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Kara Interviews RockYou Co-Founders Jia Shen and Lance Tokuda


When I paid a visit to the offices of RockYou in San Mateo, Calif., recently (see my other video of the office tour here), I interviewed its co-founders CTO Jia Shen and CEO Lance Tokuda.

Here’s my chat with the pair who helm one of the top developers of third-party applications for trendy social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.

I have been attacking such widgets of late for being too faddish and infantile, which we discuss here, as well the trends to come in the fast-moving space.

Onstage at the Web 2.0 Summit last week, after a widget-maker panel he was on slapped BoomTown around a bit, Tokuda offered to make a special app for AllThingsD.com. In this video, his suggestion involves Walt Mossberg and digital cameras being tossed in his direction.

I say: Bring it on!

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik