Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
Dr. Moira Gunn tracks down author, Guy Kawasaki, to talk about his new book Enchantment: Changing the Hearts, Minds and Actions.
How does a 3rd party Web application developer make the app run fast on the host site? And how can it do so without breaking other things on the site? How can an app load lots of features and functionality, while avoiding blocking the rest of the page from loading and giving the user a negative perception? Enter on stage the Meebo bar, now on over 6,000 websites, as a way to make 3rd party apps and local content live peaceably together.
Is the cloud infrastructure becoming the "new hardware?" What are the issues around points of control, and who will end up being the custodian of our information? What does the "global operating system infrastructure" look like? Hear informed perspectives on these timely questions in this candid exchange of ideas among leaders from VMWare, Inc., salesforce.com, and Amazon Web Services.
Catching spammers is like playing Whack-A-Mole, says Cheryl Ainoa, SVP of Global Services Engineering at Yahoo, and on the massive scale of email traffic that Yahoo handles around the clock, globally, there's always a trick. In this brief presentation, she discussed using Hadoop to reduce daily spam rate for Taiwan from 20M to 5M, and reconfiguring the YCPI handshake protocol to cut data request time by two orders of magnitude.
Dr. Moira Gunn talks with author and MIT Professor, Sherry Turkle, about her new book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other. In it, she talks about how peoples relationships with their devices is effective their human relationships.
For the Chinese search engine, Baidu, Google's withdrawal from mainland China was described as "a great gift from Eric Schmidt." Baidu's Search exploded following Google's exit from China. This interview reveals how that came about. Baidu's Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Robin Li, shares what he did to turn his company into the world's third largest independent search engine, one that answers more queries in China than any other search engine in any market.
Facebook is faster, and now comes the hard part. With many millions of users worldwide, and a constantly changing interface, Facebook's engineering team must continually strive to optimize their software to handle billions of page views per day. Robert Johnson shares many tips and lessons learned as he explains how his engineering team keeps pace with the demands for social networking.
Technology-fueled bottom up change is coming to 21st century diplomacy and statecraft. In this Gov 2.0 presentation, Alec Ross speaks about the State Department's commitment to a revamped technology initiative that makes diplomacy more citizen-centered. The new initiative seeks to empower everyone through Internet freedom, innovative ideas and a policy framework that does not replace diplomacy but prioritizes using technology to facilitate exchange and understanding.
Facebook's David Recordon discusses the history and evolution of the LAMP stack, and how this simple idea is central to the way that open source-backed web sites are built today. By now, the open source community offers a huge number of software choices for solving a wide variety of scaling challenges; David covers just a few of the ways that Facebook chooses the right tool for the right challenge.
Are we in the middle of a bubble or boom? That's the key question in this "Great VC Smackdown." This frothy time, they agree, is an unusual and exciting one. They agree that only great companies should go public today. Then, dispensing with equanimity, the fireworks begin.