Thursday, 25 May 2017

Myspace sold for 30 Million

Remember when we used to use MYspace?  Only six years ago it was worth 580 million dollars.  Who would purchase an ailing and tarnished social network?  Justin Timberlake?  With his supposed involvement, I guess he thinks he really is Sean Parker.

Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp.

Fox conglomerate and former Myspace owners

Wired article by John C. Abell :

"Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

A day after Google went public with a tilt at Facebook, today’s dominant social network, News Corp has found a buyer for MySpace, the ruling online hangout of yesteryear. The selling price is said to be between $30 million and $40 million — at best about 7 cents on the dollar News Corp paid six years ago.

The news comes from The Wall Street Journal, like MySpace also a division of News Corp. No official word yet from either party.

When Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate bought MySpace for $580 million in 2005 it was the place to be online. As recently as 2008 it was still the top locale. But in April of that year Facebook surged and left MySpace in the dust. And according to the Law of the Digital Jungle — there can be only one über-dominant social network, search engine or word processor — that meant that the inexorable MySpace death spiral had begun.

For the hardy, well-heeled and focused, however, it isn’t game over in the social media space. The smartphone app-driven environment is invigorating niche networks for sharing based on limited circles (Path), media (Instagram) and proximity (Color)."

Look out for Google's attempt at social networking now with Google Plus :

"And then there is Google, which only Tuesday unveiled its own full-service social network, Google+. The search giant isn’t calling “+” a Facebook killer, but they don’t need to. The law of the digital jungle will sort it all out in due course."

WSJ had this to add :

"Specific Media LLC, which emerged as a front-runner for the site only in recent days, will pay $35 million in cash and stock for the site, according to people familiar with the matter, a major comedown for a property that was acquired for $580 million just six years ago.

Whether the new owner can turn around Myspace's performance remains to be seen. Specific Media, which sells ads on other websites, said it was teaming up with actor and pop star Justin Timberlake to "rebuild and reinvigorate" Myspace by making it a place to consume media and connect with entertainers, a strategy several rounds of Myspace managers have pursued unsuccessfully for years. Mr. Timberlake invested an undisclosed amount in the company."

How long will Zuckerburg be able to keep his social network?

 

 

 

Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted.

Debates fly in Argentina over a recent UFO sighting that can only be described as the Flying Spaghetti Monster itself.  Finally, all religious arguments can be laid to rest as we now await our true savior. Pastafarians can rest a little easier knowing they were right.  Harold Camping wasn't wrong after all.

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For those of you shaking your head and wondering what the fuck, I'll let Wikipedia explain :

"The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the parody religion[1][2] the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarianism.[3] In 2005, Oregon State physics graduate Bobby Henderson wrote an open letter about a "Flying Spaghetti Monster" as a satirical protest against the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to permit the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public schools.[4] In the letter, Henderson parodied the concept of intelligent design by professing belief in a supernatural creator that closely resembles spaghetti and meatballs. Henderson further called for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism to be allotted equal time in science classrooms alongside intelligent design and evolution."

Let us be created in his image.

 

Puke Art

In another ode to the weird, I give you Millie Brown.  I read that you can buy one of her pieces for the bargain price of £1,500.

We regurgitate Huffingtonpost's story :

Some people will do anything in the name of art. Performance artist Millie Brown has mastered the art of regurgitation, and we mean that literally. Brown's work is called "Nexus Vomitus," which involves Brown drinking colored milk and then spewing it back out onto white screens to an acoustic accompaniment of opera singers Patricia Hammond and Zita Syme.

Those of you who have seen Lady Gaga's Monster Ball will already be familiar with Brown's work. In a video interlude, Brown vomits color onto Gaga's dress.

About her art, Brown says: "I drink coloured milk — the process is not painful but after several hours of vomiting it can take its toll, which is why I limit the number of colours I use. … The use of canvas is a natural progression from my early performances. I started puking down myself in various outfits, but wanted more longevity from the end result."

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Watch the full uncut performance here.

Who knew that bulimia could be an art form?

 

Pre-Crime Technology already being tested in the U.S.

Orwell's vision of the future is drawing nearer and I blame Steven Spielberg.  New technology is being field tested now that helps to profile possible terrorists.  Will we have to wait for the results of this testing or will the world of Minority Report be our future... and will Tom Cruise make us into scientologists in the process?

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Sharon Weinberger reports for Nature.com : "Planning a sojourn in the northeastern United States? You could soon be taking part in a novel security programme that can supposedly ’sense’ whether you are planning to commit a crime.

Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programme designed to spot people who are intending to commit a terrorist act, has in the past few months completed its first round of field tests at an undisclosed location in the northeast, Nature has learned.

Like a lie detector, FAST measures a variety of physiological indicators, ranging from heart rate to the steadiness of a person’s gaze, to judge a subject’s state of mind. But there are major differences from the polygraph. FAST relies on non-contact sensors, so it can measure indicators as someone walks through a corridor at an airport, and it does not depend on active questioning of the subject."

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