Dilemma. Two major tech stars receive lifetime achievement awards the same night, at opposite sides of town, and we want to attend both events.
Just as news hit that Twitter launched an updated interface, word also broke that the social network's CEO and cofounder Ev Williams stepped down from his current post. Lucky for you, Ev will be joining Biz Stone in a candid conversation hosted by The Commonwealth Club's INFORUM division on Columbus Day to answer all of your most burning questions.
The Google Books settlement has become a hot issue at the intersection of intellectual property law, libraries, and electronic publishing. Join the conversation or get up to speed on the future of publishing tonight with what is guaranteed to be an interesting panel at the Commonwealth Club's "Future of Books" event (595 Market Street, 2nd floor, 5:30p check-in, talk at 6). The panel lineup features Berkeley professor and intellectual property law powerhouse Pamela Samuelson; Dan Clancy, engineering director at Google; and Brewster Kahle, co-founder of Archive.org. David Hellman, Associate Librarian at SFSU, will moderate. Tickets are $18 for non-members and $7 for students.
New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer kept a close watch on the Bush Administration, specifically in regard to policies around terrorism and torture. Her most recent book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, explores the dissonance (to put it nicely) between the Constitution and the methods employed by Bush & Company in their war on terrorism. Mayer will talk about the practices and consequences of the Bush Administration this evening at the Commonwealth Club (6pm).
Come see me moderate a panel on cocktails tonight at the Commonwealth Club. I'll be interviewing several of the city's premier mixologists onstage, and afterwards there is a reception with cocktails created by these bartenders and a vote to see which was the preferred drink. It'll be educational, entertaining and intoxicating. What more can you ask for in two hours?
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