Carrot Flop: Twitter CEO Costolo Finds Lack of Woman on Board Is No Joking Matter

Two men fight over women, of course.

Video News Start-Up NowThisNews Taps MTV Pioneer Judy McGrath for Advice

The woman who brought us Kurt Loder and Martha Quinn (Google ’em!) weighs in on a next-gen product. Which you can now see for youself.
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Social Travel Network CouchSurfing Appoints New Chief

CouchSurfing, which connects travelers online with a place to stay in someone’s home, has appointed Tony Espinoza as its new CEO. Co-founder Dan Hoffer, who was previously CEO, will become president. Prior to joining CouchSurfing, Espinoza was VP at AOL and at MTV Networks. Last summer, CouchSurfing changed its status from a nonprofit and raised nearly $8 million in venture capital.

Dan Loeb Recruits Former NBC Boss Jeff Zucker for His Raid on Yahoo

Also on Loeb’s team: Turnaround consultant Harry Wilson and media consultant Michael Wolf.
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You Sold Your Company, What Did You Buy First? Here’s What I Did.

Having some money all of a sudden is a weird thing. I’ve always wondered what entrepreneurs do when they hit it. What do they buy, if at all?


Head of MTV Networks Resigns

Viacom Inc. said Thursday Judy McGrath is resigning from her post as chief executive of its MTV Networks unit, giving the company’s top executives more direct control of some of its biggest assets.

Microsoft-Facebook Tiff Over Ad Talent Raid Downgraded to "Disappointed" (With a Side of Settlement)

While Facebook should not be expecting big bouquets of love from its partner and investor Microsoft, at least it’s not going to be getting legal brickbats either. According to sources close to the situation, the pair have settled a dispute over the Silicon Valley social networking site’s talent raid of Microsoft’s head of global ad sales, Carolyn Everson, for a similar job at Facebook.

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MTV Digital Marketer Heather Hopkins Goes To Gilt

Heather Hopkins Freeland, who ran marketing and sales for MTV Networks Digital, has jumped from the Viacom unit to head marketing at Gilt City, the local offers company spun out of Gilt Groupe. Freeland joined Viacom in 2008 to build out MTV’s “Tribes” ad networks business.

Former DoubleClick Execs Create Groupon Competitor, But It's Not Exactly A Clone

Think there’s already too many Groupon clones? Think again. Group Commerce, which is coming out of stealth today, has the pedigree and the funding to be a viable contender. What’s more, it is coming out of the gate running with four major publishing partners already signed up on its publisher platform.

Owen Van Natta Out at MySpace