MySpace Founder Will Once Again Be Thwarted By Rupert Murdoch

Meet Brad Greenspan, the 34-year-old L.A. player who won't be the next owner of Dow Jones but, since there's not a lot of other news going on concerning Rupert Murdoch's close-to-inevitable takeover of the company, is probably worth a quick profile. Greenspan was a co-founder of MySpace (although, the Times reports, "there are fundamental disagreements over his role in the company, as there are over other aspects of his career") and objected to News Corp.'s acquisition of the social networking site, claiming (presciently) that the company was worth far more than the bid accepted. Greenspan's something of a character, and even though My Cock has a better chance of buying the Wall Street Journal than he does (it's bidding $63 a share with guarantees of balls-off full editorial independence policy), there's something fairly charming about his cranky episodes.

Mr. Greenspan has, in the past, made his views clear about news articles that he disagrees with. In March, this reporter wrote an article about MySpace's increasingly restrictive policy on third-party software tools. The article did not mention yet another lawsuit that Mr. Greenspan has filed against the News Corporation, claiming the company was restricting free speech on the site by blocking such software. Mr. Greenspan wrote in an e-mail message, "How did you miss the boat so badly?"

Asked about the e-mail message now, Mr. Greenspan said he may have been "cranky" that day.

Understandable. In pretty much the only other movement on this story, the Journal reports that the decision to sell Dow Jones to Murdoch essentially comes down to a couple of lawyers in Boston who hold seats on a number of Bancroft family trusts.