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

The amorphous attention economy

The theme of this week’s ETech conference is the “attention economy,” which can be an immediate turnoff. I am tired of everything on the Web linked to economies and ecologies, as if it lends some academic, multidisciplinary legitimacy to discussions about how money is made on the Web.

March 8, 2006 by Dan Farber


Off-topic: Inject, drip, convalesce, and thank you.

This is completely off-topic, but tomorrow morning, I'm heading to a neurologist's office to have a pain killing formula epidurally injected and dripped onto the root of the sciatic nerve that sits between vertebrae L5 and S1 in my lower back.   For close to three months now, I've been in a battle with three herniated discs in the lumbar region of my spine.

March 8, 2006 by David Berlind


Beta of Microsoft's antispyware tech falls short in tests

As Microsoft continues its own foray in to the security software business, critics (mainly supporters of the existing cottage industries) have argued that Microsoft will never to be able to build antivirus, antispyware, and personal firewall tools that are as good as those that come from the third party providers that are far more focused (as a percentage of the companies' overall efforts) on malware -- companies like Symantec, McAfee, and Zone Labs (a subsidiary of Checkpoint).

March 7, 2006 by David Berlind


IBM's Sutor responds to ODF SDK analysis

In a blog post entitled Regarding an [OpenDocument Format] SDK, IBM's director of standards and open source Bob Sutor responded to the questions I raised yesterday:David Berlind asks over in his ZDNet blog where the SDK (Software Development Kit) is for OpenDocument.

March 7, 2006 by David Berlind


HP investors sue over Fiorina payout's Dawn Kawamoto writes: Two large institutional investors have filed suit against Hewlett-Packard, alleging that the computer maker violated its own severance cap when it doled out a multimillion-dollar payment to ousted CEO Carly Fiorina.

March 7, 2006 by David Berlind

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Microsoft cryptographer: There are no back doors into Vista

By way of ZDNet reader Derek Flickinger comes VNUNet's Iain Thompson's report: A senior cryptographer working for Microsoft has vehemently denied that the firm is planning to compromise the encryption functionality incorporated in its forthcoming Vista operating system by adding a backdoor.

March 7, 2006 by David Berlind


Intel's DRM by any other name is still DRM

In calling a spade a spade, Cory Doctorow refers to Intel's DTCP-IP technology for what it really is: Digital Rights Management Technology.  Only I wish he'd start using my acronym for DRM: CRAP (see the video for why I call it that).

March 7, 2006 by David Berlind