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Netbooks take the world by storm

Anyone keeping up on technology would notice a recent explosion in the netbook market. More or less started by the surprisingly successful Asus EEE Pc in 2007, the market for these low-cost, lightweight notebooks is on the rise with no less than 14 netbooks being announced or launched this past week. They come in all flavors (Windows or Linux), sizes (8.9 inch or 10 inch), and from almost every manufacturer imaginable. We even heard of a netbook from Packard Bell, a name which conjures up bad memories for US computer owners from the the late 80’s to the early 90’s. The only company apparently not jumping in feet first is Sony who, according to Mike Abary, Sony’s Senior VP of Information Technology Products, is “letting the pioneers in the market make the mistakes.” It’s your choice to wait Sony but when you decide to finally enter the market, you will face lots and we mean lots of competition. Hit the jump for a quick rundown of the 14 or so netbooks launched or announced this week.