Liz Gannes

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Myspace Modernizes Mobile Site and App

Remember when there was a whole phone–in fact a whole carrier–oriented around the booming social network Myspace? It was just a few years ago that the Helio MVNO came out, but it’s since been bought by Virgin and discontinued. These days, Myspace has had more basic and sparsely updated mobile offerings, but even so, the company says “a third of Myspace’s Gen Y users [are] interacting with the site on mobile devices every day.” Today Myspace announced it’s modernizing its mobile offerings.

A new Myspace mobile site at launches today, formatted for iOS, Android, Palm and “select Nokia and BlackBerry devices.” It channels Myspace’s recent focus as an entertainment destination, with features emphasizing music and celebrity news and access to video content, but no music streaming.

An overdue iPhone app update is also set to arrive “in the coming weeks,” Myspace said. The company’s existing iPhone app hadn’t been updated since January 2010, and doesn’t include push notifications, instant messaging or status updating, according to vocal user complaints in the iPhone app reviews section. The new app will indeed include all those features, said a Myspace spokesperson.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik