Rumors persist that Google will announce it is manufacturing a $200 networkable personal computer that has no hard drive and is based around an open-source operating system, when company founder Larry Page takes the podium at the Consumer Electronics Show. Google did not deny the story, but did not confirm it either, but last month a company called Wyse Technology told Red Herring magazine that Google had contracted it to build Google-branded PCs.
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Speculation mounted this week that Google and its partners will introduce plans for cheap, Internet-linked computers with the goal of changing the way consumers use computers and access the web.
Wyse Technology told RedHerring.com last month it has been in talks with the Internet search behemoth to make inexpensive Google-branded PCs (see Wyse to Make $150 Computers). Wyse’s hard-drive-less computers, called thin clients, are often used in clusters in business or organizational settings."