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AMD 'Griffin' laptop CPU to integrate Turion cores

AMD's upcoming next-gen notebook processor, 'Griffin', contains rather a lot of the current generation, the 65nm Turion 64 X2, the chip maker admitted today. This despite Griffin's status as AMD's first CPU designed specifically for notebooks.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2007
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AMD M780 PCIe 2 chipset to offer on-the-fly GPU switching

AMD's upcoming M780 laptop chipset - designed to be paired with the company's next-gen mobile processor, 'Griffin' - will allow the system to flip between integrated and discrete graphics engines on the fly, the chip maker has revealed.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2007
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AMD readies HyperFlash cache tech

AMD's 'Puma' laptop platform, due to debut next year with the 'Griffin' processor and the M780 chipset, will incorporate the chip maker's alternative to Intel's TurboMemory Flash cache technology, as expected.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2007
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ITU to focus on ICT opportunities for young people

This year's World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, which takes place on 17 May, is focused on the opportunities that ICT can give to young people.
Charlie Taylor, 18 May 2007
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British fathers to be given six months' paid paternity leave

Fathers will be allowed to take six months' paid paternity leave instead of mothers under new government proposals. The law will not come into effect until maternity cover is extended to 12 months, which will happen in April 2009 at the earliest.
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 May 2007
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WPP, AOL buy into the race for online ad spend

Real-world advertising and marketing agency WPP has dipped a fairly big toe into the murky world of online ads with the $649m acquisition of 24/7 Real Media.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 May 2007

MS stops hacked hardware accessing Xbox Live

Microsoft has begun booting owners of modified-firmware Xbox 360 games consoles off of its Xbox Live online service, an array of postings on fan forums have revealed.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2007
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GPL to undermine Microsoft's Novell deal?

Microsoft will apparently nullify its patent protection agreement with Novell, under the terms of the forthcoming GPL 3 license.
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2007
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Compuware absorbs a bit more Centauri

Another bit of Proxima' Centauri product suite has now been integrated into Compuware's Vantage Application Performance Management suite, allowing the latter to now launch Vantage Service Manager, a tool that informs IT, in real-time, on the level of service being provided to customers, while at the same time measuring customer satisfaction levels.
Martin Banks, 18 May 2007
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Gatwick gets iris recognition

Gatwick South has started using an iris recognition system - it is the ninth UK airport terminal to roll out the system.
Mark Ballard, 18 May 2007
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Virgin Media piles Cable and Wireless sandbags

Virgin Media attempted to win back some shareholder and media confidence late yesterday, by announcing a deal with Cable and Wireless to offer LLU ADSL for areas outside its cable network.
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Blighty internet shopping goes ballistic

UK shoppers are abandoning the high street and going online in droves, according to the latest figures from the Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG), the industry body.
Lewis Page, 18 May 2007
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Spanish politicos slug it out in Second Life

Spain's two main political parties have been indulging in some light scrapping in the run-up to this month's local elections by attempting to burn down each other's Second Life headquarters, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2007
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HTC takes a gamble with new brand and OS strategy

Every time Microsoft scores a point in its tortuous quest to become a major mobile player, it seems to suffer a balancing setback. So while the recently announced updates to Windows Mobile made the OS look far more credible on a small device than it had before, the software giant had to endure its primary handset ally, Taiwan's HTC, make a radical strategy shift that seems to sideline Microsoft.
Faultline, 18 May 2007
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Satellites track freak waves to Reunion

The freak waves that smashed into Reunion Island last week were tracked by satellite as they raced across the Indian Ocean.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 May 2007

BOFH: The revenge

Episode 17 Episode 17 >SQUEAK< ... "Impressive," our recent ex-new-Boss says nervously, edging towards the back of the room. "How did you... find us?" "Simple," the PFY says, entering from the door behind him, cattleprod in hand. "One of the laptops you took wasn't exactly what it looked like." "Bitlocker?" the ex-new-technician asks …
Simon Travaglia, 18 May 2007
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Train driver asks passengers to get out and push

We don't know what Argentinian commuters would make of it, but hundreds of Indian train passengers were apparently happy to oblige when the driver asked them to hop out and push.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2007
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DirectTV turns focus to power lines for broadband

DirectTV CEO Chase Carey said at a conference this week that the largest US direct to home satellite provider will try out broadband over power lines in a few cities later this year.
Faultline, 18 May 2007

Screen stars: Ten HDTVs on test

Group Test The world of TV is changing, as HD hits the mainstream and digital broadcasting finally overtakes analog. There are myriad options available too, from plasma to LCD, little to gargantuan and everything in between. One for every flavour then...
Duncan Madden, 18 May 2007
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FCO to probe visa security lapse

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has closed its online service for visa applicants from India while it investigates a security breach that made the personal details of visa applicants available online.
Mark Ballard, 18 May 2007

Nintendo dominates April US console sales

Nintendo's Wii continues to dominate sales of the last game consoles in the US, raining on the parades of both Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 during April, the latest market research shows.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2007
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London dirty-bomb tests start this weekend

Home Office counter-terror boffins from the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) Science and Technology Programme will carry out "tracer gas trials" in London starting this weekend.
Lewis Page, 18 May 2007
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Bible heads for Hong Kong's top shelf

Updated The Bible may be reclassified as "indecent" in Hong Kong due to its "sexual and violent content", Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2007
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Bill Gates, Cliff Richard, and Richard Branson walk into a bar...

FUD, glorious FUD We have the excellent combination of Fortune magazine and the Microsoft PR ubergoblin to thank for a lively start to the week. They conspired to crystallise Redmond's patent claims against open source software ever so slightly, by putting a number on how many times they had wronged: 235. Cue cries of "show us …
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Net censorship growing worldwide

Censorship of internet content is growing across the world. A survey by the Open Net Initiative (ONI) across 41 countries found that 25 applied content filtering to block access to particular websites.
John Leyden, 18 May 2007
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Cane toad hitches lift to southern Australia

Australia may be on the verge of total subjugation by cane toads which locals fear have now developed the ability to hitchhike on lorries.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2007
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Southern Ocean calls time on carbon sinking

The Southern Ocean, one of the planet's biggest carbon sinks, is almost totally saturated, according to research published in the journal Science.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 May 2007
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India to deploy tethered blimp radars

The Indian armed forces are using radar-carrying static balloons to provide an early warning of terrorist air strikes, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 18 May 2007
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Euro consumers don't trust IP for TV

Public scepticism over the reliability of broadband and the internet could sink IPTV - unless European service providers can develop hybrid or blended services that deliver more than "just TV", and unless they wean themselves off competing solely on price and speed.
Bryan Betts, 18 May 2007
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Elijah Wood to play Iggy Pop

Reader poll We're not sure quite what to make of this, but according to Variety, Hobbit Elijah Wood is to play Iggy Pop in a forthcoming biopic entitled The Passenger.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2007
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Project Hybrid: Dell's transformation begins

Dell now hints with muscularity around its future data center plans. We give you Project Hybrid.
Ashlee Vance, 18 May 2007

Belgian politico to orally pleasure 40,000

NSFW A Belgian senate hopeful is offering voters something a bit more tempting than a one per cent cut in VAT and better rubbish collections - 40,000 free blow jobs to anyone who signs up at her campaign website.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2007
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HMRC claims IT successes

HM Revenue and Customs revealed today how joining up its IT systems has contributed to falling costs in the merged departments.
Mark Ballard, 18 May 2007
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Paris and Lara share a cell with rude speeder

Comments We recently rolled out comments pages to most stories on the site, and it seems we opened a bit of a floodgate. You guys just won't shut up. And in the best traditions of appeasement we are announcing a new regular feature: a Best of Comments article. We may just be crazy.
Robin Lettice, 18 May 2007
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Post Office to resell BT broadband

The circle of history completed yesterday, when BT announced it had signed up the Post Office as the first big customer for its nascent white label managed services venture.
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Naked doctors eat vultures in front of Freeview

Letters We discovered this week that you, our dear readers, are really quite keen on your TV watching. How did we find this out? Well, call it an educated guess, based on the volume of letters we had in response to Kewney's column about the horrors that have befallen him and his Virgin TV account:
Lucy Sherriff, 18 May 2007
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US company touts Windows Vista fridge magnet

California-based Ricavision has thrown itself into the spirit of Windows Vista SideShow technoology - you know, the mini display that operates as an adjunct to main screens, even when host computer its powered down. This week, the company should three gagdets it hopes to bring to market.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2007
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Tandberg touts VXA to Euro channels

The market for tape drives may be declining, but that doesn't mean it's dead or unprofitable, declared Tandberg Data as it launched a European version of the VXA Alliance, its vehicle for convincing resellers to adopt the ex-Exabyte VXA tape format.
Bryan Betts, 18 May 2007

Nokia launches, doesn't show 'traditional' talk phone

Nokia's 3109 Classic, announced today, has been on the cards since its presence was discovered in hidden Nokia XML files back in April. The mystery phone was launched without any indication as to what it might look like.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2007
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Hatchling stars revealed in new Spitzer snap

Gorgeous new pictures from the Spitzer space telescope show newborn stars "hatching" from the head of the Orion constellation.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 May 2007
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Mobile blocking helicopter to trail Bush in Sydney

US President George Bush will be followed about by a helicopter which jams mobile phone signals during an upcoming visit to Australia, it has emerged.
Lewis Page, 18 May 2007
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Microsoft squares up to Google with $6bn buy

Microsoft today opened a new front in its war with Google for online advertising dollars, with a $6bn cash offer for the Seattle-based online advertising group aQuantive.
Mark Ballard, 18 May 2007
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Adware firm sues over adware classification

Adware company Zango is taking another crack at suing a desktop-security software firm for deeming its software undesirable.
Austin Modine, 18 May 2007
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Indian dealers are squealers over Microsoft piracy raids

Computer dealers in Gujarat, India held a one-day strike to protest ongoing anti-piracy raids from Microsoft.
Austin Modine, 18 May 2007
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HP garage becomes national landmark

The renowned garage in Palo Alto which birthed PC titan Hewlett-Packard has been upgraded from merely state recognized landmark to getting nationally certified. That's the landmark big leagues.
Austin Modine, 18 May 2007