Personally, I'm not a fan of the All-American Rejects. But as of today I have new respect for the multiplatinum-selling band, after finding out that they are fans of PostSecret--and that they used (with permission) some of that awesome site's postcard secrets in the video for their song "Dirty Little Secret." … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--"Yesterday's Q&A wasn't enough fun!" Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joked as he walked up to the stage at the "developer garage" event that the company had organized as part of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival. The 23-year-old CEO had opted to take some time and answer questions from the audience in between presentations geared toward developers.
Just hours earlier, Zuckerberg had sat down for an interview with CNET News.com about the company's future.
Speaking to a packed room at the Pangaea nightclub in downtown Austin, Zuckerberg's … Read more
The folks who chose the winners for the Web Awards at this year's SXSW Interactive are on a roll. One of the winners named Viscosity has sucked away any semblance of productivity I had going for me today. The tool lets you create wonderfully colorful (or colorless if you so choose) pieces of abstract art without any skill, and you get great looking results.
Each creation gets a maximum of 10 colors that can be chosen either by using color presets or one at a time. To start out, all you need to do is chose your color scheme … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--Here's my secret: I cried during Frank Warren's keynote speech.
Of course, I wasn't alone. All around the ballroom where Warren, the founder of the PostSecret project, was giving Monday's South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) keynote address, people were misty-eyed. And for me, things he said throughout his talk had tears rolling down my face.
It's not surprising, though. For those unfamiliar with PostSecret, it's the project Warren has been doing for several years where he encourages the public to send him anonymous postcards with some sort of personal secret. Over the years, … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--Mark Zuckerberg probably knew his keynote address at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival would produce a lot of press, but he likely didn't expect it to turn out the way it did.
CNET News.com sat down to chat with the young Facebook founder fewer than 24 hours after the widely criticized onstage interview with BusinessWeek journalist Sarah Lacy, in which a disappointed audience turned on Lacy and demanded better questions.
After the media flurry, Zuckerberg was understandably eager to move on and talk about different topics. But he still touched upon the incident, hinting that while … Read more
Collaborative whiteboarding applications can be handy tools for small groups looking to do some brainstorming despite geographical displacement. Meet Twiddla, a free tool that lets you mark up media and live Web sites, or simply organize ideas together on a virtual whiteboard. It also tacks on live communication with text chat and free VoIP conference calling that doesn't require additional plug-ins or software.
The application won an award for technical achievement at last night's SXSW Interactive Web Awards. While technologically fantastic, in my testing I ran up against some noticeable speed and local resource problems. At times I … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--According to Robert Scoble, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to do an open Q-and-A this afternoon at South by Southwest Interactive.
This, of course, would be a follow-up to his Sunday keynote here, which went awry when the audience turned on his interviewer, journalist Sarah Lacy.
I don't have a lot of details, and apparently the open Q-and-A may be going on right now, though Scoble Twittered that he thought it would be at 4:30 p.m. local time.
But for Zuckerberg to make this move would surely go over huge here at SXSWi, where the talk … Read more
While CNET News.com reporter Caroline McCarthy and I have been busy writing up our many observations of the goings-on and happenings at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi), CNET TV, too, has had its journalistic eye on the event.
See more stories in CNET News.com's coverage of SXSWi (click here).
On this slow Monday morning, the boys talk about how SXSW is meh, Sched.org looks ugly, Twitter still sucks, plus...Army of Two isn't good...but at least The Bourne Conspiracy looks surprisingly good. It's kind of a downer show, but you can always fix that by going to the forums and voting for your favorite Photoshop entry to win your copy of Super Smash Brothers Brawl!
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AUSTIN, Texas--If journalist Sarah Lacy got some people riled up with the style of her keynote interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday, her Twitter response to criticism of her will not help calm things down.
As reported here and elsewhere earlier Sunday, Lacy interviewed Zuckerberg as the day's keynote at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) and in the process, saw the audience of thousands turn against her for a series of stylistic faux-pas.
I won't rehash all the details here, since you can read up on that in my previous story.
But as pointed out later … Read more