It's been a bad-news and better-news couple of weeks for executives at Apple Computer.

First Apple's ed-tech nemesis, Dell, wrested away a major contract with a high-profile school division in Virginia; then Apple got a solid win in Georgia, but at a sharply lower initial threshold than had originally been envisioned.

On May 2, the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer-maker announced final approval of a contract that will supply more than 17,000 iBook G4 laptops to students at four pilot high schools in and every teacher within Georgia's Cobb County School District.



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