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.

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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


Then and now: 5 years ago, Yahoo! was 'Web-office curious'

While using Google this morning to hunt down a story that I once wrote about mysterious cybersquatting practices, I came across a news item circa 2001 with the headline Yahoo hints at Web-based office tools.  In that story, Stefanie Olsen wrote:Yahoo is testing demand for a new paid service that would feature Web-based word processing and other office applications, a move that could boost much-needed subscription revenue in the face of an anemic online ad market....

July 18, 2006 by David Berlind


What's missing from AppExchange

Ismael Ghalimi has a good post on's AppExchange, following up on a discussion among the Enterprise Irregulars, a group of smart enterprise bloggers submitting stories to a site using CrispyNews, which provides a service for creating Digg-like community sites.

July 18, 2006 by Dan Farber

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T-Mobile: 'No hotspot? Sorry, no refund either'

Last Friday, the morning after Mashup Camp ended, I made it to my flight's gate at the San Francisco airport with about 30 minutes to spare.  Knowing that T-Mobile operates an airport-wide hotspot, I figured that 30 minutes was just enough time to log into the hotspot, do a couple critical emails, and post my podcast interview of Eventful.

July 18, 2006 by David Berlind


Dual-Core Itanium 2 lifts off

The San Francisco Four Seasons hotel was the scene for Intel's launch of  "Montecito," the first dual-core version of the Itanium processor. Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, backed on stage by eight tons of big Duo-Core Itanium 2 iron from OEM launch partners, touted the raw performance, software support, reliability, Hyperthreading, security and cost benefits of the new 9000 processor family.

July 18, 2006 by Dan Farber


Moto's HT820 Bluetooth headset is 'in the mail'

As I pointed out in one of yesterday's posts, I've been testing Motorola's new Q smartphone (it's provisioned by Verizon Wireless) and am fact checking my first round of commentary with whoever I have to fact check with -- Motorola for the hardware, Microsoft for the Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone OS, and Verizon Wireless as the network provider and handset seller.

July 18, 2006 by David Berlind