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Journal: Intel backs out of OLPC

Journal by Potor
The BBC is reporting that Intel is pulling out of the OLPC program. Editorially, the Beeb sees this as a big blow to the program, but I wonder. Not only is Intel a late-comer to OLPC, but it also launched a competing product. Although it does represent a loss of funds and perhaps some technological support, it also weakens the Wintel aspect of the machine and stresses the philosophical and philanthropic goals of OLPC. And I assume that Negroponte can function perfectly well with AMD, who will now presumably have a lock on this market and the goodwill it generates.
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Journal: Radiohead to release digital download on honour system

Journal by Potor

The Times Online writes that Radiohead, having left EMI, is self-releasing its new album on its Web site as a digital download - and leaving the price up to the consumer. The Times does not note that the same album will be for sale in a physical format as well, at a predetermined price - £40 - and with lots of goodies.

Radiohead's bold new move is a challenge to what many consider the moribund strategy of the record labels, and clearly underlies the difference between music per se and the added value of packaging.

Repel them. Repel them. Induce them to relinquish the spheroid. - Indiana University fans' chant for their perennially bad football team

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