Ning’s Social Networks Get Their Own App Platform

Ning, the social network for social networks, recently hit the 1 million networks milestone. But with such a huge user base comes huge user demand for additional features and functionality.

Today, Ning is about to deliver some of that functionality to their 700,000 social network creators with Ning Apps, giving them more than 90 new toys — think apps like Qik, Twitter, Ustream, Box.netTokbox, WordPress, Mailchimp, and PollDaddy — that they can use to enhance their individual networks.
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The new apps aren’t just social in nature, but impressively functional, combining passion and purpose for all niche audiences. So groups that want to create their own store or sell items (like music) can select from 10 different e-commerce apps. Networks looking to collaborate can tap into 18 different options like wikis, file storage (via Box.net), docs (via Google Docs), video chat (via ToxBox), and whiteboards (via Huddle).

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We’ve included a partial list below, but we think a few key apps of note are Cartfly, Wildfire, and Tickets by Ticketmaster. Cartfly will enable any social network creator to create a custom store front to sell merchandise. Wildfire can be used by the social causes crowds to raise funds and create challenges. And Tickets by Ticketmaster (LiveNation and Amiando have apps too) will make it possible for big (and small) ticket bands to promote their shows and sell tickets.

See more at Mashable.

Ticketmaster subpoenaed over reselling

image Ticketmaster has been subpoenaed or received other requests for information from the U.S. Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission and the New Jersey Attorney General’s office, the company said in an email obtained by an industry blog.

The law enforcement agencies were interested in Ticketmaster’s relationship with its reseller TicketsNow, in particular controversial sales of tickets to Bruce Springsteen shows in New Jersey on May 21 and 23, said the email displayed on TicketNews.com.

"We have received a number of subpoenas and demands for sworn information about TicketsNow and its broker clients," Ticketmaster said in the email.

"These include formal requests for information and/or subpoenas from, among others, the United States Department of Justice, the New Jersey Attorney General’s office, the Federal Trade Commission and the Canadian Competition Bureau," the email said.

Ticketmaster confirmed the email was authentic but had no other comment.

Ticketmaster, which is seeking to merge with the world’s largest concert promoting company Live Nation, was besieged by complaints earlier this year when fans of Bruce Springsteen who signed on to Ticketmaster to buy concert tickets were told that they had sold out within minutes. They were instead directed to the reseller TicketsNow which had considerably more expensive tickets.

Read the full article at Yahoo News.

Bands often scalp tickets, says Nine Inch Nails’ Reznor

Purest FeelingPerformers often scalp tickets to their own performances, using TicketsNow.com and StubHub.com as outlets, says Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor in a blog posting.

With the face value of tickets for the best seats so much less than what high rollers and avid fans are willing to pay, performers have to choose between letting scalpers reap the profits of their work or cashing in themselves, said industrial rocker Reznor in a blog posting on Sunday.

"The venue, the promoter, the ticketing agency and often the artist camp (artist, management and agent) take tickets from the pool of available seats and feed them directly to the re-seller," wrote Reznor, who has a long history of battling the music industry.

"I am not saying every one of the above entities all do this, nor am I saying they do it for all shows but this is a very common practice," wrote Reznor. "StubHub.com is an example of a re-seller/scalper. So is TicketsNow.com."

Reselling may disappear and the face value of tickets go up if U.S. Justice Department antitrust officials allow the planned merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation Inc, Reznor predicted.

See the full article at Yahoo News.

Promoters wary of Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger

Live Nation Inc’s rivals in the rock concert business worry that its planned merger with Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc would mean they would lose control over business secrets — an issue that could complicate chances of antitrust approval.

These complaints by Live Nation’s competitors add to the woes piling up on the proposed merger. There are also calls for a federal investigation into Ticketmaster’s relationship with subsidiary TicketsNow because of incidents where fans were told by Ticketmaster that concerts were sold out but then were offered tickets on its subsidiary — for considerably more money.

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee will hold hearings on the merger next Tuesday.

The latest concern is that the shrinking number of independent promoters, many of which use Ticketmaster for selling seats, fear that the company’s deal with the world’s biggest promoting company, Live Nation, would hurt the independents.

See the full article at Yahoo! News.

Live Nation to buy Ticketmaster

The world’s largest concert promoter Live Nation Inc plans to buy Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc for about $400 million in stock in a bid to create a company with dominant holdings in concert promotion and ticket sales.

But shares of both companies fell on Tuesday, amid concerns the acquisition would be blocked by U.S. antitrust regulators under the new Obama administration.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer slammed the deal ahead of its formal announcement on Tuesday, calling for a federal probe into Ticketmaster, the top U.S. ticket vendor.

"This merger would give a giant, new entity unrivaled power over concert-goers and the prices they pay to see their favorite artists and bands," the Democrat senator from New York said in a statement.

See the full article at Yahoo! News.

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