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6:50 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  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Salesforce.com Inc.'s stock price climbed by more than 4 percent Monday in response to a report that the online software pioneer is poised to team up with Internet search leader Google Inc. in a double-barreled attack on Microsoft Corp.
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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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
BBC:
Pilotless police drone takes off  —  The UK's first police remote control helicopter has taken off.  —  Merseyside police are using the "spy drone", fitted with CCTV cameras, mainly for tackling anti-social behaviour and public disorder.  —  The machine is 1m wide, weighs less than a bag of sugar …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
UK to get even more Big Brother with hovering drones
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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.
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
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Continues to Expand Interoperability Options for Office Customers  —  Company funds new open source project to enable translation between the emerging Chinese UOF standard and Open XML, and delivers additional beta to enable further interoperability with ODF.
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
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: InfoWorld, SitePoint Blogs and Gizmodo
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
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Rootly relaunches... new UI, new features... a real news start page  —  Over the past few weeks I have been testing a new version of Rootly.  When I reviewed Rootly in December 2006, I defined it as, "Rootly is a news aggregator at its most basic definition."
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
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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
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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Prof. wants FCC spectrum auction winners to support "wireless network neutrality"
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A conversation with Allen Wirfs-Brock about the history of Smalltalk …
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Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
LG Electronics to stop making plasma panels at 1 of 4 South Korean plants
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
Paul Buchheit:
Amazingly bad APIs
Discussion: JD on EP
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Telco dogs need to learn software tricks
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Slippery Slope: Is Google Now Paying More Newspapers To Link To Them?
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
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