The on-stage chats at the Web 2.0 Summit on Thursday featured heavy-hitters from the realm of online applications.
Day 2's lineup at the San Francisco event included Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AT&T's Ralph de la Vega, and a four-executive panel of VMware's Paul Maritz, Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff, Adobe Systems' Kevin Lynch, and Google's Dave Girouard. Below are videos of their on-stage talks, courtesy of TechWeb.
Want to know what's up with an old friend or a new acquaintance? For many people, the place to keep up with their social circle is Facebook. The site's vigorous growth, however, hasn't necessarily been an easy thing for the company behind it. Zuckerberg tells how Facebook is coping with its growing pains as it adds features and moves toward a more open system.
"We learned from (the platform launch) that we want to do stuff in a slightly more
controlled way just so we don't have to make those painful changes that often," Zuckerberg said.
De la Vega, AT&T's CEO for mobility and consumer markets, talked in part about the company's news of the day, its acquisition of Wi-Fi network provider Wayport. He also confirmed that, starting sometime in 2009, iPhone 3G users will be able to use their phones as wireless modems.
"We're looking at the consumer holistically and making sure that they have a great
experience, a simplified experience," said de la Vega.
The panel focused on cloud computing, the hot-as-a-pistol notion that businesses and consumers will see more and more of the information and services they use residing somewhere on the Internet, rather than locally in the home or office. But is there enough money to go around for all the companies jumping on the bandwagon? What about the operating margins for those companies? And what of the contention by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison that cloud computing is nothing more than this year's fashion?
Maritz: "All of us are increasingly characterized by a body of digital information that's
going to live with us all our lives...and it's going to outlast any device we have."
Benioff, on Oracle: "I think that Sun Tzu said it best--when weak, feign strength."