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.

Latest Posts

Looking back and peering into the future

I've been surfing around this morning, checking out various lists of top stories in technology for this year and predictions for next year.   Technology Review includes municipal Wi-Fi, silicon photonics, social machines (social media/Web 2.

December 30, 2005 by Dan Farber


Setting the record straight on the WMF vulnerability

It's seems normal that the year in technology ends with a critical Windows vulnerability. George Ou is setting the record straight on the critical WMF vulnerability, including the worthless fixes and the real fix, which results in Explorer being unable to display thumbnail images.

December 30, 2005 by Dan Farber


Why your music collections will bite the DRM dust

I was really glad to see Dave Winer say that, in his opinion, the problems that he and other people are having with their iPods and iTunes are DRM-related.  Dave: It is the real culprit and your issues are real evidence of why the "R" in DRM stands for "restrictions" and not "rights.

December 26, 2005 by David Berlind


A subtle big brother

While doing a little last minute Christmas shopping last week, I noticed a book called Spychips.  The subtitle of the book is "How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID.

December 26, 2005 by Phil Windley


Mashup Camp: the unconference about the uncomputer

Under the questionable rubric of "Web 2.0" (see my treatise on the uncomputer), there have been a lot of events that, if you ask me, run incredibly counter to this new culture of open API provision and mashup development.

December 22, 2005 by David Berlind


Web 2.0? It's more like Computer 2.0.

Or even better, the uncomputer. When I think about what today's operating systems are -- Windows, OS X, Linux, etc --  I mostly seem them as collections of application programming interfaces (APIs) that give developers easy access to resources (displays, networks, file systems, user interfaces, etc.

December 22, 2005 by David Berlind


Roland's Top 10 little-known science stories

Worth reading: Roland Piquepaille posted his year end summary with his top 10 little-known science stories of the year on his ZDNet blog.  Here's his list, but there are many more little-known or weird science posts on his blog, such as a scarf that changes color according to what you wear, biopaper for organ printing and nanoarmor of the future.

December 22, 2005 by Dan Farber