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Intel Drops Out Of OLPC Program

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Reaching a “philosophical impasse” with Nicholas Negroponte and the rest the OLPC crew, Intel is yanking its chips from the machines. This is just days before CES in Las Vegas, where the hoopla surrounding its debut will reach an all-time high. The real problem seems to be Intel’s own low-cost computer prototype, Classmate, says Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy, which OLPC saw as a competition:

Both sides shared the objective of providing children around the world with the use of new technology, “but OLPC had asked Intel to end our support for non-OLPC platforms, including the Classmate PC, and to focus on the OLPC platform exclusively,” Mulloy said. “At the end of the day, we decided we couldn’t accommodate that request.”

Because there’s only room in the developing world for one one laptop per child.

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