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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Latest Posts

Another support call and e-commerce nightmare: This time, it's Ticketmaster

Compared to the debacle of a support call that I had with T-Mobile, at least the one thing positive I can say about today's support call with Ticketmaster to overcome a ticket purchasing problem with its Web site (which I've recorded for your listening pleasure) is how pleasant everybody was that I spoke to, even though they were ultimately unable to resolve the problem to my satisfaction.

July 26, 2006 by David Berlind

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AlwaysOn: Open source and patent trolls

Speaking at a panel at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit 2006 addressing the question of whether all software, or even hardware, will go open source, MySQL CEO Marten Mickos said: "There is no technical argument for keeping code closed. In five or ten years there will be a way to make money and keep every single line of code open.

July 26, 2006 by Dan Farber

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AlwaysOn: YouTube wants to stay independent

During a panel at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit 2006, YouTube co-founder and CEO Chad Hurley was asked by moderator Kara Swisher about disparaging comments Bill Gates made about his service at the D conference. "Speaking about competition and Gates, [he is] commenting about our business at same time Microsoft is trying to build a clone of our service," Hurley said.

July 26, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Stalin on privacy

The Wireless Camera Hunter is a handheld, video Walkman-size device that automatically detects and shows (it's got a 2.5-inch screen) video transmissions in the 900MHz to 2.

July 26, 2006 by Ed Gottsman

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AlwaysOn: Lessons from Stanford President John Hennessy

Following Tony Perkins' introductory comments at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit, Tom Byers, a VC and Stanford professor, and John Hennessy, the president of Stanford since 2000, welcomed the crowd to the campus and talked about intersection of innovation and universities. Hennessy reminisced about first visiting Yahoo founders on the campus and seeing pizza Web sites come up in a search, and how he immediately knew that the Web would be big.

July 25, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Making government IT security better

ZDNet's Government IT blog asks why Federal IT security was so crappy. The post was spurred by a piece by Zach Goldfarb in the Washington Post that answered that question and gave some suggestions on what to do about it.

July 25, 2006 by Phil Windley

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What about Bill Gates?

In his recent post (Who shapes IT? ), my colleague David Grober presents a list of those who have shaped the IT industry.

July 25, 2006 by Marc Wagner

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