Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

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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.

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Alexa turning its Internet index inside out

Via John Battelle's Searchblog, Amazon's Alexa Web search engine is offering its index and a set of Web services--such as search, category browsing and metadata crawling--for building custom search solutions. According to Alexa's site, the index has 4.

December 12, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Microsoft to outbid Google for AOL's affections?

Worth reading: Dana Gardner predicts in his recently launched ZDNet blog Briefings Direct that Microsoft will win the AOL sweepstakes, leaving Google to look elsewhere for a big chunk of ad revenue. The stakes if Microsoft wins — no doubt by mere show of loot — are extremely high.

December 12, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Why an open standard for DRM won't prevent the DRM trainwreck

If you've been following my various rantings on this blog, particularly the ones about file formats (OpenDocument Format vs. Microsoft's Office XML-based formats) or digital restrictions management (DRM) [sic], or a lot of what I've written over the last five years about open standards and intellectual property, then you'll know that for the benefit of technology buyers (ZDNet's audience), I'm a strong advocate of open standards.

December 12, 2005 by David Berlind

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Esther Dyson on the rise of the user class

As 2005 comes to a close, my colleague at CNET Esther Dyson is busy planning PC Forum, her annual March executive conference. The theme for PC Forum 2006 is "Erosion of Power: Users in charge.

December 12, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Bloated Patriot Act a political Christmas tree?

Worth reading: Declan McCullagh writes about the proposed renewal of the Patriot Act, describing the 219-page conference report as a political version of a Christmas tree, ornamented with dozens of senators' pet projects. Here's a sample of the ornaments tacked on to the Patriot Act: Reduces the amount of contraband cigarettes that qualifies as a federal crime.

December 12, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Parsing Sun's rhetoric

Nick Carr gives Sun one of his tongue lashings and a bit of advice in a recent blog post:Sun Microsystems is a funny company. It jumped directly from hyperactive adolescence to midlife crisis, complete with ponytail.

December 11, 2005 by Dan Farber

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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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