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AMD unveils ATI Radeon HD 2000

Readers may recall a few weeks ago that The Register was invited along to the launch of AMD's latest range of graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 May 2007
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Littlewoods bombards man by phone. Big mistake

A Manchester man has received £150 compensation from Littlewoods Shop Direct Group after he was repeatedly subjected to misdirected telephone marketing calls.
John Leyden, 14 May 2007
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Salesforce.com embeds Skype into CRM

As part of its sustained campaign to dominate the emerging world of on-demand applications, salesforce.com has announced a version of the Skype Internet-based telephone software to work with its Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM) package.
Phil Manchester, 14 May 2007
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AMD launches Phenom brand

AMD has launched the Phenom FX, X2 and X4 processor families - well, the name at least - pledging to ship the chips formerly known informally as the 'star' line in the second half of the year.
Tony Smith, 14 May 2007
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AMD's ATI R600 launched for desktops, laptops

Yes, 'R600' is here. AMD today launched the delayed next-gen graphics chip, offering both desktop and mobile versions of the DirectX 10-ready GPU.
Tony Smith, 14 May 2007
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Tiscali touts 'voice-ready' business broadband

Tiscali is targeting ISDN users looking to move to broadband with a DSL package that provides carrier-class voice quality for up to four IP phone calls.
Bryan Betts, 14 May 2007
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Biofuels are the 'next environmental danger'

Far from being the salvation of an oil-hungry society, biofuels could actually trigger increases in food prices and deforestation, according to a report.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 May 2007
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America haunted by ghost of ice gravity

Canadian researchers have found a gravitational shadow hanging over North America, left over from the last ice age. The work is published in the May 11 edition of the journal Science.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 May 2007
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Europe gives thumbs up to product placement

Product placement on television will be permitted in Europe, but only in programmes that carry a special signal in their titles, according to the most recent version of a European Directive approved by a crucial committee of the European Parliament.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 May 2007
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BT regains broadband lead

BT will reclaim the lead in the broadband race from Virgin Media when it announces quarterly results this week, according to reports.
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Are you virtually safe in virtual worlds?

Editor's blog We all know about the risk of identity theft in the real world, or we should know about it. But what about the virtual world?
David Norfolk, 14 May 2007
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UK tech inventors defeated by cash drought

British technology is being crippled by a lack of venture funding, according to a leading UK entrepreneur who made his fortune in Silicon Valley.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 May 2007

Radeon HD 2400, 2600 due to debut in XT, Pro versions

AMD didn't detail its upcoming ATI Radeon HD 2600 and 2400 graphics chips, but the basics have slipped out in any case.
Tony Smith, 14 May 2007
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Pirate Bay plundered by hackers

Buccaneering BitTorrent source The Pirate Bay has been hacked and a copy of its user database stolen, the site admitted.
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Scientology tries to discredit BBC documentary

The Church of Scientology has launched an online campaign against the BBC, ahead of the broadcast of a Panorama documentary investigating the organisation as a "cult".
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PowerColor Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card

Review AMD/ATI has been working on its DirectX 10 graphics chip, codenamed 'R600', for an awfully long time, which is somewhat surprising when you consider that this is its second-generation DirectX 10 part. The first was the Xenos chip that powers Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console.
Leo Waldock, 14 May 2007

LG.Philips shows off 'first' 14in colour e-paper

LCD maker LG.Philips has developed what it claims its the world's first 14.1in colour display that's flexible enough to bend. It announced the "breakthrough" a year on from showing off the first bendy monochrome 14.1in panel.
Tony Smith, 14 May 2007

WIN an £800 Shuttle XPC X200M mini media centre

Competition Shuttle's XPC X200M micro media centre system won our applause when we reviewed it earlier this year, and now you have the chance to try it out for yourself. Shuttle is giving an X200M away to one lucky Register Hardware reader.
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Microsoft puts a figure on open source 'patent infringements'

Microsoft's top lawyer says open source software violates exactly 235 entries in the firm's vast patent portfolio.
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DCC looks down from peak

Irish distribution giant DCC Sercom has said it expects profits to dip after pulling off a dramatic climb last year.
Mark Ballard, 14 May 2007
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About that TV service, Mr Branson...

Column Dear Richard Branson,
Guy Kewney, 14 May 2007

Brando eyes iPod fans with Shuffle-like USB hub

Want to convince the world your so hip you're in possession of one of those much-rumoured but never released black first-generation iPod Shuffles? Then nab yourself one of Hong Kong-based Brando's Shuffle-like USB hubs.
Tony Smith, 14 May 2007
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Virgin: stop whinging and deal with the debt

Analysis Virgin Media used its quarterly conference call last week to throw another tantrum at Sky. What's ridiculous is that most of Virgin Media's current problems are self inflicted. The dispute with Sky involves a few tens of millions in fees: that's dwarfed by the amount of debt the group now carries. Without new capital, the cable giant's future looks bleak.
Keith McMahon, 14 May 2007
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World's smallest mobile phone spotted in UK

The handset held to be the world's smallest is now available in the UK. Made by China's Haier and dubbed the Elegance, the 9.1 x 3.5 x 1.8cm, 64g micro-phone packs in a tri-band GSM cellular link, an FM radio and an MP3 player.
Tony Smith, 14 May 2007
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BAE tries to polish corporate image ahead of Armor deal

Analysis BAE Systems plc's corporate migration to America may be entering troubled waters.
Lewis Page, 14 May 2007
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Verizon bags Cybertrust

US telco Verizon has agreed to buy managed security services outfit Cybertrust for an undisclosed sum.
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Boffins develop synthetic human blood

Sheffield University researchers believe they have developed a way of manufacturing artificial human blood using "dendrimers and hyper-branched polymers" to form "bio-mimetic molecules".
Lewis Page, 14 May 2007
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Virgin downloaders hit by AllofMP3.com fault

Virgin Media has denied it has begun to block AllofMP3.com, the controversial music site currently under fire from the recording industry and US trade officials.
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US forces to block YouTube, MySpace on DoD network

The US forces will "block worldwide access," to a range of websites including YouTube, MySpace and Photobucket from the unclassified Defense Department internet (or NIPRNET) as of today.
Lewis Page, 14 May 2007
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MySpace to curb copyright violation

The clampdown on video copyright abuse continued Monday as social network giant MySpace announced measures to curb the use of copyrighted videos on member pages.
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Paid video has look and feel of dead duck

Forrester Research has predicted that video download services such as iTunes will peak this year, unless consumers change their habits.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 May 2007
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Alcatel-Lucent opens wallet for NetD

Alcatel-Lucent, the French telecom equipment company, is to buy NetDevices, a privately held producer of device gateways for large businesses. Financial terms are undisclosed.
Austin Modine, 14 May 2007
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On Microsoft's feeble Fortune-based nastygram to Red Hat

Comment Microsoft has lost its guts. Maybe they're on the floor of Bill Gates's "think week" cabin.
Ashlee Vance, 14 May 2007

MySpace users snowed in by new blizzard of spam

Analysis In the beginning, MySpace was a place to meet new friends and get to know old ones even better by browsing their journals, photos and network of chums.
Dan Goodin, 14 May 2007
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Hitachi's Universal Storage Platform V is virtually huge

Hitachi lifted the curtain today on the next iteration of its high-end virtualizing storage system, the Universal Storage Platform V.
Austin Modine, 14 May 2007
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US states press MySpace to give up sex offender data

Attorneys general from eight states say they have information that thousands of sex offenders have profiles on MySpace. They are concerned that predators may be using the social networking site as a virtual meeting place with their underage victims and today they authored a letter calling on the company to disclose the exact number of offenders and identify each one.
Dan Goodin, 14 May 2007