Larry Dignan

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

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

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

Latest Posts

Is Eric Schmidt getting too cocky?

"In 2007 we’ll witness the increasing dominance of open Internet standards. As web access via mobile phones grows, these standards will sweep aside the proprietary protocols promoted by individual companies striving for technical monopoly.

November 22, 2006 by

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In search of security ROI

Ask any technology executive about the return on investment from information security and you're likely to get a lecture on how difficult it is.Baseline columnist Paul Strassmann offers some insight on the topic and cooks up three ratios to gauge security returns.

November 22, 2006 by

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Novell clarifies $40M payment to Microsoft as "peace of mind"

In a series of e-mail exchanges that started a couple of evenings ago with a notification from Novell's press relations department about an open letter to the open source community from the company's CEO Ron Hovsepian, I asked Novell spokesperson Kevan Barney why, if as Novell has so vociferously claimed, the company's products do not infringe on Microsoft's patents, it would send a $40 million dollar check to Redmond.

November 22, 2006 by David Berlind

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CIO Sessions: Randy Spratt, McKesson Corp.

Randy Spratt heads up IT for McKesson, the $88 billion healthcare giant headquartered in San Francisco. In our video interview (transcript here) Spratt described one aspect of McKesson's business as the Amazon.

November 22, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Forecasting the next 50 years in science

In the recent issue of the New Scientist, 70 very smart people predict the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the next 50 years. The topics range from the evolution of consciousness and the universal theory of everything to implantable, organo-electrical brain-machine interfaces and the discovery of extraterrestrial life.

November 21, 2006 by Dan Farber

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CIO Sessions: Motorola's Patricia Morrison

Last week I interviewed Patricia Morrison, Motorola's CIO. She joined Motorola in July 2005 after stints at Office Depot, Quaker Oats (where she engineered the integration into PepsiCo's systems after the acquisition) and GE Industrial Systems.

November 21, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Roger McNamee: Reinventing journalism

As the Web 2.0 Summit a few weeks ago, legendary investor and rock band leader Roger McNamee talked about his firm Elevation Partners' recent minority investment in Forbes for a few hundred million.

November 21, 2006 by Dan Farber

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