Why does chemotherapy cost $70k in the U.S., but only costs $2.5k in India?

By rejecting patent applications, developing countries have kept down the costs of much-needed medications.

Gleevec, a leukemia drug, costs $70,000 per year in the United States, but only costs $2,500 in India. Why does that drug cost so much more in the U.S.?

 

 

 

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Site files DMCA takedown notice on blog it plagiarized

Stories about a disgraced researcher get pulled by WordPress.

A crazy story came to light after a DMCA takedown notice last week.  The story involves falsified medical research, plagiarism, and legal threats.  The site, Retraction Watch has followed the implosion of a Duke cancer researcher’s career (among the many other issues they follow), found a lot of its articles on the topic pulled by WordPress, its host.  Why did this happen?  It turns out that a small site in India copied all of the posts and claimed them as their own.  They then filed a DMCA takedown notice to get the original posts pulled from their source.  The original posts are still missing as their actual owners seek to have them restored.

 

 

 

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Aakash 2 – The $20 tablet that could transform computing as we know it

Suneet Tuli with the Aakash 2 tablet.

The 44-year-old CEO of UK/Canadian/Indian startup Datawind, Suneet Tuli, is having a taxing day.  He says he is “underwater”  as he struggles to find a cell signal outside a restaurant in Mumbai. On Sunday Nov. 11, the president of India, Pranab Mukherjee, will unveil the seven-inch Aakash 2 tablet computer Tuli’s company is selling to the government for distribution to 100,000 university students and professors. (If things go well, the government plans to order as many as 5.86 million.) In the meantime, Tuli is deluged with calls from reporters, and every day his company receives thousands of new orders for the commercial version of the Aakash 2. Already, he’s facing a backlog of four million unfulfilled pre-orders.

 

 

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How Satyamev Jayate, India’s favorite TV show uses data to change the world

The show analyzes the millions of messages they receive on controversial issues to do everything from planning future episodes to pushing for political change.

In India every Sunday morning millions of people in India tune in to watch Bollywood star Aamir Khan host one of the country’s highest-rated television shows, Satyamev Jayate. Only unlike so many popular programs, Satyamev Jayate doesn’t involve a singing competition or a collection of volatile strangers living under the same roof. It’s a documentary program tackling some of the country’s most-sensitive topics, and it has the whole country — indeed, the whole world — talking. In order to funnel millions of messages a week into something valuable, the shows producers have turned to big data. (video)

 

 

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83% of ecommerce in India is from online travel sales

Online buyers in India will spend nearly five times more on travel than on retail purchases in 2012.

India’s ecommerce is rising quickly as consumers turn to the web for products and services, but more than 80% of the country’s online sales come from travel purchases. Online buyers in India spend nearly five times more on leisure and unmanaged business travel than they spend on retail purchases.

 

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Solar Power becomes cheaper than diesel generators in India

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Solar Power is now a viable reality in India.

While the passage of time makes solar cost competitive for many Americans right now, the question of cost competitiveness is not a simple one for solar. It depends on location, installation costs, and what kind of power solar is competing against. In Africa, solar has already become cheaper than kerosene in many locations. And now Renewable Energy News reports that solar is becoming cheaper than diesel generators in India as French-company Solardirect has bid to supply the energy grid with solar power at a rate cheaper than the average for diesel generators…

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