Get You’re $100 Laptop for $300

The gen­er­al pub­lic in the West­ern world will be able to pur­chase the MIT/Negro­ponte OLPC ($100 lap­top) after all. The catch? “cus­tomers will have to buy two lap­tops at once — with the sec­ond going to the devel­op­ing world.” Looks like eBay will be han­dling the sales and the lap­top will ini­tial­ly go for around $300 for the cit­i­zens West­ern, indus­tri­al coun­tries (read: U.S., Cana­da, & Europe). Bril­liant move, I say. (via Newsvine) Check out the offi­cial OLPC site for more on the project.
Not so fast. Appar­ent­ly, the BBC got it wrong and OLPC will not have a con­sumer ver­sion nor will they being do the buy-2-get‑1 scheme, at least not yet. I still say that’s a great idea, although it won’t real­ly buy enough to make much of a dif­fer­ence I sus­pect.