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Foursquare finally makes its website as cool as its mobile apps

Location service Foursquare is showing off its new coat of paint. The company today unveiled a website redesign with a whole new experience for people sitting at their desks. What started as a check-in game all of a sudden seems a lot more like a formidable business in the making.

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Web 2.0: MC Hammer reveals deep search product WireDoo

Is there something wrong with search? There are many answers to that question, and rapper M.C. Hammer took the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit with his own, WiredDoo, a deep search solution. With the tagline, “Search once, see what’s related,” Hammer said that with any product there is always room for improvement, so there’s nothing wrong with today’s search.

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How Foursquare is moving beyond the check-in

“We want to build tools that change the way all the people in this room experience the real world,” said Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley at the Web 2.0 Summit today, as he described his company’s retreat from the game mechanics that first made the check-in service a success.

Michael Dell says confusion at HP has given Dell its opportunity

Michael Dell, founder and chief executive of Dell, said that the recent uncertainty at Hewlett-Packard has been good for Dell in landing new customers. HP is the world’s No. 1 PC maker, but its place in the market became uncertain when the previous CEO, Leo Apotheker, announced he would study whether to spin off the PC division. Since enterprise customers hate uncertainty, Dell said his list of new customers has been growing.

Intel execs predicts 15B devices will be connected to the internet

Intel executive Kirk Skaugen said today that his company expects 15 billion devices will be connected to the internet in the coming years. Speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Skaugen said that the growth of data on the internet is racing ahead and data center computing is being pulled along with it.

The who’s who of the digerati: A gargantuan Web 2.0 Summit photo gallery

The Web 2.0 Summit drew the who’s who of the digerati to San Francisco this week. Chief among them were conference organizers Tim O’Reilly (left) and John Battelle (right). O’Reilly opened the conference talking about the theme of “points of control,” or key pieces of technology that companies can use to dominate their markets. O’Reilly started out with a plea that companies not engage in destructive competition. Rather, he suggested they find the Blue Ocean of untapped markets and new users. The photo gallery below shows many of the speakers and a brief summary of what they talked about. Enjoy. And for a fun comparison, check out last year’s photo gallery.

Twitter’s Ev Williams: Being CEO is “kind of a sucky job”

The reasons behind co-founder Ev Williams’ decision to step down from the chief executive role at Twitter have been subject to much discussion, including a longish profile in The New York Times. And the subject came up again today at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, where Williams was the closing speaker.

Co-founder says Twitter is still exploring business models

In the past few months, Twitter appears to have finally found a business model, and that model is advertising — chief executive Dick Costolo said in September that the company had “cracked the code” on ads. But Twitter co-founder Ev Williams said today that the company isn’t settling on ads.

Cloud gurus say Oracle just doesn’t get the cloud

Flash back to just about two months ago. Larry Ellison, Oracle’s CEO, walked on stage on the first evening of Oracle OpenWorld 2010 and unveiled the Exadata server. It was about three times the size of his speaking podium.

Lessons for innovators from building a Rube Goldberg machine

Believe it or not, the making of a video for the song This Too Shall Pass by the band OK Go has lessons for would-be innovators. The creator of the video, Adam Sadowsky, said the process of creating the complex machine for the video was a lot like what entrepreneurs go through when developing a new product or service.

Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook’s aggressive social strategy

Facebook has taken a lot of flack for an aggressive, “opt-out” strategy around some of its products — specifically, the fact that your Facebook friends can tag you in Photos without your permission, and that they can now add you to Groups without your permission. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg described some of the thinking behind that approach on-stage today at the Web 2.0 Summit.

RIM CEO on Apple: “We completely disagree with that worldview”

Tech executives seem eager to pile on the criticism of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Today at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion, elaborated on his past statements denouncing Apple’s approach.

Analyst Mary Meeker’s 10 questions for Web CEOs

Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker just gave her annual presentation to the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. She listed 10 questions that she said any internet executive needs to answer.

Adobe CEO says he has no plans to sell

Adobe chief executive Shantanu Narayen (pictured with chief technology officer Kevin Lynch) today denied reports that he has been negotiating with Microsoft about a possible acquisition.

Baidu CEO: We tried harder than Google in China

Robin Li, the chief executive of Chinese search engine Baidu, made a rare US appearance at the Web 2.0 Summit today, where he answered questions about his success — and about why competitor Google failed to make any real headway in China.