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Packed With Tweens and Bands, MySpace Not Dead, Just Slow

Admit it. You'd pretty much given up on MySpace. Struggling to keep pace with the two-headed monster of Facebook and Twitter, the once proud social network seems to have both feet in the grave. But don't go signing that death certificate just yet; MySpace may be slow, but thanks to a new surge of younger users, it's far from dead. Despite enduring the resignations of two CEOs last year, M...

Judge Rules Students Can Be Suspended for Fake MySpace Pages

A U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday that schools can legally suspend students for creating fake MySpace profiles, but only if the fabricated online personas poses some sort of school disruption. A three judge panel in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania came to their decision after a student posted a sexually explicit parody of her principal on her fake MySpace page. The panel ruled that the school co...

Girls, ACLU Sue School Over Punishment for Racy MySpace Photos

Two teenage Indiana girls have sued their high school after the administration punished them for posting sexually suggestive photos of themselves on MySpace, the Associated Press reports. The ACLU, which is representing the two sophomores, argues that the school overstepped its bounds by handing down the punishment and, in so doing, violated the girls' rights to free speech. Attorneys with the ACL...

Facebook Users Are Richer Than MySpace Users, Study Finds

We can hear the schoolyard taunts already: "You're so poor, you can't even afford to use Facebook!" Strangely enough, this statement might be pretty close to the truth. According to Computer World, a Nielsen study found that more affluent people use Facebook, while less affluent users are on MySpace. In the study, users of seven social networking sites were split into three groups based on afflu...

MySpace In Talks to Purchase iLike Music Service?

MySpace may have finally figured out its niche for combating the Facebook onslaught: music, which the almost-obsolete site nails, way better than its shinier competitor. TechCrunch writes that MySpace is close to an agreement in the purchase of the music-based social networking service iLike. iLike would not only bring a new pool of members to the NewsCorp-owned site, but would also likely expand ...

Friendster Founder Claims He Invented Social Networking

Remember Friendster? The first big social networking site that we all got excited about? The one with the gray smiley face for a logo? Nothing? Friendster may have been first, but its reign at the top was short lived. The pioneering service was launched in March 2003 by computer programmer Jonathan Abrams, and by June of 2006 it had lost its spot as the most popular social networking site in the...

Researchers Guess Social Security Numbers With Help of Social Networks

Here is some terrifying news for those of you who are paranoid about identity theft: Criminals may be able to guess your Social Security Number (SSN) with little more than your birth date and home town. Researchers at Carnegie-Mellon have found that using only publicly available data, such as that posted to a Facebook profile, they were able to guess the first five digits of a person's SSN on th...

Police Officer Forced to Resign Over Old MySpace Pics

This February, Abigail Keller -- a 27-year-old, full-time reserve officer on Altoona, Iowa's police force -- resigned over controversy surrounding questionable pictures posted to her MySpace account. Keller was in her fifth month of reserve duty, the Des Moines Register reported today, when a local businessman showed print-outs of the page to a city officer. Police Chief John Gray, testifying at ...

Will MySpace Ever Be Cool Again?

Much like a runaway train, the neverending quest for Web popularity doesn't slow down for anyone -- not even MySpace. The once powerful social networking site seems to have tumbled out of its freight car and been left standing on the track, staring at the Facebook and Twitter caboose. Several folks in the Web industry told CNN they are skeptical that MySpace will be able to rebound from a recent ...

Is Your Real Name Already Taken on Twitter? Here's How to Get It Back.

Registering early is the best way to get the username or URL of your choice on social networking services. But being first isn't always enough. Sites like Twitter and MySpace, for example, reserve the right to "reclaim" a URL for celebrities, brands, and public figures. So if someone with the same name as yours becomes the next American Idol, don't be surprised if the link to your Twitter page c...

Hate Spreading Increasingly Through Social Networking Sites

An elite group of Facebook employees, tasked with identifying content that violates the site's nebulous terms-of-service, is sitting at the heart of a free speech battle that could have far-reaching consequences across the whole of the Internet. This week, Facebook banned two Holocaust denial groups, but it took an overwhelming flood of criticism to get the site to take action. According to the...

MySpace CEO and Founder DeWolfe Steps Down

Yesterday, News Corp.'s "Chief Digital Officer" Jonathan Miller issued a press statement, in conjunction with MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe, announcing DeWolfe's departure from the company that he'd helped to build. In the statement, Miller and DeWolfe spoke rosily of each other, and of their respective corporations, Miller making sure to point out that DeWolfe would remain with the company as an advi...

Kid Killer Posed With Knife in MySpace Photo

While most people are perfectly happy to simply look good in the profile pictures they post on MySpace or Facebook, some folks want more -- to look tough. The most typical way of doing this involves posing with some sort of weapon. While it's debatable whether or not this tactic has the desired effect, one teenager found that it certainly didn't help his case in court, being sentenced to life in p...

MySpace Fires Employee After Data Breach

MySpace employees experienced some unusual high and lows this week at work. On Monday, workers for the social networking site learned of a data breach orchestrated by a fellow employee, who collected names, Social Security numbers and compensation information of many of his co-workers. Fox Entertainment Group (the company that operates MySpace) sent e-mails to all employees alerting them to the...

MySpace Diatribe Not Protected by Privacy Rights, Says California Court

In case anyone, even after all the related firings and arrests, is still confused about whether or not their Facebook/MySpace/Twitter comments are protected by privacy acts, a Fresno-based California appellate court clarified the issue last week, the Recorder/Law.com tells us. The court case focused on Cynthia Moreno, a University of California at Berkeley student who, back in 2006, posted an "...