web 2.0

Researchers build family tree with 13 million people

How much do you know about your ancestors? Many people can't trace their family back more than a century, but researchers have grown a family tree with more than 13 million people in it.

Yaniv Erlich and colleagues at MIT's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research have used data that goes back to the 15th century to shed light on how genetic traits influence successive generations.

In a presentation to an American Society of Human Genetics meeting, Erlich explained how using social networks can be useful for tracing characteristics in very large families.… Read more

The 404 930: Where we go thermonuclear war (podcast)

Believe it or not, we still have our jobs after welcoming Jim Lanzone, CBS Interactive president, on yesterday's show. Go back an episode and listen for a rare opportunity to hear someone make fun of Jeff. Cheers, Jim!

Today we're going over some of the stories that we didn't get to talk about yesterday, including Google's latest OpenGL project. The platform that Google tested using Google Earth is once again put to use on the Google Infinite Digital Bookcase, a helix of virtual books you can browse in a 3D model.… Read more

Two new money-making platforms for social content creators

"If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold." That simple comment by Andrew Lewis on a MetaFilter post in 2010 did a great job, I think, of capturing some of the subconscious discomfort users accumulate as they put more and more of their lives on social networks like Facebook. But two new social products on display at the Web 2.0 Summit earlier this week, Chime.in and Mightybell, turn the equation around a bit, allowing social network contributors to take some of their content and turn … Read more

Sergey Brin: I was wrong about Google+

Google co-founder Sergey Brin joined the Web 2.0 Summit dais with scheduled speaker Google Senior Vice President of Social Business Vic Gundotra to discuss the rollout of Google+, and how pieces of it came to be.

Brin said, "I'm not a very social person myself," and that he fought many of the features of the new social network being built inside his company. "I was wrong," he said, adding that he found Google+ "instantly compelling." Gundotra, the man behind the Google+ project, said that its design owes a lot to Brin's … Read more

Google+ to get brand pages soon

Brand pages are coming to Google+ "imminently," according to Google's senior vice president of engineering, Vic Gundotra. "Not days...a little bit longer than days," he said.

Gundotra, who shared the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco today with Google co-founder Segrey Brin, said there has been "overwhelming interest" in this feature. For users who want to have a non-real identity, Gundotra said that Google+ would support pseudonyms. He explained that the feature was not in the product at the beginning because Google wanted to set the atmosphere in … Read more

Flipboard founder: We need more soul in Web content

Flipboard founder and CEO Mike McCue devoted his 10-minute Web 2.0 talk this morning to beauty, emotion, and design. Not data, the theme of this year's Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

"When you want to create a hit, you've got to be willing to look away from the data," he said. The backdrop for McCue's mini-presentation? A picture of a lipstick red 1957 Jaguar XK SS. McCue referenced the classic car, in part, to demonstrate how something beautiful can elicit a visceral reaction. "It makes you feel good, like the Jaguar,&… Read more

Web 2.0 Summit goes beyond the Web (roundup)

This year's Web 2.0 Summit is hardly limited to the Internet. Yes, there's plenty of chatter about Web startups. But featured speakers are also talking about what to expect next from Dell, Foursquare, and even Angry Birds.

Sergey Brin: I was wrong about Google+ On stage with Google's head of social media, Vic Gundotra, the Google co-founder talks about the rocky start of the search giant's latest social play.(Posted in Rafe's Radar by Rafe Needleman) October 19, 2011 3:01 p.m. PT

Google+ to get brand pages soon Google is set to … Read more

Kevin Rose demos Oink: Check-ins for things, not places

SAN FRANCISCO--At the Web 2.0 Summit, Kevin Rose of Digg fame showed off Oink--a service for checking into and rating "things," as opposed to places. Oink is the first product from Rose's new company, Milk.

You can rate, for example, the best teas at a specific location (Example: Samovar Tea Lounge) or all the teas within walking distance. Rose says early Oink users are mostly rating food and drink. But also seats at venues, attractions at theme parks, and so on.

There's a gamification element to Oink that will pay users back. "I'… Read more

Google Analytics goes with the flow for visual oomph

SAN FRANCISCO--Up until now, Google Analytics hasn't offered too much information on the way visitors move around a given site.

Susan Wojcicki, senior vice president of advertising at Google, took the opportunity of her speaking time allotment at the Web 2.0 Summit here this morning to unveil new functionality and features for Google Analytics.

Google Analytics is a free tool that that enables Web site and application developers (or simply anyone who is concerned with their site's traffic) to be able to understand traffic information better.

Wojcicki said that inspiration for these new features came from an … Read more

Ballmer on not buying Yahoo: 'Sometimes you're lucky'

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, never one to hold back his feelings, today told the audience at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco that he was grateful he failed to buy Yahoo for $44 billion back in 2008.

"Sometimes you are lucky," he said in an interview with John Battelle, whose Federated Media puts on the conference. "Ask any CEO who might have bought something before the market crashed (in 2008)... Hallelujah! Putting everything else aside, the market fell apart.... Sometimes you're lucky."

Ballmer did say, however, that Yahoo has value and that he … Read more