Larry Dignan

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

Rachel King

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

Latest Posts

A subtle big brother

While doing a little last minute Christmas shopping last week, I noticed a book called Spychips.  The subtitle of the book is "How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID.

December 26, 2005 by Phil Windley


Mashup Camp: the unconference about the uncomputer

Under the questionable rubric of "Web 2.0" (see my treatise on the uncomputer), there have been a lot of events that, if you ask me, run incredibly counter to this new culture of open API provision and mashup development.

December 22, 2005 by David Berlind


Web 2.0? It's more like Computer 2.0.

Or even better, the uncomputer. When I think about what today's operating systems are -- Windows, OS X, Linux, etc --  I mostly seem them as collections of application programming interfaces (APIs) that give developers easy access to resources (displays, networks, file systems, user interfaces, etc.

December 22, 2005 by David Berlind


Roland's Top 10 little-known science stories

Worth reading: Roland Piquepaille posted his year end summary with his top 10 little-known science stories of the year on his ZDNet blog.  Here's his list, but there are many more little-known or weird science posts on his blog, such as a scarf that changes color according to what you wear, biopaper for organ printing and nanoarmor of the future.

December 22, 2005 by Dan Farber


Getting a piece of the action: The attention economy

The AttentionTrust gang, led by Steve Gillmor, Seth Goldstein and Ed Batista, held court during a session at the Syndicate conference. Most interesting were Seth Goldstein's comments about attention deficit--the notion that users aren't compensated for their attention online, which generates money for the host sites, e.

December 19, 2005 by Dan Farber


Yahoo tying RSS into its social media services

Last week at the Syndicate conference I interviewed Scott Gatz, Yahoo senior director of personalization products, which includes the RSS everywhere that makes sense across Yahoo properties strategy. In the video interview, Gatz discussed the history of Yahoo's RSS integration, the lack of awareness about RSS and monetizing RSS feeds via Yahoo's publisher network.

December 18, 2005 by Dan Farber