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.

Zack Whittaker

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

Latest Posts

Welcome Larry Dignan to BTL

You may have noticed posts penned by Larry Dignan on Between the Lines the last few days. He joined us this week as as a BTL anchor blogger and executive editor of ZDNet news and blogs.

November 14, 2006 by Dan Farber


Why Microsoft's Zune can't dent Apple's iPod

Microsoft's Zune music player has little or no chance of denting Apple's iPod juggernaut and contrary to all the digital ink spilled on product comparisons and reviews most of the reasons are strategic. Apple has built up quite a moat around its iPod business.

November 14, 2006 by


On seeing but especially on being seen

A computer vision system developed at the University of Texas (Austin) can tell the difference between friendly behavior (shaking someone's hand) and aggressive behavior (punching someone's face). If true, the technology could render moot the most vexing question in mass video surveillance: How do we get enough people to sit in the dark watching screens?

November 13, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


One fantasy that Bill Gates thankfully knows how to fulfill

Against the backdrop of all the vendors who've been indemnifying their customers against this, that, or the other lawsuit, I keep telling people that it's highly unlikely that vendors are going to sue you if the software you got from someone else (eg: Red Hat) infringes on a patent that belongs to someone else (eg: Microsoft). You could argue that using software that infringes on someone else's patent is no different a form of misappropriation of intellectual property than outright piracy.

November 13, 2006 by David Berlind


LucidEra: On-demand business intelligence

Ken Rudin caught the on demand bug working as head of engineering for in its early days and then at Siebel as Vice President and General Manager of its CRM OnDemand business unit.

November 13, 2006 by Dan Farber


The grinches that stole Zune's Christmas

For the record, I have not been one of the lucky few to have laid their hands on Microsoft's new Zune iPod killer which is due to arrive on the US market tomorrow. But, judging by Google News, there are plenty of reviewers out there who have -- reviewers that as far as I can tell will turn out to be the grinches that stole Zune's Christmas.

November 13, 2006 by David Berlind