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MySpace, Apparently Still Around, Loses 10 Million Users in Month

MySpace -- wait, what? yes -- lost more than 10 million users in a matter of weeks. ComScore reported the drop came in a single month, between January and February. The fall follows a larger trend; the social network has bled some 50 million users in the last year. The timing has a bit of chicken/egg feel to it, these numbers come right on the heels of January's massive layoffs, when nearly...

How a Man Got Hired by Facebook by Infecting It with a 'MySpace Worm'

With jobs being hard to come by these days, you need to get creative in order to land that dream gig. We wouldn't recommend this path to everybody, but Chris Putnam earned a job at Facebook by creating a worm that made users' profiles look like a MySpace page. In 2005, Putnam, along with his friends Marcel Laverdet and Kyle Stoneman, wrote the XSS-based worm, which spread every time an...

North Carolina Lawyers Say Sex Offenders Should Be Allowed on Facebook

North Carolina state law prohibits registered sex offenders from using social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace, but two lawyers believe that the restriction is unconstitutional. Attorney Glenn Gerding, who is representing convicted sex offender Christian Martin Johnson, argues that the law is too broad, and would prevent his client from using sites like Google or Amazon, since both...

Facebook Most Blacklisted Site in 2010, OpenDNS Says

Web security firm OpenDNS has just released its annual list of the most blacklisted sites across homes, businesses and schools. And, perhaps not surprisingly, Facebook came out on top. OpenDNS' 2010 report on 'Web Content Filtering and Phishing' (PDF) shows that a full 14.2-percent of networks using the company's services have blacklisted Facebook, 9.9-percent blocked access to MySpace, and...

Bandcamp Decoded: An Indie Musician's Best (and Most Profitable) Friend

For starving musicians and champagne-sipping mega-stars alike, a strong digital presence is essential. The ways in which artists can present and sell their work online are constantly expanding, changing the face of the music industry in the process. The need for intermediaries between artist and audience, such as record labels and publicists, is a thing of the past. Enter Bandcamp, a service...

MySpace Staff Cut Nearly in Half

The story of MySpace appears to be racing toward its inevitable conclusion. The site more or less exited the social network business in November to become what the AP has called an "entertainment site." Now comes news that 47-percent of the staff is getting a post-holiday reward in the form of a pink slip. A total of 500 employees worldwide are being laid off, an action that follows a 30-percent...

French Artist Turns Facebook Profile Into Face Profile

Facebook users may not be able to personalize their profiles to the same ridiculous extent that MySpace members can, but that stark, blue and white design holds more potential for self-expression than you might think. Case in point: Alexandre Oudin, a French artist who recently put the 'face' back in his Facebook profile. Taking advantage of the revamped photo layout on Facebook's new profile,...

With 'Mashup,' MySpace Gives Up, Becomes Conduit for Facebook

When we imagined the fall of MySpace (or is it My____ now?), we never envisioned this. 'Mashup With Facebook' essentially announces the end of MySpace as a social network. Right on the front page, you'll now find a 'Connect with Facebook' button. As expected, clicking on it will ask you to grant MySpace (and its associated Facebook App) access to your Facebook account. Give it the go-ahead, and...

MySpace Rolls Out New Redesign, Says It's No Longer Competing With Facebook

Remember that MySpace makeover that was in the works over the summer? Well, it's finally arrived, and, as expected, the new MySpace focuses more heavily on music and entertainment -- the bread and butter, apparently, of the once-mighty social network. Taking its cue from Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, MySpace's home page will now feature a steady stream of tidbits about musicians, movies...

RapLeaf Selling Your Identity to Advertisers, But You Can Opt Out

You may not know a lot about RapLeaf, but RapLeaf probably knows a lot about you. That's because RapLeaf is an online tracking company, and, like most other Internet profilers, it collects data on what individual consumers do online. According to a recent investigation from the Wall Street Journal, though, RapLeaf also collects and distributes the kind of highly personal information that other...

WSJ: Your MySpace Data Is Leaking to Advertisers

According to an investigation conducted by the Wall Street Journal, MySpace and some of its applications have been leaking user data to third-party advertisers, just months after the social network pledged to change its data-sharing ways. Advertisers reportedly obtained user information via advertisements placed on the site. Each clicked ad gave companies access to that user's MySpace ID, the...

Good News: MySpace Unveils New Logo. Bad News: It's Still MySpace.

Share In July, MySpace revealed it was working on a sparkling new site redesign, in the hopes that a new look would give the social network a boost in traffic. Instead of throwing in the towel and wallowing in self pity, however, the once-proud site is taking another shot at online relevance -- with a new logo. The logo, which was unveiled at Friday's Warm Gun Design conference in San...

NY Judge Says Facebook Posts Can Be Used as Court Evidence -- Even if They're Private

Facebook users in New York may have an entirely new reason to mind their online p's and q's, thanks to a state judge's decision to allow private Facebook posts as court evidence. As Forbes explains, the Suffolk County, New York case involved a woman who was personally injured after falling out of an office chair in 2003. Claiming that the incident was due to the chair's defective construction,...

Twitter Tops MySpace in Traffic, We Yawn

Well, it looks like MySpace's makeover hasn't done a lot to slow its inevitable slide into online obscurity. According to the Wall Street Journal, Twitter has now surpassed the once-popular social network in unique visitors, cementing its position as the third most popular social network in the world. According to data from comScore Inc., the site received almost 96 million unique hits last month,...

Shop Urban Outfitters by 'Most Liked,' MySpace Syncs With Facebook

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines.... Urban Outfitters has plugged into the Zuckerberg machine to let you organize your shopping by 'Most Liked.' [From: AllFacebook] Continuing its recent history of underwhelming announcements, MySpace is now letting you sync your status updates with Facebook. Embrace your roots, MySpace, and call us when you've got customizable animated...