News Bits: OLPC Shipping Info, Asus Eee PC 8G on sale, Goodbye Spam?

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OLPC Give One, Get One program shipping info released

The shipping information for the OLPC’s Give One, Get One has been posted. The website states that only those who ordered before Nov. 12 in the U.S. would get their machines before Christmas; orders placed after that date can expect a range of delivery dates. OLPC has stated it is trying to ship as many laptops as possible.

The donated laptops will be shipped to Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti, Mongolia, or Rwanda early next year.

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Asus Eee PC 8G now for sale

The Asus Eee PC 8GB is now available for sale with a pricetag of $499. It has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash storage, and is scheduled to arrive in late December.

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Research firms disagree on top Taiwan notebook vendor in Q3

Acer had announced it was the largest notebook maker in Taiwan in Q3 based on data supplied by Gartner and Gfk. However, a report from IDC came out and said that Asustek was the top notebook maker in Taiwan in Q3 2007. Sources at Acer said that since two of the three research firms said Acer was in the lead, their statement was proven. However, they also said that PC rankings are always changing. Sources at Asustek said they are not going to get involved in the number game because a company’s performance should also be judged not only on shipments, but also on gross margin and revenues.

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AMD CEO downplays Intel

Despite AMD’s stock price falling to its lowest levels in four years and a less-than-heartwarming reception of its quad-core Phenom X4 processor, AMD CEO Dr. Hector Ruiz had something to say about competitor Intel. Ruiz put most of the blame for the company’s decline on Intel. He is quoted from a news article saying "If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." He lated hazarded that "Intel is trying to catch up with us in that respect."

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Is the end of spam in sight?

Steven T. Kirsch built a better mouse 25 years ago, and now believes he has found a better way to catch spam email. Kirsch has founded four companies based on frustrations with products and services. This year he started Abaca, a company focused on stopping spam with a new approach. The company claims it filters out 99 percent of all spam and backs the claim with a money-back guarantee. The underlying idea is to profile the recipient of the spam rather than the sender.

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