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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The Vista virus that wasn't

After news reports surfaced last week that Vista's first vulnerabilities were beginning to surface and then ZDNet blogger George Ou pointed out that the culprits were not vulnerabilities but rather malicious code,  Paul Thurrott has thoroughly debunked the unfair malignment of the next version of Windows. According to Thurrott, Monad --  the Microsoft Scripting Host (MSH) that's needed to support the malicious code --  isn't in the beta version of Vista.

August 8, 2005 by David Berlind

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Cisco to consume Nokia?

Reuters reports (from a story in the "Business" newspaper in London) that Cisco might add to its massive networking equipment footprint with Nokia's handsets and wireless infrastructure.  Nokia is valued at around $71 billion.

August 7, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Treo surfaces with Windows Mobile: PalmOS R.I.P.

For a long time, because of its failure to hitch its wagon to one of the primary development wagons (Java or .NET), I've been predicting that the PalmOS from PalmSource (the Palm operating system company) is on its way to becoming totally irrelevant if not dead altogether.

August 5, 2005 by David Berlind

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Will Boston airport Wi-Fi rift set an ugly precedent?

With both amusement and horror, I've been following a dispute that has erupted between Continental Airlines and MassPort -- the Massachusetts agency that runs Boston's Logan Airport -- over Continental's installation of a WiFi network that's freely available to some of its customers (for Internet access).  Not only has the story turned up all over the Web, but it's made the local papers and television stations here in Massachusetts where I live.

August 5, 2005 by David Berlind

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Department of Defense funding decoder rings

Red Herring has a story about the Department of Defense funding three teams to create the mother of all decoders to monitor and recognize data sources of all kinds (text, audio, video) in multiple languages and translate the relevant info (with 95-percent accuracy) into a language the U.S.

August 5, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Ground zero for credibility in blogging and journalism

This blog entry originally started as an e-mail to media academicians (ie: John Palfrey, Jay Rosen, and David Weinberger), media revolutionaries (ie: Dave Winer, Jason Calacanis, and Dan Gillmor), public relations/marketing mavens (ie: Andy Lark and Steve Rubel), and media researchers such as Forrester's Charline Li.  Then I realized, why not share it with everyone.

August 5, 2005 by David Berlind

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Malicious code, not a vulnerability

George Ou explains to me that the security issue associated with the Monad command shell that is part of the Windows Vista rollout for next year is not a vulnerability, but an example of malicious code.These are not remote exploits or buffer overflows.

August 4, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Deconstructing the enterprise service bus

Enterprise service bus (ESB) is one of those hot industry trends that is promoted as a cure all for integration ills. Brenda Michelson, of the Patricia Seybold Group, just published a free article, "Enterprise Service Bus Evaluation Framework: Criteria for Selecting an Enterprise Service Bus as an Integration Backbone,"  that sheds ample light on the topic.

August 4, 2005 by Dan Farber

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