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.

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Dunn is done (as HP's chairwoman) but stays on Board

News.com’s Scott Ard and Ina Fried: Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn, who launched an investigation into a media leaks that resulted in a firestorm of controversy, has agreed to resign her post following a meeting of the company's board of directors….

September 12, 2006 by David Berlind

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Bill Ziff: In Memoriam

Bill Ziff, who was chairman and chief executive officer of Ziff Communications Co. from 1953 to 1994, died on  Sept.

September 11, 2006 by Dan Farber

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The question no one is asking (the answer no one wants) about pre-texting

I just finished reading Robert Scoble's electric rail analogy when it comes to the line that was recently crossed (in terms of privacy violation) and started to think about how, HP board chairwoman Patricia Dunn is trying to draw her own line between the investigation she ordered and the methods that were used to get the results she was asking for.

September 11, 2006 by David Berlind

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Amazon Unbox criticized for Internet chattiness (amongst other things)

Last week, on the heels of Amazon's Unbox video download service launch, I did a little digging (didn't have to dig far) to find out what digital rights management platform it was relying on to make sure (a) the videos don't get pirated and (b) rentals (essentially downloads that last a certain time) are expired.

September 11, 2006 by David Berlind

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PodCamp: Revenge of the narrowcasters

This weekend, I had a chance to drop in on PodCamp at Bunker Hill Community College on the edge of Charlestown, MA (see my Flickr Set of photos for a few pics I took).  I led two discussions, both of which were pretty well attended.

September 11, 2006 by David Berlind

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Swickis tap communities for search

I recently met with Eurekster CEO Steven Marder for an update on swicki, the company’s community-influenced search service. Rather than the chewing through the worldwide index and link structures, swicki combines several elements to create more finely tuned search results for online communities.

September 11, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Inside the HP boardroom scandal

Worth reading: David Kaplan of Newsweek tells the all too human tale of how HP board members Patricia Dunn and legendary VC Thomas Perkins ended up at opposite ends of the table. The story is still incomplete--HP board members met this morning, but apparently didn't finish their discussion, which could result in Dunn's resignation.

September 10, 2006 by Dan Farber

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HP's witchhunt, SAP vs. Oracle, Amazon's Unbox and more...

This week on The Dan & David Show, David returns from vacationing with family, and we dig into the story of the week--HP's witchhunt in search of leaking board members. It's not just a question as to the legality of HP's private investigation agency tricking phone companies into giving up phone records of board members and reporter, it's an issue of integrity.

September 8, 2006 by Dan Farber

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