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A children’s laptop, equipped with a camera and wireless communication ability.
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Nicholas Negroponte, head of M.I.T. Media Lab, said orders have been disappointing for a rugged laptop intended for third-world children.
Orders, however, are slow. “I have to some degree underestimated the difference between shaking the hand of a head of state and having a check written,” said Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of the nonprofit project. “And yes, it has been a disappointment.”
But Mr. Negroponte, the founding director of the M.I.T. Media Laboratory, views the problem as a temporary one in the long-term pursuit of using technology as a new channel of learning and self-expression for children worldwide.
And he is reaching out to the public to try to give the laptop campaign a boost. The marketing program, to be announced today, is called “Give 1 Get 1,” in which Americans and Canadians can buy two laptops for $399.
One of the machines will be given to a child in a developing nation, and the other one will be shipped to the purchaser by Christmas. The donated computer is a tax-deductible charitable contribution. The program will run for two weeks, with orders accepted from Nov. 12 to Nov. 26.
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The above is from Tom Mighell, whose Inter Alia is well worth adding to your favorites, bookmarks, or RSS feed.
Know any small tax-exempt organizations whose gross receipts are normally $25,000 or less? With the enactment of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, these small tax-exempt organizations will now be required to file electronically Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, with the IRS annually. Organizations that do not file the e-Postcard will lose their tax-exempt status as of the filing due date of the third year. Find out more on IRS.gov to help your small tax-exempt clients.
The Official Unofficial Blog of the New York State Bar Association Health Law Section has a unique name; but is chock full of health law-related posts and links–neat graphics, too.
Paul Gillan, who runs the NYSBA Health Law Section listserv, announces the kickoff of Supraspinatus, the “Official Unofficial Blog of the NYSBA Health Law Section”. The purpose of the blog is to provide a forum for the timely sharing and discussion of news and developments relative to New York health law practitioners. The blog will serve as a complement to the listserve and the Health Law Journal, which combined will provide a full panoply of reference and analysis resources to health law section members.
Click Here for Supraspinatus.