At the request of the CDC, Google took a look at its previous search data from Mexico. And it found a rise in flu-related search terms that did not match previous seasonal flu searches . Jeremy Ginsberg, with Google’s flu trends, said, “We did see a small increase in many parts of Mexico before major news coverage began last week.” It’s encouraging to think that Google’s Flu Trends system may be able to detect the next unusual flu outbreak. Engineers have even checked their equations and graphs against cases of U.S. Flu Trends, the of flu, and it looks like Google’s system follows the CDC’s data pretty close.... --..
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple may manufacture computer processors in house based on anonymous sources, publications on LinkedIn linking more than 100 Apple employees with past expertise in chips, and the acquisition of PA Semiconductor. These three reasons could serve as evidence that the company is moving toward chip design for its iPhones, iPods and possibly Macs. Doing so would reduce Apple’s dependence on Intel and Samsung. If Apple had control over its own processor production, it would be able to better guard its secrets from rivals and design exclusive features for its gadgets.... --..