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.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

Latest Posts

On "PattyMail" disclosure, ZDNet to lead by example

As cliche as it sounds, my father always impressed upon me that actions speak louder than words. So, this is a blog post about the transparent action that ZDNet is willing to take in the name of both Internet and privacy advancement.

October 2, 2006 by David Berlind


TRUSTe: Intent qualifies HP's "bugged" PattyMail as spyware

Going back to the debate of whether HTML-enabled e-mails with traceable graphics in them should qualify as spyware, as an observer of how HP used HTML-email to trick CNET reporter Dawn Kawamoto into opening and then forwarding a traceable e-mail (what I've been calling PattyMail these days), that's a tough question that I could argue both ways.

September 29, 2006 by David Berlind


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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