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You probably remember the Megan Meier case, in which a teenage girl committed suicide after a MySpace romance went bad. The romance itself and the boy involved were in fact fictional, perpetrated as a vindictive prank by the mother of a former friend who lived down the street.A Missouri woman who prosecutors say drove a 13-year-old neighbour girl to suicide with a cruel MySpace hoax pleaded innocent to federal charges on Thursday in the unprecedented case. Lori Drew, who is accused of creating the fake MySpace persona of a 16-year-old boy to woo and then viciously reject neighbour Megan Meier, pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and accessing a protected computer to obtain information.... Read more...
Don't worry, Rupert (Murdoch); MySpace still outdraws Facebook in terms of unique U.S. visitors. But in terms of worldwide visitors: second place.comScore statistics indicate that Facebook drew even with MySpace in April.  At that point, the networks interested about 115 million users each.  If we're allowed mentally to extend the growth lines through today, Facebook's likely closer to 120 million, and MySpace has almost undoubtedly been left behind.Keep an eye out for official global "nail in the coffin" reports, then.  Since different research firms come up with varying figures, they'll trickle in for a while, making MySpace's position look quite bad.Why the trend?  Many... Read more...
Considering that News Corp. owns both MySpace and The New York Post, this is probably pretty reliable info.MySpace's plan to launch a digital-music joint venture with the major record companies is picking up steam, as the social networking giant nears deals with Sony BMG and Warner Music Group, multiple sources familiar with the situation told The Post.The agreements could be signed as soon as this week. The service is expected to launch later this year. BTW, since Universal Music and MySpace have an ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit, don't expect a deal to be signed between those two anytime soon.... Read more...
Who would have thought that gangs would eventually be recruiting new members on social networking sites such as MySpace?San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer, who speaks for the San Mateo County gang task force, said gang leaders are aware that kids like to socialize on sites such as MySpace and YouTube. "We're seeing our gangs and the resurgence of some of the gang members coming back from prison looking more and more to those middle schoolers and the younger kids to recruit them," said Manheimer.We have to wonder just how tough these new recruits might be versus those that came from backgrounds so impoverished that they might not have things like the internet or a computer at home.... Read more...
Seattle has been a boomtown a half-a-dozen times over the years. Looks like it is again. The entrepreneurs of the digital age seemed to have settled on the Seattle area as the next big thing - the overcast version of Silicon Valley.   “The Seattle start-up ecosystem is vibrant, and growing rapidly,” said Oren Etzioni, an artificial-intelligence expert at the University of Washington and a serial technology entrepreneur.The University of Washington, in fact, is one of the big draws. It is fostering the entrepreneurial climate here the way Stanford University does in Silicon Valley. Another advantage is the tech-savvy talent at the Seattle-based Amazon and nearby Microsoft.Microsoft offshoots,... Read more...
There's been a lot of interest among users, the media, and potential investors about social networks like MySpace, Facebook, and others recently. But there seems to be one class of people losing interest very quickly in social networks: advertisers.There was a time when Mark Seremet considered MySpace one of the best things to happen to his business. Seremet, then-CEO of customized clothing company Spreadshirt, saw sales jump sixfold in late 2005 and early 2006 after he ran ads on the popular social networks MySpace and Facebook. "Somebody would get the shirt, then tell a friend," Seremet says. "It was really an amazing change for the business."But Seremet's love for social networks, including... Read more...
Do you ever get that feeling that all day you're just taking one step forward, two steps back?  How about that uncanny sort of chill that goes down your spine when you're skulking in late from a night out with the boys, only to realize that your wife or significant other really isn't asleep, she's faking it and your dog-breath, over-indulged, wretchedness won't slide past her, even if you paid her handsomely.  Well, it could just be that you haven't yet mastered all time, space and dimension yet, young Jedi.  Grand Poo-Baa of all the smart guys in history, Albert Einstein had a theory (well, relatively speaking anyway) that maybe we were all living here on Earth... Read more...
The Megan Meier MySpace case, in which Megan committed suicide after a MySpace hoax committed by no less than an adult, has caused a Missouri community to craft a law to prevent something from this from happening again, at least without some punishment for the perpetrators.The goal of the ordinance, said Assistant City Attorney John Young, is to punish people who use threatening or obscene language or images through electronic communication to inflict emotional distress on another person. Young said he researched similar legislation in other cities and states in drafting the ordinance.Megan Meier hanged herself with a cloth belt from a support beam in a closet in her Dardenne Prairie home Oct.... Read more...
Sony is offering US buyers a new and less expensive model of its Playstation3 gaming console, and cutting the price on its existing model, to try to spur sales. The current model, sporting an 80 GB hard drive, will now retail for $500, down from $600. The new model, already available in Europe and Japan, has a 40 GB drive and will sell for $400."I think the educational curve is starting to be broached with the general consumer," (SCEA President) Tretton told Reuters in an interview, when asked about his expectations for the PS3 through the end of the year. Sales of the PS3, which has a built-in Blu-ray drive for playing high-definition DVDs, have lagged those of Microsoft Corp's  Xbox 360,... Read more...
Solar arrays in space, delivering power to the Earth.  Something seen frequently in science fiction movies and books.  It's always been seen as financially unviable, but if someone with really deep pockets like the military were interested ...A new Pentagon study lays out the roadmap for a multibillion-dollar push to the final frontier of energy: a satellite system that collects gigawatts’ worth of solar power and beams it down to Earth.The military itself could become the “anchor tenant” for such a power source, due to the current high cost of fueling combat operations abroad, the study says.Even for the military, the cost would be tremendous, and it would still not be financially... Read more...
As of today, Microsoft is taking pre-registrations for "Office Live Workspace," their answer to Google Docs. Only a limited number of pre-registrants will be allowed into the first group.The software maker is announcing Office Live Workspace, a free online tool for viewing, sharing and storing--but not editing--Office documents online. (Its existing Office Live efforts will be rebranded as Office Live Small Business.) It's not quite ready--starting Monday customers will be able to put in their name to be part of a beta testing program expected to begin later this year.The biggest difference between Google Docs and this service is the lack of an ability to use the browser to edit any documents. ... Read more...
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Tech visionaries have made a lot of money, and they'd like to spend it on vaguely Star Trek sounding things of doubtful utility until they run of cash.  It's Internet 2.0 silly season; in space, this time. In announcing the Google Lunar X Prize on Sept. 13, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin joined a growing brigade of tech luminaries who have put their Web wealth to work in an area where they've little expertise: trying to transform space travel from a largely government affair to a civilian, profitable business. Like the $10 million Ansari X Prize, the Google Lunar X Prize provides incentive for the emerging... Read more...
What can we say except, this is disgusting.  All right, it's rampant jealousy on our part, but a 17-year-old who has a site that gets 7 million visits a month?  And who has turned down a $5 million offer for her business?  And get this - Ashley Qualls' business is customizing MySpace pages for other teens.The 17-year-old Southgate entrepreneur has been building her online business for two years. She started by showing off Web page designs to her friends and has watched traffic grow to 7 million unique visitors each month to her site, according to Google Analytics. She has declined offers of up to $5 million for her business.Her concept seems simple enough. Her Web site, www. whateverlife.com,... Read more...
Apparently MySpace might actually have a very beneficial role in your future, if you want to be in advertising at least: "Want to get ahead in advertising? Then learn how to navigate MySpace, and pick up a programming language or two.Ad agencies are about to trade three-martini lunches, schmooze-fests and fast-talking account executives for programmers, custom software and anthropologists who can navigate MySpace." If MySpace and other online communities become the focus of viral campaigns the likes of which post annoying ads in untold numbers of forums around the web every day, it might have a serious impact on the future of online communities as a whole.  There is no word yet on how MySpace... Read more...
A new report from technology research firm IDC have calculated that the world generated 161 exabytes of data last year. 161 billion gigabytes is a lot of data, and they had to add quite a few things into the equation to reach that number, but it gives you an idea of just how much information we're pushing around with current technology. Furthermore, the estimate of how much storage space is out there is actually lower than the amount of data being generated. "But that report followed a different trail. It included non-electronic information, such as analog radio broadcasts or printed office memos, and tallied how much space that would... Read more...
Well, whether or not it's more popular is debatable, but it MySpace has recorded more page views than Yahoo last month. A few factors could skew those numbers a bit, but it does show the kind of rapid growth MySpace is seeing. Once just a little known online profile sit, it has exploded in popularity and is now one of the most popular hangouts on the web. "ComScore warned, however, that a one-month change could represent an aberration. Furthermore, Yahoo's page views could be diminished by the company's growing use of Ajax technology for maps, e-mail and other services. Ajax is a set of tools that speeds up Web applications by summoning... Read more...
Politicians are always looking for the latest and greatest way to tap into the "youth vote", and the internet is always a great place to start. California Governor hopeful Phil Agenlides is using MySpace.com, the highly popular(and somewhat controversial) online community site to help further his campaign. Just like Presidential candidates appearing on talk shows, this could be a growing trend in the making. "But rather than kill a volunteer's unauthorized efforts, the campaign has embraced the youth-heavy site, using Angelides' personal profile page to post position papers and other announcements. It also scans the comments section to gauge what's on youths' minds, turning it... Read more...
When we asked AMD and ATI some questions about their impending merger, at one point we asked if there were any special plans in motion that would impact the mobile space in particular. The response we got what somewhat vague at the time, but some more details are emerging. According to this story on the INQ, AMD and ATI plan to integrate some low-power chipsets and discreet graphics processors into AMD's Turion mobile platform in an attempt to take on Intel's popular Centrino brand. "AMD'S BID to take on Intel's extremely successful Centrino platform will get a boost thanks to ATI's expertise in mobile computing. The chip maker's Turion 64 and Turion X2 CPUs may be good step forward... Read more...
Brian Krebs of the Washington Post reports that, over the past week, MySpace and other websites ran a banner advertisement that infected over a million users with spyware using a Windows security flaw. The banner ad was designed to take advantage of a serious security weakness in the way Windows renders Windows Metafile (WMF) images. The flaw was originally patched by Microsoft in January. Unpatched Internet Explorer users who visited the websites that displayed the malicious banners would become infected by a Trojan horse. The Trojan would then download and install spyware that tracks the infected machine's web usage and displays pop-up ads. Thanks to the nature... Read more...
MySpace seems to be making the news a lot in the past few months. We've linked to a few stories before, where people have been arrested for content they've posted on the popular service. This is a little more serious though, as it appears a few kids(ages 16-18) planned a shooting spree at a Kansas school. They posted information about the shooting on MySpace accounts, and the threat became even more serious when a woman received a list of the victims names. Going beyond the angry ramblings many teens leave on MySpace, Sheriff's deputies found weapons in the home of one of the suspects. "Five teenage boys accused of plotting... Read more...
The MySpace scene has just exploded in the past year, inhabited mostly by those in their teens. It's a great place to keep up with old friends, find new friends, and even advertise music. But like with most things on the internet, there are some problems associated with it. Bigbruin.com has spent some time writing about the site, and provides some de "The latest hangout for tweens and teens isn't the mall in downtown or any particular club, but rather the chaotic world of cyberspace, at a website called MySpace.com. As the hottest social networking site on the web, MySpace has accumulated an estimated 54 million users in just three years of existence, with many users falling within the teen... Read more...
The Shuttle Spacewalker AE23 i815EP Motherboard A Diamond in the Rough... By Jeff Bouton May 9, 2001   Since 1990, the Taiwan based Shuttle Computer Group Inc. has been producing high quality computer components. Providing a wide variety of products ranging from Video cards, motherboards, memory modules, and accessories has allowed Shuttle to profit in an increasingly competitive market. Their Spacewalker series of motherboards has been winning awards for several years for both quality and performance. Tonight we'll be taking a look at yet another addition to the Spacewalker family, the Shuttle Spacewalker AE23. The AE23 is an i815EPO based motherboard that offers a good balance between... Read more...
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