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When Ali Partovi Just Couldn't Get You Out of MySpace: The Video Proof (And Spoof)

In all the sturm und drang over the departure of well-known Web entrepreneurs and twin brothers Ali and Hadi Partovi from MySpace today, it’s hard to find much to laugh about.

Except for this most excellent video Ali made last fall for a company contest that required new employees to show “how MySpace is YOUR space.”

Ali wins hands down, as you will see from this fine effort, in which he tried to find the right song for the News Corp. (NWS) social networking site.

The Partovis, whose iLike social music service was bought by MySpace last year, announced their exit to staff today.

Sad perhaps, but please enjoy the memories:

MySpace exec goes rogue

ali | MySpace Video

(Full disclosure: News Corp. owns Dow Jones, which owns this site.)

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work