Wires Crossed #58 – October 28

Murdoch Admits MySpace Mistake
Tell us something we don’t know. Rupert Murdoch has gone on record admitting that News Corp buying up social networking site MySpace, was a ‘huge mistake’. At a recent shareholder’s meeting of the company he also stated that “all of the people concerned with it are no longer with the company.” However, we all have the benefit of hindsight, and we would do well to remember that back in the day MySpace was very popular before being usurped by Facebook. Having shelled out US$580 million for the site in 2005 before flogging it off for $35 million this year, Murdoch must have found it a bitter pill to swallow, but just goes to show that even the most successful of us are prone to errors.

Sorkin To Scribe Jobs Bio?
The Social Network scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin is being spruiked as writing a screenplay for a movie on the life of recently deceased Apple CEO Steve Jobs. And what an inspired choice if the rumour is true. Major movie house Sony is said to be courting the Emmy award-winning writer to be part of the biopic. With Sorkin’s ability to highlight the idiosyncratic characteristics of his subjects, while making them both sympathetic and deplorable at the same time – Jobs would be the perfect subject. Don’t believe us? Just ask Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

Kardashian Allegedly Fools Followers On Twitter
Serial Celebrity and reality TV star Kim Kardashian has allegedly used dirty tricks via Twitter to help out her brother, Rob Kardashian, who is starring in his own reality show, Dancing with the Stars. Apparently not long after the last show Ms Kardashian tweeted a phone number claiming it belonged to teen heart throb Justin Bieber. Turns out the number was the line to vote for her brother to stay in the comp. Talk about last dance of the desperate.

Groupon Sues Ex sales Managers Over Google
For some time now the finance media have been claiming that coupon company Groupon is the next Facebook with regard to being a more-than-likely oversubscribed IPO (if it ever happens). So when two of its former sales directors defected to competitor Google, you can bet your bottom dollar Groupon were not happy about it. How unhappy? Enough to file a civil suit. Apparently Groupon believes its two former employees, Michael Nolan and Brian Hanna, know enough of its secrets to aid Google in getting a similar product up and running. Is it just us, or is the tech space one of the most litigious sectors in the world?

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