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Back when personal brands were just a twinkle in society’s collective eye, one social network ruled our lives: MySpace.
It was where you went to post passive aggressive comments on your high school frenemies’ walls. It was the source of anguish as you jockeyed for position in the Top Eights of your besties. It was something you accessed via Sidekick if your parents were cool enough to let you get one.
Starting today, Uber passengers can now pay for their rides using PayPal. [GigaOM]
We’d love to be at the meeting between the RapGenius guys and the songwriters’ group accusing them of stealing their work. [The Wrap]
The usage of the word “selfie” shot up 17,000% since two years ago with the Instagram accounts of Betabeat’s staff accounting for half of that. [USA Today]
If you have all of your 401(k) invested in Bitcoins, yesterday was a worrying time since it lost nearly $300 of its value in a half hour. [GeekWire]
The founders of Myspace blame Rupert Murdoch for destroying the site and nothing else. [Huffington Post]
The Dustbin of Internet History
BlackBerry is going to eliminate 40 percent of its staff by the end of the year as it morphs into a juice bar. [Wall Street Journal]
Two Myspace alumni are learning what it’s like to work for successful tech companies. [New York Times]
“I don’t feel euphoric on the up, and I don’t slit my wrists when it goes down,” says Tim Cook in a, uh, revealing interview about Apple’s stock price and the state of the company. [Bloomberg BusinessWeek]
YouTube gaming network Machinima is cutting 10 percent of its staff. [AdWeek]
Netflix, which has been riding the wave of good news lately, is actually shutting down a DVD distribution center in Montana. [The Montana Standard]
Guess there are still a few people who give a crap about MySpace, after all. TechCrunch reports that the site’s few remaining users are not happy with the redesign, which cut off access to everyone’s old, personalized pages in favor of some new music-sharing scheme.
Complaints are flying fast and furious in the forums: “A Read More
No doubt you’ll be shocked to learn that the U.S. has apparently been hacking China for years. No? [ABC News]
Edward Snowden’s full of great ideas: “You have not lived until you’ve rolled over to post-coital Krispy Kremes. That’s what being an American is all about. I recommend them.” [Daily Mail]
MySpace is spending $20 million on an ad campaign for its relaunch, because somebody just cannot take a hint. [Ad Week]
Even if you’re using a “hands-free device,” electronic bells and whistles in your car are still big, fat distractions. [Computer World]
Human rights activists worry about the uptick in attempts by Southeast Asian governments to impose controls on Internet access. [Wall Street Journal]
Did you have a Friendster? Were you popular on Myspace for a time? Then you (and only you) might be qualified to be Bloomberg’s new Global Social Media Director.
In a job listing first flagged by Reuters reporters Felix Salmon and Shane Ferro, Bloomberg details the qualifications required of their candidates for Global Social Read More
Remember that Crazy Blind Date app from OKCupid that purports to set you up with someone who hopefully won’t kill and/or maim you for a night on the town? Turns out it accidentally exposed users’ email addresses and birthdays. Sucks for everyone who lied about their age! [Wall Street Journal]
Google is holding a developer event for Glass. If you paid that $1,500 to get a test pair of Glass, you’re in for a treat. [AllThingsD]
California Rep. Zoe Lofgren has proposed a bill that she hopes will be called “Aaron’s Law” aimed at modifying the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act which many say was abused in the Aaron Swartz case. [The Hill]
New MySpace seems kind of like it’s just a big ad for Justin Timberlake’s new song. [TechCrunch]
The awesome NASA mohawk guy is going to ride with a Mars Rover float in the Inaugural Parade, because America. [Wired]
Don’t be alarmed, but it’s very possible you wasted money on that smart TV. [PC Mag]
Companies might be reconsidering Amazon Web Services, after one outage too many. [Wall Street Journal]
Netflix is preparing to roll out new social features, like the ability to share what you’ve watched (if you want) through the company’s Facebook app. So you’d better finish watching every available episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” on the double quick. [TPM]
Doesn’t look like Poke is going to dethrone Snapchat juuust yet. [GigaOm]
Speaking of online video: is Hulu about to lose a lot of employees? [AllThingsD]
We hope you didn’t bet any serious money on the new version of Myspace turning the old girl around. [The Verge]
Tom Anderson, a.k.a. “MySpace Tom,” is an American Internet icon responsible for creating what was once the world’s most influential social network before it devolved into pages upon pages of sparkly animated GIFs and tExT tHaT LoOkS lIkE tHiS. That picture of him mugging in a white tee before a white board is seared into our collective subconscious, perhaps representative of a time and a place when MySpace didn’t need Justin Timberlake to sell the concept.
It’s hard to say where exactly MySpace went wrong. Once the favorite social networking platform of you and your little 9th grade friends too, it has become the quintessential target for Internet ire. One day you were pimping out your animated background and snapping selfies in your parents’ bathroom, and the next you were denying you even had a MySpace account. It basically became the equivalent of admitting you use Hotmail.
But MySpace, sold for a paltry sum a little over a year ago, is planning to stage a massive comeback–and there’s one dude who’s helping to do that.