Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CNET News.com. Larry has covered the technology and financial services industry since 1995, publishing articles in WallStreetWeek.com, Inter@ctive Week, The New York Times, and Financial Planning magazine. He's a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and the University of Delaware.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is the security editor for ZDNet. You can securely reach him on Signal and WhatsApp at 646-755-8849, and his PGP fingerprint for email is: 4D0E 92F2 E36A EC51 DAAE 5D97 CB8C 15FA EB6C EEA5.

Stephanie Condon

Stephanie Condon is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Portland, Oregon, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously covered politics for CBSNews.com, as well as the intersection of technology and politics for CNET. Stephanie graduated with a B.A. in communication from Stanford University.

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Patent infringement bypasses global warming as biggest threat to human existence

Patent infringement bypasses global warming as biggest threat to human existence

Recent moves by intellectual property holdings outfits like Acacia Research have sparked a patent land grabbing epidemic that has threatened to accelerate the extinction of all life on earth unless the charter of the Kyoto Treaty is expanded to include other, more pressing matters that threaten the Earth's ecosytem. Exclaiming "If that five-year old punk in Minnesota can patent swinging sideways, then why can't I patent the color red?!

July 20, 2005 by in Legal

Skype: A  new, friendly  communications monopoly?

Skype: A new, friendly communications monopoly?

The first morning session of the AO2005 Innovation Summit was a Skype video call (vSkype correction: vSkype is from a third-party user of Skype's API. The product used for the video call was a Skype internal alpha product that the company said will be the foundation for its video offering later this year) between host Tony Perkins and MarketWatch's Bambi Francisco in Palo Alto and Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom and investor ($10 million in Skype) Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

July 20, 2005 by in Telcos

Frank Martinez on Web services protocols

Frank Martinez on Web services protocols

My interview with Frank Martinez, CTO of Blue Titan software is now available at IT conversations. I had some good conversations with Frank in NY in May about Web Services protocols and thought others might enjoy hearing his thoughts about them as well.

July 20, 2005 by in Cloud

Questionable $178B loss: Employees' fault? Or management's?

Questionable $178B loss: Employees' fault? Or management's?

Websense -- a company that sells solutions that help managers crackdown on unauthorized usage of the Internet -- issued the following statement today: "Websense, Inc., the world’s leading provider of employee internet management solutions, today announced that internet misuse in the workplace costs American corporations more than $178 billion annually in lost productivity.

July 19, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

BTL's Quote of the Day

BTL's Quote of the Day

Should we have quotes of the day here on Between the Lines?  As I research my stories, I come across all sorts of interesting quotes (on the phone, in the blogosphere, etc.

July 19, 2005 by in Legal

Same as it ever was...

Same as it ever was...

News.com's Matt Hines cites a new study by the Hackett Group showing that companies building too much complexity into HR and financial software systems will incur higher costs than companies that have simple strategies.

July 19, 2005 by in Tech Industry

BoA TV ad explains why IT matters

BoA TV ad explains why IT matters

I know I said it the other day in another  blog -- "Nicholas Carr, eat your heart out" -- but now comes a company that's pretty much saying it on TV.  Although the TV commercial apparently isn't that new, I noticed that Bank of America is running ads on OLNTV's Tour De France coverage (not much can stop Lance Armstrong from winning his seventh Tour at this point) that, in no uncertain terms, attempts to point out that IT is one of the financial giant's key differentiators.

July 19, 2005 by in Banking

The Sensor Revolution (continued)

The Sensor Revolution (continued)

From Ed Gottsman: The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, with funding from the US Department of Homeland Security, has developed a "smart" cell phone that sits on a security officer's hip and continuously transmits radiation readings to a central server. These readings are used to develop a map of existing radiation sources, which in turn is used to detect new, illicit sources of radiation, should they appear.

July 19, 2005 by in Security

Hurd's first move--reengineering sales

Hurd's first move--reengineering sales

During the conference call announcing the layoffs and restructuring HP CEO Mark Hurd explained his reasons for dissolving the company's Customer Solutions Group (CSG), which was tasked with sales to corporations, small and medium-size businesses and public-sector customers. The bulk of the sales organization will be integrated into the Technology Solutions Group, which will now both develop product solutions and sell to large corporations.

July 19, 2005 by in Tech & Work

Blog first and ask questions later?

Blog first and ask questions later?

The Promethean Dave Winer (who I wrote about here) chimed in to the percolating Berlind/Scoble (chief Microsoft geek blogger) conversation about their respective views on Technorati and blogging styles:Meanwhile Scoble is getting some grief from ZDNet's David Berlind. I've gotten this kind of grief myself, and it's based on a big misunderstanding.

July 16, 2005 by in Microsoft

What it means to be Scobleized

What it means to be Scobleized

This past Friday, before signing off for the weekend, I took Microsoft's Robert Scoble to task for what, in my opinion, was a grossly unjust review of the services provided by Technorati. Robert Scoble is the publisher of the very popular blog Scobleizer and I felt his coverage was unjust for two reasons.

July 16, 2005 by in Tech Industry

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