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Rupert Murdoch blasts Facebook

The CEO (opens in new tab) of News Corp. Rupert Murdoch hit out at Facebook at the Earnings call that the company had yesterday.

Murdoch praised the Open Social platform saying that it would enable developers to write a piece of code that would enable immediate distribution to 200 million homes.

He also mentioned the new initiative launched by Myspace - Self-serve - which would allow small businesses in the United States to advertise on Myspace without heavy overheads.

News Corp. CEO highlighted the fact that only 4% of the 23 million SMEs in America are currently advertising online, something that will certainly take heed of.

Facebook was not spared obviously as he compared the Myspace rival to a web utility like an online phonebook whereas Myspace is, according to him, more about a virtual internet home for Myspace users.

Overall, Myspace is doing pretty well with 45 billion page views per month (that's one in every 10 web pages viewed on the internet) with nearly 10 million new users joining in over the same period.

However, there are a few instances like the all-but-dead Myspace (opens in new tab) News, which may cause some concern in the Myspace Ecosystem.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.