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.

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.

Natalie Gagliordi

Natalie Gagliordi is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Louisville, Kentucky, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously worked as the editor of Kiosk Marketplace, an online B2B trade publication that focused on interactive self-service technology, while also contributing to additional websites that covered retail technology, digital signage hardware and mobile payment trends. Natalie attended George Washington University, where she studied communication sciences, and also the University of South Florida, where she received a B.A. in News-Editorial Journalism.

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Web titans gear up to battle over milliseconds

Web titans gear up to battle over milliseconds

Worth reading: John Markoff and Saul Hansell of the New York Times published one of those big picture stories,  "Hiding in Plain Sight, Google Seeks More Power," about how the Internet's epicenter is shaping up. Most of us have been focusing on the software battles--portals, Web applications, instant messengers, social networks.

June 14, 2006 by in Google

Blockbuster, Netflix at patent loggerheads

Blockbuster, Netflix at patent loggerheads

In response to a patent infringement suit file against the video and game rental giant by snail-mail rental Cinderella Netflix, Blockbuster is now claiming that Netflix's patents are baseless.  According to Reuters: Blockbuster on Tuesday said the lawsuit is based on patents that Netflix obtained deceptively in a bid to monopolize online rentals.....

June 14, 2006 by in Legal

Mercury goes shopping--HP and EMC nowhere to be seen

Mercury goes shopping--HP and EMC nowhere to be seen

Rumors have been swirling the HP or EMC would acquire Mercury Interactive, but for now the company is continuing on its own buying binge. "It's further evidence that we want to be the acquiring company as opposed to the acquired company," Christopher Lochhead, Mercury chief marketing officer, told me today after the acquistions were announced.

June 13, 2006 by in CXO

If you could ask AMD anything, what would you ask?

If you could ask AMD anything, what would you ask?

Tomorrow, I'll be recording my interview (for podcast) of AMD's director of commercial software marketing Margaret Lewis.  Lewis is AMD's chief strategist on the software side but probably has enough awareness of what's going on elswhere in the company that just about anything can be asked of her.

June 13, 2006 by in Processors

Could Web-based PowerPoint-killers be the last straw for MS-Office?

Could Web-based PowerPoint-killers be the last straw for MS-Office?

By way of an entry on Bob Sutor's blog, I found CNET editor Rafe Needleman talking about the various entries in the marketplace that could eventually serve as Web-based replacements for PowerPoint.  Microsoft is already getting some pressure on the word processing and spreadsheet fronts (particularly now that Socialtext has taken on Dan Bricklin and his WikiCalc innovation under its open source wing).

June 13, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

Interoperability is key to disaster preparedness

Interoperability is key to disaster preparedness

An unofficial poll of state CIOs conducted at this month's NASCIO showed that 69% either disagreed or strongly disagreed that states are better prepared to face a disaster than they were before Katrina. 79% disagree or strongly disagree with the same question about the Federal government.

June 13, 2006 by in Telcos

Baynote applies wisdom of communities to search

Baynote applies wisdom of communities to search

Most search engines apply behavioral intelligence--applying clickstream data, such as link structure, to improve search--but Baynote is taking it a step further. The company, founded in November 2004 and employing about 20 people, is mining user behavior on Web pages--what CEO Jack Jia calls the "wisdom of the community"--for improving enterprise search results.

June 12, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

Social media--the new growth hormone

Social media--the new growth hormone

It seems that every new Web site now has a social media angle, whether it needs it or not. Nearly every startup now wants to pump itself up with the new form of digital human growth hormone, trying to take a page from MySpace, Facebook, Xanga, Flickr, TagWorld even the aged Classmates.

June 12, 2006 by in Social Enterprise

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