Here’s a roundup of the various articles on this news–
BBC UK- ‘$100 laptop’ production begins
A few weeks old but I’m cleaning out my newsreader…
Google is opening up its educational tier of Google Apps to nonprofit organizations within the United States. Registered 501c3 nonprofits will be able to use and deploy the educational version of Google Apps, which gives organizations unlimited users, free phone support, API integration, and e-mail migration (to transfer existing in-boxes to the Apps version of Gmail).
Here’s a great article in the New York Times detailing the lack of internet infrastructure in Africa:
Attempts to bring affordable high-speed Internet service to the masses have made little headway on the continent. Less than 4 percent of Africa’s population is connected to the Web; most subscribers are in North African countries and the republic of South Africa.
A lack of infrastructure is the biggest problem. In many countries, communications networks were destroyed during years of civil conflict, and continuing political instability deters governments or companies from investing in new systems. E-mail messages and phone calls sent from some African countries have to be routed through Britain, or even the United States, increasing expenses and delivery times. About 75 percent of African Internet traffic is routed this way and costs African countries billions of extra dollars each year that they would not incur if their infrastructure was up to speed.
There’s a new blog on our radar–
The blog is “devoted to the business of clean technologies, its innovations and everything else,” he explained on his main technology-business blog, GigaOM (gigaom.com). Earth2Tech, he wrote, examines the clean-tech start-ups that are mushrooming in Silicon Valley and around the world, as well as the environmental initiatives of big companies like Google and Wal-Mart.
When the idea of the OLPC was introduced to the public, many naysayers said that the computers would be used to fuel 419 scams and other non-educational habits. Fast forward to today and we have our first report that school children in Nigeria are using the OLPC to browse for porn. The computers will now be fitted with filters.
GreenDimes is a new service that aims to reduce the amount of junk mail for their members:
GreenDime’s site says it has “tens of thousands of members” and the annual fee is $36 per year (a dime a day). For that price the company says it will reduce your junk mail by a 75% to 90% and plant one tree a month.
I think the idea is great– I understand the economics behind direct marketing but it’s very easy to see that junk mail is very wasteful and not environmentally friendly. Greendimes’ press page has a lot more information, and they just raised a significant amount of VC money so keep an eye out for these guys.