MySpace announced its plans to introduce tools for developing games, media-sharing features, and other programs in an attempt to remain the most popular social-media outlet on the web. The site's developers hope that the new programs will further boost MySpace's overall popularity, as outside development has done for its rival online-community, Facebook.
The developers vow to make user safety and security a top priority as they launch the platform, aiming to steer clear of application spam and security holes that Facebook encountered in its launch of outside development features last year.
The MySpace Developer Platform will launch on February 5 with a kick-off event and a workshop at its San Francisco office.
As a response to slowing sales growth and increased competition, Starbucks plans to close stores and recapture its original coffeehouse vibe. With a store at practically every street corner, drive-thru windows, an iTunes music line, and bacon and cheese breakfast sandwiches, many complain the coffee company has become over-saturated in recent years. Starbucks founder Howard D. Schultz says the company will respond by closing some stores and refocusing on the “costumer experience.”
Former News Corporation executive Stephen Chao has announced plans to launch a quirky, educational how-to video site to serve as an educational alternative for YouTube. The controversial former exec said that the new site, WonderHowTo.com, will focus on a fascination with the bizarre and the media frontier.
Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker's production shingle, Pretty Matches, is teaming with Magical Elves Productions to create a new reality competition for the art world. The show will follow the styles of Bravo's Project Runway and Top Chef, creating a suspenseful competition showcasing creative talent.