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5:55 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
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.
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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.
Ilse Jurriën / LetsGoDigital English Edition:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100  —  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 : Panasonic announce a new addition to the Lumix family of high-performance digital cameras.  The new Lumix DMC-FX100 combines 1/1.72-inch large 12.2-megapixel image recording with a superb, 28mm wide-angle Leica DC lens that features …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, DailyTech and I4U News
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:   Panasonic gooses megapixels, zoom
Evan Blass / Engadget:
UK to get even more Big Brother with hovering drones  —  With literally hundreds of thousands of cameras — some sporting speakers and microphones — trained on its poor citizens from the moment they step out of the house in the morning until their hasty retreat inside at night …
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BBC:
Pilotless police drone takes off
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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!
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 …
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.
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
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.
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Software Notebook: How does Gates shape up as a seer?  —  Bill Gates has recently been prognosticating all over the place, offering his thoughts on the future of newspapers, television, advertising, communications, telephones and many other areas of business and technology.  —  But how good are his predictions, really?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Telco dogs need to learn software tricks  —  Last year, after visiting British Telecom (BT) and meeting with their executives, I left London with one key take away: BT was one telco that completely understood that it was facing uncertain times, and had no choice but to reinvent itself to survive.
Gizmodo:
Two Bun-dred Miles Per Hour: Tesla's Motorized Pink Bunny Slippers: The Fast and the Furry-ous  —  Gizmodo has done a fair few posts about electric car company Tesla in the past, but none have moved me quite as much as I'd like these vehicles to move me.  And you all know how much pink products …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and digg
Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
LG Electronics to stop making plasma panels at 1 of 4 South Korean plants  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - LG Electronics Inc., South Korea's largest consumer appliance manufacturer, said Friday it is closing a plant that makes plasma display panels to cut costs and rejuvenate its business in the sector.
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
Paul Buchheit:
Amazingly bad APIs  —  I actually don't hate the Java language (at least it's killing off c++), but every time I use it I'm blown away by how hostile the APIs are.  —  For example, let's say that we want to scale an image file.  That's a fairly common thing to do, so it's probably only one line of code, right?
Discussion: JD on EP
Jon Udell:
A conversation with Allen Wirfs-Brock about the history of Smalltalk and the future of dynamic languages  —  More than 25 years ago, Allen Wirfs-Brock created one of the early implementations of Smalltalk.  He was working at Tektronix at the time, as was Ward Cunningham who became the first user of Tektronix Smalltalk.
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USA Today:
Companies try eBay to sell themselves
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Eric Rice:
Making sense of Presence and Micro-blogging
Richard Wachman / Observer:
Now Virgin Media faces £7bn private equity bid
Discussion: GigaOM and Deal Journal
ConsortiumInfo.org The Standards Blog:
Microsoft Announces UOF-OOXML Translator Project with China
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
IBM's POWER6 flies the coop at 4.7GHz
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MySpace to provide sex offender data to state AGs
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BBC:
Music giant EMI agrees takeover
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Prof. wants FCC spectrum auction winners to support "wireless network neutrality"
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
BenQ Sells Digital Camera Division (PC World)
Discussion: Engadget
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Denies New UK News Search Deal
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Woz on the magic of electronics and computers
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Slippery Slope: Is Google Now Paying More Newspapers To Link To Them?
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Online, GOP Is Playing Catch-Up
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Don't look now, but Tablet PCs are on the rise
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Equity Firms to Buy Alltel in $27.5 Billion Deal
 

 
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