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Was HP's traceable "PattyMail" spyware? You decide

If you've been following the HP privacy scandal at all, then you'd know that HP resorted to (or considered resorting to) several techniques in hopes of smoking out whoever it was that was leaking information from its boardroom to the press. While pretexting -- fraudulently obtaining phone records by means of impersonation -- was one of those techniques (as well as the focus of yesterday's Congressional hearings in Washington, D.

September 29, 2006 by David Berlind


Hurd says he will re-build the board and fix the process

Adam Lashinsky of Fortune spoke with Mark Hurd this morning and elicited some revealing responses from the embattled HP CEO. Hurd said that he doesn't plan to resign, and will reconstitute the HP board, saying he would "re-build its very core.

September 29, 2006 by Dan Farber


PhotoShowTV: Create your own shopping channel

While at DemoFall 2006, I ran into my old friend Jay Tannenbaum, who is the marketing chief at Simple Star. The company's flagship is PhotoShow, which lets users create slide shows with templates, effects, music tracks, animations and other creative features that are common to photo software suites.

September 28, 2006 by Dan Farber


Video podcasting

I spent the day at Podcast Academy. I just flew down to Ontario CA this morning and then back tonight.

September 28, 2006 by Phil Windley

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Building good eGovernment applications

Last week I ran across this article on how Federal Websites are losing momentum in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Sites that score high tend to be transactional (sign up for something) or about a single program (like the Medicare Prescriptions Drug Benefit program).

September 28, 2006 by Phil Windley


DemoFall hits, misses and maybes

Rafe Needleman provides the wrap up of our DemoFall 2006 coverage, collecting the hits and misses from our ZDNet/CNET team who attended the event (see the Demo blog on and on ZDNet): Hits Rafe Needleman, CNET.

September 28, 2006 by Dan Farber

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HP execs: Hear no evil. See no evil. Have the fun?

After having to interrupt my coverage of the Congressional hearing to tape this week's episode of the Dan & David Show, I'm tuned back into the hearing (which is still going on) and, based on what I've heard before regarding an e-mail that HP Mark Hurd claims not to have read, and what I'm now hearing from Patricia Dunn, it seems sort of odd to me how, even if the evil comes your way, as long as you don't see or hear it, you still get to have the fun (escape accountablity).

September 28, 2006 by David Berlind


Video: Dunn defends herself and politicians lash out at HP

We have video from this morning's hearing in which politicians lash out at HP, and many of the witnesses exercise their Fifth Amendment rights, refusing to answer questions from the Congressional subcommittee. Former Chairwoman Patty Dunn attempts to paint herself as a victim of untrustworthy elements inside and outside the company.

September 28, 2006 by Dan Farber


HPGate meets Congress, DemoFall roundup, IDF highlights and more...

This week on the Dan & David Show, we discuss the latest from the HP follies, including the testimony today before a Congressional subcommittee in which most of the witnesses, which included HP's now former general counsel, Ann Baskins,  exercised their Fifth Amendment.DemoFall 2006 was host to 70 product introductions from mostly startup companies, and our bloggers covered our share as did news.

September 28, 2006 by Dan Farber