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INTEL BAILS ON “ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD” PROGRAM

Posted in Corporate Greed, News Brief on January 7th, 2008

THE COMPANY’S ACTION COMES AFTER AN INTEL SALESWOMAN WAS CAUGHT ATTEMPTING TO UNDERMINE THE HUMANITARIAN EFFORT

laptopolpc_a.jpgGood old greed raised its ugly little head once again, this time sabotaging the already tenuous relationship between chipmaker Intel and the “One Laptop Per Child” humanitarian effort.

The most recent problem came about after an Intel sales woman was caught attempting to convince a Peruvian official to cancel his country’s commitment to purchasing 250,000 of the Humanitarian group’s XO Model computers in favor of Intel’s own PC’s.

As of this writing it is unknown if the organization behind “One Laptop Per Child” intends to pursue legal action against Intel for its breach of a nondisparagement clause in the companies partnership agreement.

“One Laptop Per Child” is the brainchild of Nicholas Negroponte, a former MIT computer researcher.

The incident with the Peruvian representative is not the first such breach to be noted. Per Mr. Negroponte, the relationship first frayed last October, when an Intel salesman allegedly gave a Mongolian government official a side-by-side comparison of the Classmate PC and the
“One Laptop Per Child” PC.

- LIB

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“One Laptop Per Child” Web Site

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