Happy Holidays! Facebook Stuffs More Ads in Its Stockings.

’Tis the season to increase your News Feed ad load. Did you notice? Wall Street has.
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The Buzziest Social Network, According to Hip-Hop

Hip-hop, hooray!
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Digital-Ad Vet Mike Barrett on Facebook, Ad-Tech IPOs and a Cookie-Free Web (Q&A)

One of the Web’s best-traveled salesmen — and most popular board members — drops some knowledge.
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MySpace Co-Founder’s Games Company Acquires Former Zynga Partner

Mobile-social games company SGN, founded by MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, has acquired another independent studio, Mob Science, the companies announced in a press release. Zynga had invested in Mob Science via its Partners program, and published its Facebook RPG Legends: Rise of a Hero. That game and the rest of Mob Science’s portfolio is included in the acquisition, but monetary terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Myspace Launches a New Mobile App

Myspace debuted a new version of its website and mobile iOS application on Wednesday, aiming to jumpstart the ailing social network back to life. Among the most noteworthy features: Users are able to create personalized radio stations inside the app, streaming music from Myspace’s catalog of 53 million songs.

QOTD: And the Buyer’s Remorse Lingers On

Look out Facebook! Hours spent participating per member dropping seriously. First really bad sign as seen by crappy MySpace years ago.

Rupert Murdoch, still steamed about that whole MySpace thing, tweets a warning to Facebook

Fetch! BarkBox Raises $5 Million for Doggy Treat Deliveries.

It’s like Birchbox, minus the makeup, plus the chew-toys.
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Myspace Hires Two VPs to Prep for Relaunch

Myspace, the struggling website that fueled the first major wave of the social Internet, announced Monday that it had hired two new vice presidents to prepare the company for its major relaunch this year. New VP of global marketing Christian Parkes comes most recently from Levi’s, and held a similar previous position at Nike. Joseph Patel will be Myspace’s VP of content and creative, and was most recently a senior producer at Vice Magazine.

Former Yahoo Boss Ross Levinsohn Has a New Gig, and a Digital M&A War Chest

Guggenheim Partners opens up a new digital fund, and gets a veteran digital dealmaker and operator to run the show.
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Myspace Plans a Reboot — Again