The tax deadline is April 15, but the General Accountability Office has already given the Internal Revenue Service a preliminary report card. And the results aren't half bad considering the IRS implemented a bevy of information systems changes.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Notable headlines: Donna Bogatin: Google challenges NYC software engineers. Ed Burnette: Is Flash better than Java?
Google's proxy statement revealed that CEO Eric Schmidt had total compensation of $557,466 in 2006 and nearly all of that was security services. A small blogosphere ruckus has erupted because Schmidt received $532,755 for personal security in 2006.
Craigslist has 17 million people visiting its site a month, but many of them are there for a little more that apartment rentals, concert tickets and miscellaneous junk. Compete's Stephen Bagg shows that erotic services more than doubles the next category in terms of individual visitors.
This week on the Dan & David Show, Larry Dignan fills in for David, who is taking a few days off to chase the little white, dimpled ball around the countryside with a stick and his son. Larry and I riff on the messy, infectious Windows animated cursor flaw, EMI and Apple partnering to free up music from DRM for an additional 30 cents and whether Yahoo made a misstep by not acquiring Facebook months ago.
The National Institute of Standards says that facial recognition technology can be better than human identification with accuracy rates approaching 99 percent. Iris scanning, however, could improve.
I'm pleased to announce that Dan Kusnetzky has joined ZDNet to man a new blog dedicated to virtualization. Dan is the General Manager, Research of Acuity Group, LLC.
If European Union regulators have their way Microsoft will have to turn over technical information about its Windows operating system for little to no compensation. According to documents seen by the Financial Times the EU and Microsoft remain far apart on the details of the EU's antitrust ruling three years ago.
I didn't know this but Technorati has gone from being a company that basically searches blogs to being the "recognized authority on user-generated content search" and "pre-eminent authority on what people are saying online." In any case, despite the lofty self references, the company issued its latest today state of the blogosphere, now called the “State of the Live Web” (thanks to Doc Searls).
Russell Shaw flags a monstrous U.S. patent application by Research in Motion that outlines plans to bring a lot of autoformatting features to the Blackberry.