• Rob Hyndman talks with Nora Young, Mark Schneider and Mark Federman at Mesh07. I often find myself flipping back and forth between my real work and a bunch of webpages to get my information hit, and realize that I seem to have a shorter attention span these days. When I mention this to others I get a lot of comments that blame the internet. "Of course it’s the internet." But really, have we lost the ability to go deep in conversations because of our constant need for information bites? Has the internet in particular hastened the decline of our ability to think about complex issues? With the advent of television, early commentaries bemoaned even back then, there was a tendency

  • Techcrunch was started in 2005 because Arrington was interested in the internet and particularly start-ups. At the time, there were a few sites like technorati and bloglines but not many others. It was started because there was no single blog that covered new start-ups. At the beginning it wasn’t thought of as a business, but just something to do for fun. He realized the site was taking off about the time he was getting more reads to stories than 4-500 per day he was reading using Bloglines. It was a full 6 months after that before ads ran on the site. From an overseas perspective, TechCrunch France is largest blog in France and TechCrunch Japan is a sizable blog in

  • This was based on a talk by Dion Hinchcliffe at the Web2.0 Expo, Tuesday April 17, 2007 Important trends- Web sites with portable content and functionality Putting modular web parts on the blogs and profiles to host the pieces of the web that they want to share Realization the there is limited value being on one site Atomization of content – smaller pieces are easier to reuse Microformats are the smallest pieces Do it yourself trend is combining with the rise of web portable content and functionality- people help themselves Web as a parts “Superstore” Little question that the web is turning into a sort of online Home Depot with its shelves line with thousand of useful off the shelf

  • In the Wednesday Keynote Joost CTO Dirk-Willem van Gulik explained a bit about their service. Joost mostly behaves like normal TV. You can “channel up, channel down; volume up, volume down” (as described by a well known Cable Exec.) We can look at the screen to get an overall view of the service. The EPG on the left shows a fairly standard line-up which includes My Channels. However you can watch shows like a TV as well scrub back and forth like a PVR. Also since there are content objects you can tune into at any time it also behaves like VOD. The area at the top displays the content owner’s information and what’s really interesting is that after you

  • Jeff Bezos was one of the keynote speakers at the Web2.0 conference and in his eagerly anticipated talk he took the opportunity to highlight some of their initiatives to grow to the next level by providing outside businesses access to their world-class systems and technology. This approach would have seemed completely backwards about 5 years ago. Why provide potential competitors access to key technological assets and speed their time to market? Jeff tried to outline some of their thinking by kicking off his talk using their Amazon S3 internet-enabled file storage system; the same system they use internally for their e-commerce site Amazon S3 has grown from about 800m objects stored in the system in July 2006 to over