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Journal Journal: Intel backs out of OLPC

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 Journal: Radiohead to release digital download on honour system

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.

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