Larry Dignan

Editor-in-Chief, ZDNet

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet. 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.

Larry Dignan has nothing to disclose. He does not hold investments in the technology companies he covers.

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Five reasons why Jobs went anti-DRM now

Five reasons why Jobs went anti-DRM now

As any witness of a Macworld keynote knows Apple CEO Steve Jobs doesn't do much of anything that isn't well scripted and thought out. That strategy and advance preparation is what makes his open letter to the music industry about digital rights management so interesting.

February 6, 2007 by in Apple

When DRM dies what happens to my restricted songs?

When DRM dies what happens to my restricted songs?

As the music industry transforms and ultimately ditches DRM--and it will happen probably sooner than we think--one question is left hanging: What happens to the tunes you bought already with DRM restrictions? On a feature at RealMoney (subscription required) called Columnist Conversation Michael Comeau asks an interesting question: "If DRM gets abolished, I wonder if Apple (AAPL) will allow people to download songs they've already purchased in the unrestricted mp3 format.

February 16, 2007 by in Apple

The iPhone fallout: Winners and Losers

The iPhone fallout: Winners and Losers

The impact of Apple's iPhone, rolled out at Macworld by Steve Jobs, is going to have a lasting impact on the tech industry beyond today's big splash. Here's a look at the winners and losers: Winners: Cingular: By becoming the exclusive carrier for the iPhone, AT&T's wireless unit is going to hit rivals such as Verizon Wireless and Sprint hard.

January 9, 2007 by in Apple