Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

Rachel King

Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

Latest Posts

Om: Get well soon

My good friend Om Malik, master of the enterprising GigaOm family of tech Web sites, suffered a heart attack over the holidays. He is thankfully on the mend and hopefully will be at full strength and back on the circuit soon.

January 3, 2008 by Dan Farber


What is Facebook's stance on data portability?

The latest wrinkle on the controversy over importing Facebook data into Plaxo is that Facebook has reinstated Robert Scoble's 5,000 friend account per the following email and caveat (in bold): Hi Robert,Facebook’s Terms of Use broadly prohibits the running of automated scripts on the site because they can be used to commit malicious attacks, send spam, and generally try to undermine the integrity of the site.

January 3, 2008 by Dan Farber


Plaxo gives Facebook a litmus test

The new year in social networking is picking up where it left off with Plaxo letting loose a Facebook data importer (see Techmeme for the full debate). Robert Scoble was given an alpha version of Plaxo's Facebook contact data importer, and the Facebook engine shut him down.

January 3, 2008 by Dan Farber


Farewell and good luck David

After 17 years working together through a variety of publications and online sites, starting with PCWeek (now eWeek) in 1991, my colleague David Berlind is changing teams. While toiling at ZDNet he and Doug Gold developed Mass Event Labs, a producer of unconference-style and custom events such as Mashup Camp and Startup Camp.

January 3, 2008 by Dan Farber


Lenovo: Does it have the design chops?

Lenovo announced plans to enter the consumer market Thursday with a line of laptops that incorporate some interesting features--bezel-less screens, face recognition and linen texture lids. Will those design additions be enough to make a dent in the consumer market?

January 2, 2008 by


Can Netflix capture the set-top box?

Netflix's ongoing progression toward digital delivery continues, this time with a set-top box deal with LG. The big question is whether Netflix can capture the set-top box--the Holy Grail and de facto home entertainment server these days.

January 2, 2008 by