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Over the summer, I blogged about Intel supporting the One Laptop Per Child Program and today I learn that they have stopped supporting the program.

Doesn't make sense to me why you would agree and then less than six months later you pull out all together.

The mission of this non-profit association is to develop a low-cost laptop—the "$100 Laptop"—a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children. The goal is to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves.

On Thursday an Intel spokesman said the company shared with O.L.P.C. the vision of putting computers into the hands of children, but the two were not able to work out what he described as “philosophical” differences.

You can form your own opinion on the real reason but I'm guessing money had to do with it because Intel has their own low cost laptop called the Classmate PC which retails for more than the One Laptop Per Child Program.

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2008 9:44 AM | Back to top

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