At the Web 2.0 Summit, many of the interviews and presentations are old news or not very filling. Google's Marissa Mayer described the issues the Google is trying to solve in the healthcare area (such as digitizing, storing and making accessible petabytes of x-ray data and other health record data), but didn't give a peek any of what Google is actually going to deliver. At least she could have shown some of what is behind the curtain. A few screenshots attributed to Google Health were apparently leaked a few weeks ago.
Anssi Vanjoki, executive vice president and general manager of multimedia at Nokia, showed off the new Nokia 810, the successor to the 810. Matthew Miller covered the announcement earlier today.
Tim O'Reilly interviewed Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen. Anyone who follows Adobe wouldn't hear much new. The Flash player will become a universal communications utility, with VoIP, over time, Chizen said.
Regarding Microsoft, which is competing with Adobe on several fronts including Microsoft's Flash/AIR competitor Silverlight, Chizen said, "Silverlight is trying to imitate what Flash does today within the browser. Flash is on 99.1 percent on PCs--Silverlight less than 3 percent." He pointed out that Microsoft uses Flash on its Web sites. "We keep moving way ahead of what they are trying to catch up to," he said. Chizen seemed to be saying game over, but it must keep him up at night.
O'Reilly asked Chizen what he spends his time on as CEO. "I spend most of time doing stuff I don't like to do. Looking at product strategy and competition is small fraction my time," he said. That doesn't sound like a recipe for success....