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

YouTube to go down the tubes?

Last week, at MIT Emerging Technologies Conference, AOL Chairman and CEO John Miller predicted the YouTube would get acquired.  When asked by a Reuters reporter if that meant that AOL was considering an acquisition of video sharing site, he made it clear that he wasn't going to confirm or deny anything and simply asked the question "Does anybody believe YouTube will be independent in five years?

October 2, 2006 by David Berlind


October 3, 2006: DRM lovers' day of reckoning?

Through its domestic and international Web sites, the Free Software Foundation is calling those who oppose digital rights management (DRM) technologies (eg: technologies found in products that are put out by Apple, Microsoft, and others) to arms in hopes of making Oct 3rd a global Day Against DRM.

October 2, 2006 by David Berlind


Red Cross CIO Steve Cooper: Appropriate risk-taker

As part of our CIO Vision series, I interviewed American Red Cross CIO Steve Cooper, who explained how he fosters innovation and about lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, which occurred just after he joined the organization, fresh from a job as the CIO of the newly formed Department of Homeland Security. Cooper is creating a culture of "appropriate" risk-taking to foster innovation by creating “centers of excellence.

October 2, 2006 by Dan Farber


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