10:52am

Fri September 14, 2012
Friday Trail Mix

Twitter may help you track that next zombie outbreak

Welcome to the Friday Trail Mix from the Innovation Trail.

Kodak looks set to abandon its patent sale according to Matthew Daneman at the D & C.

Upstate New York has done better than NYC in its management of e-waste according to a recent study.

Now you can use social media to help prevent flu, and those zombie attacks no doubt with a new application called TwitterHealth*.

Do your eyes glaze over at the mention of the "F" word? The Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick has put together this useful primer to help you.

Tax Increment Financing is more interesting than it sounds.

Business

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) was on the agenda in Binghamton yesterday where the Binghamton Chamber of Commerce was promoting the state program as a strategy for redeveloping brownfield sites and rundown properties reports pressconnects.com

Lt. Governor Robert Duffy said that creativity was the future of the NY economy when he addressed the Greentopia Innovation Conference in Rochester earlier this morning reports the Democrat and Chronicle.

Other sessions on Innovation and Sustainability continue through the day.

Eastman Kodak and On Demand Books have signed a deal to integrate the technology of Kodak's photo kiosk technology with their own Espresso Book Machine for printing, you guessed it; books on demand, reports Matthew Daneman for the Democrat and Chronicle.

Health

TwitterHealth* is a new application developed by U of R researcher Adam Sadilek that uses twitter messages to help track outbreaks of public health threats such as food poisoning and influenza. He's profiled here by the Democrat and Chronicle's Patti Singer.

Poverty Levels across New York increased in the three years from 2008-2011 and the Brookings Institution comments that the economic recovery remains sluggish and weak.

Poverty rates across upstate NY increased in 2011 according to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau
Credit U.S. Census Bureau