Innovation Science Technology

Predicting Flu, The Google Way has apparently, figured out a way to predict the flu, upto two weeks faster than the CDC. The prediction is based on observing trends across geographies for search terms like “flu”.

Read the article: Google Flu Trends

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Startup Founders Turn Android into Desktop OS

“Matthaus Krzykowski and Daniel Hartmann, founders of the stealth startup Mobile-facts, have found that you can take Google’s smartphone operating system, Android, and use it as a desktop operating system. The dauntless duo found that it took them only “about four hours of work to compile Android for the netbook.”

Read the article: Startup Founders Turn Android into Desktop OS

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Google’s $4.4 trillion plan to save the planet

‘The search giant unveiled a US$4.4 trillion plan Wednesday to reduce the U.S.’s dependency on fossil fuels and embrace alternative energy. The proposal would yield a net saving of $1 trillion by 2030 and slash U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 48 percent, according to Google, which said it had been busy “crunching the numbers.”‘ – CIO

Read the article: Google Proposes $4.4 Trillion Clean Energy Plan

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Google docs get fancy with visuals

“Google rolled out enhancements to parts of its Google Docs suite this morning that allow users to make use of third-party “gadgets.” The gadgets, which can be written by anyone with the help of a Google API, make use of data stored in Google Spreadsheets and display it in a variety of different ways (however the developer wants, really). But the gadgets aren’t just limited to making your spreadsheets prettier—they can be embedded onto a personalized iGoogle page, or published anywhere that lets you use HTML and iframes.” (via Ars Technica)

PS. This has great potential. Effectively, it could act as hosted scalable database (resting on google servers) to be used as a backend for strong data-driven apps/websites.

arrow_blue_small Hands-on: Google Docs get gadgets