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MySpace Music CTO Dmitry Shapiro Departs

Myspace Music CTO Dmitry Shapiro, who joined the company less than a year ago, has left to found a new start-up, he and Myspace confirmed late Thursday.

Shapiro, who had previously founded and led the legally challenged video site Veoh, said in a post on Facebook that his time at Myspace was “a rewarding, frustrating, eye-opening, and inspiring experience.”

His departure follows that of Courtney Holt, the Myspace Music president who left in February. Meanwhile, Myspace has been through a lot in the past year, including management shakeups, major layoffs, declining traffic and sales efforts by its parent News Corp. (which also owns this site).

Shapiro said he planned to form a new company on Monday but did not offer additional details. Myspace declined to comment on Shapiro’s departure.


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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