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.

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Coursey: PDF/military fiasco was 'avoidable'

Indeed it was.  Earlier this week, the misuse of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) to publish the Pentagon's findings in the death of an Italian intelligence agent resulted in the inadvertent release of classified military information.

May 6, 2005 by David Berlind

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Microsoft's Portable Media Centers: a strong monoculture headstart

Earlier this year, I wrote a column that asked whether Microsoft's monoculture might take the 'pod' out of podcasting?   In an online whiteboard session (see the video) I explain the phenomenon in more detail and talk about how a monoculture in media player technologies could also lead to a monoculuture in digital rights management (DRM) since the two, at least for now, are inextricably linked.

May 6, 2005 by David Berlind

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Remixing Google Maps

The other day, someone asked me: "do you know of a mapping service on the Internet that shows you drive times as a set of contour lines from a particular location?" I said I didn't, but someone could probably code it up in an hour or two on top of Google Maps.

May 5, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Microsoft plays Johnny Appleseed

Microsoft invests billions in R&D and now wants to seed the market of startups and small businesses by licensing its intellectual property. Microsoft has been licensing IP to larger firms, but the new Johnny Appleseed (no reference to Apple intended other than this is a good idea for Apple R&D as well) brings the company benefits in several dimensions.

May 5, 2005 by Dan Farber

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The remedy for spyware--not anytime soon, part II

Updated 5/16: Yesterday I blogged the early morning session of the CNET Download.com-hosted spyware event (MP3 files of all the panel discussions are here--registration required), concluding that the two sides--adware/spyware purveyors and their antitheses--are not far along in formulating a truce that would reduce at least the non-rogue/organized crime induced failures to disclosure and other abuses that result in minor irritants to material harm.

May 4, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Juniper's Kriens: 'Don't sell your soul to Cisco'

Although he didn't say it in those words, Juniper chairman and CEO Scott Kriens made it clear that when enterprises take a drink of the one-stop shop Kool-Aid that Cisco CEO John Chambers tried to sell Interop attendees yesterday, they could be selling themselves short of the best of breed solutions that he claimed may deliver more business value, ones from more focused solution providers like Juniper.

May 4, 2005 by David Berlind

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Behind the scenes of Intel's Vegas-wide WiMax network

In what Intel and Interop officials are calling the first live demonstration of a metro-wide WiMax wireless network, Intel Mobility Group executive vice president and general manager Sean Maloney (see photo, left)  took to the stage for an early evening keynote here in Las Vegas to prove that WiMax is for real.   Intel has been one of the biggest proponents of WiMax (officially known as 802.

May 4, 2005 by David Berlind

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BorderWare to move point solutions to common architecture

Like many companies in the digital networking or security business here at Interop in Las Vegas, Borderware is one of those vendors that started off with one carrier-class solution (a straight firewall appliance that competed with outfits like Checkpoint) and then, as distinctly separate efforts that leveraged the in-house expertise that went into the first solution, built similar solutions but for other vertical categories.

May 3, 2005 by David Berlind

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