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

No surprise: DRM nightmare rears ugly head. Again.

If you've never heard of the Digital Living Network Alliance, now is a good time to get hip to it.  The DLNA is a multivendor alliance that's promoting the idea of standards-based wireless and wired interoperation of everything from computers to hifi gear to multimedia-enabled phones.

October 13, 2005 by David Berlind


Hold developers accountable, not liable, for flaws

A story on ZDNet on making code more secure quotes Howard Schmidt, former White House cybersecurity adviser as well as Microsoft and eBay security czar and now CEO of R&H Security Consulting, about holding developers accountable (not liable) for the code they write (the headline on the story, "Expert: Hold developers liable for flaw," is inaccurate and will be corrected).

October 12, 2005 by Dan Farber


Google and AOL hooking up?

The wires are hot with Google and Comcast in "serious discussions" to acquire a minority stake in AOL. This follows on the heels of AOL and Microsoft flirting with one another.

October 12, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Finding Waldo on a microchip

Stephen Shankland writes about Michael Davidson, who has cataloged more than 100 images of microscopic cartoon characters, cars, dinosaurs and other images etched on silicon.  Check out the images here.

October 12, 2005 by Dan Farber


Of Welsh swimmers and computer vision

The good news is that we're clearly much closer to systems that can scan a crowd and identify faces. The bad news is that...we're clearly much closer to systems that can scan a crowd and identify faces.

October 12, 2005 by Ed Gottsman

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iPod video lives

Apple continues to build on the iPod, trouncing competitors. The new model supports 150 hours of video on the 2.

October 12, 2005 by Dan Farber


Could ODF be the Net's new, frictionless document DNA?

Between the way the recently OASIS-ratified OpenDocument Format (ODF) was approved as the Massachusetts standard file format for productivity applications, and the way it was submitted for consideration as a global standard to the International Standards Organization (the ISO) and the way the thin-client discussion has suddenly moved front and center again, could we be on the verge of an ODF-inspired document revolution?

October 12, 2005 by David Berlind


One instant messaging wall tumbles down

By mid-2006 Yahoo and Microsoft will break down the Berlin Wall between their instant messagers. It's about time, but AOL is still trying to hold on to its exclusive territory.

October 12, 2005 by Dan Farber


Google Reader first look

Yesterday Last week, Google announced Google Reader, an online RSS reader.  As you'd expect from a Google product, the interface is clean and makes ample use of AJAX to get the clunk out.

October 12, 2005 by Phil Windley