Noon News: China Aiming For Facebook, Poor Healthcare Analytics At NHS, Mac OS X Lion Offers Desktop Virtualisation

Cash-rich China is apparently looking to purchase a rather large piece of social networking website Facebook, enough to give it a say in decision making within the company and to make millions of users slightly worried.

Computer systems capable of conversing with their users with human-like voices and intelligence that can argue back might become a reality in a few years time. Researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge and Sheffield have embarked on a five year, £6.2million project, which could result in the creation of voice activated machines which will be capable of interacting with humans.

A year after News Corp put The Times and Sunday Times online papers behind a paywall, the paid for service now has 100,000 subscribers. When The Times first decided to hide behind a paywall, a lot of people had doubted the wisdom of the move as online users were used to reading news for free.

IT executives in the NHS don’t consider healthcare analytics as their top priority despite the benefits of the technology, it has been claimed. According to a report released by Information Builders, healthcare analytics in the NHS is currently ‘very poor’ and not considered important by IT decision makers within the organisation.

Apple’s soon to be released Mac OS X Lion will come with desktop virtualisation options for its users. According to an article on Mac Rumours, the Gold Master version of Lion released to developers recently allows users to run up to two additional copies of Lion on the same machine without paying additional licensing fees.