John Paczkowski

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Uh, Thanks, Uncle Nick–That’s Almost a MacBook. Did You Save the Receipt?

olpcpicnic.jpgThe XO Laptop (pictured above) wasn’t engineered with affluent children or the tech-industry subculture in mind, but they’re getting a chance to own one nonetheless thanks to a new program from OLPC–the One Laptop Per Child project. Under “Give 1 Get 1,” Americans and Canadians can purchase two of the pared-down laptops for $399: one for themselves and one to be shipped to a child in a developing nation. The program will run for two weeks, with orders accepted from Nov. 12 to Nov. 26.

“Give 1 Get 1” is something of an about-face for the OLPC and its co-founder, Nicholas Negroponte. Originally, the organization decided against selling the the so-called “$100 laptop” in the states. It worried the device would appear anemic next to entry-level laptops from Apple, Hewlett-Packard and others, and it feared selling it stateside would distract the organization from its original goal: to bring computing to the developing world’s children. But with early orders for the device falling quite a bit short of expectations, it reconsidered. “There’s a much bigger gulf between a handshake with a head of state and a real check coming out of the treasury,” Negroponte told the Boston Globe. “You could argue I could have been more realistic in the beginning, but if I had, I would never have done this.”

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik