Impressions of My First Grueling Day at Le Web

I am at Le Web, which is being held in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris. I’ve been in the city, which is currently gray and wet, for about 48 hours. Following is a recap of the first two days.

Google Unveils Fast Flip and Startups Take a Gamble

google fast flipGoogle (s goog) today launched a new feature that organizes articles on the web in a way that resembles print magazines, called Google Fast Flip. Marissa Mayer, the search engine giant’s VP of search products and user experience, who unveiled the feature at TechCrunch 50 this afternoon, explained that Google founder Larry Page had questioned why the web wasn’t similar to a print magazine, where the content is already available for you to read as soon as you turn the page. Using the Google Fast Flip page, people can click on a topic — say, entertainment — and scroll through small screenshots of articles on that topic from various sites, such as (in the case of entertainment) Us Weekly, People and Seventeen. Click on an article to view a larger image of it and a second time to read it on its original site. Or you can simply scroll through a string of articles from 30 well-known news brands, including the Washington Post, Slate and BBC News, publishers with which Google will share advertising revenue. Read More about Google Unveils Fast Flip and Startups Take a Gamble