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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.
Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.
On today's podcast:Vista whining goes overboard.iPhone's most wanted features.
Wal-Mart is going DRM free too.Wal-Mart said in a statement that it will offer DRM-free music for 94 cents a track from record labels such as Universal and EMI Music.
The never-ending iPhone demand watch continues. UBS analyst Ben Reitzes in a research report said that iPhone demand appears to be solid based on AT&T store surveys.
Peter Biddle has left Microsoft for enterprise 2.0 company Trampoline. Here he talks about social networking's prospects in the corporate world.
Notable headlines:Adobe brings high-def to Flash videos. Techmeme.
When Apple reported its most recent quarter it toned down its outlook based on an expected rise in component prices.Apparently that expected rise is right on schedule.
On today's podcast:Skype says patches had a role in its outage. Ryan Naraine has more.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Cisco CEO John Chambers are holding court with interviewer Charlie Rose in New York City, discussing how they view the market transition, Google, coopetition and industry cooperation. The two industry titans both view the market as in an early stage transition, with lots of potential to reap rewards.
In a programming note, Mary Jo Foley is live at a John Chambers, Steve Ballmer dog and pony show in New York City. She'll be blogging from the event as developments warrant.