"web squared" entries

Participatory Sensing – An Interview with Deborah Estrin

While the iPhone doesn’t ship nearly as much as its humbler brethren – the iPhone opened up many minds about the potential of phones to do a whole lot more than talk. In that regard it is a peek into the future. The iPhone is a rich portable computer with onboard sensors. Specifically, it is a location-aware (GPS), motion-aware (accelerometer),…

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Twitter Users Most Followed by the Web 2.0 Summit Crowd

I took the set of users† who posted tweets containing the hashtag #w2s and determined who those users followed. Unlike the list of the most followed users in all of Twitter, the list isn't dominated by celebrities. (A few coders landed in the top 50.) Regular Radar readers will be familiar with many of the users listed below: over 20…

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Web 2.0 Summit Starts Today

Last year at Web 2.0 Summit, one prominent tech executive responded to our focus on "Web meets World" — the way web technology is being used to attack the world's problems — by saying "I don't come to this conference to learn how to do good. I come to learn about trends that are going to affect my business."…

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A Conversation with Dr. Walter Scott of DigitalGlobe

Dr Walter Scott founded Digital Globe – a company you are likely not familiar with though you probably interact with their satellite imagery on a regular basis via Google Maps, Bing and others. It is only recently that mapping technology and production has been driven by mainly commercial interests especially in the area of satellite imagery. With this commercialization corporations…

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My Conversation with Austan Goolsbee at Web 2.0 Summit

He introduces himself as “another tall, skinny guy with big ears and a funny name.” Economics adviser to Barack Obama during the campaign, and now a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, Austan Goolsbee is a key figure in framing the economic thinking of the Obama administration. Perhaps most importantly for those of us in Silicon Valley, he’s an economist clued in to the tech world. I’ll be interviewing Austan Goolsbee on stage at the Web 2.0 Summit.

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Google Analytics for the Real World: A Conversation with Sharon Biggar of Path Intelligence

In preparation for the upcoming Web 2.0 Summit I am posting a few conversations with attendees that embody the Web Squared Theme. Path Intelligence uses sensor technology to understand shopping behavior in retail spaces by detecting and tracking the RF signals from mobile phones. As Sharon Biggar, co-founder, succinctly puts it – “we are like Google Analytics for the real world” giving offline retailers the same visibility on shopping behavior that online retail has enjoyed for years.

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