Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CNET News.com. Larry has covered the technology and financial services industry since 1995, publishing articles in WallStreetWeek.com, Inter@ctive Week, The New York Times, and Financial Planning magazine. He's a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and the University of Delaware.

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Stephanie Condon

Stephanie Condon is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Portland, Oregon, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously covered politics for CBSNews.com, as well as the intersection of technology and politics for CNET. Stephanie graduated with a B.A. in communication from Stanford University.

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OS X users celebrate first wild worm

OS X users celebrate first wild worm

If you use OS X (I do), you should greet with glee and joy this week's announcement that security experts have identified the first example of an OS X worm in the wild.  After all, this shows that OS X is finally getting enough mind share that malware writers are taking note.

February 17, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

FBI's Mueller plays broken record at RSA

FBI's Mueller plays broken record at RSA

FBI Director Robert Mueller gave a speech at the RSA Conference this week, and asked for help from the private sector to stay ahead of the curve in combatting cybercrime.  "It is not easy for law enforcement and private industry alike to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to these ever-evolving threats," Mueller said.

February 16, 2006 by in Security

Utility computing and private IT generators

Utility computing and private IT generators

Deal Architect Vinnie Mirchandani notes that Nick Carr has posted the slides from his talk at the Open Source Business Conference about the coming age of utility computing. Like electricity, organizations will inevitably be powered by automated, centralized grids of metered computing power, Nick predicted.

February 16, 2006 by in CXO

Commercializing open source--make it transparent

Commercializing open source--make it transparent

Commercialization of open source--and Oracle's recent foray into acquiring open source components--was a major theme at the Open Source Business Conference. During a panel on the topic, Ken Jacobs, vice president of product strategy for servers, proclaimed that commercialization is not only beneficial but inevitable.

February 16, 2006 by in Open Source

SpikeSource and SugarCRM light the LAMP

SpikeSource and SugarCRM light the LAMP

During the Open Source Business Conference I sat down for a podcast interview with Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL; Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource; and John Roberts, CEO of SugarCRM. The three open source moguls are flush with recent VC cash infusions and have partnered on Spike Stack for Sugar Professional.

February 16, 2006 by in Open Source

Marten Mickos: MySQL's undaunted leader

Marten Mickos: MySQL's undaunted leader

Prior to Stephen Shankland's scoop about Oracle's attempt to add MySQL to its portfolio, I chatted with the open source database company's CEO Marten Mickos about Oracle's open source envy, his reaction to Oracle's purchase of InnoDB, and how he plans to keep MySQL ahead of the game. Mickos had tried to acquire InnoDB, which provides online backup for MySQL, but the pastures were apparently greener at the omnivorous Oracle for InnoDB creator Heikki Tuuri.

February 15, 2006 by in Open Source

Book excerpt: Naked Conversations

Book excerpt: Naked Conversations

In October I blogged my one (long) sentence review of "Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers" by PR pro, startup guru and author Shel Israel and Microsoft chief blogger Robert Scoble (Wiley, 2006).

February 15, 2006 by in Tech Industry

The wild world of open source

The wild world of open source

During a session at the Open Source Business Conference, called "CXO Crossfire," several a panelists debated a number of questions related to open source. Actually it was more of a discussion, with executives representing buyers and four the sellers.

February 15, 2006 by in Open Source

SAP: Less mature open source won't survive enterprise consolidation

SAP: Less mature open source won't survive enterprise consolidation

Peter Graf, SAP executive vice president of solution marketing, gave his company’s point of view on open source this morning at the Open Source Business Conference. He started out with a list of open source products that SAP uses, like every other enterprise software company, and how the total price-to-performance ratio of SAP on Linux was 50 times better on Linux than on Unix.

February 15, 2006 by in Open Source

Yes.  You should outsource your e-mail

Yes. You should outsource your e-mail

In response to yesterday's post about how Google may soon let you host your email systems (under your domain names) on its servers (powered by GMail), ZDNet reader JM James thinks I was off my rocker when I wrote:In fact, I'm willing to bet that better than 90 percent of the businesses currently in-sourcing their email can't legitimately justify the practice.Responded James via ZDNet's TalkBack:This is a joke, right?...

February 15, 2006 by in Collaboration

Mitch Kapor: Why Wikipedia is the next big thing

Mitch Kapor: Why Wikipedia is the next big thing

At the close of the first day of the Open Source Business Conference, Mitch Kapor explained why he thinks Wikipedia is the next big thing. He first deconstructed the online encyclopedia, which is one of the top 20 Web sites, and punctured holes in myths, such as “someone has to be in charge of things or they don’t work.

February 14, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

Google to provide email hosting?

Google to provide email hosting?

Back when the beta of HotMail first came out in 1995 (long before it was a part of Microsoft), I was working for PC Week (now eWeek) writing a column called Reality Check and I remember analyzing its revolutionary ad-based model as a potential new way for businesses to cover the cost of their email systems.

February 14, 2006 by in Collaboration

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