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Meet Chris Tolles: With 50,000 News Feeds, He Made

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Chris Tolles is the CEO of, a website that aggregates content about cities and neighborhoods. At last week's Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, he spoke to us about letting people be engaged in their local news and how the site has been especially usefulness in small markets--think Ventura or Barstow. You can check out the Los Angeles version of the site here and find Tolles on Twitter at @tolles.

Other Interviews from the Web 2.0 Conference:
- Clara Shih, Author of The Facebook Era
- Jeffrey Kalmikoff, threadless t-shirts
- Lucian Tarnowski on Getting Jobs through Social Media
- Asya Shein of Fusicology
- Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, Customer Service and Social Media Consultant
- William Marc Salsberry, Tech Photographer
- Alexia Tsotsis of LA Weekly
- Mike Prasad of Kogi BBQ and Girl Gamer
- Sean Percival of lalawag

By Mark Dienger, Special to LAist

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