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For better snacking, big data is the secret ingredient

Snacking is officially a craze. More than nine out of 10 Americans snack daily — a quarter of them three to five times every day, according to a recent Nielsen survey. But it’s not just people in the U.S. who are sneaking a bite. Snacking is now a $374 billion global industry, and it’s growing 2 percent annually.

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How IBM's Watson could be good for your health

Technology giant IBM has been talking about the value of its Watson software, which processes great quantities of text and then provides answers to people’s questions on the fly, for many industries, including media, mining, retail, and security. But its most visible, useful application for millions of people could lie in health care.