Kara Swisher

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BoomTown Visits SDForum

BoomTown was the opening keynote for SDForum‘s conference in Silicon Valley last week called “The Business of New Media II,” which was about–well–the business of new media.

Here is the speech I gave, in which I discuss everything from how this AllThingsD.com site was created to the financial prospects of Facebook to how Marie Osmond was robbed on “Dancing With the Stars.” (And she was, my friends, she was!)

It’s in two parts, which should be plenty of material to bore just about anyone except my mother:

Part 1:

Part 2:


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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