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Samsung to sell laptop for $249

SAN FRANCISCO — Google and Samsung are introducing a lightweight laptop computer with a price similar to smaller tablet computers.

The computer unveiled Thursday will sell for $249 and run on an operating system revolving around Google’s Chrome Web browser.

Like other so-called Chromebooks, this laptop doesn’t have a hard drive. It functions like a terminal dependent on an Internet connection to get to information and applications stored in large data centers run by Google Inc. or other technology providers.

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The laptop represents Google’s latest challenge to Windows, the dominant PC operating system. It goes on sale early next week, just days before Microsoft Corp. releases Windows 8, a dramatic makeover of its operating system.

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Most of the PCs running on Windows 8 will sell for $500 to $1,000.

Associated Press