Archive for November 23, 2007

The family of 13-year-old Megan Meier is seeking justice after their daughter committed suicide over MySpace romance hoax. Ron and Tina Meier say the family they blame for their daughter’s death have not even apologized for their actions that pushed their daughter over the edge.

Megan Meier hanged herself on October 16, 2006 after a cruel hoax invented by the mother of one of her friends. Megan and her friend had an argument and the mother invented a MySpace for a fake 16-year-old boy who she named Josh Evans.

The mother made Megan believe Josh was new to the area and liked her. Megan believed Josh liked her and talked about him all the time despite Tina’s warnings to be careful. When Josh turned on Megan, who battled weight problems and depression, and began calling her names, it pushed the teen over the edge, eventually causing her to hang herself.

Hewlett-Packard Profit Jumps 28%

Posted: November 23, 2007 in Tech

Hewlett-Packard reported a fourth quarter net profits of $2.16 billion dollars, up 28 per cent from the $1.69 billion of the year-ago quarter.

According to the HP statement, the results were bolstered by strong demand for laptop sales and highly profitable printer ink.

Personal Systems Group (PSG) revenue grew 30% year over year to $10.1 billion, with unit shipments up 31% on a year-over-year basis. This fiscal year, PSG grew $7.2 billion in revenue. Notebook revenue for the quarter grew 49% over the prior-year period, while desktop revenue grew 15%. Commercial client revenue grew 24% year over year, while Consumer client revenue increased 40%. PSG had exceptional growth in emerging markets with more than 100% growth in China, its third-largest market.

Meanwhile, HP’s software business doubled in revenue, reaching $698 million. Software sales got a boost from the company’s acquisitions, including Mercury Interactive. Enterprise Storage and Servers (ESS) reported revenue of $5.2 billion, up 10% over the prior-year period.

moveon Declares War on Facebook

Posted: November 23, 2007 in Tech

Advocacy group MoveOn.org is targeting Facebook’s ‘Beacon’ ads, saying the new policy to post users’ activity on advertisements to their friends’ news feeds is a violation of users’ privacy. MoveOn has launched a petition to compel Facebook to allow users to either opt in or out of the program.

Beacon is an advertising platform that tracks member transactions on third-party partner sites and transforms them into product/service endorsements. The endorsements are then inserted their friends’ “news feeds.”

Sony Ericsson and Research In Motion (RIM) announced out-of-the-box availability of BlackBerry Connect software v4.0 on the Sony Ericsson P1i in various countries in the Asia Pacific1 region, including Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

BlackBerry Connect will be pre-loaded on the Sony Ericsson P1i and supports push-based wireless email services, including attachment viewing and wireless email synchronization, in conjunction with both BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service.