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USA Today: Tech people appear hyped about their industry again  The industry is still tingling from the loud and sweaty Bubble 2.0 -- whoops, excuse me, Web 2.0 -- conference here late last week. The event is being heralded in the media as proof of a tech comeback five years after the dot-com collapse.  [USA Today]

Boston Globe: Champions of Web 2.0 see a shift to more participation by the public  ''What year is it again?" asked the guy in front of me at the bar, obviously having a flashback even before he'd downed his first glass of wine. At the Web 2.0 Conference here last week, the calendar may have said 2005, but it felt like 1998 all over again.  [Boston Globe]

Publish: Web 2.0 Conference Special Report  Web 2.0 is a call to action, and it signifies not a revolution in Web technology, but an evolution in the way we think about technology online.  [Publish]

Business 2.0: Sergey Brin: The Luckiest Man in the World  Google co-founder Sergey Brin made a surprise appearance yesterday at the tail-end of the Web 2.0 conference, and had a few choice words for all the previous guests who had enegaged in Google-bashing.  [Business 2.0]

ZDNet: End of Web 2.0 Conference: Cautious Optimism and Cynical Buzz  For me the Web 2.0 conference has been really exciting and the air has been full of energy.  [ZDNet]

PC World: Google Keeps Eye on Web, Exec Says  Google co-founder and President of Products Larry Page starts counting after he runs a query on the company's search engine to see how quickly the results come back.  [PC World]

PC World: Google Does a Feed Reader  Speaking of RSS, here's more news from the Web 2.0 show: Google unveiled a beta version of Google Reader, a browser-based feed reader that you can check out here.   [PC World]

ClickZ: Media & Advertising 2.0  I've spent the last couple of days at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, which is bubbling with optimism, ideas, and venture capitalists in a way I haven't seen since 1999.  [ClickZ]

Information Week: Office Politics: Google-Sun Alliance Squarely Targets Microsoft  Two industry leaders team up on Java, a search toolbar, and engineering. But it's their plans for PC apps that could shake up the market.  [Information Week]

Fast Company: Web 2.0: Wish You Were Here  I've been ducking in and out of the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco this week, and it has been pretty consistently great.  [Fast Company]

ZDNet: Sergey Brin unplugged at Web 2.0  I already blogged Sergey Brin's comments on the possibility of a Google office productivity suite. Here are some other quotes from his interview with John Battelle at Web 2.0.  [ZDNet]

Silicon Beat: Day Two of Web 2.0 conference. Lesson: Be open, or die  We talked with people in the hallways of this conference in San Francisco, trying to figure out what single theme trumps all others.  [Silicon Beat]

PC World: Web Company Launches at Light Speed During Web 2.0 Conference  There's one thing nearly all of the presentations being made at this week's Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco have in common: brevity. In that spirit, here's a quick look at eight of the new Web companies that debuted during Wednesday afternoon's 90-minute Launching Pad session.  [PC World]

WebProNews: Web 2.0 Conference - Random Rants  One stealth mode startup sees the need for different data center capabilities for social software. Rackable was brought on the big stage. This cycle happened during the boom, and in fact, it's the infrastructure guys that are safer bets.   [WebProNews]

CNET: What's next for the Web? Ask these folks  At the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, Internet executives sound off on the future of entertainment and media.  [CNET News.com]

Salon: Web 2.0 jottings  Today I had to get some writing done, so I stayed away from the final sessions of Web 2.0 -- where apparently, among other things, Google announced a new RSS reader (which was totally slammed and unreachable when I tried to visit earlier). But here are some notes from yesterday's sessions.  [Salon]

O'Reilly Network: Open Source and Web 2.0  Daniel Steinberg reports on the Open Source and Web 2.0 session held at the Web 2.0 conference. Mitchell Baker and Jonathan Schwartz joined Tim O'Reilly in a panel discussion that looked at open source, Web 2.0, and issues specific to Mozilla and Sun.   [O'Reilly Network]

Business 2.0: Google Reader  Google just launched a new RSS reader at Web 2.0. It has a clean interface and a few cool features, like letting you tag different stories and feeds for later searching, and integrating podcasting right in the reader (so you can listen to a podcast without launching a different application).  [Business 2.0]

Business 2.0: Vinod Khosla For the People  Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist Vinod Khosla (who today squashed rumors that he is starting his own fund), takes exception to mainstream media types who think user generated content will never produce any hits because there is not enough talent out there.  [Business 2.0]

ZDNet: The idea of less as a competitive advantage  Jason Fried, founder of lightweight, Web-based applications maker 37signals, offered his five-point formula for software development success to the audience at the Web 2.0 conference.  [ZDNet]

ZDNet: Yahoo 2.0: Time spent = more money  Yahoo CEO Terry Semel has a clear agenda for his company�it's all about content and creating a personalized environment in which users are more deeply engaged with the Yahoo's offerings.  [ZDNet]

Publish: Web 2.0 Is Venue of Rapid-fire Product Launches  In front of a conference room packed with more than 300 Web 2.0 conference attendees, search analyst and tech guru John Battelle raised his voice. "Settle down, people, we've got 12 companies to launch in the next 90 minutes."   [Publish]

ZDNet: Web 2.0 Conference Day 2: Yahoo! CEO on future of media  Today was a bit more laid back, with all the talks happening in the main auditorium. In practice this meant a lot of people wandered in and out of the talks, to spend time schmoozing and having meetings.  [ZDNet]

Robert Kaye: Web 2.0 Day 2 - Conference schwag  The conference schwag at the Web 2.0 conference is awesome -- take a look at this bag of goodies!   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Boing Boing: Google launches a feedreader  Justin sez, "Google just announced a new feed reader (available off of labs.google.com) at Web 2.0."   [Boing Boing]

Technology Review: 'Web 2.0' Has Arrived   A standing-room-only crowd of 800 entrepreneurs, executives, software developers, and journalists were in attendance on Wednesday, October 6, as O'Reilly Media CEO Tim O'Reilly and former Industry Standard editor-in-chief John Battelle kicked off the second annual Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco.  [MIT Technology Review]

CNET: Google striving to be more nimble, innovative  At the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, Google Senior Vice President Omid Kordestani tells host John Battelle that Google is sensitive to the fact that it is often compared to Microsoft for its growth and widening amibitions.  [News.com]

ZDNet: Yahoo touts itself as tech firm that drives media  At the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, Yahoo CEO Terry Semel talks to host John Battelle about how his company plans to compete with Google by improving search technology and offering more engaging content.  [ZDNet]

Salon: Diller's tale  Barry Diller was the kickoff interview here at Web 2.0 yesterday afternoon, which was more than a little odd, because Barry Diller does not appear to have anything to do with Web 2.0 -- if, by Web 2.0, we mean, as conference hosts John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly said, an approach that involves innovation on the Web platform, an "architecture of participation," lightweight business models, Web services with no lock-in, and so on.  [Salon]

ZDNet: Diller predicts more convergence in search  At the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, InterActiveCorp CEO Barry Diller explains to host John Battelle why his company acquired Ask Jeeves in March and what he thinks about Google's lead in Internet search.  [ZDNet]

SF Chrinicle: No ties, no business plans and Wi-Fi in every laptop  They've come by the hundreds, maybe thousands, to a San Francisco hotel this week to hear the mavericks of the Internet pronounce their vision of the future.  [SF Gate]

NewsForge: Web 2.0 day two -- and a taste of Web 1.0  Last night I was derelict in my duty. Instead of going to a supper billed as a "Conversation with Microsoft" I left the Web 2.0 Conference for a few hours and went to the Web 1.0 Summit at a bar a few blocks away, where we all pretended it was 1998 and presented can't-miss dot-com business plans to each other. But I have some serious observations about Web 2.0, too.  [NewsForge]

SF Chronicle: Looking out for Yahoo   Terry Semel, Yahoo Inc.'s chief executive, fired a few salvos at high-flying Google Inc. Thursday, saying the rival Internet company has a scattered strategy and an array of products whose popularity lags behind those of his own Web portal.  [SF Gate]

ZDNet: The Dan & David Show: Google-Sun mash up, Web 2.0 and more  In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, we discuss the Google-Sun mash and I tell tales from my excursion at the Web 2.0 conference, where Google was a persistent elephant in the room, Microsoft execs sketched out its 2.0 strategy, so-called Web 2.0 products were highlighted and former Hollywood moguls Yahoo's Terry Semel and IAC's Barry Diller held court.  [ZDNet]

Searchblog: Web 2, A Few Highlights  It's hard to both post and run this event, but a few things have been so interesting I wanted to note them.  [John Battelle's Searchblog]

Robert Kaye: Web 2.0 Day 2 - Less is a competitive advantage  Jason Fried presented five deliciously paradoxical points on how to make do with less. Less people, less time, less money, less this, less that to give you the competitive advantage.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Wired: Are You Ready for Web 2.0?   No one may be able to agree on what Web 2.0 means, but the idea of a new, more collaborative internet is creating buzz reminiscent of the go-go days of the late 1990s.  [Wired]

USA Today: Yahoo CEO belittles Google's expansion  Yahoo Inc. Chairman Terry Semel belittled rival Google Inc.'s recent efforts to expand beyond its leading Internet search engine, describing the diversification as a haphazard attempt to catch up with his company.  [USA Today]

ZDNet: Diller touts original Web programming  InterActiveCorp plans to develop original programming for the Web, Chief Executive Barry Diller said in conversation at the second annual Web 2.0 confab in San Francisco on Wednesday.  [ZDNet]

O'Reilly Radar: ProgrammableWeb: Web 2.0 Mashup Matrix  Mashups of services from multiple sites are close to ground zero for Web 2.0. Nice stab at showing who's got services working together.  [O'Reilly Radar]

O'Reilly Network: Barry Diller Opens Web 2.0  "Whatever business you have, if it's a good idea, you can get it up and out. Good ideas resonate." That was the prevailing message from Barry Diller in a discussion with John Batelle at opening day of the Web 2.0 conference. Daniel Steinberg reports on their wide-ranging conversation.   [O'Reilly Network]

ZDNet: Microsoft 2.0: Combining software and services  During an evening panel, Web 2.0 conference hosts John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly peppered three of Microsoft's top executives with tough questions about Microsoft's future strategy for MSN, Windows and Office.  [ZDNet]

Robert Kaye: Web 2.0 Day 1 - Afternoon sessions  As the Web 2.0 conferences get into full swing, it gets me thinking about the search giants, events and what the heck Tim O'Reilly is doing in a suit.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

BusinessWeek: Barry Diller's Dreams  Web 2.0 conference coproducer John Battelle is asking IAC's Barry Diller why he bought the search engine Ask. Diller paints it not as a defensive move but an offensive one.  [BusinessWeek Online]

Business 2.0: Brightcove's Plans for Internet TV  Jeremy Allaire plans to pull back the covers a little bit today on his startup Brightcove by expanding the limited commercial beta of his Internet TV platform to a broader preview for video producers.  [Business 2.0]

Business 2.0: Semel on Google  Here at the Web 2.0 conference, Google is the elephant in the room that everyone must compare themselves against, and everyone has an opinion.  [Business 2.0]

CNET: Yahoo's Semel talks new, new media  At a Web-related confab Thursday, Yahoo CEO Terry Semel shared his thoughts on everything from 21st century media companies to his company's struggle with Google to the ethics of doing business in a communist country.  [News.com]

NewsForge: Web 2.0 Conference: Open source everywhere  Every time I go to a conference that doesn't specifically revolve around free and open source software I turn on my "Open Source Software Radar" (OSSdar) to see if I detect any signs of non-proprietary life in the area. This year's sold-out Web 2.0 Conference had so much open source going on that my OSSdar receptors went into overload mode.  [NewsForge]

PC Advisor: WEB 2.0: Microsoft adapting to web platform  As the web increasingly becomes a platform for creating, distributing and running applications, bypassing a role often played by Windows, Microsoft is adapting to the change and sees opportunities, not threats, Microsoft executives said yesterday at the WEB 2.0 Conference in San Francisco.  [PC Advisor]

Business 2.0: Social Startups  Two big themes among many of the startups launching at the Web 2.0 conference are tapping into the culture of participation and doing that through Ajax-based software.  [http://business2.com/]

BusinessWire: October 5 Proclaimed Web 2.0 Conference Day in the City and County of San Francisco  O'Reilly Media, Inc. and MediaLive International, Inc. today jointly announced that Gavin Newsom, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, has proclaimed Wednesday, October 5, "Web 2.0 Conference Day."  [BusinessWire]

ITWorld: WEB 2.0: Semel defends actions in Chinese journalist case  Yahoo Inc.'s chairman and chief executive officer Terry Semel strongly defended the company's decision to turn over evidence to Chinese authorities that helped the government convict a local journalist and send him to jail for 10 years.  [ITWorld.com]

O'Reilly Radar: If Everyone Thinks It's a Bubble, It's Not a Bubble  Our Web 2.0 conference is prompting all sorts of people to declare that the Bubble-with-a-capital-B is back, Web 2.0 is over, and here we go again. The only problem with this is, if everyone agrees it's a bubble, then it isn't a bubble[O'Reilly Radar]

InfoWorld: Microsoft adapting to Web platform, execs say  As the Web increasingly becomes a platform for creating, distributing, and running applications, bypassing a role often played by Windows, Microsoft is adapting to the change and sees opportunities, not threats, Microsoft executives said Wednesday at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco.  [InfoWorld]

Silicon Beat: Zimbra & Zvents win at Web 2.0 & other gossip  Here's our Merc story today about the first day of Web 2.0. There were 13 start-ups launching products in the afternoon, and we sat back and listened to the crowd too. From sheer applause, and interrupting oohs and ahhs, Zimbra and Zvents won the day.  [Silicon Beat]

InfoWorld: IAC chief has faith in Ask Jeeves  IAC/InterActiveCorp's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Barry Diller is confident that his newly acquired search engine Ask Jeeves can gain users and increase its share in a market dominated by Google   [InfoWorld]

InfoWorld: Google focuses on users, not Microsoft  Google's driving passion is innovation, not one-upping Microsoft, exec says.  [InfoWorld]

BusinessWeek: Terry Semel: Google's No. 4  In a conversation with John Battelle at Web 2.0 this morning, Yahoo CEO Terry Semel is spending almost as much time talking about a little rival named Google as he did about Yahoo.  [BusinessWeek Online]

SF Chronicle: At Web 2.0, Diller says Google should expect competition  Internet industry luminaries -- and those who aspire to join their ranks -- gathered in San Francisco on Wednesday for the start of one of the Bay Area's most influential technology conferences.  [San Francisco Chronicle]

CNET: Diller touts original Web programming  InterActiveCorp plans to develop original programming for the Web, Chief Executive Barry Diller said in conversation at the second annual Web 2.0 confab in San Francisco on Wednesday.  [News.com]

Robert Kaye: Web 2.0 day 1 - Open Source Infrastructure  As the Web 2.0 conference kicks off, I dove into the Open Source Infrastructure Workshop to see what open source hackers are doing for defining open systems and open formats that keep user's data under user's control and move the web away from closed systems that hold their users hostage.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Publish: Web 2.0 Is a Call to Action   It's hard to say exactly what 2.0 means but easy to get excited about where the Internet is headed.   [Publish]

eMediaWire: AllPeers Transforms Firefox into a Web 2.0 Development Platform  AllPeers Ltd, a U.K.-based software vendor, today announced at the Web2.0 conference the release of the second version of its innovative platform for developing next-generation web applications.  [eMediaWire]

Business Week: Froth Central at Web 2.0?  It's so crowded in the introductory workshops at the sold-out Web 2.0 conference today that people are getting turned away from the conference rooms. That's only encouraging the networking and dealmaking in the hallways of the Argent Hotel here in San Francisco.  [BusinessWeek Online]

Red Herring: Web Ads Should Be Smarter  The web�s increasingly collaborative and interactive nature makes it prime territory for a new breed of online advertising, like ads that are more closely tailored to a particular audience, panelists at a conference on Internet innovation said Wednesday.  [Red Herring]

Publish: AJAX Powers Web 2.0 Growth  JavaScript, once a much-maligned scripting language, is now at the forefront of the Web 2.0 technology evolution. But where's the business model for AJAX-powered applications?   [Publish]

Silicon Beat: Zimbra's email worth a look  There is a lot of hype being generated by this Web 2.0 conference, and for starters there are way to many collaboration tools hitting the market. So we will remain skeptical, with Om, but at the same time try to point out notable features that add something new -- even if the features may not be enough to sustain a stand alone company.  [Silicon Beat]

ZDNet: Web 2.0: Looking for new ideas in search  A panel entitled "Search by another name: New ideas in Search" didn't yield much in the way of new ideas or Web 2.0 breakthroughs. The panel highlighted search companies that are in the shadows of Google/Yahoo/MSN with more specialized engines.  [ZDNet]

O'Reilly Radar: The First Web 2.0 Platform  I'm at the Launch Pad: A Dozen New Companies in One Sitting workshop at Web 2.0, and more than half of the companies have presented. I could have missed one, but I think every single one has demo'd Google Maps integration.  [O'Reilly Radar]

Tim O'Reilly: What Is Web 2.0  Defining just what Web 2.0 means (the term was first coined at a conference brainstorming session between O'Reilly and MediaLive International, which also spawned the Web 2.0 Conference), still engenders much disagreement. Tim O'Reilly attempts to clarify just what we meant by Web 2.0, digging into what it means to view the Web as a platform and which applications fall squarely under its purview, and which do not.  [O'Reilly Network]

WebProNews: Web 2.0 To Birth New Companies  A new segment will be added to tomorrow's Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. The segment, entitled "Launch Pad Workshop," will highlight 14 promising Internet companies.  [WebProNews]

ITWorld: Web 2.0 spotlights risk, opportunities on the Internet  What is new and what is changing in the Internet business will be debated, explained and analyzed at the second annual Web 2.0 Conference, which runs from Wednesday through Friday in San Francisco.  [ITWorld.com]

PRNewswire: Celebrating the Success of OpenLaszlo  On the opening day of the high profile Web 2.0 Conference, San Mateo, Calif.-based Laszlo Systems, added to the success of its OpenLaszlo development platform - originally announced at last year's conference - by previewing a new Digital Life suite of licensed applications.  [PRNewswire]

Sean Bonner: WEB2.0 - Open Source Infrastructure  I've been here for an hour and I've heard these three words just shy of 9 gazillion times. Which is a good thing really.  [seanbonner.com]

O'Reilly Radar: The Zing in Zimbra  Rael and I had our first meeting of Web 2.0 with the folks from Zimbra. We'd seen them a month or so ago, and I've been speaking to them through the year, but it was good to catch up. In the last month they've been at the center of blog and Slashdot stories, and they've seen huge uptake.   [O'Reilly Radar]

Searchblog: Web 2.0 Time  I'm heading into the conference this morning, and very much hope to have time to post, but it's going to be iffy - so much is happening. Check out the lineup, and the workshops. Amazing....lots of news coming from here, I sense....you might check out a Technorati or Feedster search for coverage...  [John Battelle's Searchblog]

ZDNet: Web 2.0 Conference week starts tomorrow  Because Web 2.0 is the meme of the moment, even amongst those who are cynical of the term, next week is shaping up to be a very exciting one.   [ZDNet]

InformatonWeek: Web 2.0 Conference Preview Podcast  Several days ago, I made my first podcast, a recording of a conference call with John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly about the upcoming Web 2.0 Conference.It's an intriguing conversation, for those with any interest in the future direction of the Internet.  [InformationWeek]


CNET: AJAX Gives Software a Fresh Look  Over the years, desktop applications tied to a specific operating system have become entrenched as the main way to work on a computer. AJAX, a set of development techniques standardized over the past eight years, could change all that by bringing more sophisticated interfaces to Web applications. This week, closely watched Zimbra plans to outline its business model and to announce that it has secured $16 million in venture funding at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco. The San Mateo, Calif.-based company said it will launch its e-mail server software as a free open-source edition next month.  [News.com]

O'Reilly Radar: Web 2.0 as Rainforest  Steven Johnson wrote in email: "Thought you guys would enjoy my little riff on what web 2.0 means, in my latest Discover column." He's right. This is an awesome analogy. Love the bits that Steven especially pointed to at the end of the column.  [O'Reilly Radar]

O'Reilly Radar: Software Only On Web 2.0 Definitions  Jeff Clavier adds an important point: "Low cost of delivery...this new generation of applications is built on $50K to $100K" Over time, this will go up, but for now, very true.  [O'Reilly Radar]

Auctionbytes: eBay Founder to Speak at Web 2.0 Conference  Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay and co-founder of Omidyar Network with his wife Pam, will be speaking at the Web 2.0 conference. Omidyar is Chairman of eBay's board. Also speaking is another member of eBay's board of directors, Scott Cook, who co-founded Intuit Inc. in 1983.  [Auctionbytes]

O'Reilly Radar: Google, WiFi, Web 2.0 and Change  Interesting meditation on the implications of Google's offer to provide free wifi in SF. Hits on the obvious ad model, but also maps integration, and web 2.0 integration of other data sources.  [O'Reilly Radar]

O'Reilly Radar: Web 2.0 Conference Sold Out  Good news, bad news from Gina Blaber, our director of conferences: "Web 2.0 2005 is sold out, and registration is closed." This is good news for us, because it means we have a very successful conference on our hands, but it's bad news for those who won't be able to come. We'll try to get a lot of the material up online as soon as we can.  [O'Reilly Radar]

Searchblog: RollyO Launches Beta  The official launch is at Web 2.0, but the public beta went up today, Dave Pell tells me. This is a new engine which lets your "roll your own" searches.   [John Battelle's Searchblog]

O'Reilly Network: Distributing the Future - Data for Web 2.0  This week, O'Reilly's audio magazine program Distributing the Future takes a look at the Data for Web 2.0. Tim O'Reilly explains "What is Web 2.0," Marc Hedlund thinks about the browsers of the future that might mash up the private data on your hard drive with data that lives on the Web, NAVTEQ's Robert Denaro explains why NAVTEQ drives so many miles each day to gather the geographic information you use in your favorite online mapping applications, Phil Torrone is already hacking the iPod nano, and our "FOO Cast" is more of Richard Giles' Gadget show interview with John Batelle. (24 minutes, 52 seconds)  [O'Reilly Network]

O'Reilly Radar: Web 2.0 Preview with me and John Battelle  Last week, Information Week did an interview with me and John Battelle about Web 2.0 as a preview for our Web 2.0 Conference, and posted the audio as a podcast.   [O'Reilly Radar]

Searchblog: MSFT - Next Step, Web 2.0  Microsoft has grand plans for a new "web platform" strategy. The software company plans to open access to its MSN and other public Web sites to let developers assemble new applications that build on those sites...  [John Battelle's Searchblog]


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