Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
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.
Cloud computing offers immediate and wide-ranging advantages to businesses. However, with the potential benefits of utilizing the cloud come parallel concerns including performance. Studies conducted by Gomez Inc. found out that even a slight improvement in performance of an application can impact business and customer behavior. Imad Mouline, technology chief at Gomez, claims that a performance improvement of two seconds decreases page abandonment by customers by as much as eight percent.
"Tap and pay" enabling cell phones to replace credit cards -- just one of the innovations Eric Schmidt sees coming soon. As mobile and internet markets grow at exponential rates, Google is building applications that will re-shape how we use that technology. Google CEO Eric Schmidt sits down with web pioneers Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle at the Web 2.0 Summit 2010 to discuss Google's new Chrome OS, Google TV, mobile technology, talent acquisition, privacy, security and net neutrality. Whew!
GreaseMonkey is a powerful tool for customizing web pages after they are rendered in a browser. Kent Brewster of Netflix demonstrates how you can delete elements from a page, splice in data from another source, or change the way parts of a page are displayed. Designers can use this to make working prototypes before they go to the engineers that need to implement the changes for real.
Why did that visitor come to your site? The answer will always surprise you. Avinash Kaushik explains that the "Highest Paid Person's Opinion" (HIPPO) often overrides expert analysis. He argues that qualitative and quantitative research, traditionally separate, are far more effective when combined, as unified web analytics reveal what's important to the individual user. He suggests we stay in perpetual beta, because nothing on the web is ever really final.
Twitter, a game-changing Internet icon, rolled out initially as an internal service for Odeo employees and was introduced to the public in July 2006. Four years later, the service enjoys 190 million visitors monthly with about 15 million active users sending 750 "tweets" per second. In this Velocity presentation, Twitter operations engineer, John Adams takes you inside the day-to-day functions of one of the 10 most visited websites worldwide.