Karen Friar

Karen Friar is news editor for ZDNet in the UK, based in London. She started out in film journalism in San Francisco, before making the switch to tech coverage at ZDNet.com. Next came a move to CNET News.com, where she looked after west coast coverage of business technology, and finally a return to her homeland with ZDNet UK.

Latest Posts

Oracle sounds alarm over serious WebLogic flaw

Oracle has posted a security warning about a vulnerability in the Apache component of its WebLogic Server, even though it doesn't have a patch ready yet. It's taken the rare step of making an out-of-cycle security alert because information on the flaw and exploit code for it are already circulating online, it said in a statement on Monday.

July 29, 2008 by Karen Friar

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Ballmer memo on where Microsoft is headed

Full text of a memo Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent out this message to the rank and file yesterday, after the announcement that Windows and online chief Kevin Johnson was leaving. (First published by All Things D.

July 25, 2008 by Karen Friar

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ICANN sites hijacked?

Just a day after ICANN opened up domain rules, a Turkish group of hackers has messed with some of the Internet body's sites, according to a report on Zone-H.The report says that the NetDevilz group redirected visitors to "icann.

June 27, 2008 by Karen Friar

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Join the server discussion on Uptime

Today we're launching a new group blog dedicated to servers--those essential but maybe unglamourous workhorses of the enterprise. It's called Uptime and you can find it here.

June 2, 2008 by Karen Friar

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We return to our regular transmission

Did you see the traffic cones on the site last night? Apologies to anyone who tried to post a comment or find an article — ZDNet UK had some downtime so that the Ops team could move our co-location facility.

April 16, 2008 by Karen Friar

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SEO rapper drops it like a swot

Is this a genius way to get students to remember basic web design principles or a joke?The SEO Rapper, a Houston-based hip-hop music maker who also goes by the Poetic Prophet or Chuck, is starring in a YouTube video on the principles of online marketing — done in rhyme.

March 28, 2008 by Karen Friar

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Who's your IT Community Hero?

Tis the season for us at ZDNet Towers to start thinking about planning the CNET Networks UK Business Technology Awards, which celebrate the past year's tech successes (and are an excuse for a great party). This year, we're adding a new category: the IT Community Hero, given to reward community efforts within the tech industry.

March 17, 2008 by Karen Friar

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Want to deliver your blog by RSS? Now you can

Good news--we've added RSS feeds for each ZDNet member's blog, which will make it easier for friends, fans and fellow workers to keep up with your posts. Anyone who wants to can subscribe to the feed and get links to your latest blog entries delivered to their desktop.

March 5, 2008 by Karen Friar

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Any answers?

It's frustrating to be stumped by a problem that you suspect has been solved already, but you can't find the answer. So if you've got a moment, and if you're feeling generous, take a look at these queries from ZDNet UK members and see whether you can help out.

February 26, 2008 by Karen Friar

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