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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Geeks brave Boston's cold for Cambridge meet-n-greet

I dove down to the CambridgeSide Galleria last night to check out a eat-meet-geek-greet organized by Scripting News' publisher Dave Winer and got a chance to meet some new people like Philip Greenspun (pictured on the right in a discussion with Dave Winer while Dan Bricklin [center] records the discussion for his podcast of the event).  Greenspun who amongst other things is an amazing photographer, gave away copies of his book Travels with Samantha.

January 5, 2006 by David Berlind


DRM: Three dirty letters you won't hear in a CES keynote

Doc Searls pans Paul Otellini's CES presentation of Intel's ViiV for the media cartel it's bound to create: Some of us (myself included) have been concerned about the DRM capabilities reportedly built into ViiV, but in his presentation Otellini made clear that Viiv has been in development with Microsoft, as a new Wintel platform for home entertainment...It's being presented as the Complete Replacement for TV....

January 5, 2006 by David Berlind


Design guru distills iPod's 'X factor'

Patent wielding competitors lusting over the huge success of Apple's iPod digital music player should put down their litigation swords and figure out what gives the product its 'X factor' in the first place. Core77, a site for industrial design fanatics, has a great analysis of Apple's design strategy by James Conley, a Clinical Professor at both the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.

January 5, 2006 by Chris Jablonski


CNET interviews Gates/Ballmer

Ina Fried and Michael Kanellos got an audience with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer (no bombshells were unleashed) just before CES did Reuters, which I covered here.

January 5, 2006 by Dan Farber


Tom Hanks pitches for Sony at CES

Video: We have a seven-minute clip from Sony's CES keynote featuring CEO Howard Stringer, Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (The DaVinci Code team). Hanks keeps it highly entertaining and Howard and Grazer talk about the marriage of technology and value of the socialized cinema experience (the movie theatre).

January 5, 2006 by Dan Farber


Get ready for Google DRM. Or is that 'GRM?'

Om Malik:Ironically, WSJ flubs the biggest piece of news in the story, which is buried at the very end of the story...yet another DRM system, that will now duke it out with Microsoft’s DRM and Apple’s DRM, amongst scores of pretenders.

January 5, 2006 by David Berlind