Social information processing

  1. AOL Says To Sell Or Shut Down Bebo In 2010

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AOL Inc plans to find a buyer for its social networking site Bebo, for which it paid $850 million in 2008, or shut it down. The level of competition in social networking makes it difficult for the company to fight larger players such as Facebook a ...

  2. Rights Holders Will Initiate Spanish Anti-Piracy Process

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The text of the Spanish government's proposed legislation to tackle illegal downloads has been published for the first time, and includes an important clarification. The Intellectual Property Commission, which will have the power to decide if ...

  3. Pandora Tops 50 Million Users

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio service Pandora passed 50 million registered users late last week, co-founder Tim Westergren announced at the company blog. "The growth of mobile has clearly helped a ton,” wrote Westergren, adding that an increasing number of ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. @SXSW: The Expansive Reach Of Music Bloggers

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel : "The State of Music Blogs" Participants : Jesse Ervin (EMI/Capitol), Nicole Poulos (Sideways Media), Greg Swan (Perfect Porridge), Tessa Horehled (Drive a Fast Car), Nathan Wright A panel of music bloggers (and one record label m ...

  6. @SXSW: THE DAILY DIGEST: Twitter CEO Unveils Newest Feature, But Where’s The $?

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter was the undisputed king of SXSW three years ago when the service first broke out of obscurity during the multi-day event. Yesterday, the company’s CEO Evan Williams made his mark again, this time as a SXSW Interactive keynote, when he unve ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Music Videos Dominate YouTube

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music videos account for 30.7% of YouTube traffic, according to research company Sysomos . The company tracks videos by measuring a video’s tags. Entertainment videos ranked second at 14.6% of traffic. With 10.8% of views, people and blogs ranked ...

  9. MySpace Puts Ads 'In Stream'

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace has quietly begun testing a new "In-Stream" ad unit that appears directly within a user's personal "stream" of friend activities and status updates. The new placement debuted on Feb. 10, with Coke offering fans a f ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Spanish Societies Reject Concerns Over Anti-Piracy Law

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Four Spanish collecting societies have dismissed a report by the district attorney's office's advisory body, the Fiscal Council, which gives a damning assessment of the government's proposed anti-download legislation. The Fiscal Cou ...

  13. Business Matters: Google, Music Blogs, the Orchard, Tsar, O2 and More

    February 11, 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 . -- The Daily Swarm's post about music blogs that hav ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Business Matters: Live Nation, MySpace Music, Gibson and More

    February 09, 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 . -- The Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger "should not h ...

  17. @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 ...

  18. @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) ...

  19. 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. ...

  20. MySpace, Merlin Standoff Ends

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace Music and independent music aggregator Merlin buried the hatchet with a deal that adds the company's roster of independent labels to the online streaming music service. While financial details of the arrangement were not disclosed, th ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. MySpace Music Unveils Program To Champion Artists

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's no secret that MySpace can be a great place for artists to launch their careers. But MySpace Music is now formalizing the process, flexing its promotional muscles with a new program designed to champion five artists every three months ca ...

  26. Regional Mexican Panel Discusses Importance Of Online Media

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The increasing importance of the Internet as a means for marketing and, moreover, artist development, was the crux of the “Image” panel today (Oct. 9) at the Billboard regional Mexican Music Summit, where speakers discussed innovative marketing st ...

  27. Merlin Disenchanted With MySpace Down Under

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The independent music community's digital rights agency Merlin has slammed what it calls the "downright arrogant" approach of MySpace Music for launching in Australia without a licensing deal covering its members. News Corp's M ...

  28. MySpace Music Launches Down Under

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Music has arrived down under. News Corp has flicked the switch on its digital music platform in Australia and New Zealand, in what the media giant anticipates will be a global roll out. The social music service is a music-lover's one- ...

  29. Twitter Expands Rules To Allow Advertising

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Twitter, the fast-growing microblogging site now seeking ways to make money, expanded its terms for users on Thursday to allow advertisers to reach the Internet site's more than 45 million monthly visitors. Twitter, the two-year-old venture c ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. MySpace Acquires iLike

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace officially has acquired social music discovery service iLike, confirming rumors that have been swirling for days. The deal brings the entire iLike team, including founders Ali and Hadi Partovi, to the social networking service, although th ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Big Champagne Bolsters Services

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital media measurement firm Big Champagne introduced a new feature to users called the BC Dash, a subscription service that aggregates music sales, broadcast and consumption data with analysis and reporting. Along with it the company has added ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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. & ...

  37. News Corp Won't Buy Twitter

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp is not interested in buying popular microblogging site Twitter and will not sell its struggling social network MySpace, said the media conglomerate's chief executive, Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch, who arrived on Wednesday (July 9) at the ...

  38. Report: MySpace Brazil To Shutter

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As part of its worldwide restructuring, MySpace will reportedly shutter its Brazilian operation. MySpace Brazil's last day will be June 30, according to O Globo and digital blogspot Aliado Digital (powered by Music Ally). In an earlier press ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. MySpace Music Opens Doors On New Weekly Series

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Music is introducing its first original programming feature called the MySpace Music Feed, a weekly series of short-form videos of exclusive performances, interviews and behind the scenes footage. The first installment will air tomorrow (M ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. MySpace, Live Nation In Spain Concert Pact

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace and Live Nation have entered a marketing partnership for a series of concerts in Spain. The shows, called “MySpace Music Live Presents,” begin April 3 with a Franz Ferdinand concert at Madrid’s Palacio de los Deportes. More shows were expe ...

  47. Brazilian Authorities Take Down Music Community

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As part of its ongoing battle against online piracy, IFPI's Brazilian chapter (ABPD) in conjunction with the country's Cinema and Music Anti Piracy Organization (APCM) joined with Google Brazil to take down what executives are calling th ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. MySpace COO, Two Other Execs Leaving For New Venture

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three top MySpace executives, including COO Amit Kapur, are leaving News Corp's online social network to start a new venture, the company said on Tuesday (March 3). MySpace said Kapur was leaving along with Jim Benedetto, SVP of engineering, ...

  50. Discount Price For Allen Sophomore Set

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop singer Lily Allen's new album will be sold for just $3.99 to download at Amazon.com and MySpace Music. Allen will also promote "It's Not Me, It's You" (Capitol) at free MySpace Music Secret Shows in London, Tokyo ...

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