Al Gore Joins the Lineup At Web 2 Summit

Those of you following my posts around the theme of this year's Web 2 Summit already know that we're expanding the scope of the conference this year, and asking a core question: How can we apply the lessons of the Web to the world at large? From my post…

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Those of you following my posts around the theme of this year’s Web 2 Summit already know that we’re expanding the scope of the conference this year, and asking a core question: How can we apply the lessons of the Web to the world at large? From my post outlining the theme:

As we convene the fifth annual Web 2.0 Summit, our world is fraught with problems that engineers might charitably classify as NP hard—from roiling financial markets to global warming, failing healthcare systems to intractable religious wars. In short, it seems as if many of our most complex systems are reaching their limits.

It strikes us that the Web might teach us new ways to address these limits. From harnessing collective intelligence to a bias toward open systems, the Web’s greatest inventions are, at their core, social movements. To that end, we’re expanding our program this year to include leaders in the fields of healthcare, genetics, finance, global business, and yes, even politics.

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From the Reader: The Past Week

I've missed a lot since my time away over the past ten days or so, here are the pieces in my reader I found worthy of noting: Venturebeat on StumbleUpon's "method behind the madness." Google's assault on Baidu (Chinese market) through legal music search via ars BBtv debuts "BBtv…

I’ve missed a lot since my time away over the past ten days or so, here are the pieces in my reader I found worthy of noting:

Venturebeat on StumbleUpon’s “method behind the madness.”

Google’s assault on Baidu (Chinese market) through legal music search via ars

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Google Sells Performics to Publicis

This is not a surprise (Google told us this would happen in April). Google could not really own a SEO/SEM biz. Publicis Groupe (EURONEXT Paris: FR0000130577) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that Publicis Groupe has agreed to acquire the Performics search marketing business (Performics) from Google. Chicago-based Performics,…

This is not a surprise (Google told us this would happen in April). Google could not really own a SEO/SEM biz.

Publicis Groupe (EURONEXT Paris: FR0000130577) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that Publicis Groupe has agreed to acquire the Performics search marketing business (Performics) from Google. Chicago-based Performics, one of the leading search marketing services providers, helps to improve the performance of advertisers’ investments and maximize client campaign effectiveness. Its profit-driving suite of marketing solutions includes Performics’ reporting platform, local platform, advanced market expertise and active account management.

Wonder what happens with the anemic affiliate network they “launched” in June?

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The Web 2 Summit Charity Auction

Tim posts here about the auction we're be having as part of the Web 2 Summit this Fall. Given the theme (Web Meets World), we're giving profits to charity, and we're looking for suggestions on what we might auction off. The bigger the idea, the better, of course. For…

Tim posts here about the auction we’re be having as part of the Web 2 Summit this Fall. Given the theme (Web Meets World), we’re giving profits to charity, and we’re looking for suggestions on what we might auction off. The bigger the idea, the better, of course. For example, Lance Armstrong will be signing a bike and we’ll be auctioning that!

Here is the release, and here’s the link to the auction page. But I need your help: What should we auction off? When we did this back in the late 90s, we auctioned off John Doerr’s tie for like ten grand, as I recall. I think someone paid a lot more than that to throw Meg Whitman, me, Mary Meeker, and Bill Gurley into the pool.

Now those were the days…

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James and Giant Peach

Twitter is again overloaded (Fail Whale, which always reminded me of that scene with James and the Giant Peach where the birds lift the peach out of shark infested waters, anyway…). Follow me here if you can. So, since I can't entertain you with Tweets and Crowdfire is ripping…

Serious Greek DudeTwitter is again overloaded (Fail Whale, which always reminded me of that scene with James and the Giant Peach where the birds lift the peach out of shark infested waters, anyway…). Follow me here if you can.

So, since I can’t entertain you with Tweets and Crowdfire is ripping it up, here’s a photo from the National Archaeological Museum of Athens that I took today (I took alot more). This fellow, a philosopher, seems quite bent. I liked him.

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