Saturday, 25 June 2011

Google will discontinue Google Health and Google PowerMeter

Google will discontinue two of its products -- Google Health and Google PowerMeter -- after neither achieved the popularity necessary to continue them, according to the company.
Google Health, launched in May 2008, was intended as a service that aggregated health and wellness information. Users could create an account at and import their medical records, lab results, prescription info and immunization histories.
Google PowerMeter is a energy monitoring tool that helped users analyze their home's energy consumption.
In the case of Google Health, the site will remain operational until Jan. 1, 2012. From then until Jan. 1, 2013, users will not be able to use the site but will be able to download their data. Google PowerMeter, on the other hand, will be retired on Sept. 16 of this year.
Google PowerMeter is set to retire Sept. 16. Users can download the data on their accounts.
Google Health will be discontinued Jan. 1, 2012, although records and other data on that service will be available to download until Jan 1, 2013. Users can get their records in a variety of formats, including a printable PDF file, HTML or XML versions. The tech giant will also add the ability to transfer files to other health database services such as Microsoft's HealthVault, Google said.

Touch : Microsoft Launches Public Sector Magazine

Touch offers everything you need to know about Microsoft technology for the EMEA public sector.

Microsoft has quietly created a new group, the office of civic innovation, as well as a new online magazine designed to promote its public sector initiatives.
The inaugural edition covers issues such as cloud computing  , information security   and the evolution of new healthcare strategies. It also profiles the work of Microsoft partners in the public sector, including projects for Plymouth City Council, Vaasa Central Hospital in Finland, Portugal's ANC P, the UK's NHS Direct and British Waterways.
The new office of civic innovation is a seven-person team based in Washington, D.C., and part of Microsoft's Public Sector division, said Mark Drapeau, editor and chief of the new online magazine, Publicyte  , and a member of the new team. The company first talked about the group at a launch party for the magazine in Washington, D.C., earlier this week. 

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