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.
No Longer an App for That
Rupert Murdoch’s less than two-year-old foray into digital-only publishing has officially come to an end with the news that The Daily, News Corp.’s iPad-only magazine, will cease publication on December 15th. Some of The Daily’s assets and 120 employees will transition over to other News Corp. entities; Jesse Angelo, its editor-in-chief, will serve as the new publisher of the New York Post.
Deconstructing the myth of the “booth babe.” [Jezebel]
Speaking of myths, the Facebook phone is apparently a reality, which is a shame because nobody wants a stupid Facebook phone. [Bloomberg]
Roku continues getting cozy with pay TV, raises $45 million from News Corps. and BSkyB. [TechCrunch]
Kevin Rose on the new Betaworks incarnation of Digg: “It’s very simple, and there’s a lot of emphasis on real-time.” Version one of the new Digg is set to debut in one week. [GigaOm]
Google is livestreaming its announcement about rolling out a fiber network in Kansas City today. [Google]
Zynga shares tumbled 42 percent yesterday; not even gullible mothers taking care of virtual crops can fix that. [Bloomberg]