During my two days plus at PC Forum I took snapshots available in a gallery here and also loaded more on Flickr (tag: [pcforum06]. The picture below is from a panel on "New Forms of Life," the "brave new world" of online social media.
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Some people are saying that the massive multiplayer game World of Warcraft, with more than 6 million players, is the new golf of the business world. Hitting a small white ball around a chemically groomed park isn't for everyone, and is more expensive than the $15 per month fee for WOW, but at least you get some fresh air and exercise.
During an afternoon PC Forum discussion about "me media," Chad Hurley, CEO of YouTube, talked about what's going the popular video sharing site, which he said is now serving 30 million videos a day and uploading 30,000 files a day. Hurley said that the site has about 5 million unique users per day.
Ross Levinsohn of Fox Interactive teased the blogosphere with promise of an acquistion during an IBDNetwork Under the Radar event on March 2. TechCrunch reports that Fox Interactive is acquiring NewRoo, a startup (not on the list of companies presenting at the event, but present in the room) that developed a real-time, customizable news aggregator.
Esther started off the PC Forum panel with search stars, by saying the search is getting boring and has peaked to get some reaction. They all properly disagreed and the discussion focused on the amount of information that isn't indexed or searchable.
The final day of PC Forum stared with a conversation between Esther and Bill Joy, Sun co-founder and now Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers venture capitalist. The discussion touched on how technology, the Internet and politics are impacting society and the planet.
At PC Forum, Tacit Software introduced Illumio, a new consumer-oriented, knowledge-management software that company CEO David Gilmour said reaches out to find what people know, what they have and who they know using a brokering program that control privacy.
I've been filling out a lot of paperwork at doctors' offices recently. More than I should have to.
At PC Forum Novatium Solutions demoed its $100 PC appliance (without keyboard or display, which adds about $75) for emerging markets. The Nova netPC and Nova netTV are based on thin client (server-based, zero administration for users) and mobile phone technology.
Users gaining control of their data and online identities was the theme of the morning panel at PC Forum. It's in part a struggle for power, or a shift in the balance of power between institutions, like credit bureaus and commerce site, and individual users.