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IBM Patents A Way To Help People Lose Weight (IBM)

Monday, May 14th, 2012

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IBM has been awarded a patent for a game that will pay rewards to people who eat right.

IBM researcher Michael Paolini is the inventor of the game and says he lost 18 pounds by playing it, reports the New York Times. Paolini says the idea is to give people immediate rewards for doing the right thing.

So, choose an apple instead of a slice of apple pie, and, ca-ching!, you could get 50 cents awarded to your account.

The game was inspired by a hybrid car, the Honda Insight, that instantly tells drivers how their driving is affecting their gas mileage, Paolini told the Times.

The inventor thinks that companies or insurers may want to use the game to encourage employees to lose weight and reduce their risk for obesity-related disease. That sounds nice but there is a drawback. The game relies on people honestly recording what they’ve eaten.

OK, so anything that makes dieting fun and instantly rewarding is a cool idea. But the idea that USPTO actually granted IBM a patent on this game, that makes us want to choke.

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IBM Quietly Laid Off 1,000 Workers This Week More To Come

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

IBM has reportedly laid off just over 1,000 employees so far this week, and more could be coming, according to documents from a workforce group.

IBM didn’t comment on the layoffs, but word leaked from Alliance@IBM/CWA Local 1701, which is IBM employees’ Communications Workers of America union.

It gathers its data directly from IBM employees, reports Computerworld. Some put the total at less than 1,000 so far, with seven to eight business units being hit, reports WRAL Tech Wire.

The employees are from locations in the U.S., and nearly half of them are “mobile or work from home,” according to statements made by a union spokesman given to Computerworld.

IBM wouldn’t confirm the layoffs but it did release a statement saying that it is “rebalancing” its workforce … meaning layoffs for some spots in the world and hiring in other spots.

Computerworld also points out that IBM stopped disclosing its specific U.S. head count in 2010. So the union estimates that IBM’s U.S. workforce is somewhere less than 100,000.