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.

Latest Posts

On hitting the open road

A variety of countries and municipalities are considering or conducting experiments with active RFID tags and Global Positioning System receivers as a way of doing everything from toll collection to "congestion charges" (charging you for entering an especially crowded city center) to enhanced Amber Alerts (i.e.

October 27, 2005 by Ed Gottsman

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Building Internet identity systems

Today was the first day of Internet Identity Workshop, a two day gathering of people interested in identity on the Internet.  I've got detailed blog posts and pictures at my site.

October 26, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Red Hat's Matthew Szulik: No more lock-in

At the Vortex 2005 conference in San Francisco, the Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik talked to John Gallant about competing with Sun and Red Hat's role as a standard bearer for the global open source community and the General Public License. The brand of Red Hat and freedom of choice--no lock-in--are increasingly becoming synonymous, he said.

October 26, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Useability 101: Dan Gillmor shouldn't have to play Russian Roulette

It's always comforting to know that another reporter covering the technology sector has run into precisely the same problem I have (and that millions of other people are running into).  It's a ridiculous problem that's easily solvable, and it just takes a handful of vendors to decide to solve it.

October 26, 2005 by David Berlind

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Thankfully, Moto's iTunes phone is a market dud

In one of his recent postings, ZDNet blogger Jason O'Grady considers the reasons that Motorola's ROCKR -- a recently released handset that's been dubbed as the "iTunes phone" -- is getting a cold shoulder from consumers.  From my perspective, while it absolutely deserves the cold shoulder, it's getting it for all the wrong reasons (more on that in a second).

October 26, 2005 by David Berlind

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InfoWeek: OpenDocument tangled in MA political showdown

A story in InformationWeek is the first official news report offering some of the details behind a hearing that has been rushed onto Massachusetts' state Senate's docket regarding a recent decision by the Commonwealth's Information Technology Department (ITD) to standardize on the OpenDocument Format (ODF) for the creation, storage, editing, and retrieval of public documents.

October 26, 2005 by David Berlind

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A view into Google's inner workings

Douglas Merrill, senior director, information technology at Google, entertained a sleepy Vortex 2005 crowd, offering a view into his company’s inner workings.

October 25, 2005 by Dan Farber

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