MySpace Launches Celeb Portal

New section will offer celebrity profiles, news, and gossip
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2008 9:57 AM CST
News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, who owns the social networking Web site MySpace, speaks at the company's Global Energy Initiative in this May 9, 2007, file photo. The site is expanding away from basic...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – MySpace is rolling out a new section today dedicated to celebrity news and personalities, CNET reports. “MySpace Celebrity” will provide entertainment news, celebrity profiles, and gossip from People magazine, as well as video content. It will also index official celebrity MySpace profiles—which numbered more than 300 at launch.

MySpace, ahead of Facebook in terms of the number of users but behind in technological innovations, is hoping to distinguish itself as a pop cultural destination in addition to being a social network. "We want MySpace users to connect with celebrities in the same way that they do with musicians" on the site, said MySpace founder Tom Anderson.