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Google makes MIT professor's dream of '$100 laptop' a reality
December 10, 2012 / 10:08 PM / 5 years ago

Google makes MIT professor's dream of '$100 laptop' a reality

BOSTON (Reuters) - Google Inc (GOOG.O) began selling basic laptop computers to schools at a price of $99, meeting a price point that prominent MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte famously held out in 2005 as key to bringing computing power to the masses.

The Google logo is seen on a door at the company's office in Tel Aviv January 26, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/Files

The Internet giant said on Monday that it will be offering the steep educational discount on Series 5 Chromebooks from Samsung Electronics Co (005930.KS) through December 21. They typically retail for $249.

Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child Foundation failed to meet his ambitious target, which critics said would be impossible to meet when he set it. His XO laptop currently sell for about $200.

Still, he is widely credited with helping to launch the era of low-cost portable computing.

The creation of relatively low-cost laptops from his foundation pressured industry giants including Intel Corp (INTC.O), Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N) and Dell Inc DELL.O to develop inexpensive versions of their products such as the netbook.

Information on the program is available at (googleblog.blogspot.com)

Reporting By Jim Finkle; Editing by Bernard Orr

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