HARDWARE WARFARE: School districts are becoming the new battleground for different hardware platforms. Apple's boasting that more than 600 K-12 school districts have launched iPad programs, two-thirds of them since July, reports the Associated Press. Google's Chromebooks are also making great inroads. (More details from the Google team shortly!) Got a bit more cash to burn? ArsTechnica has a lovely long piece on how Intel is feverishly promoting a forthcoming class of devices, the Utrabook, and even has a $300 million venture fund to spur on companies building hardware and software that works with Ultrabooks. These will likely be competitors primarily to Apple's MacBook Air. But what technology ramps up, scale will drive down (at least in price). Looks like game on, folks.