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7:50 PM ET, May 21, 2007

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BBC:
'$100 laptop' sparks war of words  —  Chip-maker Intel "should be ashamed of itself" for efforts to undermine the $100 laptop initiative, according to its founder Nicholas Negroponte.  —  He accused Intel of selling its own cut-price laptop - the Classmate - below cost to drive him out of markets.
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CBS News:
What If Every Child Had A Laptop?  —  Lesley Stahl Reports On The Dream And The Difficulties Of Getting A Computer To Every Child  —  (CBS) Nicholas Negroponte, a professor at MIT, had a dream.  In it every child on the planet had his own computer.  In that way, he figured …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   OLPC's Negroponte blasts Intel's low-cost PC initiative
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Salesforce.com Weigh Alliance to Battle Microsoft  —  Internet giant Google Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc., a pioneer in online services for businesses, are discussing an alliance that could help them compete more effectively with Microsoft Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google, Salesforce.com Discuss Alliance
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Panasonic gooses megapixels, zoom  —  Panasonic announced a new Lumix camera Monday that squeezes a wide-angle lens, a 12.2-megapixel sensor and a novel way of extending zoom lens range into a compact camera.  —  The Lumix DMC-FX100 is equipped with a 3.6x zoom that spans the equivalent of 28mm to 100mm …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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BBC:
Wi-fi health fears are 'unproven'  —  Scientists have said there is no evidence to suggest a link between the use of wi-fi and damage to health.  —  BBC programme Panorama found that radiation levels from wi-fi in one school was up to three times the level of mobile phone mast radiation.
Direct2Dell:
Ubuntu 7.04 Offering—Technical Details  —  Before we announce the availability of Ubuntu 7.04 on select Dell client systems, I'd like to give an overview of what customers can expect from our initial Ubuntu offering.  —  Availabile Software and Hardware  — The default software …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Coop Embeds Gadgets in Search Results  —  Google Coop has quietly expanded and now can embed data from gadgets (i.e. widgets) as subscribed links.  In English, as opposed to Googlese, what this means is that you can opt-in to have important live data pop-up when you enter certain search keywords.
Discussion: Mashable! and Zenrob
Orbitcast:
BREAKING: Is XM down?  —  Seems like there's a massive outage going on with XM right now.  Reports have been coming in like crazy, and I myself in NYC haven't been able to get signal since about 12-noon.  —  UPDATE: Reportedly one of the satellites (SAT1) is down, and all of the repeaters are down due to a "software update."
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and digg
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Opens Its Pages As a Way to Fuel Growth  —  Facebook Inc. has bucked the Silicon Valley acquisition trend, remaining independent of larger technology companies.  Now the social-networking start-up is seeking ways to reach the big leagues on its own.
Ben Edelman:
Spyware Still Cheating Merchants and Legitimate Affiliates  —  Spyware vendors are trying to clean up their images.  For example, Zango settled a FTC investigation, then last week sued PC Tools for detecting and removing Zango software.  Meanwhile, Integrated Search Technologies …
BBC:
Music giant EMI agrees takeover  —  UK music business EMI Group has agreed to be bought by private equity firm Terra Firma for £3.2bn including debt.  —  The group, whose artists include Robbie Williams and the Beatles, has been the subject of bid speculation for the past year as its business has struggled.
Xinhua News Agency:
Computers accidentally "attacked" by Norton AntiVirus  —  www.chinaview.cn 2007-05-20 14:22:04  —  An error occurring in the update of Norton's virus database on Friday has caused millions of PCs and computers to crash-a heavy blow to people's daily work and ongoing business.
Andrew Pile / Vimeo / Welcome:
Zooomr Mark III Launch Demo!  —  Kristopher Demonstrates Zooomr Mark III!  —  Sweet!  Looking forward to seeing Mark III in the morning (it's 1am over here).  See you on the other side.  —  wow!  thats amazing!  I'm really looking forward to this great step in the history of photo sharing!
Discussion: TechCrunch and Deep Jive Interests
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
Noose tightens around allofmp3.com  —  (InfoWorld) - The recording industry has stepped up its battle to shut down allofmp3.com, announcing the arrest of a man who allegedly sold vouchers used to make purchases at the controversial online music store.  —  U.K. police arrested the 25-year-old man in Bow …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
AMD shows sunny side of Barcelona  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Advanced Micro Devices is ready to start fighting back against Intel with silicon, but Intel has an answer in the waiting.  —  AMD demonstrated its Barcelona quad-core server chip for reporters and analysts here Monday …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Think Secret:
Death knell tolls for 17-inch iMac  —  Apple's pending iMac update will spell the end of the day for the 17-inch iMac, the most affordable computer in the line.  The refreshed iMac, currently on track to arrive by the end of June according to sources, will feature just 20- and 24-inch models.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google May Launch Mobile Service In UK  —  We've heard from a good source in the mobile industry that Google may be preparing to launch its own branded mobile network in the UK in the next few weeks.  If our source is accurate, Google will become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) via a deal with UK mobile phone company O2.
 
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Robert McMillan / PC World:
Symantec to Ship Smart Phone Security Suite
NaviGadget:
AVL-900 tracker lets you listen conversations in your vehicle
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Anick Jesdanun / Houston Chronicle:
Cities Struggle With Wireless Internet
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
What's Old is New: Web Site Marketing Tips
Charles Jade / Ars Technica:
Steve Wozniak at Maker Faire
Discussion: MacUser
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Gizmodo:
Two Bun-dred Miles Per Hour: Tesla's Motorized Pink Bunny Slippers …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and digg
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Wachman / Observer:
Now Virgin Media faces £7bn private equity bid
Discussion: GigaOM and Deal Journal
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
IBM's POWER6 flies the coop at 4.7GHz
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Prof. wants FCC spectrum auction winners to support "wireless network neutrality"
Discussion: Epicenter
Jon Udell:
A conversation with Allen Wirfs-Brock about the history of Smalltalk …
Discussion: Channel 9
BBC:
Pilotless police drone takes off
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Paul Buchheit:
Amazingly bad APIs
Discussion: JD on EP
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Denies New UK News Search Deal
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Telco dogs need to learn software tricks