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.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker was the security editor for ZDNet.

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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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

FSF's Stallman pitches new definition for C.R.A.P.

FSF's Stallman pitches new definition for C.R.A.P.

If you've been following any of the news regarding the now draft version 3 of the GNU General Public License, then you also know by now that the Free Software Foundation and its leader Richard Stallman are looking to prevent the mashing up of GPL'd software with digital rights management (DRM) technology (see TiVo in unenviable role as GPL3 vs. DRM guinea pig).

February 14, 2006 by in Legal

InfoCards on the Vista horizon

InfoCards on the Vista horizon

Speaking at the RSA conference in San Jose, Bill Gates said that he now has the right weapons to supplant the password for verifying identities over the next few years. Vista will include InfoCards, technology that gives users the capability to manage authentication and payment information.

February 14, 2006 by in Windows

Microsoft and speciation

Microsoft and speciation

Following Jonathan Schwartz's keynote at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco this morning, Bill Hilf, Microsoft director of platform technology strategy, gave a presentation about coopetition, or how to best to live in a Microsoft world. He offered kumbaya bullet points such as "patience is key," "learn what you can handle," and "invest in people smarter than you.

February 14, 2006 by in Open Source

Seeding  the planet with OpenSparc

Seeding the planet with OpenSparc

Speaking at the Open Source Business Conference, Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz reprised his FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) and ‘free leads to volume’ themes and announced that the Sparc processor will be open sourced under the GPL license. “The most popular products in world will be free—whether they are open source is more of sideshow,” Schwartz said.

February 14, 2006 by in Open Source

Will BofA's SiteKey thwart phishing attempts?

Will BofA's SiteKey thwart phishing attempts?

If they haven't noticed already, customers of Bank of America's online banking services will start getting prompted to enter what the financial institution is referring to as "sitekey" information.  The last time I wrote about BofA (see BofA TV ad explains why IT matters), it took over a week for me get answers from the company's PR department.

February 13, 2006 by in Collaboration

What's wrong with this cell phone picture?

What's wrong with this cell phone picture?

Although many will find Steven Zenith's writeup of his gadget-loving girlfiend's (over on Bayosphere) latest acquisition (a Sony-Ericsson smartphone) to be entertaining, I found it to be incredibly frustrating.  Wrote Zenith of his significant other's jubilant honeymoon with her new toy: ...

February 13, 2006 by in Mobility

Scalix scales up email

Scalix scales up email

Scalix is ratcheting up its quest to move deeper into Microsoft Exchange territory as well as into the growing market for super slick Web and wireless clients. I spoke with Scalix founder and chief strategy officer Julie Hanna Farris (at right, photo taken at Demo 2006) about the latest release of Scalix’s Linux-based email platform.

February 12, 2006 by in Collaboration

BEA's Breya down on JBoss

BEA's Breya down on JBoss

Marge Breya, BEA senior vice president and chief marketing officer, called me after reading my post about Oracle's reported acquisition hunger for open source companies, including JBoss. She's not a fan of JBoss, a BEA competitor, especially after doing due some due diligence on the open source company.

February 10, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

Demo 2006 security roundup, part 2

Demo 2006 security roundup, part 2

Demo 2006: Persystent Technology demoed the latest version of it enterprise software, which ensures PC availability by eliminating configuration problems. It maintains a hidden partition—a compressed bit image--with the clean OS, registry and application settings--and at boot time corrects any errors that have been introduced.

February 10, 2006 by in Security

Larry Ellison's open source Fusion

Larry Ellison's open source Fusion

BusinessWeek reported yesterday that three core open source companies--JBoss (middleware), Zend (PHP) and Sleepcat (database) --are in Oracle's crosshairs. The omnivorous Oracle recently made waves by acquiring InnoDB, an open source storage engine for database competitor MySQL.

February 10, 2006 by in Open Source

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