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MySpace to engage Google Gears

MySpace plans to enable users to access their profiles offline using the Google Gears APIs in the coming months, and launch its new music service this month.

MySpace plans to integrate Google Gears with its platform, according to the social network's co-founder Chris DeWolfe. Users will be able to access their profiles offline using the Google Gears APIs, but the feature won't be available for a few months.

DeWolfe was fielding a few questions in an interview at the TechCrunch50 event in San Francisco with co-host Mike Arrington, who started off the interrogation by asking DeWolfe if he was dating Paris Hilton. The gentlemanly DeWolfe declined to answer the question.

He did talk about the new music service launching this month that will partner with the major labels, offer free streaming, and include some original content from its audience of 120 million members. DeWolfe said that MySpace is very focused on making the new service a success, with more than 70 people, including top MySpace management, working on the project. He was asked if Amazon was providing the downloading capabilities, but declined to answer. MySpace has a strong music foundation, and may be able to make some inroads into the Apple/iTunes territory.

Michael Arrington talks with MySpace's Chris DeWolfe at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco. Dan Farber/CNET