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Malcolm Gladwell Challenges the Idea of "Free" 206

An anonymous reader brings us another bump on the bumpy road of Chris Anderson's new book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price, which we discussed a week ago. Now the Times (UK) is reporting on a dustup between Anderson and Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. Recently Gladwell reviewed, or rather deconstructed, Anderson's book in the New Yorker. Anderson has responded with a blog post that addresses some, but by no means all, of Gladwell's criticisms, and The Times is inclined to award the match to Gladwell on points. Although their reviewer didn't notice that Gladwell, in setting up the idea of "Free" as a straw man, omitted a critical half of Stewart Brand's seminal quote.

Submission + - OLPC News: OLPC Give 1 Get 1 Program: XO-1 Laptop (olpcnews.com)

wayan writes: "Oh My God! The event every geek has dreamed about for the last year is now here: OLPC XO laptop sales will start November 12th with promised delivery by Christmas in a Buy 1 Get 1 program from OLPC. $399 buys a XO laptop for you and one for a child in the developing world — Nicholas Negroponte's way to keep OLPC demand going when he's not getting government orders to fill Quanta's production line."

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