Profile of Thomas ClaburnEditor at Large, Enterprise Mobility
Member Since: 11/15/2013
News & Commentary Posts: 4491
Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.
Articles by Thomas Claburn
posted in January 2006
Google Toolbar 4 has features for customizing the toolbar, enhanced bookmarks hosted on Google's servers, enhanced search, and a new sharing capability called Send To.
With Disney set to buy Pixar for $7 billion in stock, there will be two main beneficiaries.
The first, of course, is Steve Jobs, who stands to double his $3 billion net worth.
The second is Apple Computer.
The DOJ is seeking the data to bolster its claims that the Child Online Protection Act, intended to protect children from online obscenity, does not violate the Constitution. Yahoo cooperated with a similar request.
Malicious hackers have been doing it a while. Now, Secure Elements is using Google search technology to help security managers spot vulnerabilities in their networks.
A divided U.S. court decided Yahoo is liable for a fine levied in France for Yahoo's failure to keep Nazi memorabilia off its Web pages. Despite the ruling against it, Yahoo hailed the decision as a victory for free speech.
Apple doesn't disclose that iTunes reports back to a third-party marketing agency with lists of what songs a user is listening to. That's led bloggers to start calling the software "SpyTunes."
A year after introducing its Mini Search Appliance for businesses, Google is releasing a more muscular version that can handle up to 300,000 documents.
Steve Jobs showed off a retooled iMac with the new Intel Core Duo processor, the MacBook Pro, and upgrades to Apple's consumer content creation suite, iLife '06, and its presentation and productivity package, iWork '06.
Information security pros with bachelor's degrees don't get any more money than high school grads, but a master's or doctorate is convertible to higher salaries, according to the study. Moreover, communications skills rate more important than technical skills for career advancement.
JotSpot takes wikis, or collaborative Web sites, a step further by offering menu-driven page editing as an alternative to markup languages. The result with its new software is surprisingly simple spreadsheet collaboration.
Apple's suit against Burst.com is a pre-emptive strike over a patent dispute between the two companies.
Jayson Harris, 23, duped MSN customers into providing credit card numbers, claiming they needed to update their accounts. He netted about $57,000 from the scheme.
It's not every day that an employee publicly condemns his company as a tool of state-sponsored thuggery and gets to remain employed.
On Tuesday morning, Robert Scoble, technical evangelist at Microsoft and the company's most noted blogger, weighed in about a report posted by blogger and former CNN reporter Rebecca MacKinnon that MSN Spaces on New Year's Eve shut down a blog written by Zhao Ji