At the Churchill Club event, "Making a List: Fourth Annual What's Hot and What's Not in Personal Technology," at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, I caught up with one of the speakers, YouTube co-founder and CEO Chad Hurley. His favorite gadgets currently are the Helio Drift phone, the Sony Reader and the as yet unreleased strange Chumby.
I only had to time for a few questions about YouTube and being part of Google. Predictably, Hurley said that YouTube hasn't slowed down in the month since the acquisition closed, and that his unit will take advantage of having more resources to accelerate development. He touted a new feature that allows users to upload video directly to YouTube from a Web camera and have it accessible within an hour. He also said that YouTube is still running on its own technology, but will utilize Google resources in the future.
Stay tuned for videos of Wall Street Journal columnists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher showing off their favorite gadgets and a podcast of the entire event.