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'$100 laptop' sparks war of words

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by gkd_uk, May 21, 2007.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Guest

    Chip-maker Intel "should be ashamed of itself" for efforts to undermine the $100 laptop initiative, according to its founder Nicholas Negroponte.
    He accused Intel of selling its own cut-price laptop - the Classmate - below cost to drive him out of markets.

    Professor Negroponte, who aims to distribute millions of laptops to kids in developing countries, said Intel had hurt his mission "enormously".

    Speaking to US broadcaster CBS, Intel's chairman denied the claims.

    "We're not trying to drive him out of business," said Craig Barrett. "We're trying to bring capability to young people."

    Mr Barrett has previously dismissed the $100 laptop as a "gadget".

    Speaking to the BBC News website earlier this year Professor Negroponte said: "The concept has received a lot of criticism and yet after that criticism they are either copying it or doing things perfectly in line with the concept.

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  2. Piotrek

    Piotrek Guest

    I don't understand why Negroponte should have the monopoly of selling cheap to developing countries, he should rather be happy his 'mission' brings new participants, or was it not a mission but just another business...?

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