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Mobile technology on the move

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Internet is no stranger to rapid innovation.

But the pace of change today is unprecedented. People are turning to their iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices to access the Internet at an incredible pace.

“It’s a monster market trend,” said John Doerr, a celebrated venture capitalist and partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. “It is just getting started.”

The impact of that change was the most consistent topic at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, where some of the most powerful leaders of the Internet have gathered for the three-day conference.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive and founder of Facebook, was one of the few who largely steered clear of the mobile topic.

Instead, he responded to criticism raised by Google’s chief executive Eric Schmidt, who the day before sat in the same chair at the Summit and said Facebook was hoarding its users’ data.

Schmidt had criticized Facebook for not letting users take all the information in their profiles and export it to other social networks.

Zuckerberg responded by saying Facebook’s Connect is the largest and most advanced system at any social network to let people export information from their profiles. He acknowledged that it might not be perfect, but right now the company was more focused on giving users better control over how they share information.

“I think we’re not 100 percent right on this,” Zuckerberg said. “But we’re trying to think through all of this.”

In five years, people will become more interested in being able to export information from their profiles, but right now they are more focused on privacy issues, Zuckerberg said.

“A lot of people right now are just on the side of having better user control,” he said.

Tim O’Reilly, founder of Sebastopol-based O’Reilly Media, which co-produces the conference, cautioned Zuckerberg to not let privacy concerns overly impede innovation.

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