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Mesh networks on OLPC: it's all about the application level

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o'reilly onlamp: I went down to the Cambridge, Massachusetts lab of One Laptop Per Child today to find out what they’re doing with mesh networks. A One Laptop Per Child system has limited value on its own. Its most innovative and powerful features lie in its participation in a mesh network with other laptops. So get your neighbors and workmates to buy them too!

XO laptop sales begin, but support plan is nonexistent

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Richard Koman: Today the effort moved to the world of consumer sales and philanthropy, as OLPC’s Give 1, Get 1 program launched. And it appears that by the end of day the website was saying there were only 12 days left in the sale. That’s confusing because OLPC has said there will be no limit.

One Laptop Per Me

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c|net blogs: I had to wake up early in the morning to do it, but I was able to order an XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child Foundation (and donate another at the same time). I was prepared to discover the project's website was overloaded with visitors-- one observer predicted the alloted systems would sell out "in 30 seconds"-- but I had no problems.

Hands On With One Laptop Per Child's XO

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tech.yahoo.com/blogs/raskin: There's been quite a fuss made over the XO, developed by Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). The OLPC vision was to design a low-cost, but powerful connected PC in order to provide kids all over the world with Internet-power. OLPC wants to sell the XO, in bulk, to third-world countries.

EA gives Sim City to OLPC project

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gameinfowire.com: Electronic Arts Inc. announced the company will donate the original SimCity — the blockbuster 1989 game credited with giving rise to the city-building game genre — to each computer in the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative.

Who wants to kill the OLPC project?

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ITProPortal: Today marks the official mass production of the OLPC (or XO laptop computer). However, the project has lost some buzz and It is hard not to think that there's a global neo-conspiracy to harm the OLPC project.

OLPC rolls off the production line

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tectonic: Here, for the first time, are pictures of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) coming off the production line at the Quantas factory in China.

T-Mobile USA Partners with One Laptop Per Child Program

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techluver.com: T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced it is partnering with One Laptop per Child for its Give One Get One initiative. T-Mobile is offering one year of complimentary T-Mobile HotSpot access to people who donate an XO laptop to a child in a developing country through the campaign.

Vatican Supports the “One Laptop Per Child” Initiative

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catholicnews.com: A plan to equip the world's poorest schoolchildren with a low-cost, rugged, portable, wireless laptop has found some enthusiastic support among the Jesuits and in the Vatican.

Price of MIT professor's '$100 laptop' hits $200

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Reuters: A computer developed for poor children around the world, dubbed 'the $100 laptop,' has reached a milestone: Its price tag is now $200.

Also: Uruguay buys first $100 laptops

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