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  • Wyse sees profit in bridging the digital divide, by John Ribeiro

    Thin client computing vendor Wyse Technology has identified applications for bridging the digital divide as a new key market opportunity, according to an executive of the San Jose, California, company. The company announced Thursday that it is part of a consortium that is piloting in India a platform for the delivery of services to rural areas around its thin client technology. It is a significant market opportunity for us, but it is too early however to say what per...

    IDG News Service
  • An Entrepreneur Who Cares, by Jeffrey Gangemi

    Jeff Skoll earned his wealth as the first president of eBay. Now, he looks for ways that business can change the world for the better Jeff Skoll thinks -- and cares -- big. He caught the entrepreneurial bug long before 1995, the year he earned his MBA at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and became the first president of eBay, the online-auction site. This was after he had already launched two of his own computer consulting and rental businesses. A seri...

  • Laptops for Kids With No Power, by Stephen Leahy

    Though the first $100 laptop has yet to be built -- work is scheduled to begin in September -- the project’s three corporate partners, Advanced Micro Devices, Google and News Corporation, have each pledged $2 million apiece and tech expertise. The first 6 million laptops are to be manufactured in China starting in 2006, project representatives claim, and orders from the Chinese, Brazilian and other education departments are expected shortly. The machines are intended for governme...

    Wired News
  • UN chief highlights ’central role’ of business in development

    Business has a central role to play in eradicating poverty in Africa, alongside debt relief and greater aid flows, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Tuesday. Speaking in Paris at a seminar on corporate responsibility in the developing world, Annan said the main responsibilty for meeting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by a 2015 deadline still rests with governments. But business has a centrol role to play, he sai...

  • Enterprise Africa! Launches in South Africa: Researchers Dedicated to Finding and Documenting Africa

    Researchers from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University (Virginia, USA) and the Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa launched Enterprise Africa! -- a project dedicated to finding and documenting the success stories of Africa’s entrepreneurs. African entrepreneurs hold the key to economic prosperity in Africa, said Free Market Foundation Director Eustace Davie. South Africans in p...

  • IT-based agri information system, by MV Mahalakshmi

    ??We propose to collect data from 25 Agromet centres, under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) present across the country and 83 centres of NCMRWF and link them to the Virtual Academy for Semi-Arid Tropics (VASAT) of ICRISAT, krishi channels and Crop Weather Watch group. The first pilot project is expected to come up soon at Mehboobnagar district in Andhra Pradesh state, ?? Dr Ramakrishna said. The information needs of the farmer include some general information like w...

    The Financial Express
  • Top tech program creates “cash goat” for villagers, by Hai Mingwei, Zhao Yanan

    A farmer in a secluded mountainous village in Sichuan Province, southwest China, Chen Wansheng had never thought or dreamed he could have anything to do with a top technological development program of the country. It was the yellow goat, an animal he had raised for over four decades, that related the farmer in the poor Yuquan village of Nanjiang county to the 863 Program, China’s first high-tech research and development program launched in March 1986. Researchers dis...

  • Lenovo mulls separate PC brand for India, by Michael Singer

    We are thinking of introducing another brand under Lenovo, Deepak Advani, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Lenovo, told the Xinhuanet news service during a press briefing in New Delhi. Lenovo has developed some good products in China which might meet the need of (the) Indian market. For example, it has worked out products for those not very skilled in computer(s) or for schools where many students have to share one computer. Lenovo’s pus...

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