SXSW: When it Comes to Web Scale Go Cheap, Go Custom or Go Home

Dealing with the awesome amounts of data generated by users and serving up relationships tied to that data quickly are forcing web-scale sites like Twitter, Reddit and Facebook to investigate a variety of home-built, open sourced solutions. Here's what they are using and why it matters.…

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SXSW: Shirky's New Opportunities in Public Sharing

Today social technology theorist Clay Shirky delivered a fitting counterpoint to Danah Boyd's keynote on privacy at SXSW the day before. Where Boyd spoke of the danger of making information more public than users intended it, Shirky talked about new opportunities for sharing information.…

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Foursquare Turns 1 With Half a Million Users

Foursquare, the New York-based location services startup, has more than 500,000 users and 1.4 million venues, it announced today, one year after it launched at SXSW. The company says it had its biggest day ever last Friday, with 275,000 check-ins.…

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10 Tips for Enjoying SXSW

I love SXSW it because I always get a chance to have interesting conversations and hang out with really smart people. However, SXSW can be a little overwhelming, so I thought that I would share a few of my tips for enjoying your experience at SXSW.…

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Pay for Drinks at SXSW Using Your iPhone

Now here's a killer app for the throngs of geeks about to descend on Austin: TabbedOut. The iPhone application allows users to pay for their tabs at local bars. It sounds like the perfect fix for those full-to-the-gills parties SXSW is known for.…

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The Unreleased iPad Haunts SXSWi

Apple's iPad will star at four panels at the upcoming South by Southwest Interactive festival next week even though it's not out yet. But iPad excitement masks a bigger theme for this year's SXSWi -- the search for the best mobile experience for users.…

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How AT&T Plans to Keep SXSW From Swamping Its Network

Last year the hordes of South by Southwest-attending geeks toting iPhones blew out the AT&T network around the convention center in Austin. This year AT&T is pulling out all the stops to make sure the digerati have the coverage they want during the event. Here's how.…

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Can You Crowdsource Journalism? Seed Is Trying

Saul Hansell, who left the New York Times to help run AOL's new Seed project, says his first big project is finding writers who will interview every single one of the 2,000 artists and bands that are appearing at the SXSW festival.…

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