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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On-line banking. It gets worse (and why SOX sux)

Inspired by a blog that was written fellow ZDNet blogger George Ou, last week, I talked about how Americans are technology, political, and educational laggards and how it will doom them.  Ou's blog talked about how technological laggardliness was causing banks to fail their report cards when it came to online banking.

May 5, 2006 by David Berlind


Finally, an application for Origami (and maybe dinner for Tim Bray)

Tim Bray, Sun's grand poo-bah of Web technologies says: It’s guys like [Pavel Buzek] who are going to cost Berlind the price of a nice dinner. At issue here (and the subject of a dinner bet, perhaps in a rail car) is whether or not '06 will be the year that NetBeans will score a come from-behind knockout of Eclipse.

May 4, 2006 by David Berlind

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Microsoft flexing its muscles

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today addresssed how his company plans to spend money to compete with Web giants Google, Yahoo and AOL in the coming fiscal year (starting July 1).  MSN: $1.

May 4, 2006 by Dan Farber


Rafe's OnHollywood product roundup

Prolific CNET blogger Rafe Needleman covers some of the products demoed at OnHollywood,  Three cellphone utilities Music and sharing startups Various content delivery platformsMozes About 50 companies presented at the event, ranging from content delivery platforms and consumer services to B2B services and infrastructure.

May 4, 2006 by Dan Farber


Developers reverse engineer MS-Office; add OpenDocument compatibility

Although the timing with a very recently issued Request for Information (RFI) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is apparently coincidental, the ODF Foundation is talking about how a plug-in for Microsoft Office that allows Office users to save their documents in the OpenDocument Format (ODF) has been finished.

May 4, 2006 by David Berlind


VC Tim Draper: SOX ruined our business

During an OnHollywood panel on exit strategies for private companies, mega-venture capitalist Tim Draper said that Sarbannes-Oxley is making it more difficult for startups to go public. "SOX has made it so a company can't go public with $20 million in revenue.

May 4, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Net neutrality about the future of TV?

According to Jonathan Taplin, Net neutrality is about the future of TV--who ends up controlling the pipes. " Today its a battle of the most interesting content wins, but if Comcast decides who gets in the fast lane to the TV, they will once again be in control," Taplin said.

May 3, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Notebooks and VPNs: The tools of successful business continuity during a flu pandemic?

This morning, WBUR (one of the Boston-based affiliates of National Public Radio) carried a story that probed into the state of readiness of American businesses should the US get hit with a flu pandemic.  According to NPR and other reports regarding a 227-page plan that was issued by the White House today, a flu pandemic could send the country into an 18-month crisis that would result in 1.

May 3, 2006 by David Berlind