by John Moe // Posted: 07/16/10 01:06 PM
(Buried lede: MySpace still exists!) One of the main selling points to MySpace used to be that it let users design their own pages – use crazy colors, background animations, funky layouts. The problem was, web design is kind of hard and most of those custom built user pages looked awful. Even the default settings looked pretty awful, actually. Now there’s been a redesign and pages look a whole lot more like Facebook . I’ve been hearing for a while that MySpace was ready to walk away from the whole concept of personal social networking and exist more as an entertainment space with pages for bands, artists, movies and TV shows. This would seem to go against that.
by John Moe // Posted: 06/18/10 11:34 AM
It wasn’t that long ago that MySpace defined social media. You could customize your page, make friends who weren’t really your friends. Yes kids, back in ought six, we really thought we were cutting edge. But now MySpace just keeps washing away like a sand castle. Latest news is that co-president Jason Hirschhorn has quit after only 5 months on the job, this after previous CEO Owen Van Natta was fired in February. The company is expected to shed another 10-20% of it’s staff next month when retention bonuses offered by Van Natta last year are finally paid out. So those aren’t layoffs, they’re ship jumpers.
by John Moe // Posted: 05/21/10 12:11 PM
09/26/10 11:15 AM
There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.
On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.
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