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9:15 AM ET, September 24, 2007

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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
'$100 laptop' to sell to public  —  Computer enthusiasts in the developed world will soon be able to get their hands on the so-called "$100 laptop".  —  The organisation behind the project has launched the "give one, get one" scheme that will allow US residents to purchase two laptops for $399 (£198).
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James Sherwood / The Register:
OLPC to offer consumers $400 two-laptop bundle  —  The group behind the third-world oriented $100 (ish) laptop will also offer consumers in developed countries the chance to buy its machine later this year.  —  OLPC's XO laptop  —  Dubbed Give 1 Get 1, the programme will run from 12 November …
Discussion: PC World
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Buy a Laptop for a Child, Get Another Laptop Free  —  One Laptop Per Child, an ambitious project to bring computing to the developing world's children, has considerable momentum.  Years of work by engineers and scientists have paid off in a pioneering low-cost machine that is light, rugged and surprisingly versatile.
Steve Hamm / Business Week:   Give a Laptop and Get One  —  Nicholas Negroponte hopes …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Today's Terrible Idea: Pudding Media  —  A new start-up called Pudding Media is offering free PC-based telephone calls—if users allow the company to listen in on their conversations and serve targeted ads based on what they're talking about (NYT).  This is one of the worst business ideas we've heard …
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Company Will Monitor Phone Calls to Tailor Ads  —  Companies like Google scan their e-mail users' in-boxes to deliver ads related to those messages.  Will people be as willing to let a company listen in on their phone conversations to do the same?  —  Pudding Media, a start-up based in San Jose …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Prepping A Second Life Competitor?  —  Rumors of a Google powered virtual world based on Google Earth surfaced in January; today there is word that Google may be testing their virtual world at Arizona State University (ASU).  —  According to Google Operating System …
Discussion: The Social Web and 3pointD.com
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
A Social Network for Google Earth?  —  Arizona State University's students have the opportunity to test a new product "that will be publicly launched later this year".  The invitation page mentions that the product is developed by "a major Internet company" and there are hints that the application …
Discussion: ParisLemon, RealityPrime and Mashable!
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Ning passes 100,000 social networks  —  As I've previously discussed, my new company Ning exists to give everyone the ability to create your own social network for anything — in less than two minutes, for free — with the ability to customize your network any way you want.
Discussion: PDA, Insider Chatter and TechCrunch
Wendy A. Lee / New York Times:
As the Fall Season Arrives, TV Screens Get More Cluttered  —  Kyra Sedgwick, star of "The Closer" on TNT, walks under a police tape and scans the screen with her flashlight.  And every time she does, she makes Gretchen Corbin, a technical writer in Berkeley, Calif., irate.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and TVNewser
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dell launches retail presence in China  —  Earlier this year, Dell announced that it was readying an uber-cheap desktop for the Chinese market, but now the Round Rock powerhouse is hoping to claim a bit more of the growing space by selling "computers through the country's biggest chain of electronics stores."
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Joe McDonald / Associated Press:   Dell to sell PCs through China retailer
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Myspace to launch ad-supported cell phone  —  LOS ANGELES - The social networking Web site MySpace is launching a free, advertising-supported cell phone version Monday as part of a wider bid by parent News Corp. to attract advertising for mobile Web sites.  —  Fox Interactive Media …
Discussion: CrunchGear and TechCrunch
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Yahoo! for Yahoo?  —  Newspaper publishers who partnered with Yahoo are seeing such significant online sales increases that they could start producing positive over-all revenue gains as early as 2009, says one Wall Street analyst.  —  That would be a welcome change for an industry …
Discussion: WebProNews
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Your Truman Show's Portable Video-Blogging Network  —  Your Truman Show, the video-blogging network currently in beta, is launching a VideoMap Widget at DEMO today, which lets video producers and viewers share content on their various social networks and blogs.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Widgets Lab
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The 10 rules of Twitter (and how I break every one)  —  If you follow the talk over on Twitter you'll see that there are some unwritten "rules" and that I am breaking lots of those rules and pissing lots of people off.  —  I break the rules so you don't have to.  —  So, what are they?
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The year of the social network
Discussion: PDA, TechBlog and Joe Duck
 
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Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Online advertisers may gain from downturn
Nick Mathiason / Observer:
Microsoft in row over lobby tactics
Linux-Watch.com:
Coming soon: automatic Linux driver upgrades
Discussion: Inquirer and Digg
Reuters:
Armani to launch mobile phone with Samsung
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
T-Mobile Releases Blackberry Curve 8320, First Hands On
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
DRM advocates getting nervous about consumer backlash
Discussion: broadstuff and Digg
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TV Remote Moves Over for a Mouse
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Finishing the fight: Ars reviews Halo 3
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Online Backup Startup Mozy Acquired By EMC For $76 million
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Two new Gmail features in the queue
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple drops new Leopard build, may be release candidate
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