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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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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald