Google makes MIT professor's dream of "$100 laptop" a reality

BOSTON Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:29pm EST

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BOSTON (Reuters) - Google Inc began selling basic laptop computers to schools at a price of $99, meeting a price point that prominent MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte famously held out in 2005 as key to bringing computing power to the masses.

The Internet giant said on Monday that it will be offering the steep educational discount on Series 5 Chromebooks from Samsung Electronics Co through December 21. They typically retail for $249.

Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child Foundation failed to meet his ambitious target, which critics said would be impossible to meet when he set it. His XO laptop currently sell for about $200.

Still, he is widely credited with helping to launch the era of low-cost portable computing.

The creation of relatively low-cost laptops from his foundation pressured industry giants including Intel Corp, Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell Inc to develop inexpensive versions of their products such as the netbook.

Information on the program that Google is offering the computers is available at (here)

(Reporting By Jim Finkle; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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Eric93 wrote:
A subsidized price is not a ‘real’ price. Thus this is, IMHO, a ‘hoax’ price. Unless the price really reflects the cost of materials and labor it is not ‘real’. Ergo, this sounds like a publicity stunt to me.

Dec 10, 2012 5:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SilentBoy741 wrote:
I have a $100 laptop already. It’s GRiD 286 from the 1990s. It has a 22-line LCD display and runs WordPerfect 4.0 – and that’s it.

Dec 16, 2012 11:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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