OLPC Origin: Bittersweet Success and Future of the XO Laptop

When I met with Nicholas Negroponte not long ago, he laughed at the coverage he'd received through the past few years, including our own portrayal of Intel chairman Craig Barrett and him as Beavis and Butthead. Far more hurtful have been the admonitions of his own former staffers who feel he has mismanaged the OLPC… »8/28/08 2:40pm8/28/08 2:40pm

Secret Origin of the OLPC: Genius, Hubris and the Birth of the Netbook

From the moment Nicholas Negroponte showed off his $100 laptop concept at the Davos world economic summit in January 2005, it was as if the tech world's supermoguls were glowering down on him in judgment. Over the course of the year, Craig Barrett, Michael Dell, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs weighed in, privately… »8/26/08 12:00pm8/26/08 12:00pm

Quanta Does Or Does Not Have Contract To Make First And/Or Second Gen iPhone

The closer we get to the iPhone's launch (June 11th? June 20th? June 37th?), the more everybody gets excited over the smallest scraps of information pertaining to the Phone of Phones. Today's hot-and-heaviness surrounds the quasi-announcement that Quanta, would-be maker of the OLPC, is also the would-be maker of the… »5/29/07 10:35am5/29/07 10:35am