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Intel is working with Taiwan-based Asustek Computer on a counter to One Laptop Per Child's AMD-based currently $175 XO notebooks. The full-fledged Intel-Asustek PC will start at $199 and go to $299. Other than a low-end Intel chip, the widgets will have a seven- or 10-inch screen, Wi-Fi, a solid-state hard disk and run either XP or Linux. Asustek will sell the widget into the mass markets in emerging economies but it will carry Intel's Classmate brand and be called the Eee PC for "Easy to Learn, Easy to Work and Easy to Play." Shipments are supposed to start this summer, with Asustek thinking it can move 200,000 this year. OLPC, which has accused Intel of upstaging it, has been trying to get third world governments to buy its notebooks for their kids. ... (more)

Microsoft's Ballmer: "I See Nothing But Opportunity"

Steve Ballmer presented a lengthy keynote and partner session at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis. Below is the complete transcript of the session. Steve Ballmer It is my honor, privilege, excitement, to be here with you today. For all the things I do -- and many of you have had a chance to hear this many times as I travel the world -- but everything I get to do working for Microsoft, there's one thing that's most energizing for me -- one thing, one thing -- meeting with our partners. And you say, this guy gives this line to every audience he meets with... (more)

Microsoft Introduces New Technology Capacity-Building Initiatives at World Summit

Public and private organisations from around the world convene to advance digital inclusion and strengthen the global knowledge economy. Microsoft is a signatory to WSIS "Pledge to Connect the World" to extend the knowledge economy to 1 billion people by 2015. Microsoft Corp has announced that, as part of its continued commitment to apply information and communication technology (ICT) as a driver of social and economic development around the world, it would be a signatory of the World Summit on Information Society's (WSIS) "Pledge to Connect the World" with the aim of increasing ... (more)

EC Tells the DOJ To Mind Its Own Business

Europe's antitrust chief Neelie Kroes got ticked off over the criticism that the US Justice Department leveled at the antitrust verdict handed down Monday against Microsoft by Europe's second most powerful court, the Court of First Instance (CFI). In a written statement Assistant Attorney General Thomas Barnett said the DOJ was "concerned that the standard applied to unilateral conduct by the CFI, rather than helping consumers, may have the unfortunate consequence of harming consumers by chilling innovation and discouraging competition" and mentioned that the US protects competit... (more)

Citigroup Will Implement .NET Technologies to Streamline Customer Access

(March 20, 2002) - Citigroup and Microsoft Corp. announced a broad strategic agreement in which Citigroup businesses will use Microsoft® .NET technologies, including Passport and .NET Alerts, to enhance customer access to Citigroup's products on the Internet. By using these new technologies, Citigroup will offer its customers new levels of convenience and choice to access and navigate multiple Web sites. Citi Cards, the largest provider of credit cards in the United States, with more than 94 million accounts, will be the first Citigroup business to offer its online users streaml... (more)