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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Social networks in transition

DemoFall 2006 has its share of social networking startups this year, as it has in years past. One difference from past convocations of the digerati is that the realm of social networking is dominated by MySpace and Facebook--at least for the 15-to-25-year-old crowd.

September 26, 2006 by Dan Farber

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VaporStream offers recordless messaging

At DemoFall 2006, Void Communications introduced VaporStream, a Web-based, recordless communications platform. In other words, it's for people and organizations who want real privacy and confidentiality.

September 26, 2006 by Dan Farber


DemoFall 2006: Parsing podcasts, car navigation and mojo

I am at the DemoFall 2006 conference, along with fellow ZDNet (Marc Orchant and Mitch Ratcliffe) and CNET blogger (Rafe Needleman) who are covering the 70 products featured over the two-day event. One of the highlights of the morning session was Pluggd’s HearHere software that combines semantic/topic analysis and speech recognition to allow searching of audio files for specific content.

September 26, 2006 by Dan Farber


WebEx expands platform with workflow and apps

WebEx is pushing beyond the boundaries of its Web conferencing, adding a custom workflow engine and composite application framework to its collaborative environment. The new service, called WebEx Connect, is due for release in Q1 2007, and is built on the company’s on-demand MediaTone network.

September 25, 2006 by Dan Farber


PatriciaGate: More heads roll and...what California's AG *didn't* say

In it's first major step towards reconciling a scandalous breach in corporate integrity and character, HP CEO Mark Hurd finally came forward last week to clear the air over what I've been referring to as PatriciaGate here on ZDNet (it's referred to that elsewhere too and I am not taking credit for coining the term). Or, at least to clear as much air as HP's lawyers felt was safe to clear.

September 25, 2006 by David Berlind


Battery that charges from USB port

Good idea: One of the featured products at the Demo conference in San Diego this week will be Moixa Energy's USBCELL, a AA NiMH rechargeable battery that takes a charge from any USB port. Pricing for a two-cell pack in the UK is £12.

September 25, 2006 by Dan Farber


Engadget editorial on DRM completely misses the point

Stephen Speicher has posted an editorial on Engadget that makes it sound as if the reason there's so much opposition to DRM is that people want the freedom to pirate content.  The title of the post is Digital Content: Why the sense of entitlement.

September 25, 2006 by David Berlind