Web 2 Conversations: Jerry Yang

Gang, I'm interviewing Jerry Yang in two weeks at Web 2. You all have read the news this past year. It may seem obvious what to ask him, but help me out: what do you think I should ask him? I rely on your comments!…

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Gang, I’m interviewing Jerry Yang in two weeks at Web 2. You all have read the news this past year. It may seem obvious what to ask him, but help me out: what do you think I should ask him? I rely on your comments!

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Wow, LaLa is Hot

This story was the straw that broke my camel's back in terms of paying attention. Lala has been around for around two and a half years, and it’s kind of hopscotched from one music-related business model to another. It began as a service for swapping CDs by mail. Then…

This story was the straw that broke my camel’s back in terms of paying attention.



Lala has been around for around two and a half years, and it’s kind of hopscotched from one music-related business model to another. It began as a service for swapping CDs by mail. Then it bought Woxy.com, a popular online radio station in Cincinnati. Then it tried free music streaming. So my instinct is to be cautious about the company’s attention span. But this latest incarnation of the service is downright amazing–I can’t imagine anyone who loves music not going gaga for it.

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Another Call For Search Literacy

Tonight I helped my daughter with homework. No big deal, right? But tonight the assignment came from her fifth grade teacher: Define these related words: Ballot Campaign Civil Rights Democracy Incumbent Issues Nominee Poll Platform Register Now, the teacher said there were two ways my daughter could find out…

Define Function

Tonight I helped my daughter with homework. No big deal, right? But tonight the assignment came from her fifth grade teacher: Define these related words:

Ballot

Campaign

Civil Rights

Democracy

Incumbent

Issues

Nominee

Poll

Platform

Register

Now, the teacher said there were two ways my daughter could find out the definitions. One was to use a dictionary. And the second was to “talk to your parents about it.”

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Reader Niall Writes…

Reader Niall writes: Facebook seems a lot less hot than when Mark was on stage a year ago. Many key employees, including co-founders, have left the company. What is Facebook doing to remain an employer of choice in Silicon Valley?…

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That Said…Web 2 Conversations, Mark Zuckerberg

I am interviewing a lot of interesting folks starting two or so weeks from now at Web 2, Chris DeWolfe, Edgar Bronfman, Larry Brilliant, Lance Armstrong, Paul Otellini, Jack Klues, Michael Pollan, Elon Musk, Shai Agassi, and many more. But I thought I'd start by asking you all this…

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I am interviewing a lot of interesting folks starting two or so weeks from now at Web 2, Chris DeWolfe, Edgar Bronfman, Larry Brilliant, Lance Armstrong, Paul Otellini, Jack Klues, Michael Pollan, Elon Musk, Shai Agassi, and many more.

But I thought I’d start by asking you all this one question: Mark Zuckerberg is coming back (check the video of our interview here). What should I ask him this time? I have a lot of thoughts, but thought I’d start by asking you all….

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Ah, Yes, Grasshopper: History Repeats Itself

Well, if you're wondering what I've been doing, it's simple – my back is back. Ten years ago, when I was three years into a rocket ship new company, my back blew out in a huge way, and it took me months to get back. I was never the…

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Well, if you’re wondering what I’ve been doing, it’s simple – my back is back. Ten years ago, when I was three years into a rocket ship new company, my back blew out in a huge way, and it took me months to get back. I was never the same again (goodbye, contact sports), but I did find yoga as a religion of sorts, and learned all sorts of things about what was important in life. Three years ago, I blew out another part of my back – C3-5, for those keeping score (goodbye, extreme skiing), but that setback was, in a way, a chance to learn even more.

Fast forward to now. Three years into another rocket ship (FM), my original back injury – L5 S1 blown disc, for those of you still keeping score – has returned with a bit of vengeance (see the MRI at left for those who are morbidly interested). I’m not exactly crippled, as I was last time, but it’s serious enough that I have to curtail any kind of work that is not entirely essential – at least for a while.

This time, it’s a bit more personal. I feel much more centered in my work, and I’ve been good to myself, so this setback gives me pause. Have I been holding too much on my own shoulders and not letting my team do more? Is it just part of getting old? Should I have taken the surgery route back in 1999? Just a few months ago, I was chopping cords of wood. Why is my back complaining now?

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Hiatus

Just a note, I'm not posting (clearly) as I am recovering from CM Summit and prepping for Web 2, as well as doing some writing this weekend, when that is ready, will post about it here….

Just a note, I’m not posting (clearly) as I am recovering from CM Summit and prepping for Web 2, as well as doing some writing this weekend, when that is ready, will post about it here.

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Google Makes You Smarter? Hey, Who Said That?

Well, Nick, sorry, but here's at least one study backing up my contention: A new study suggests that searching online could be beneficial for the brain. Searching online triggers areas of the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning. A study at the University of California, Los Angeles, measured…

Well, Nick, sorry, but here’s at least one study backing up my contention:

A new study suggests that searching online could be beneficial for the brain. Searching online triggers areas of the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning.

A study at the University of California, Los Angeles, measured brain activity of older adults as they searched the Web.

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Hear Hear, Larry

I like how Larry puts this in today's Journal: This war must end. It is time we recognize that we can't kill this creativity. We can only criminalize it. We can't stop our kids from using these tools to create, or make them passive. We can only drive it…

I like how Larry puts this in today’s Journal:

This war must end. It is time we recognize that we can’t kill this creativity. We can only criminalize it. We can’t stop our kids from using these tools to create, or make them passive. We can only drive it underground, or make them “pirates.” And the question we as a society must focus on is whether this is any good. Our kids live in an age of prohibition, where more and more of what seems to them to be ordinary behavior is against the law. They recognize it as against the law. They see themselves as “criminals.” They begin to get used to the idea.

That recognition is corrosive. It is corrupting of the very idea of the rule of law. And when we reckon the cost of this corruption, any losses of the content industry pale in comparison.

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