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It's an ambitious agenda for the foundation, which recently dismissed about 32 workers - half of its staff - due to falling corporate donations and the disas trous decline in holiday sales of the XO laptop. Christopher Dawson, director of technology at the Athol-Royalston Regional School District, who blogs about educational technology at the ZDNet news site, said Negroponte's team went wrong by trying to produce and distribute the computer themselves instead of leaving that to private companies. "There are some great idea people at OLPC," said Dawson, "but they don't have the marketing and manufacturing skills to put it all together."
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