THE death toll from the H7N9 bird flu virus has risen to 27, state media says, after a man died in central China.
The 55-year-old died on Wednesday after receiving medical treatment, state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday, citing local authorities.
More than 120 people have been diagnosed with the virus since it was first reported in late March, with most cases confined to China.
Comment: Experts say this is one of the most serious bird flues yet.
read more here: China reports 27th death from bird flu
DRIVING THROUGH SILICON VALLEY on the freeway in busy lunchtime traffic, the Googler flicks a switch on the steering wheel. A green light comes on to tell him and your correspondent in the passenger seat that the car is now driving itself. A vehicle cuts across it, brakes and exits, followed by a pickup truck that gets rather close. Each time the driverless car backs off smoothly, maintaining a sensible distance, then accelerates again once the road ahead is clear.
Read more here: http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21576224-one-day-every-car-may-come-invisible-chauffeur-look-no-hands
Cloud fight keeps Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Rackspace clamoring for enterprise customers
Amazon Web Services is attempting to distance itself from other cloud providers by enhancing its services to incorporate the differentiating features of its competitors.
But as Amazon sets its sights more keenly on the enterprise market, recent moves by Microsoft, Google and Rackspace to improve their infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud offerings are creating an increasingly competitive cloud market, experts say.
“There’s a war going on in the IaaS market,” says Paul Burns, an analyst at Neovise, a boutique research firm focusing on the cloud. Today in New York, Amazon hosted one of 13 Summits it plans to hold across the world in the coming weeks, touting the success of its platform and trotting out examples of enterprise customers using its services. And it provided the backdrop for Amazon to discuss the recent advancements of its services.
Comment: Seems like to might be tough for smaller companies to compete with this.
Read more here: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/041813-aws-268883.html
Squeezing savings from the cloud
Here’s how to compute the ROI.
Computerworld – The key to earning a positive return on investment when adopting cloud services — including software-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service — is carefully studying costs and benefits to ensure that such a shift will pay off.
Sounds like many of the other IT projects you’ve shepherded, right? But it turns out it’s incredibly complex to determine whether a move to the cloud will pay off for a given application. When done in haste, that analysis can lead companies to adopt the cloud for the wrong reasons, leaving them with higher costs or an inferior product when compared to an on-premises installation.
Comment: If only it were an easy decision.
Read more here: Squeezing savings from the cloud – Network World.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there is no evidence that a new strain of bird flu in China is spreading easily among humans, even though a few people who were close to patients with the virus have fallen sick.
Dr Michael O’Leary, head of WHO’s office in China, said 15 global and Chinese health experts are on a weeklong mission in Beijing and Shanghai to learn more about the H7N9 bird flu virus has killed 17 people and sickened 70 others.
O’Leary said a major focus of the mission is to learn how the virus infects humans.
Comment: It will be interesting to see how this story changes from day to day.
Read more here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/346051/who-china-bird-flu-not-spreading-easily-in-humans
BEIJING – Experts from the UN’s health agency are examining whether the H7N9 bird flu virus is spreading among humans, after a cluster of cases among relatives, but downplayed fears of a pandemic Friday.
“What we don’t know is the size of the iceberg under this tip,” said the World Health Organisation’s representative in China after revealing details of three families who have shown possible human-to-human transmission.
Comment: This H7N9 thing is getting scarier by the day.
Read more here: http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/16807260/experts-probe-human-to-human-spread-of-china-bird-flu/
Beijing confirmed that a 7-year-old girl has H7N9 avian influenza and Henan province reported its first two cases, opening a new front in the spread of the virus in the world’s most populous nation.
Shanghai said today two people infected with the strain of bird flu died, taking the country’s death toll to 13. The city also reported three fresh infections today while the eastern provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang also confirmed new cases, raising the national tally to 60 from 49 yesterday.
Read more at Bloomberg here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-13/beijing-confirms-child-s-h7n9-case-first-in-north-china.html