Myspace gets a makeover: can it save itself?

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Can yesterday’s news become news once again? The Rupert Murdoch-owned Myspace is hoping that a massive redesign of the social networking site will make it relevant once more.

Visitors to the site in the last few years will not have seen much difference but finally, the company has announced not just a major redesign, but a major reinvention as an entertainment hub instead a social media network. The move is a bold and necessary one for what was once the paramount social networking site on the web. Myspace has been superseded by Facebook and Twitter in the popularity stakes and the site has been on the downward spiral over the last four years.

This redesign will focus on music, movies, TV, celebrities and games content and will rely on curators – influential users of Myspace to bring new content to the attention of others. Aggregated pages on specific topics will include editorial content and posts from prominent news sites and blogs. Users will be able to share their finds with friends. The new redesign removes the cluttered and fully-customisable profiles of old with a standard page look. The old Myspace logo has also been replaced with a ‘whatever you want it to be’ “My_____” and the tagline ‘A place for friends’ has been dropped. (more…)

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Band of Blogs: Kisses, Crystal Castles ft. Robert Smith, Lykke Li & Pixies

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Kisses
Music borne of Los Angeles usually has a sunshine vibe to it but at the heart of Kisses is a romantic melancholy. An unusual disposition for a couple perhaps but Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson seem more interested in dancing their cares away with their disco-tinged ethereal songs.
http://kisses.bandcamp.com

Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith
Yes, that Robert Smith. The Cure singer climbs aboard the twisted electro vessel of Crystal Castles and steers I’m Not In Love from the vaguely interesting album version into gothic ballad territory.
listen at State.ie

New Lykke Li
“I’m your prostitute, you goin’ get some,” sings an uncharacteristically forward Lykke on the uncharacteristic Get Some, one of half of a free download single which serves as a pre-cursor to the Swede’s second album.
http://www.lykkeli.com

Pixies free shows download
To launch their new website, Pixies are releasing MP3s of live shows once a week starting with the band’s headline performance at Coachella 2004. That one is free.
http://www.lalapixiesloveyou.com

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Sites of the Week: Memebase, Office Love Letters & Hit the Road

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Memebase
A busy resource for all those meme images that have permeated the net: from captioned photos to photobombs to graphs to GIFs.
http://memebase.com

Office Love Letters
A Tumblr blog showing the results of MS Paint drawings from two very bored office workers.
http://officeloveletters.tumblr.com

Hit the Road
Hit the Road shows you how to get between any two points in Dublin City, using a combination of walking and public transport. It’s easier to use than most of the official public transport websites.
http://hittheroad.ie

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