The Sydney Morning Herald of Australia reports that technology enthusiast and philanthropist Nicholas Negroponte has announced plans to move ahead with the development of his $100 laptop. Within a year, Negroponte, who founded the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says his foundation--One Laptop Per Child--will begin distributing somwhere between 5 million and 15 million of the machines to children in Brazil, China, Egypt, Thailand, and South Africa. U.S. students, though, won't see the technology for at least two years, the paper reports....

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