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9 Things to Include in Every Speaker Request...


I've been doing a lot of speaking lately. It is a huge compliment to receive so many requests. I am grateful for every one and wish I had time to honor all of them. It's funny; I am extremely introverted, but give me a captive audience and a microphone and I'm in heaven. I love public speaking! Go figure.

What Was the Hottest Topic at LeWeb 2010?...


With a two-day program filled with tech thought leaders and innovators, there was one subject which seemed to consistently rise about the rest and dominate so many of the conversations at LeWeb. What was it? Wikileaks. While I didn't go into LeWeb expecting to hear so many opinions about Wikileaks - it's mission, it's founder, it's future - it shouldn't have been a surprise. The issues surrounding Wikileaks and it's release of mountains of sensitive information exist at the intersection of privacy, safety, security, technology, social media and politics. With such a smart, savvy and international crowd, seemingly everyone had and interest and strong opinions on the matter.

Blogging for Tickets. Am I Selling Out?...


I'm torn at the moment. Ethically speaking, I made the right decision. Practically speaking, I'm disappointed. You may be aware that journalists and bloggers are sometimes offered free stuff in exchange for media coverage of some sort. This free stuff may come in the form of anything from products to services to tickets.

Facebook Groups: Privacy Bait and Switch?...


There was this little get-together for tech reporters at Facebook headquarters today. You may have heard about it. Whenever Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, summons an audience because he’s got something to announce about Facebook, life as we know it grinds to a halt. Or so it seems.

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