GOOD DAY FOR: Low hopes, as the Indian government is tackling the country’s “digital divide” by rolling out a $10.25 laptop. The prototype Sakshad (“before your eyes”) laptop is the centerpiece of a government e-learning program that seeks to extend higher education to India’s poor. The laptops will be wireless, with 2 GB of RAM, but will not run Windows. Some are skeptical that India can pull off a laptop that cheap. “You cannot even [make] a computer screen for $20,” notes Netcore Solutions manager Rajesh Jain. (The Guardian)
BAD DAY FOR: Playing defense, as Citigroup is exploring ways to back out of its 20-year, $400 million sponsorship deal with the New York Mets, according to The Wall Street Journal. The 2006 sponsorship deal includes naming the Mets’ new ballpark Citi Field. Citi, like other banks using government bailout money, is facing pressure to cut superfluous spending. The Mets said the agreement is “legally binding,” however. “The Mets are fully committed to our contract with Citi,” said Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz. (Reuters)
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Is it now OK to have sex with animals?
- Republicans love this new health care plan. Too bad it's basically a tax cut for the rich.
- In defense of Gwyneth Paltrow
- In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life — and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 10 classic Sesame Street moments we wouldn't show today's kids
- 17 old proverbs we should use more often
- 8 tricks to surviving the holidays without gaining weight or being grouchy
- Adam Sandler's 'Thanksgiving Song': Explaining the 22-year-old tune's pop-culture references
Subscribe to the Week