Larry Dignan

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Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

Latest Posts

Reprogramming Microsoft and the GoogleNet PC

Steve Lohr's New York Times article "Can this man reprogram Microsoft" doesn't offer much that hasn't already been endlessly reported about Ray Ozzie's background and mission to bring the services economy to Microsoft.

December 10, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Active CD protection and spyware

By now, you've probably tired of hearing about Sony BMG's rootkit-based DRM and may have come to the conclusion that this was one bad actor in a sea of less intrusive and maybe even effective DRM strategies.  In his usually clear style, Ed Felton has explained why this isn't so.

December 9, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Want to buy a newfound Excel exploit?

The black market for malware visited eBay briefly this week. A seller who goes by the handle "fearwall" started auctioning a Microsoft Excel vulnerability on Wednesday, and it reached $56 before eBay shut it down.

December 9, 2005 by Dan Farber

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As legal woes loom, RIM co-CEO still talks up innovation

For a guy whose legendary mobile messenging network could be forced to shutdown due to a patent battle with NTP, Research in Motion (maker of the BlackBerry) president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis (pictured left) seemed incredibly undistracted in his discussion of the company's more recent innovations as I interviewed him by phone yesterday morning.  Sure, he's legally embargoed from discussing the case as long as it remains unresolved.

December 8, 2005 by David Berlind

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Should patents be device or task specific?

I was reading The Register's coverage of a talk given by Creative CEO Sim Wong Hoo who claims that implementations of side-scrolling hierarchical menus such as those found on Apple's iPods are infringing on his company's recently awarded patent (US patent 6,928,433).  Apparently, the first appearance of such a user interface showed up on one of Creative's early generation MP3 players in 2000.

December 8, 2005 by David Berlind

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Will a faster BEA JRockit expand J2EE's realtime appeal?

For the record J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) is no longer the acronym that Sun and Java licensees are using to describe the server-side implementation of Java -- otherwise known as a Java-based application server (Java isn't your only choice for an app server; there's .NET too).

December 8, 2005 by David Berlind

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