According to ABC News, researchers say a group of plastic surgery patients who traveled from Indiaor Pakistan back to Great Britain returned carrying bacteria which has an antibiotic-resistant “superbug gene” known as NDM-14 . NDM-1 stands for New Delhimetallo-beta-lactamase. AFP quotes researchers as saying that a “new class of superbugs…could spread worldwide.” The New York Times quotes experts calling the gene mutation “worrying” and “ominous.”5
In The Lancet, scientists conclude that “The potential of NDM-1 to be a worldwide public health problem is great, and co-ordinated international surveillance is needed.” However, regarding the severity of the bug, as Dr. Martin J. Blaser of New York University says in his interview with the New York Times, “it’s too early to judge.”7
Killer new feature on Mahalo Answers: alerts for topic you follow
We’ve had “follow a topic” like Vark and Quora for some time, but we just added a killer feature that let’s you set how often you want to get alerts about questions in that vertical. We set them up to be just like Google Alerts: Instant, Daily and Weekly. I’ve been super low-key about Mahalo as we prepare for the launch of M4 (Mahalo 4.0), but the project is doing amazing on all fronts: revenue, features and traffic. Lots of amazing things I’ll show at Future of Web Apps in London on October 4/5th. :-)
BREAKING: WSJ: H-P CEO Mark Hurd Steps Down After Sexual-Harassment Probe
Are you kidding? really…. you’re CEO of HP and you are sexually harassing your workers… in 2010? Wonder if it is true….
————— Forwarded message ————— From: WSJ.com Editors Date: Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 1:25 PM Subject: WSJ TECHNOLOGY ALERT: H-P CEO Mark Hurd Steps Down After Sexual-Harassment Probe __________________________________ Technology Alert from The Wall Street Journal Hewlett-Packard says CEO Mark Hurd is stepping down following a sexual-harassment claim filed against him and the technology company by a former H-P contractor. H-P says Mr. Hurd decided to leave after an investigation. It concluded the company’s sexual harassment policy was not violated, but that its standards of business conduct were. The technology company named Chief Financial Officer Cathie Lesjack as its interim CEO. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703309704575413663370670900.htm…
Thought I would share with you guys hotels I enjoy staying at during my never-end world tour. I’ve been staying in Silicon Valley for business trips a couple of times a year for over a decade. When I was broke I would hit the Super8, Holiday Inn and assorted $129 hotels on El Camino Real. They are a short hop to Sand Hill Road and University, and there are so many of them you can grab one say day or by walking in. They tend to be uncomfortable, cheap and with linnens that leave you grossed out—everything you would expect in a motel.
Years ago I brought my wife, then girlfriend, with me on a trip and realized it probably wasn’t a good idea to subject her to the horrible life of a struggling entrepreneur so I upgraded to the Garden Court Hotel. The rate was roughly double (like $200-220 a night), but he experience was five times better at the time and is now 10x better. Garden Court is right off University Avenue where all the action is in Palo Alto. You can take the elevator to street level and choose between over 50 college town-like establishments to get a cup of coffee or a meal. You can stop by the Apple store on the way, and certainly swing by Fraiche Yougurt for a delicious treat of organic frozen yogurt with shaved dark chocolate or one of three different types of honey. I like the figs too. There is an Il Fornaio on the ground floor of the hotel, which means you’re minutes away from above average italian food all day. Getting a salad and a half order of pasta is affordable (and well within their ability). I’ve enjoyed many a lunch there. http://www.yelp.com/biz/il-fornaio-palo-alto Garden Court’s rooms are very modern, with huge samsung TVs, desks, walk in closets and for the past decade they have known my newspaper preferences and had them on my doorstep at six am (NYT and WSJ). Every floor has a coffee and pastry stand in the morning, so I throw on a robe, pour two cups of Peets Coffee and clear our three or four chocolate croissants. They also have free Wifi, free fresh fruit in your room and bathrooms that are floor to ceiling marble. Big tip: Sometimes the rooms will be in the $300 range. Simply call and say you’re an assistant (to yourself!) and that your boss is coming to town a love the Garden Court, but corporate has a freeze on hotel rates of $200. Ask if they could possibly match that rate or come close, because your boss doesn’t want to stay at the Four Seasons over in East Palo Alto. They are not happy at Garden Court about the Four Season. If you’re any kind of good negotiator you’ll get the deal. Of course, don’t be afraid to leave your number and have them call you back, or call the four season and work a good deal over there. Based on saving money on breakfast, the free (but modest) gym, free wifi and being able to avoid taking cabs everywhere because you an meet on University, you’re gonna save an extra $50 a day I bet. Hope this helps! What’s your favorite hotel in Palo Alto? http://www.yelp.com/biz/garden-court-hotel-palo-alto