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

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


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


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


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


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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As legal woes loom, RIM co-CEO still talks up innovation

For a guy whose legendary mobile messenging network could be forced to shutdown due to a patent battle with NTP, Research in Motion (maker of the BlackBerry) president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis (pictured left) seemed incredibly undistracted in his discussion of the company's more recent innovations as I interviewed him by phone yesterday morning.  Sure, he's legally embargoed from discussing the case as long as it remains unresolved.

December 8, 2005 by David Berlind


Should patents be device or task specific?

I was reading The Register's coverage of a talk given by Creative CEO Sim Wong Hoo who claims that implementations of side-scrolling hierarchical menus such as those found on Apple's iPods are infringing on his company's recently awarded patent (US patent 6,928,433).  Apparently, the first appearance of such a user interface showed up on one of Creative's early generation MP3 players in 2000.

December 8, 2005 by David Berlind