This week on The Dan & David Show, we cover my visit to the D conference, hobnobbing (not really) with the likes of Al Gore, Bill Gates, Terry Semel and Bob Iger. D will be remembered as the conference where Bill Gates came up with a new concept--reality acquisition device--that will quickly fade into obscurity, and for very funny Q&As with Sony CEO Howard Stringer and film director Barry Sonnefeld, with a guest appearance from Martha Stewart.
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At the beginning of April right as I was coming off my "back surgery vacation," I wrote a kitchen sink blog that, amongst other things, dragged consumer-targeted global postioning solutions like those from Tom-Tom through the mud. But, at $500 to $700, I found the pricing for something like that to be outrageously expensive when compared to the $10 map book you can buy at the local gas station that could very well be more up-to-date.
MerchantCircle has a simple goal, but challenging—displace the old fashioned printed Yellow Pages and bring local business into a more social Web of commerce. I talked to Ben Smith, CEO of the startup, who told me that the 14 million local merchants who advertise in the Yellow Pages (some online as well as offline) want a better way to express themselves online and to reach customers.
Were you one of the more than 100,000 people that came to ZDNet to watch the movie A load of CRAP? Well, if you missed it, you're not out of luck.
Today's cellphones are unusable. Don't believe me (or my bitchin' and complaining about the latest greatest Treo)?
During an interview with Walt Mossberg at the D conference, Vinod Khosla extolled the virtues of ethanol as a replacement for oil. The venture capitalist is investing in biofuels and has a proposal—if Wal-Mart would stock ethanol for $1.
A recent c|net news article discusses the uneasy relationship between bloggers and the news media. While decrying the lack of blogger objectivity and their second tier status in the news food chain, newspapers have been quietly wooing bloggers to augment their online presence.
The D: All Things Digital (blog posts here) put on by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher (with help from WSJ) was a rare event. Of course, the venue (Four Seasons, Carlsbad) and food were good for those who cared, and the attendees included a strange assemblage of well-heeled personalities.
It was just last week that I wrote about a scary list that you can only hope doesn't include you....a public list of all of the recent compromises to personal data that's being stored by banks, merchants, universities, and most recently (the biggest breach of all), the Veteran's Administration (a breach that included over 26 million names and that may end up costing $500 million).
For more coverage of D beyond Between the Lines, here are some of the bloggers/writers on the scene. Wall Street Journal D blog Paidcontent.