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A few years ago, MySpace.com was just an idea kicking around a Southern California spam mill. Scroll down to the present day and MySpace is one of the most visited Internet destinations in America, displaying more than 40 billion webpage views per month and generating nearly $1 billion annually for Rupert Murdochs online empire. Even by the standards of the Internet age, the MySpace saga is an astounding growth story, which climaxed with the sites acquisition by Murdochs News Corporation in 2005 for a sum approaching one billion dollars. But more than that, it may be the defining drama of the digital era.

In Stealing MySpace, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Angwin chronicles the rise of this Internet powerhouse. With an unerring eye, Angwin details how MySpace took the Internet by storm by grabbing the best ideas from around the Web, encouraging pinup stars such as Tila Tequila to make their home on its pages and giving everyone freedom to experiment with online identities–including using somebody elses identity.

Stealing MySpace introduces us to the sites founders, Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson, who dabbled in computer hacking, online pornography, spam, and spyware before starting MySpace. Although their street savvy, doggedness, and clubbing skills far eclipsed their tech prowess, they stumbled their way to success and soon found themselves at ground zero of a high-stakes war that pitted Rupert Murdoch against his frequent nemesis, the combative Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone. Angwin sheds light on the dizzying backroom deals that allowed Murdoch to snatch MySpace from Viacoms grasp even as the MySpace founders remained in the dark about their own fate. Then she takes us inside the Murdoch empire as DeWolfe and Anderson lobby furiously to regain control of their creation.

Venturing beyond the business aspects of the story, Angwin also explores the Internet culture, a voyeuristic world in which MySpace must stay one step ahead of amateur pornographers, sexual predators, and “spoofers” who set up fake profiles (Rupert Murdoch himself tolerates dozens of phony “Ruperts” on the site) and cope with the general excesses and sometimes illegal acts of a community of account holders equal in number to the population of Japan.

In Stealing MySpace, Julia Angwin dishes on the epic real-world battle for control of a virtual empire. In a savvy, smart, fast-paced narrative reminiscent of Bryan Burrough and John Helyars Barbarians at the Gate and Michael Lewiss The New New Thing, Stealing MySpace tells is the whole gripping story behind a breakout cultural phenomenon.

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"Angwin, an award-winning journalist for the Wall Street Journal, recounts the history of MySpace.com in this well-written, entertaining and drama-filled chronicle. From its founding by Chris DeWolfe to its surprising purchase for nearly $600 million by Rupert Murdoch and NewsCorp., Angwin takes the reader through the company's tumultuous journey to the top. Readers will learn how Eliot Spitzer's spyware lawsuit nearly devastated the company and how Richard Blumenthal's investigation into the site's lack of protection of minors resulted in a blindsiding public assault. An array of personalities populate the book, including Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone, Bill O'Reilly and Tila Tequila, who was one of the earliest to use her popularity on the site to generate a successful business. Angwin also describes the massive defection of MySpace users to Facebook and leaves the reader to wrestle with the issue of digital identity. Attesting to the depth of her research, Angwin also includes a lengthy notes section. This engrossing look at how MySpace became a media powerhouse will find a solid audience of business history, technology and entrepreneurship readers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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At the peak of the dotcom bubble in 2000, a Wall Street Journal columnist set out to tell the story of the colossal merger between America Online and Time Warner: the Web's biggest deal ever, one that promised to shape the new communications medium. But by the time the book came out several years later, Kara Swisher's account of that ill-fated corporate coupling felt like ancient history. AOL was losing... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

About the Author

Julia Angwin is an award-winning journalist at The Wall Street Journal, where she writes about the convergence of technology and media.

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ISBN:
9781400066940
Subtitle:
The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America
Author:
Angwin, Julia
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Internet industry
Subject:
Infrastructure
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - General
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
MySpace (Firm)
Subject:
Internet industry -- United States.
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090317
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-PP PHOTO INSERT
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.9 x 6.37 x 1.3 in 1.34 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Angwin, an award-winning journalist for the Wall Street Journal, recounts the history of MySpace.com in this well-written, entertaining and drama-filled chronicle. From its founding by Chris DeWolfe to its surprising purchase for nearly $600 million by Rupert Murdoch and NewsCorp., Angwin takes the reader through the company's tumultuous journey to the top. Readers will learn how Eliot Spitzer's spyware lawsuit nearly devastated the company and how Richard Blumenthal's investigation into the site's lack of protection of minors resulted in a blindsiding public assault. An array of personalities populate the book, including Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone, Bill O'Reilly and Tila Tequila, who was one of the earliest to use her popularity on the site to generate a successful business. Angwin also describes the massive defection of MySpace users to Facebook and leaves the reader to wrestle with the issue of digital identity. Attesting to the depth of her research, Angwin also includes a lengthy notes section. This engrossing look at how MySpace became a media powerhouse will find a solid audience of business history, technology and entrepreneurship readers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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