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4:30 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
Discussion: Neowin.net
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Panasonic gooses megapixels, zoom  —  Panasonic announced a new Lumix camera Monday that squeezes a wide-angle lens, a 12.2-megapixel sensor and a novel way of extending zoom lens range into a compact camera.  —  The Lumix DMC-FX100 is equipped with a 3.6x zoom that spans the equivalent of 28mm to 100mm …
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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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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: Engadget and DailyTech
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 …
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 …
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Online, GOP Is Playing Catch-Up  —  When David All, a former Republican congressional aide, launched a blog recently that he hopes will spur his fellow Republicans to bridge the digital divide, he did his best to sound upbeat.  "Today our Revolution begins," he wrote.  "Tomorrow we fight."
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?
Discussion: JD on EP
 
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Police probe Cutty Sark blaze
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Much Ado About Apple's iPhone
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