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Podcast: Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle discuss the upcoming Web 2.0 Summit

By Joshua-Michele Ross
September 13, 2008

Beginning on November 5th, 2008 a wide array of thought leaders and practitioners of Web 2.0 are converging on San Francisco to attend the 5th annual Web 2.0 Summit. This year's theme, "Web Meets World" reflects how much Web 2.0 has evolved over the past five years. I recorded an informal conversation with co-chairs Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle to...

Al Gore Joins Web 2.0 Summit Lineup

By Tim O'Reilly
August 8, 2008

As I wrote last month in What Good is Collective Intelligence if it Doesn't Make Us Smarter?, at this year's Web 2.0 Summit, we're focusing on how what we've learned from the web over the past decade can be applied to solve the world's hard problems. That's why I'm really excited to see that John Battelle has persuaded Al...

Suggestions for Web 2.0 Summit Charity Auction?

By Tim O'Reilly
July 30, 2008

At this year's Web 2.0 Summit, we're holding a charity auction as part of our "web meets world" focus. From the press release: The Web 2.0 Summit team will solicit donations, and donation ideas, from individuals and companies within the community and then choose the 10 most promising and unique offerings to auction after the conference dinner. Lance Armstrong, the...

What good is collective intelligence if it doesn't make us smarter?

By Tim O'Reilly
July 7, 2008

Two stories I read yesterday morning are worth sharing. The first, an editorial by science-fiction writer Robert Silverberg, was entitled The Death of Gallium, a meditation on the increasing scarcity of valuable elements like gallium, used in flat panel TVs and computer displays, which is estimated to be used up by 2017. Other less rare but equally important minerals are...

'Computing in the Cloud' workshop hosted by Princeton University - January 14-15

By Jesse Robbins
December 22, 2007

Marc Hedlund and I will be speaking at the 'Computing in the Cloud' workshop hosted by the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton on January 14-15. The sessions look very interesting and registration is free. Panel 1: Possession and...

Web2Summit: Could Google Hit a $1T Market Cap?

By Sarah Milstein
October 20, 2007

This afternoon's panel of four Google Alumni ended with an audience question: Was it insane to consider that Google might reach a $1 trillion market cap? (It's now at about $150 $200 billion.) Or might that actually happen? I thought,...

Web2Summit: Pre-weekend Humor From the Senior Set

By Jimmy Guterman
October 20, 2007

It's a young crowd at the Web 2.0 Summit. I'm in my mid-40s and I feel unconscionably old here. Safa Rashtchy ran a session this afternoon in which he interviewed a half-dozen Baby Boomers, the generation in this country...

Web2Summit: Complexity + Tight Coupling = Catastrophe

By Jesse Robbins
October 20, 2007

Paul Kedrosky and Tim O'Reilly just talked about the "Quant Fund Meltdown" and how complex interactions between computer systems and people resulted in unprecedented hedge fund losses. I spend a lot of time thinking about risk and failure in...

Web2Summit: Opening Up the Social Graph

By David Recordon
October 19, 2007

Brad Fitzpatrick and I just got off the stage at Web 2.0 Summit, where we talked about social networking love and hate. You'll see coverage elsewhere about what we said. Here, I'd like to take you behind the curtain and...

Web2Summit: Media Matters ... Doesn't It?

By Jimmy Guterman
October 19, 2007

The morning media panels at the Web 2.0 Summit haven't been as energetic or exciting as the technology panels (I'll add to the chorus: Dash seems very cool). Over the past three panels, AT&T; Randall Stephenson waxed disingenuously about Net...

Web2Summit: Views from the rest of the world

By Jesse Robbins
October 19, 2007

During the “Edge: The Rest of the World” workshop Samih Toukan talked about buying a company from “A guy in Yemen, where DHL doesn't deliver, who didn't have a passport, who didn't have a bank-account, and who built a...

Web2Summit: Make Life More Like games

By Sarah Milstein
October 19, 2007

Game designer Jane McGonigal’s session this morning had a thought-provoking twist: instead of thinking about how to make virtual reality more like real life, think about making real life more like games. Why? Because games, networked games specifically, work better...

Web2Summit: Backstage with Rob Currie of Dash

By Tim O'Reilly
October 19, 2007

Rob Currie and Mark Williamson of Dash, the internet-connected GPS, are on stage at the Web 2.0 Summit. They're explaining just what the benefits are of internet connection, how it transforms the GPS in-car experience: Traffic data is real...

Web2Summit: Q&A With Danny Hillis

By Jimmy Guterman
October 19, 2007

One of the afternoon sessions at the Web 2.0 Summit I'm most looking forward to is the "Semantic Web" panel, in part because it's a hot topic and in part because it's the lead topic in the most recent Release...

Web2Summit: Radar Networks Unveils twine.com

By Tim O'Reilly
October 19, 2007

As part of the Semantic Edge panel tomorrow at the Web 2.0 Summit, Nova Spivack of Radar Networks plans to unveil the first application built on their semantic web platform, twine, a new kind of personal and group information...

Web2Summit: The Future of Printing

By Sarah Milstein
October 18, 2007

Yesterday, we talked about HP’s new Web services for printing. Today, Vyomesh Joshi, the company’s Executive Vice President for Imaging and Printing, gave a tantalizing follow-up with his predictions for the future of printing. Photo printing, he said, provides a...

Web2Summit: Innovation Is Inevitable, Business Success Isn't

By Jimmy Guterman
October 18, 2007

In many ways, The Web 2.0 Summit is a paean to optimism. No matter how skeptical you are or how convinced you are that we're in a tech bubble, it's difficult to step out of a session without feeling energized...

Web2Summit: Social Networks Seek to Conquer, One High School at a Time

By Jimmy Guterman
October 18, 2007

One last thought about Dave McClure's Facebook platform panel earlier today at the Web 2.0 Summit. I was struck by an observation from RockYou CEO Lance Tokuda that the battle for dominance in social networks, at least in their current...

Web2Summit: The New Web, Gaining Quietly

By Sarah Milstein
October 18, 2007

Google’s Jeff Huber gave a 10-minute talk today on widgets—apparently referred to as “gadgets” in Mountain View. His presentation, following Niall Kennedy’s on the same theme, wasn’t flashy, and even if you were in the room, you might have missed...

Web2Summit: Cisco announces the Eos open media platform

By Jesse Robbins
October 18, 2007

Dan Scheinman just announced Eos, Cisco's community media platform currently powering NASCAR and the NHL (see Dan's NHL profile). He said that the “Entertainment Operating System” would be generally available in 2008 and open to developers with APIs. The...

Web2Summit: Want a Successful Facebook Application? Make Sure You Have a Truck Handy

By Jimmy Guterman
October 18, 2007

We're seeing good instant coverage of the Web 2.0 Summit panel on Facebook applications, and I'd like to note a great story Ali Partovi of iLike told about what happened when his company moved its Web-based music service to the...

Web2Summit: What News Corp. Got from MySpace

By Jimmy Guterman
October 18, 2007

There's been some talk on the Radar back-channel springing from John Battelle's quoting, during his interview of Rupert Murdoch and Chris DeWolfe, the statistic that "12% of Internet usage in the U.S. is on MySpace." A simple -- but misleading...

Web2Summit: Backstage with Meg Whitman

By Tim O'Reilly
October 18, 2007

I imagine there will be other people covering the details of my onstage conversation with Meg Whitman at the Web 2.0 Summit, so I thought I'd focus on a couple of questions I had on my list that we...

Web2Summit: Murdoch - Acquisitions Are Too Expensive

By Tim O'Reilly
October 18, 2007

Having bought MySpace for what now appears to be a very cheap price ($580 million vs. Facebook's reported $15 Billion), and doing more acquisitions to bolster MySpace, like PhotoBucket, Rupert Murdoch finds most startups these days too expensive. Kara Swisher...

Web2Summit: TechCrunch pre-announces Murdoch/Myspace Conversation

By Tim O'Reilly
October 18, 2007

It was amusing to see Techcrunch's coverage of John Battelle's conversation with Rupert Murdoch and Chris DeWolfe go up before Rupert or Chris have even talked about the things that were supposedly "announced" at the conference. Meanwhile, no mention...

Web2Summit: Mark Zuckerberg keeps it close to the vest

By Jimmy Guterman
October 18, 2007

The first guest at the fourth annual Web 2.0 Summit, after the opening remarks from Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle, was Facebook top dog Mark Zuckerberg, who announced that his company had just bought the state of California in an...

Web2Summit: Jonathan Zittrain, Contrarian ... and Worried

By Jimmy Guterman
October 17, 2007

We're big fans of Jonathan Zittrain here at Radar. Back in the June "Code Is Law" issue of Release 2.0, we wrote: "If you read anything else this month, make it Jonathan Zittrain's How To Save The Internet in this...

Web2Summit: Backstage with Mark Zuckerberg

By Tim O'Reilly
October 17, 2007

A lot of people will be reporting on what Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook has to say in his onstage interview with John Battelle here at the Web 2.0 Summit. I thought I'd share a few notes from by backstage...

Web2Summit: Booking Charter Flights from Your Browser

By Sarah Milstein
October 17, 2007

Just when you thought you’d seen every last marketplace people could cook up to exploit the Web, along comes Virgin Charter. It doesn’t launch until February, but CEO Scott Duffy gave a brief, intriguing presentation this morning. Here’s the bullet...

Web2Summit: Better Printing from the Web (Way Better)

By Sarah Milstein
October 17, 2007

Surprising factoid of the morning: Web pages comprise 48% of printouts on home printers; word processing documents run a distant second--the reverse of just a few years ago. HP shared this revelation during an unusually good sponsored session at the...

Web2Summit: Apple announces iPhone SDK... Will third-party media apps be welcome?

By Jesse Robbins
October 17, 2007

Steve Jobs just announced that the iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) will be released in February. This wasn't a Web2.0 Summit announcement, but may be good news for everybody hoping to bring technology to Apple's platform. His announcement provides...

[Web2Summit] Booking Charter Flights from Your Browser

By Sarah Milstein
October 17, 2007

Just when you thought you’d seen every last marketplace people could cook up to exploit the Web, along comes Virgin Charter. It doesn’t launch until February, but CEO Scott Duffy gave a brief, intriguing presentation this morning. Here’s the bullet...

[Web2Summit]Better Printing from the Web (Way Better)

By Sarah Milstein
October 17, 2007

Surprising factoid of the morning: Web pages comprise 48% of printouts on home printers; word processing documents run a distant second--the reverse of just a few years ago. HP shared this revelation during an unusually good sponsored session at the...

[Web2Summit]: Jonathan Zittrain, Contrarian ... and Worried

By Jimmy Guterman
October 17, 2007

We're big fans of Jonathan Zittrain here at Radar. Back in the June "Code Is Law" issue of Release 2.0, we wrote: "If you read anything else this month, make it Jonathan Zittrain's How To Save The Internet in this...


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