Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

Rachel King

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.

Latest Posts

EnterpriseTenFold: Too good to be true?

Jeffrey Walker makes some seemingly outrageous claims. The iconoclastic founder and CTO of TenFold asserts that business users can build high-end enterprise applications ten times faster with his application development platform than using other tools.

April 30, 2005 by Dan Farber


New vistas for consumer bootleggers

Japan continues to find innovative applications for consumer electronics with the increasingly common practice of "digital shoplifting"--using camera phones to take pictures of pages from magazines (notably recipes and other easily-imagined content). Separately, Samsung (ironically a manufacturer of camera phones) has banned them from its factories for fear they'll be used to steal trade secrets.

April 30, 2005 by Ed Gottsman

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TheFeature; a great model for IT vendor sponsorship

Readers typically balk at vendor-sponsored content thinking that it will be automatically partial to the company backing it or it'll have that play-it-safe sterile feel to it that takes away more than it gives.  Such is not the case with TheFeature, a site sponsored by Nokia making sense of the fast and complex world of mobile technologies and trends.

April 29, 2005 by Chris Jablonski


Apple's Tiger takes a big bite out of tech coverage

You must have noticed that in days building up to Apple's OS X Tiger update, news stories, commentaries, reviews, and blogger posts about the software have appeared at every corner of the Internet. Now, that the culmination of the media frenzy has finally arrived---and the countdown on Apple's home page has finally ended---here a few worthwhile takes on the client and concurrent server release of Apple's latest operating system: Ars Technica: Mac OS X 10.

April 29, 2005 by Chris Jablonski

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Oracle in talks to buy Siebel

Oracle is in talks to buy Siebel Systems for a price tag that could reach $5 Billion The Daily Deal reports. The high-level discussions between the two companies have been confirmed by insiders and industry analysts, but are preliminary and could still break down, according to the news organization.

April 29, 2005 by Chris Jablonski


IBM responds on OpenOffice contribution question

The last blog on cell phones and cancer swallowed my day and I didn't get to the interesting and intriguing write up of IBM's Lotus Workplace client technologies that I said yesterday's blog (see Clearing the air on the IBM connection) that I'd get to today.

April 28, 2005 by David Berlind


Getting practical about cell phones and cancer

When the occasional coverage regarding the potential connection between cell phones and cancer crosses my radar, one thing I have noticed that these stories are almost universally short on is actionable information. One says there is a connection.

April 28, 2005 by David Berlind


Jobs' book banning backfiring

Steve Jobs doesn't like what he read in the forthcoming biography entitled "iCon Steve Jobs: : The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business" (John Wiley & Sons, due out May 27) so he gave an order to rip out all of the publishers books (including popular titles like "Macs for Dummies") from Apple stores. It's currently #34 on the Amazon Top 100 list...

April 28, 2005 by Dan Farber


Why you'll join the Longhorn evolution

Molly Wood, senior editor of, recently asked why people would bother to upgrade to Longhorn when Avalon and Indigo will be available to WinXP/2003 users, and WinFS has been deferred entirely.

April 27, 2005 by John Carroll


Political Identity

On the heels of the 2004 election, one of the things that candidates want is email addresses. Not just any email addresses, but email addresses of likely voters with particular persuasions in their district.

April 27, 2005 by Phil Windley