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.

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Googlers want to slim down OpenOffice

News.com's Stephen Shankland has a story today about Google throwing some bodies at OpenOffice, as it does for other open source projects that it uses, such as Apache Axis Web services.

October 30, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Microsoft and Yahoo further deepen ties

First came the way Yahoo's music store only sells music that's copy protected by Microsoft digital restrictions management (DRM technology.  In other words, it only plays back on Microsoft PlaysForSure-compliant products.

October 30, 2005 by David Berlind

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Appistry upgraded from 'snake oil' to BEHOLD

While I often dabble in application development and have crafted some pretty neat applications, I don't by any stretch of the imagination consider myself to be a software engineer.  Particularly since my software development training (one way in one way out structured programming in COBOL, C, etc.

October 28, 2005 by David Berlind

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DRM technology has its first two major trainwrecks

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen -- a Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) management technology that, by design, often keeps you from consuming that content on devices that use other DRM technologies actually ends up keeping you from consuming content that's protected by it as well.  Talk about a trainwreck.

October 28, 2005 by David Berlind

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On test-marketing in the digital age

Singer-songwriter Fiona Apple's new CD ("Extraordinary Machine") arrives on shelves some time this month. Which is odd because "primitive" versions of 11 of its tracks appeared on music-sharing systems in 2004.

October 28, 2005 by Ed Gottsman

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No more 'Unbreakable' Oracle

According to a paper by two researchers, Oracle's password scheme has a weak protection mechanism that puts corporate data at risk. News.

October 28, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Can Sun redefine the economics of computing?

At a Churchill Club event on October 26, 2005, Jonathan Schwartz, president and COO at Sun was interviewed by Quentin Hardy, Silicon Valley bureau chief as Forbes. You can download the audio of the one-hour interview here.

October 27, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Networked creative intelligence

Gartner makes a prediction that by 2015, over 100 leading companies will have made or saved at least $10 million due to networked creative intelligence, which leverages virtual communities to create new sources of information and value. Quality and trust ratings, folksonomies and tagging, prediction markets and open source coding and content development (Wikipedia) are examples of applying networked, creative intelligence, Gartner said.

October 27, 2005 by Dan Farber

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