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12.28.06


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By Thomas Hawk

Marshall Kirkpatrick - Now Microsoft Wants Its Laptop Back - Yesterday I wrote about Microsoft and Edelman handing out spiffy new laptops to bloggers after Scott Beale announced that he got one over at Laughing Squid.

Scoble called the move Payperpost but also clarified his position calling the giveaway an "awesome idea." The usual Techmeme crowd chimed in, Slashdot and digg got hold of it and now it looks like Microsoft thinks the best thing to do is ask for them back.

Doh!

From Marshall Kirkpatrick:

"Marshall,

No good deed goes unpunished, right? You may have seen that other bloggers got review machines as well. Some of that coverage was not factual. As you write your review I just wanted to emphasize that this is a review pc. I strongly recommend you disclose that we sent you this machine for review, and I hope you give your honest opinions. Just to make sure there is no misunderstanding of our intentions I'm going to ask that you either give the pc away or send it back when you no longer need it for product reviews.

Thanks for your understanding, and happy reviewing,

Aaron *** "


Mike Arrington has also published the the email that he got from Microsoft

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"Michael,

I'm working on getting some review PCs out to community bloggers, and wanted to include you. I'd love to send you a loaded Ferrari 1000 courtesy of Windows Vista and AMD. Are you interested?

This would be a review machine, so I'd love to hear your opinion on the machine and OS. Full disclosure, while I hope you will blog about your experience with the pc, you don't have to. Also, you are welcome to send the machine back to us after you are done playing with it, or you can give it away to your community, or you can hold onto it for as long as you'd like. Just let me know what you plan to do with it when the time comes. And if you run into any problems let me know. A few of the drivers aren't quite final, but are very close.


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About the Author:
Thomas Hawk is a San Francisco based photographer and technology writer. He publishes the web site Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection and is also the Evangelist and CEO of the photo sharing site Zooomr.

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