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4:55 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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InfoWorld:
Chinese PC users still dealing with Symantec foul-up
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 …
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Equity Firms to Buy Alltel in $27.5 Billion Deal  —  Alltel, the wireless phone company, agreed last night to be sold to a consortium of private equity firms for $27.5 billion, marking the largest buyout ever in the telecommunications industry.  —  The consortium includes the Texas Pacific Group …
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: Engadget and digg
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?
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
IBM's POWER6 flies the coop at 4.7GHz  —  Ah, if only Apple would've stuck with PowerPC, maybe it could've skipped the magical 3GHz mark and jumped straight to 4.7GHz.  Okay, that's really just a cheap shot, but I couldn't resist, given today's major announcement by IBM that the 65nm POWER6 …
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
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Woz on the magic of electronics and computers  —  SAN MATEO, Calif.—If there's one person who perfectly personifies Maker Faire, it could well be Steve Wozniak.  —  That's why a standing-room-only crowd had gathered to see him speak at the event Saturday afternoon, and so when he still …
Discussion: Macsimum News and The Mac Observer
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.
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 …
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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Richard Wachman / Observer:
Now Virgin Media faces £7bn private equity bid
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Microsoft Announces UOF-OOXML Translator Project with China
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Death knell tolls for 17-inch iMac
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MySpace to provide sex offender data to state AGs
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My HD is Better than Yours
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BBC:
Music giant EMI agrees takeover
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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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Dan Nystedt / PC World:
BenQ Sells Digital Camera Division (PC World)
Discussion: Engadget
DealBook:
Yahoo Said to Consider Bid for Britain's Bebo
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Arguing For Infinite Copyright... Using Copied Ideas And A Near …
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?
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Much Ado About Apple's iPhone
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Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
No plans to bring 80GB PS3 to Europe, says Sony
 

 
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