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Former Sprint, Radioshack CEOs Form Cell Phone Recycling Company

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The ambitious new venture plans to set up easy phone trade-in schemes. eRecyclingCorps will partner with network providers, and customers can bring their old phones in to carriers’ stores. The stores will provide customers with a credit to put towards a new cell phone. The stores then send the old phones to eRecyclingCorps, which sorts which phones can be refurbished and which need to be recycled. eRecyclingCorps will safely recycle unfixable phones and sell refurbished phones in emerging markets like Brazil, India, Russia and China.

Unsurprisingly, eRecyclingCorps’ first partner is Sprint. eRecyclingCorps will handle phones turned in to 2,500 of the provider’s stores and dealers. With luck, Sprint won’t be the only company featuring the new trade-in program: eRecyclingCorps says its working on convincing other carriers to adopt the program, too.

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Written by Elizabeth Valleau
Elizabeth Valleau

March 23rd, 2010 at 2:38 pm

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Tracking H1N1 in Near Real Time

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Check out this super interesting report from Fast Company comparing the GE Centricity EMR system (which reports based on Dr’s diagnoses) to Google Flu Trends online H1N1 infection tracking system,which basis it’s report on searches for flu related topics.  See snippet below, and more at the link.

“In July, the World Health Organization threw its hands up, declared H1N1 the fastest spreading pandemic ever, and said tracking individual cases was hopeless. But that hasnt stopped Google and, now, GE Healthcare from trying.Both companies claim to have “near real-time” data on flu activity, but their numbers are gathered from very different sources: Google Flu Trends tracks H1N1 infections by counting the number of online searches for flu-related topics, such as “fever” and “sore throat.” GE Health cares figures come from the more than 16,000 outpatient care centers using its electronic medical records system. So which one is better?”

via Tracking H1N1 in Near Real Time | Science Inc. | Fast Company.

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Written by Elizabeth Valleau
Elizabeth Valleau

November 12th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

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