Designing computers for the world’s poor

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Computers are seen as powerful tools for education and economic development in the third world. Several efforts to design a cheap, yet rugged and useful PC have mostly fallen flat. But there are new designs out there from the likes of Microsoft and technology luminary Nicholas Negroponte.

CNET News.com editor-at-large Michael Kanellos says there are a couple of reasons why no computer design has been successful on a large scale.

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