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Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
This morning's opening keynote presenter was Larry Lessig, a natural at a conference about remixing. Larry gives an amazing presentation--very entertaining and informative.
Increasingly, people are regarding legitimate transactional e-mails from companies as fraudulent, not just mistaking phishing e-mails as real, according to Jonathan Oliver from MailFrontier. He spoke at Etech this afternoon about phishing attacks and social engineering.
Last month I wrote about Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos' blog posting on utility computing and a new network service ecology.
Answers.com is one of the services that I rely on for quick access to reference information.
I recently spent some time talking shop with NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson and Salesforce.com's CEO Marc Benioff about their respective software-as-a-service, hosted application platforms.
Larry Lessig made a call for the reform of copyright law this morning at Etech. Remixing culture is nothing new.
Sun has once again -- this time with Java -- opened the kimono on some of its most coveted code (the last time was with OpenSolaris) but may be falling short of what open source advocates had been hoping for. "One of the new licenses," reports News.
This morning's events were geared more to the social side of emerging technology. Neil Gershenfeld, the Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT spoke about giving people in developing countries the means of fabricating things as a means of economic development (see Chris Jablonski's write-up as well).
Hakon Wium Lie, CTO at the Olso, Norway-based Web browser maker Opera, has contributed a stinging commentary to CNET Networks that calls Microsoft out for using Internet Explorer 6 to slow down the adoption of Web standards. Lie, known by many as the father of cascading style sheets (CSS), is hypersensitive about Microsoft's failure to fully embrace the most recent W3C CSS recommendations (in W3C-speak, a "recommendation" is the equivalent of a ratified standard).