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.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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We are the Web

Worth reading: When I got home I cracked open my new issue (yes, I still enjoy a good dose of printed pages) of Wired (August 2005) and came upon Kevin Kelly's article "We are the Web." He gives his view of where the digital world came from and where it's heading.

July 28, 2005 by Dan Farber

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What's AttentionTrust.org all about?

The commodities in short supply for anyone who has moved fully into the digital world are time and attention. So much data, interaction and transaction, so little time and filtering.

July 28, 2005 by Dan Farber

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When society makes technical decisions

Britain's plans for a universal ID card  have suffered at the hands of of a London School of Economics report (PDF) that called into question the scheme's implementation.  Now, an organization called the Pledge Bank has started a campaign to build a legal defense fund for people who publicly declare that they'll refuse to register for the new ID card.

July 28, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Shining example of why patents and standards don't mix

I've routinely used ZDNet as a bully pulpit directed at both the sellers and buyers of technologies who look to establish or adopt certain standards that have patents connected to them.   When a proprietary (often patented) technology earns the status of de facto standard (aka: practically unchallenged market dominance), the licensor of that technology (usually the patent holder) is basically afforded a legal monopoly and an unprecedented amount of market control.

July 27, 2005 by David Berlind

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Views into Vista Beta 1

According to Windows head Jim Allchin, the first beta of Vista is not suitable for mere mortals. "Beta 1 is not what I would call deeply interesting, unless you are a real bithead.

July 27, 2005 by Dan Farber

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On being bugged

Gilles Caprari of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed a matchbook-size robot named Insbot. Insbot can secrete reassuring chemicals and has successfully insinuated itself into colonies of cockroaches.

July 27, 2005 by Ed Gottsman

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10 petaflops at your service

Next year, Japan plans to begin development of what it hopes will be the fastest of all supercomputers--73 times faster (10 petaflops: 1 petaflop is one thousand trillion floating point operations per second)  than IBM's top-ranked Blue Gene, according to an Japan Times story.  It may take up to $1 billion and five years to get there.

July 26, 2005 by Dan Farber

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