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3:10 PM ET, May 21, 2007

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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, p2pnet and Gadget Lab
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Denies New UK News Search Deal  —  Google reach deals with news websites from the Sunday Herald reports that Google has reached a deal with several large UK newsgroups to carry content on Google News, but Google tells me no such deals have been agreed.  —  "It is categorically no," said spokesperson Jessica Powell.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Slippery Slope: Is Google Now Paying More Newspapers To Link To Them?  —  We were surprised last month to hear that Google had backed down in its dispute with news agency AFP, agreeing to pay up in order to link to AFP articles in Google News.  As has been explained repeatedly, Google is increasing traffic and attention to their sites.
Discussion: franticindustries
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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InfoWorld:
Chinese PC users still dealing with Symantec foul-up
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: digg
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BBC:
Pilotless police drone takes off
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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 …
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!
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Don't look now, but Tablet PCs are on the rise  —  Derided by some and purchased by even fewer, the Tablet PC concept has had a rough go of it since its formal blessing by Microsoft in the form of Windows XP Tablet Edition in 2002.  Pen-based computing is significantly older than that …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Prof. wants FCC spectrum auction winners to support "wireless network neutrality"  —  Columbia professor Tim Wu has a proposal for the FCC when it auctions off the prime 700MHz spectrum vacated by analog TV in 2009: require that anyone who wins in the auction establish a "neutral" network.
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?
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