Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Developer of $100 laptop slams Gates's gibe on plan - The Boston Globe

Developer of $100 laptop slams Gates's gibe on plan - The Boston Globe: "Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, thinks Bill Gates is ''the most important philanthropist in the history of mankind.' But Negroponte has a major philanthropic idea of his own -- a $100 laptop computer for every poor child on earth -- and he says that the Microsoft chairman's recent criticism of the laptop plan could hinder its success."

Later in the article:

"When Negroponte unveiled his plan last year, he said production of the laptops could begin this year. But he still doesn't have a working prototype. Yesterday, Negroponte said prototypes would become available before the end of the year, and full production would begin in 2007. The initial model of the laptop would cost $135, with the cost falling to $100 by 2008 and as low as $50 by 2010."
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