David Berlind

David Berlind was fomerly the executive editor of ZDNet. David holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems. Prior to becoming a tech journalist in 1991, David was an IT manager.</p>

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As expected, CTIA turned out to be a gadget fest. Here's a few

As expected, CTIA turned out to be a gadget fest. Here's a few

Judging by the way an entire section of the site has been built from for the visit, The CNET Reviews crew is down at CTIA in Orlando, Florida scouring the show floor for some of the hot new telephony gear to hit the market. Not suprisingly, there's no shortage of new, and in some case stylish Bluetooth devices, not to mention a bevy of new cell phones.

published March 30, 2007 by

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Dead-Finger Tech: Manuel takes his Blackberry Pearl everywhere, but would leave Microsoft if he could

Dead-Finger Tech: Manuel takes his Blackberry Pearl everywhere, but would leave Microsoft if he could

OK, so it has been a little while since I've done one of my favorite types of interviews -- what I call a Dead-Finger Technology (or DFT) interview. In case you haven't seen the other DFT interviews, this where I get someone (sometimes it's someone I know, other times, just a random person on the street) to tell me what their Dead-Finger Technology is and why.

published March 30, 2007 by

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How Expedia is fooling itself, its customers, and the FTC that its spam isn't spam. But it is

How Expedia is fooling itself, its customers, and the FTC that its spam isn't spam. But it is

In response to my concern that the travel site Expedia is spamming its customers (of which I'm one) in violation of the Can Spam Act as well as in disrespectful defiance of its customers' elections not to receive solicitations for special travel deals, Expedia has finally responded with an explanation that, if you ask me, reminds me of how pathological liars end up believing their own lies.

published March 30, 2007 by

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After slamming Intel for using retired benchmarks, AMD does the same thing in China

After slamming Intel for using retired benchmarks, AMD does the same thing in China

The industry's benchmarking soap opera official entered its kettle, pot, black phase today when a news report and photos of an AMD presentation in China showed AMD claiming performance supremacy over competing chips from Intel on the basis of test results using retired benchmarks. Two weeks ago, I wrote a post about how AMD is no angel, but Intel's usage of benchmarks is feloniously misleading.

published March 28, 2007 by

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The Register wore Prada

The Register wore Prada

The Register has a review and lots of pictures of LG's KE850 Prada phone. Apparently, the demo unit was pretty beat up by the time it arrived for testing at The Register.

published March 27, 2007 by

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'Transactional' vs. 'Unsolicited commercial': Ducking anti-spam legislation isn't the point

'Transactional' vs. 'Unsolicited commercial': Ducking anti-spam legislation isn't the point

After two posts yesterday about whether Expedia is using misleading copy in its promotions, and then about whether a coupon offer via e-mail legally constitutes spamming (and whether the FTC should act: so far you're saying "yes"), the e-mailers and blogosphere are starting to chime in on the issue. As a reminder, after a ZDNet reader spotted my first posted and suspected I had been spammed the same way he felt he had been, I checked my e-mail preferences on Expedia.

published March 27, 2007 by

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