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Google on Africa

“Let me switch gears and talk about a very serious issue. There’s about 15 percent of the world on the Internet. If you look at a picture of the Earth from space at night .. wherever you see light there’s Internet, and there’s people using Google (Africa is dark) I think this is really sad, something to work on … one of the initiatives is this $100 computer we’ve been working on with MIT … I think it’s an important thing to get people greater access.
– Larry Page, Google Founder, at CES January 2006
(from Engadget live at CES)

Larry Page Covering the $100 Laptop at CES 2006

I’ve already covered the $100 computer here and here. If Larry is willing to take any time out of such a high-level keynote to talk about the problem, there’s hope that something will be done. I’m interested in seeing what our boys at Google, AMD and other corporate sponsors can come up with.

I sat and watched the keynote (video) given by Larry at CES too. Not nearly as powerful as a Steve Jobs presentation, but still worth watching.


  1. “Thanks for your interest in Google Video.

    Currently, the playback feature of Google Video isn’t available in your country.

    We hope to make this feature available more widely in the future, and we really appreciate your patience. ”

    => Welcome to good old Europe ;-(

  2. Are you kidding me? I wonder why – are their European servers not up to it?

  3. Sijui, all it says is that message. Yani, I tried this the other day as well (Google Video) and it delivered the same message.

  4. The only work-around for watching Google Videos here in Ujerumani is to paste the video URL into Google and hit the “translate this” link. For some strange reasons, this works.

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