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

The customer is in charge: T-Mobile issues an apology (and my money back)

On Wednesday, in response to my publication of a recording of a call that took place between me and a customer service rep named Rudy at T-Mobile, Cornell Cunningham, senior manger of customer care at T-Mobile, phoned me to say he was appalled at Rudy's aggressiveness and the tone and that T-Mobile would be issuing me a refund for failed hot spot service (what I wanted in the first place).

July 21, 2006 by David Berlind


Google and the drag effect

The recent Hitwise numbers on Google show the same trend as in past months--search rules and the rest of the properties come along for the ride in the back seat. You would think that search, as well as an increasingly integrated set of communications services, would create more of a drag effect, upping the usage of other Google properties and drawing users away from competitors sites, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

July 21, 2006 by Dan Farber


A kinder, gentler but not humbled Microsoft emerges

As Bill Gates fades into the boardroom and focuses on his foundation, Microsoft is transitioning from its tendencies to strike preemptively at any moving target in its sights to a kindler, gentler corporate giant serving the global information industry, keeping regulators off its back and avoiding costly fines that drain the coffers.  Yesterday, the company announced a set of "voluntary"principles as guidelines for future Windows desktop development.

July 20, 2006 by Dan Farber


Seltzer blows whistle on 'domain tasting' rat but serious questions remain

Larry Seltzer who I used to work with at PC Week (before it changed its name to eWeek) has exposed Chesterton Holdings as a rat that either ICANN or Verisign must deal with immediately.  The outfit for which very little information is available (it didn't respond to Larry's inquiries) is somehow spying on people as they research domain names they're considering for registration and then beating those people to the punch by registering those domain names first.

July 19, 2006 by David Berlind


OpenDocument camp in full-court press with '100 or so' countries?

Late yesterday, IBM's vice president of standards and open source Bob Sutor published a blog that points to Malaysia's potential adoption of the OpenDocument (ODF) file format.  According to OpenMalaysia blogger Hasan Saidin, ODF is now officially on whatever track it needs to be on to be approved as an official Malaysian standard.

July 19, 2006 by David Berlind