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The Best Innovations of 2008

It is that time again when we review the past twelve months before entering a brand new year with new opportunities. I have been looking through the nominations for the Best Innovations for 2008, presented to us from various magazines and other authorities

 

Business Week's Best Innovation Books of 2008:

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Unexpected Trend Indicators and Innovative use of Google Search Data

Earlier this year I learned of some early-warning indicators for economical resess that I had not previously thought of. One was a dramatic increase in the sale of vegetable seeds, caused by people making space in their garden for growing vegetables when their private economy is starting to get strained. Another indicator for economic recess is the increase of customers and the decrease of donated goods for organizations like The Salvation Army stores and Goodwill.