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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Video goes Internet--the future of what you watch

On April 24, the Churchill Club held a panel discussion, "Video Goes Internet--The Future of What You Watch." The panelists included Rob Bennett, general manager, MSN Entertainment and Video Services at Microsoft; Jennifer Feikin, director of Google Video at Google; Blake Krikorian, founder & CEO of Sling Media; John Papanek, senior vice president and editorial director of ESPN New Media; and Ben White, vice president of Digital Media at MTV.

April 25, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Ward Cunningham on the origins of wiki

Worth watching: John Gage, chief researcher and vice president of the Science Office at Sun, interviews wiki inventor Ward Cunningham at the Computer History Museum last night. He explains the history and evolution of the wiki.

April 25, 2006 by Dan Farber


Will or could RSS get forked?

Last year, Microsoft came out with an extension to RSS called Simple Sharing Extensions  or SSE.  Microsoft wisely published the extension under the Attribution-Share Alike Creative Commons license -- the same license under which RSS is freely usable.

April 25, 2006 by David Berlind

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McNealy on Schwartz: I've been working pretty hard to get him into this role

During the conference call with the media, former Sun CEO and now Chairman Scott McNealy praised his replacement Jonathan Schwartz, saying that he had worked "pretty hard to get him into this role," spotting his talent and watching him through seven jobs at Sun in the last 10 years. "He and I can finish each others' sentences...

April 24, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Anne, Carly and Hillary: Separated at birth?

After ZDNet senior editor David Grober updated today's blog about Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy with her photo, I wondered if perhaps these could all be the same woman? From left to right, Xerox turnaround artist Anne Mulcahy, HP turnaround wannabe Carly Fiorina, and the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee (according to Joe Trippi by way of Robert Scoble) Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

April 24, 2006 by David Berlind


Corporate PCs: Underpowered for Vista. Overpowered for Writely?

I'm not singling out Google's Writely because I think it has a better shot against Microsoft's Office than any other Web-based contender.  I just needed to pick one (of the many Web-based offerings) to make a point that Microsoft could be seriously shooting itself in the foot if what Gartner says is true.

April 24, 2006 by David Berlind


McNealy yields CEO role to Schwartz at Sun

Scott McNealy stepped Sun CEO after 22 years at the helm, replaced by President and COO Jonathan Schwartz today, after the company announced its quarterly results. McNealy will remain as chairman.

April 24, 2006 by Dan Farber

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DRM to join death and taxes. Will Sun's DReaM spare us the nightmare?

While I was on vacation last week, I noticed that Cory Doctorow issued a scathing review of Sun's Project DReaM in response to my podcast interview of Sun Labs director of engineering Tom Jacobs who heads up development of DReaM.  Under the auspices of an organization called the Open Media Commons, Sun is pitching DReaM as an open standards and open source DRM (digital rights management) technology (I prefer the acronym C.

April 24, 2006 by David Berlind


Segway: The new polo mount

Silicon Valley polo players are replacing horses with Segways. At the Maker Faire, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak discussed [video] how you can turn the $4,000 (or rent for $35 per hour) human transport machine in an agile, lightweight polo mount.

April 24, 2006 by Dan Farber