The personal computer industry is poised to sell tens of millions of small, energy-efficient, internet-centric devices--yet some of the biggest companies in the business consider this bad news, reports the New York Times. In a tale of sales success breeding resentment, computer companies are wary of the new breed of computers because their low price could threaten PC makers' already thin profit margins. The new computers, often called netbooks, have scant on-board memory. They use energy-sipping computer chips. They are intended largely for surfing web sites and checking eMail. The price is small too, with some selling for as little

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