The New York Times reports that when the One Laptop Per Child project was announced, many computer industry executives ridiculed the idea. The plan centers on a $100 laptop that could be distributed to developing areas of the world. But executives wondered, "How can this be accomplished, when screens themselves cost $100?" Advances made in reducing manufacturing cost and power consumption helped drive down the cost of production of the laptop, even if the price of the is now closer to $150, rather than the originally stated $100. These advances have allowed the project to win over a share...

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