Larry Dignan

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

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Latest Posts

The season of social network platforms

The summer of Facebook is turning into the fall (as in the season, not the descent into an abyss) of social networking platforms. Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg are still the prince of social networks.

October 22, 2007 by Dan Farber


Freeing books and other digital things

Google and Microsoft both have programs to scan books and place them online. But according to the NY Times several research libraries have turned down offers from these companies in favor of the non-profit Open Content Alliance.

October 22, 2007 by Phil Windley


Will your phone ever be free?

Walt Mossberg nails the consensus sentiment about wireless connectivity--we all want our phones freed from their carriers.Mossberg writes:It’s intolerable that the same country that produced all this has trapped its citizens in a backward, stifling system when it comes to the next great technology platform, the cellphone.

October 22, 2007 by


Surfing the Relationship Update Stream

Brad Fitzpatrick and David Recordon are on a mission to free up the social graph from walled gardens (see their "Thoughts on the Social Graph"). Executives from MySpace, Facebook and Google agree that users should own their own data, including their social graph (the people they are connected to a social network), but so far the walls have not come down much.

October 19, 2007 by Dan Farber