Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America

By Julia Angwin
Read by Paul Michael Garcia

11.35 Hours 03/17/2009 unabridged
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This is the story of MySpace, a powerhouse Internet company that rose from humble beginnings to become nothing less than one of the centerpieces of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. No one would have predicted that this company—barely funded, technologically inept, conceptually derivative, and driven by rivalries—would morph into the biggest Internet site in the world. This fascinating and surprising story includes all the elements of a great business narrative: obsessive characters, relentless and unlikely innovation, and dizzying backroom deal-making—all centered around an epic battle for control. Acclaimed journalist Julia Angwin delivers a savvy, smart account reminiscent of Kurt Eichenwald and Barbarians at the Gate. 

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Summary

Summary

This is the story of MySpace, a powerhouse Internet company that rose from humble beginnings to become nothing less than one of the centerpieces of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. No one would have predicted that this company—barely funded, technologically inept, conceptually derivative, and driven by rivalries—would morph into the biggest Internet site in the world. This fascinating and surprising story includes all the elements of a great business narrative: obsessive characters, relentless and unlikely innovation, and dizzying backroom deal-making—all centered around an epic battle for control.

Acclaimed journalist Julia Angwin delivers a savvy, smart account reminiscent of Kurt Eichenwald and Barbarians at the Gate

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Overall, you needn’t know a portal from a platform to follow this sprawling, rollicking Internet history.” New York Times
“Meticulous and engaging…sparkles as a boardroom page-turner.” Washington Post
“A well-written, entertaining and drama-filled chronicle…This engrossing look at how MySpace became a media powerhouse will find a solid audience of business history, technology, and entrepreneurship readers.” Publishers Weekly
“The first and only business history thus far of MySpace, this outstanding title is highly recommended.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Julia Angwin

Julia Angwin is an award-winning journalist at the Wall Street Journal, where she has been writing about the convergence of technology and media for six years. She lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 11.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English