Larry Dignan

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Latest Posts

Yahoo tying RSS into its social media services

Last week at the Syndicate conference I interviewed Scott Gatz, Yahoo senior director of personalization products, which includes the RSS everywhere that makes sense across Yahoo properties strategy. In the video interview, Gatz discussed the history of Yahoo's RSS integration, the lack of awareness about RSS and monetizing RSS feeds via Yahoo's publisher network.

December 18, 2005 by Dan Farber


What went wrong with TypePad

Worth reading: Niall Kennedy camped out by Six Apart's headquarters to get the scoop on the TypePad outage. He chatted with Anil Dash, Six Apart's vice president of professional products, about the ongoing reliability issues.

December 16, 2005 by Dan Farber


Looks like Google checkmates Microsoft's AdCenter?

According to the various, widely covered press reports, Google is close to a deal that locks rival Microsoft out of AOL's storehouse of ads. This is unwelcome news for Microsoft, which badly needs the AOL traffic to kickstart its AdCenter service, which is set to debut in the U.

December 16, 2005 by Dan Farber


When two standards are better than one

This week, while I was in San Francisco, Sun held a round-table meeting to discuss its postion on open file formats.  The meeting was held only a few hours after a hearing on the hotly contested matter was held in Massachusetts as that state looks to decide if it is going to move forward in support of just the OpenDocument Format, or if Microsoft's Open XML will be added to its list of approved file formats.

December 16, 2005 by David Berlind


Structured blogging--what's in it for users?

Paul Kedrosky's blog has a provacative post on structured blogging and a number of comments have been posted. He doesn't think that users get enough value to invest the time to mess with adding structure to blogs:There is simply not enough benefit to the average blogger to compensate for the added irritation of having to pull up a separate form for each type of content you post.

December 16, 2005 by Dan Farber

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TypePad down: A reminder of why open standards matter

Right now, as I type this blog, TypePad is down and I'm rather certain of it; there are thousands of TypePad users every where that are steaming mad.  If you're one of the many TypePad users who has chosen to host their blog on the Web-based service from SixApart and you've been trying to login to your blog in order to update it, you'll see something like the partial screen shot I'm displaying to the left.

December 16, 2005 by David Berlind


Caterina Fake: Flickr and Web 2.0

I met with Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr, at the Syndicate conference, and we video taped a lengthy interview. We've cut the interview into bite-sized clips, and I'll post the entire interview later.

December 15, 2005 by Dan Farber


A rootkit you can't uninstall

Last night I was reading an article about the birth of the DC-3, one of the world's classic airplanes. What caught my attention was the fact that the DC-3 was designed and built just 30 years after the Wright brothers made their first flight.

December 15, 2005 by Phil Windley


Top 10 hurdles for Microsoft in '06

Analysts at Directions on Microsoft list their top 10 challenges for Microsoft in 2006, leading with Windows Vista as the biggest hurdle it will encounter. Basically, Microsoft is fighting battles on many fronts, as I outlined in my whiteboard video.

December 15, 2005 by Dan Farber