I fell seriously behind on tweeting out new stories this week, as Web Summit occupied most of my mental processor cycles during my stay in Lisbon. I also didn’t keep up with headlines in my RSS feed or even setting aside a minute or two a day to plod along in Spanish tutorials in the Duolingo app.
The Summit organizers usually post video of every session not long after the conference
, but that hasn’t happened yet; when it does, I’ll embed those clips below. They now have.
11/5/2018: Why those chips in your credit cards don’t stop fraud online, Yahoo Finance
The story assignment came from inside the house, in the form of my having to call up a bank to have our cards reissued after somebody spent close to a thousand dollars on that account at Lenovo’s online store.
11/6/2018: Disrupting the traditional SaaS business model: The rise of the developer, Web Summit
My first panel at Web Summit featured two people running software-as-a-service shops: Nicolas Dessaigne of Algolia, and Adam FitzGerald of Amazon Web Services. This topic was well outside of my usual consumer-tech coverage, but a 20-minute panel isn’t too much airtime to fill if you do some basic research.
11/6/2018: Why Crystal City would be the right call for Amazon’s HQ2, Yahoo Finance
When I saw the Post’s scoop about Amazon getting exceedingly close to anointing Crystal City, I e-mailed my Yahoo editors volunteering to write any sort of “10 things to know about Arlington” post they might need. They didn’t require that, but they did ask me to write a summary of my county’s advantages–and some of its disadvantages, as noted in a few grafs that reveal the nerdiest bit of verbiage you’ll hear around Arlington.
11/8/2018: Marketing performance in a digital age – complexity to clarity, reaction to action, Web Summit
This was my most difficult panel at this conference, thanks to some reshuffling of questions late in the game and poor acoustics onstage that left me and my conversations partners Vincent Stuhlen (L’Oreal) and Catherine Wong (Domo) struggling to hear each other.
11/8/2018: CTO panel discussion: A day in life, Web Summit
11/8/2018: The human-machine race for the future, Web Summit
What’s not to like about interviewing the head of a robot-racecar company onstage? As a nice little bonus, this chat with Roborace CEO Lucas Di Grassi got introduced by my conference-nerd friend Adam Zuckerman.
11/8/2018: The man who created the World Wide Web needs you to help fix it, Yahoo Finance
I wrote up Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee’s Monday-night keynote about his initiative to improve his creation, as informed by a conversation Thursday with the CEO of his World Wide Web Foundation.
11/9/2018: Primer: What new DMCA exemptions mean for hackers, The Parallax
It had been a few years since I’d last unpacked the government’s ability to tell companies and researchers not to worry about the thou-shalt-not-mess-with-DRM provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Spoiler alert: I remain a skeptic of this ill-drafted law.
Updated 11/16/2018 with embedded YouTube clips.