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No Hi5’s Today. No. 3 Social Network Lays Off 10 to 15 Percent Of Staff

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/15722v1-max-250x250.jpg" /> The layoffs keep rolling in. The latest startup to cut back is <a href="http://www.hi5.com/">Hi5</a>, t

OpenSocial Now Reaches 350 Million Users, And Growing

Six months ago, OpenSocial was nothing but a list of promised partnerships. But the social network application platform backed by Google has made a lot of progress since then as those partners started

Hi5 Plucks An App Developer From Its Platform

Second-tier social network Hi5 has acquired app developer PixVerse for an undisclosed amount, just four months after launching its app platform based on the OpenSocial specification. PixVerse offers s

EMI Music Sues Hi5, VideoEgg and Ten Defendants To Be Named Later

EMI, which is looking less like a music label and more like a lawsuit label, is at it again. This afternoon they filed a lawsuit alleging “massive and blatant” copyright infringement by Hi

Modeling The Real Market Value Of Social Networks

Is MySpace worth $3 billion, or $20 billion? It depends on how you value a user. It’s time to start comparing the big global social networks on something other than unique visitors and page view

Facebook Blows Past MySpace In Global Visitors For May

In April, Facebook caught up to MySpace in worldwide unique visitors (actually nudging past it with 116.4 million unique visitors versus 115.7 million for MySpace) . Now the worldwide comScore numbers

Microsoft Embracing Data Portability? Partnerships WIth Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, LinkedIn and Tagged

Bowing to the inevitable, Microsoft took a big step today towards data portability by announcing that Windows Live contacts can now be exported to social networks and other Websites. Its Windows Live

Chart Me Up: Web 2.0 Venture Deals

Dow Jones VentureSource put out some data on Web 2.0 deals in the U.S. earlier this week that I’ve put together into these charts. The first one above shows how much money has been invested in W

Hi5 Gets Ready to Take OpenSocial Global

OpenSocial is gaining some steam. In addition to Yahoo deciding to join the effort, hi5 is going to actually launch its developer platform based on OpenSocial on March 31. The big draw for developers

Fubar Grows Over 3 Million Percent In A Year

New social network traffic figures released by Compete show that Fubar, billed as the “first online bar and happy hour” is the fastest growing social network, having increased its traffic

The Global Race Among Social Networks Heats Up. Keep an Eye on Hi5, Friendster, and Imeem

In the global race to be the top social network, MySpace and Facebook are neck and neck. In January, 2008, MySpace was still the biggest social network worldwide with 109 million unique visitors, acco

Sonico: The Biggest Social Networking Site You've Probably Never Heard Of

Spanish language social networking site Sonico is the biggest social networking site you’ve probably never heard of before today. If you haven’t you wouldn’t be alone, it has zero hi

Checkmate? MySpace, Bebo and SixApart To Join Google OpenSocial (confirmed)

Google may have just come out of nowhere and checkmated Facebook in the social networking power struggle. MySpace and Six Apart will announce that they are joining Google’s OpenSocial initiative

Details Revealed: Google OpenSocial To Launch Thursday

Details emerged today on Google’s broad social networking ambitions, first reported here in late September, with a follow up earlier this week. The new project, called OpenSocial (URL will go li

Social Site Rankings (September, 2007)

Did you know that Imeem is the fastest-growing social site in the U.S (up 1,590 percent in monthly uniques). And that AIM Pages is growing slightly faster than Digg (345 percent growth versus 323 perc

Social Networking Site Hi5 Takes $20 million

San Francisco based social networking site Hi5 has raised $20 million in a new round of funding led by Mohr Davidow Ventures. Hi5 doesn’t get a lot of coverage (we last covered it in January), h

Hi5 Traffic Surges, May Be Second Largest Social Network

Some of the best data on the growth of social networks is coming out of the widget startups. People put widgets on their various social network user pages, and traffic is referred back to the widget c