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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See you at PodCamp tomorrow?

I just got off the phone with Chris Brogan who is busy putting the finishing touches on PodCamp (Podcasting Camp) which starts tomorrow at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. I signed up to attend a while back but until now, had neglected to volunteer to lead some discussions.

September 8, 2006 by David Berlind

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Caught on tape: Amazon's tech support not exactly ready to help users of its Unbox service

Relying on Microsoft's digital rights management technology (DRM), which was recently hacked, may not be the only challenge Amazon ends up facing now that it has launched its Unbox video download service.  Another one could be technical support since the service involves the installation of Amazon-specific software on customer's systems (not to mention the fact that DRM technologies have proven fallible in the past).

September 8, 2006 by David Berlind

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Bring back Clippy

Computer scientists have created a digital artwork that changes based on the mood of the viewer. The system uses a camera to track eight facial features and then changes a digital image in response.

September 8, 2006 by Ed Gottsman

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CA AG confirms HP-ordered breach of News.com reporter's personal phone records

The California attorney general's office has confirmed that the personal phone records of News.com reporter Dawn Kawamoto were subject to unauthorized access by a contractor that was hired by HP in an effort to track down the source of the company's confidential plans that made their way into a Jan 23 article co-written by Kawamoto.

September 7, 2006 by David Berlind

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With Microsoft sucked into a DRM cat-n-mouse deathmatch, is Zune doomed?

While I was away on vacation, I caught George Ou's blog on how Microsoft's digital rights management (DRM) copy protection technology (currently, the lynch-pin to its PlaysForSure ecosystem, and undoubtedly a foundational piece to its new iPod-killing Zune initiative) had been rendered useless by developers of the FairUse4WM "utility." FairUse4M strips copy-protected Windows Media content of its copy protection and  could bring down a very large house of cards at Microsoft.

September 7, 2006 by David Berlind

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Why I pay attention to Foxnews.com

For a recent off-site event that the Horn Group (a PR agency) held for itself in Boston, I was asked to join a panel discussion on Media in a Post-Media World and during that discussion, each of the panelists was asked what news sites and blogs they watched.  One I failed to mention (probably because it was too embarrassing to admit) was Foxnews.

September 7, 2006 by David Berlind

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Gartner on forging its own analysts' signatures: "It won't happen again."

Yesterday, I wrote about how Gartner appeared to be stooping to new lows in order to drum up attendance for its events by making it appear as though the email invitations to those events were written and signed by its analysts (I provided an example).  As it turns out (see the update to that blog post), Gartner's marketing department was essentially forging the "signatures" of its analysts without the analysts' knowledge.

September 7, 2006 by David Berlind

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Process and security in electronic voting

Yesterday, I pointed to a story from New Mexico Verified Voting about hacking Diebold machines with some simple tools in 4 minutes. To follow up on that I asked Davis County (Utah) Clerk Steve Rawlings about it.

September 7, 2006 by Phil Windley

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How steep will the cost of HP's dysfunctional family be?

This morning, as I scanned the most recent IT headlines and spotted Stephen Shankland's HP overhauls Integrity server  line, I couldn't help but spot the incredible irony in HP's choice of brand name for its servers -- Integrity -- while the company's leadership is right now enduring a fallout from a lapse of it.

September 7, 2006 by David Berlind

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