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Marketplace Tech for Monday, January 14, 2013
Jan 14, 2013

Marketplace Tech for Monday, January 14, 2013

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Is this a regular flu season or one for the record books? It depends a bit on whether your metric is the official numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or Google. One thing's for sure, a lot more people are Googling the flu, but it's still unclear whether that means a lot more people are getting it. In China, a lot more people are getting high speed internet into their homes. Why? The country's government is requiring that each new home close to the necessary infrastructure must get a fiber optic cable hookup. But while this makes U.S. standards look pitiful by comparison, it's important to remember that better bandwitdth doesn't always mean better internet -- especially in a country known for censorship. 

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Googling the flu and going high speed cable in China

Jan 14, 2013
Is this a regular flu season or one for the record books? It depends a bit on whether your metric is the official numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or Google. In China, the government is requiring each new home close to necessary infrastructure to get a fiber optic cable hookup.

Is this a regular flu season or one for the record books? It depends a bit on whether your metric is the official numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or Google. One thing’s for sure, a lot more people are Googling the flu, but it’s still unclear whether that means a lot more people are getting it. In China, a lot more people are getting high speed internet into their homes. Why? The country’s government is requiring that each new home close to the necessary infrastructure must get a fiber optic cable hookup. But while this makes U.S. standards look pitiful by comparison, it’s important to remember that better bandwitdth doesn’t always mean better internet — especially in a country known for censorship. 

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