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7:25 PM ET, May 21, 2007


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'$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.
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   OLPC's Negroponte blasts Intel's low-cost PC initiative
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Weigh Alliance to Battle Microsoft  —  Internet giant Google Inc. and 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.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google, Discuss Alliance
Xinhua News Agency:
Computers accidentally "attacked" by Norton AntiVirus  — 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.
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
Stephen Shankland / CNET   Panasonic gooses megapixels, zoom
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
Evan Blass / Engadget:
UK to get even more Big Brother with hovering drones
Discussion: digg
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
Noose tightens around  —  (InfoWorld) - The recording industry has stepped up its battle to shut down, 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 …
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.
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.
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.
Charles Jade / Ars Technica:
Steve Wozniak at Maker Faire  —  Steve Wozniak Segways into the Maker Faire  —  I was lucky enough to see Steve Wozniak at the Maker Faire over the weekend, and he was exactly what I expected, which may not have been what Apple watchers in the audience were looking for.
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Richard Wachman / Observer:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Jon Udell:
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Google Denies New UK News Search Deal
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