Larry Dignan

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

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Latest Posts

The future of interfaces--Multi-touch

Jeffrey Han showed off a gestural user interface at ETech in which the user hands manipulate object on a desk. It's based on Han's multi-touch interaction research, which applys a form of biometric input.

March 7, 2006 by Dan Farber


Ray Ozzie proposes universal Web clipboard

At O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie demoed a way to bring the clipboard concept from the PC to the world of the Web. The Web clipboard is implemented as a clipboard on the clipboard, taking the text format of the clipboard and putting in more structured data, XML schemas.

March 7, 2006 by Dan Farber


Six Apart adds business class service

You can tell that blogging is becoming a real part of businesses when the blogging tool makers start getting seriously about enterprise requirements and service level agreements. Anil Dash gave me the details on Six Apart’s tweaks on new enterprise versions of TypePad (the company's hosted service) and Movable Type due in the next few weeks.

March 6, 2006 by Dan Farber


New APIs from Yahoo and browser-based authentication

Yahoo is turning up the heat up on its developer platform, which is turning out to be a key battle ground as all the major portals (AOL, Google, MSN, Yahoo, eBay, Amazon, etc.) try to open up their technology as a way to earn more time and attention (= revenue) from tens or hundreds of millions of users and developers.

March 6, 2006 by Dan Farber


ETech: Attenuation, Web 2.0 and spimes

Rael Dornfest and Tim O’Reilly opened their Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego tonight talking about what’s on their radar scope—looking at key tech trends that are shaping the future, “identifying small pieces yet to be loosely joined in the future,” Dornfest said. One problem today is there are too many loosely joined little pieces.

March 6, 2006 by Dan Farber


AJAX and Rails at ETech

I'm at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, called ETech, all this week.  I'll be posting updates on interesting happenings throughout the week.

March 6, 2006 by Phil Windley

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The crossroads of SaaS

Nick Carr takes up where I left off with's vision of moving beyond CRM and into the packages software territory dominated by Oracle, SAP, Microsoft and other packaged applications.

March 6, 2006 by Dan Farber