troubled MySpace for their Web 2.0 needs, Katy Perry will be visiting Facebook headquarters on Wednesday to make a "special announcement." The announcement will be made on Facebook L ...

  32. Analysis: Where Will Musicians Go After Myspace?

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Myspace's decision to lay off half its workforce yesterday did not come as a huge surprise. But once it became official, the move solidified Myspace's image as a hopelessly sinking ship. Few believe anything but a sale or spinoff is the ...

  33. News Corp. 'Assessing' MySpace Sale

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST News Corp . is considering a sale of troubled social networking website MySpace , a rep for the company told Bloomberg Wednesday. "News Corp. is assessing a number of possibilities including a sale, a merger and a spinout," the company&# ...

  34. MySpace Lays Off Nearly Half Its Staff

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST MySpace has announced that nearly half its employees around the globe will be laid off in a broad restructuring of the foundering social network. About 500 employees, or 47% of the company's global staff, will be let go, CEO Mike Jones said i ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Rihanna Still Atop Social 50, Enrique Jumps Into Top 10

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rihanna holds at No. 1 for a third non-consecutive week on the Social 50 chart, which ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites -- MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and iLike -- using a formula blending we ...

  37. Facebook Replaces Google as Most Visited Website

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mark Zuckerberg continues to have a banner year in 2010. According to research by marketing analysts at Experian Hitwise, Facebook supplanted search engine giant Google for the first time as the top-visited website of the year. The social media si ...

  38. 'Dirty Dancing' Facebook Page With 6.8 Million 'Likes' Not With Baby In The Corner

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Old movies don't die, they live on as Facebook pages. Lionsgate is finding second life in some back titles, showing that a couple decades on, movies like Dirty Dancing still draw big crowds. Dirty Dancing's Facebook fan page is now up to ...

  39. Study: Facebook Rising In Video Streaming

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Facebook has passed Yahoo as the second biggest referrer of online video streams for online video platform Brightcove, according to a new white paper the company created with video analytics company TubeMogul. With 9.6% of all referrals, Facebook ...

  40. Facebook Second Only To Google In Driving Video Traffic

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Facebook now drives more Web video traffic than any other Internet property other than Google. Most video is consumed during the week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. But people watch longer videos on the weekends, with the lengthiest Web-video sessio ...

  41. Web Trends: Belle & Sebastian's Holiday Spectacular, Suzana Vieira, Worst Ideas Of 2010

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Trends There are no music trending topics at this time Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 8. The Top 6 Most. Irritating. Christmas. Songs. Ever? YouTube Most Viewed 24 Hours: 1. Suzana Vieira esquece a letra cantando no Faustão -19/12/10" ...

  42. Google to Power Search, Display Ads on MySpace

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google is back in business with MySpace-though, presumably, under better terms. The two companies are once again working together-and this time Google is powering both search and display ads on MySpace. Though diminished, MySpace's reach and ...

  43. Michael Jackson Cracks Top 10 of Social 50, Peas Hold at No. 1

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas become the first act to score multiple weeks at No. 1 on the recently launched Social 50 chart, which ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites -- MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and ...

  44. MySpace Drops New Mobile Site

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace launched a new mobile site on Tuesday as part of its recent efforts to reposition itself as a one-stop entertainment destination. The site is formatted for Apple’s iOS, Android, Palm and “select Nokia and Blackberry devices.” An iPhone app ...

  45. News Corp Weighs MySpace Options

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST News Corp is open to a sale of beleaguered MySpace after a relaunch of the social network as an entertainment site, COO Chase Carey told Reuters. A successful revamp of MySpace -- still visited by around 60 million people in October, according to ...

  46. Ticketmaster Adds Social Features

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster added some new social features to the service today in hopes of better connecting fans with the concerts they want to see. CEO Nathan Hubbard unveiled the changes on the company’s blog . The features are pretty much an extension of th ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Google, Facebook Rivalry Takes Centerstage

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The technology industry's latest rivalry takes centerstage this week when Internet powers Google Inc and Facebook lay out their competing visions to create a new generation of Web services at a high-profile conference in San Francisco. The re ...

  50. 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 ...

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