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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Apple: Just  one straw remains on the camel's back

Apple: Just one straw remains on the camel's back

Steve Jobs' reputation as an idealist and a control freak precedes him everywhere he goes.   Before yesterday, if you asked the age-old question of why other companies like Dell (ones that are better at minimizing hardware manufacturing costs) don't make computers that run Apple's operating systems, they  would have no choice but to make a pit stop at the PowerPC question.

June 7, 2005 by in Apple

On smart washing machines and 'cricketware'

On smart washing machines and 'cricketware'

A Spanish designer has created a smart washing machine that uses a fingerprint sensor to identify its users and ensure that the same person doesn't do laundry twice in a row. The apparent intent is to enforce a fix for a long-standing perceived gender imbalance, to wit: Women always do the laundry while men, for their part, tend to contribute by watching football.

June 7, 2005 by in Tech Industry

Apple/Intel: The morning after

Apple/Intel: The morning after

The morning after of the Apple/IBM tryst is full of pundits explaining why they got it wrong when they dismissed the notion of such a union. Michael Kanellos offers his entertaining mea culpa ("They say animals can sense things early, but I completely ignored the fact that two weeks ago my cat started drinking coffee and fiddling with the band saw.

June 7, 2005 by in Apple

Where 2.0 preview

Where 2.0 preview

Tim O'Reilly and Where 2.0 conference co-chair Nat Torkington held a conference call last week for journalists looking to get a leg up on what to expect from the new event when it opens in San Francisco on June 29.

June 6, 2005 by in Google

InfoCard and Web Services

InfoCard and Web Services

Over at the IT Garage, Doc Searls goes through some history of Microsoft's InfoCard initiative and asks some good questions.  InfoCard is an identity metasystem that Doc correctly describes as a "barn raising project" led by Microsoft.

June 6, 2005 by in Microsoft

Apple dumps IBM for Intel.  Why and what's next?

Apple dumps IBM for Intel. Why and what's next?

While Apple and Intel CEOs Steve Jobs and Paul Otellini took the stage at Apple's WorldWide Developer Conference to make their partnership official and to discuss just exactly what the future holds, the blogosphere and the analysts are all abuzz with the analyses of what went wrong between Apple and IBM and what, if anything, will change significantly for current and future Apple customers.

June 6, 2005 by in Apple

It's official: Mac moving to x86

It's official: Mac moving to x86

In somewhat of an anticlimax, Steve Jobs announced the shift from Power PC to Intel x86 over the next few years. Based on the what Jobs said, IBM's delay in providing a processors for Power Mac and Intel's roadmap clinched the decision.

June 6, 2005 by in Apple

Schwartz: Tape isn't sexy but it's real money

Schwartz: Tape isn't sexy but it's real money

Continuing as one of the few executives making good use of blogs, Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz just posted a justification for the StorageTek acquistion and an invitation to Apple to adopt Solaris 10. Regarding StorageTek, Schwartz provides deeper logic for making the deal, which brings in money but primarily in a slow growth, non-sexy area--tape.

June 6, 2005 by in Storage

Sixty years later,  technology triumphs over evil

Sixty years later, technology triumphs over evil

I was reading Dan Farber's post this morning and was struck by the first line that juxtaposed the title of the Churchill Club panel session he attended -- "Masters of Cybercrime: The Ultimate Battle of Good and Evil" -- against the panelists' consensus on how good is actually faring against evil in that battle.  Apparently, it's losing.

June 5, 2005 by in Data Management

Predicting demand for killer products

Predicting demand for killer products

In his new book “Getting It Right the First Time: How Innovative Companies Anticipate Demand,” coauthored with John Katsaros, Peter Christy says it is possible to increase business success by predicting demand for products and services.  In a video interview, I asked Peter to explain his methodology for beating the odds.

June 5, 2005 by in Tech Industry

Apple and Intel tryst

Apple and Intel tryst

The speculation is running rampant in anticipation of an announcement  tomorrow of some kind about Apple using Intel chips and scrapping its long-time partnership with IBM. One thing for sure--Steve Jobs will be getting Intel chips at bargain basement prices.

June 5, 2005 by in Apple

Diving into BTO with Mercury's Lochhead

Diving into BTO with Mercury's Lochhead

With the priorities of CIOs now focused on methods for intimately linking business and IT, vendors sensing opportunity are gunning for the burgeoning market for next-generation management tools that do just that. One of the leading vendors is Mercury Interactive, also one of the fastest growing software companies today and a leader in the business technology optimization (BTO) space.

June 3, 2005 by in Developer

Microsoft to forge relationship with Open Source Initiative?

Microsoft to forge relationship with Open Source Initiative?

eWeek has a report  that quotes Open Source Initiative acting president Michael Tiemann as saying "Microsoft reached out to me as president of the OSI and they basically said they wanted to begin a productive conversation, and we agreed to take that at face value."  Later the report quotes Tiemann speculating on thepurpose of the invitation.

June 3, 2005 by in Open Source

All-in-one mobile devices give portable video its first traction

All-in-one mobile devices give portable video its first traction

According to a Reuters report published by ZDNet News, the market for mobile devices that are dedicated to the playback of video isn't getting much traction.  The story quotes one manufacturer (Kinpo Electronics) from the Computex trade show in Taiwan as saying "Many people have come to ask about [our portable video player], but actual orders are very few....

June 3, 2005 by in Mobility

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