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ATD Gets Social With Liz Gannes (In Other Words, We Hired Her)

A few days ago, All Things Digital announced CNET senior writer Ina Fried was joining the staff to cover mobile for the site.

Today, we complete a one-two punch with the hiring of Liz Gannes, who will be covering the critical social beat.

She comes to us after an impressive stint as a senior writer from the terrific GigaOm Network.

Anyone who follows the development of Web 2.0 and the growing power of social networking–from powerhouse Facebook to the innovative stylings of Twitter to the explosive growth of Zynga–understands the importance of the social arena to the future of the Web.

That was underscored today with the unveiling of a new $250 million sFund by Kleiner Perkins, Facebook, Amazon and others.

Liz will be covering all this and more for us, which we expect her to do with the same kind of professionalism and insight she displayed in spades at GigaOm.

Liz, interestingly enough, was raised in Silicon Valley, and has been wise beyond her years, even as a high school student.

In fact, in an article in the New York Times in 2000 about the corrosive effect of the Web 1.0 culture on young people in the area–called the “affluenza syndrome”–the then-senior at Palo Alto High School said:

“It’s hard to ground ourselves sometimes….The things we hear on the news are happening all around us. We’re living on top of this bubble and we’re not able to see below us.”

We think Liz’s unique perspective will allow readers to see a lot.

After high school and college at Dartmouth, where she got a degree in linguistics, the daughter of a tech-reporter-turned-start-up-CEO–the amazing Stuart Gannes–started her career as a reporter for Red Herring in 2004.

In 2006, Liz founded NewTeeVee, a GigaOM site that is now the pre-eminent source for news and analysis about the intersection of entertainment and technology.

We are thrilled to have her join ATD, especially so since she is coming from a site we admire so much and, more importantly, because of her work for tech’s top-notch blogging pioneer, Om Malik.

And we think once Liz starts chronicling the social arena for us, our readers will have even more to admire in her work.

There are more job announcements to come soon, as ATD expands our coverage, so stay tuned.

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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