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- In Angola a co-operation agreement in the domain of technology was signed among the National Commission of Information Technologies, the Reserve Bank (BNA) and the US computing firm Microsoft. The accord comprises the areas of training of computing teachers, recovery of software and improvement of financing system. The document was signed by the deputy minister of Science and Technology, Pedro Teta, a BNA official, Antonio Moises Pinto, and a Microsoft representative. The agreement is part of a project named "Partners In Learning" of Microsoft, which aims at training 40 teachers of computing. Ten members of the staff have already attended the training. The act was atended by the Angolan ambassador to the Unietd States of America, Josefina Diakite, her colleague in Angola, Cynthia Efird, as well as the director of Eduardo dos Santos Foundation (FESA), Joao de Deus.

- The one Laptop per Child (OLPC) board of directors has announced that Quanta Computer of Taiwan was chosen as the original design manufacturer (ODM) for the $100 laptop project. According to Digitimes, Quanta has agreed to devote significant engineering resources in the first and second quarters of 2006, with a target of bringing the product to market in Q4, according to OLPC. The launch of five million to 15 million units will be both in large-scale pilot projects in seven countries. A commercial version of the machine will be explored in parallel, added the organisation.