By Michael V. Copeland and Yi-Wyn Yen
SAN FRANCISCO - Al Gore didn't take credit for inventing the Internet at the Web 2.0 Summit Friday, but he did credit it with enabling the victory of President-elect Barack Obama and helping restore faith in the principles upon which the United States was founded.
"The electrifying redemption of America's revolutionary declaration, that all human beings are created equal," Gore said to a cheering crowd, "would not have been possible without the addition of the empowerment of individuals to use knowledge as a source of power that has come with the Internet."
In a speech that ranged from the foundations of printing, computing and other disruptive technologies, to the subject of the dampening effects of television and the need to tackle climate change, Gore returned to the Internet and Web 2.0 as tools to bring about huge leaps forward in society. He highlighted the way in which people organized and spread information using web-based databases of names, numbers, and ideas to support the Obama campaign.
"What happened in the election opens up a whole new range of possibilities, Gore said. "Now is the time to really move swiftly, to seize these new possibilities and to exploit them…Web 2.0 has to have a purpose. The purpose I would urge as many of you as can take it on, is to repair our relationship with this planet and the imminent danger we face."
"We have everything we need to save it and in the process create millions of new jobs, create energy security," he continued. "But the only way this is going to be solved, is by addressing the democracy crisis - a great blow was landed during the election - and taking this issue and raise it to the awareness of everyone."
Gore advocated for the construction of a $400 billion "smart-grid" to tap renewable energy sources like wind, geothermal and solar and bring green power. He said a smart-grid infrastructure would pay for itself within three-and-a-half years. He urged Obama to set a goal of generating all of the nation's power from renewable sources within a decade.
By Yi-Wyn Yen
SAN FRANCISCO - Intel CEO Paul Otellini, who runs the world's largest semiconductor business, gave a sobering view of the economy to the Web 2.0 Summit crowd Thursday.
If you think the recession is bad now, says the Intel (INTC) chief, a year from now will be worse. "This is the deepest one I've seen in my lifetime. All the smart people that I talk to tell us the MOREyiwyn - Nov 6, 2008 3:35 PM ET
By Yi-Wyn Yen
SAN FRANCISCO - In the past ten months, Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang has faced a hostile takeover attempt by Microsoft, shareholder lawsuits, a proxy fight led by Carl Icahn and, on Wednesday, watched a much-needed partnership with Google (GOOG) go up in flames. Yet the embattled Yahoo chief says he has no regrets that he took on the job.
"I didn't make the decision of being the CEO lightly," MOREyiwyn - Nov 5, 2008 11:01 PM ET
By Michael Copeland
It's not your 15-year-old daughter's Internet anymore. On the first full day of the Web 2.0 Expo, that more than anything seemed to be the message from the conference room floor.
Tech stalwarts like Oracle (ORCL), IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT) were showing off technologies that bring elements of the consumer Internet to the workplace. Startups that last year might have been flogging a consumer video service or photo sharing MOREdterry - Apr 24, 2008 11:05 AM ET
By Michael Copeland
On the eve of the latest and largest Internet gathering this year, O'Reilly's Web 2.0 Conference and Expo, Forrester Research dropped a report that concludes that companies will spend $4.6 billion on Web2-related technologies by 2013. What that means for you, fellow office dweller, is that Forrester believes the world of wikis, widgets, blogs, mashups and social networks will increasingly find a way into your work life.
The emphasis MOREdterry - Apr 22, 2008 10:41 AM ET
By Stephanie Mehta
In his first-ever keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show Tuesday, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts seemed to be saying content is king. (Not what you'd expect from the nation's largest distributor of pay television.)
Roberts, who was joined by radio personality and "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest for part of his speech, told the Las Vegas audience Comcast (CMCSA) is embarking on a strategy to make a vast library MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Jan 8, 2008 3:56 PM ET
By Josh Quittner
Is Net-based TV ready for its close-up? Television ratings are already starting to plummet, the ongoing writers' strike shows no signs of ending, and the development schedule for next year's programming is looking increasingly dicey. While one report suggests that ex-TV watchers are turning to books and magazines, some folks in the nascent Internet TV business say they're enjoying a sudden uptick in audience.
"We are seeing increased viewership at MOREJosh Quittner - Dec 12, 2007 2:50 PM ET
On Wednesday, Fortune's David Kirkpatrick weighed in on the latest controversy surrounding Facebook and its new advertising system. While some critics in the media say the social networking site is doomed based on its own mistakes, Kirkpatrick argues that the site will not only survive concerns about violations of members' privacy, but will continue to thrive. What do you think? Are you a Facebook fan or foe?Crawford - Dec 5, 2007 2:09 PM ET
From Fortune's David Kirkpatrick:
"The press rarely grants an autumn reprise for those it loved in the spring," once wrote the great New York Times columnist Russell Baker. How true in the case of Internet-darling-turned-reviled-evildoer Facebook.
Facebook, the popular social networking site, has ridden the hype curve up and down in recent months, reaching a low MORECrawford - Dec 5, 2007 1:55 PM ET
By Josh Quittner
One of the rallying cries of the Web 2.0 movement, during its sensational rise over the past five years, is openness. Open systems (Linux, Wikipedia, any phone you can hack from T-Mobile) are good. Closed systems (Windows, The Wall Street Journal Online, any locked-down cell phone you buy from Verizon) are bad.
The basic idea is that the Web itself, that Shiva of the business world, is built MOREJosh Quittner - Nov 25, 2007 12:12 PM ET
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