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 October 2009
Users of Google's search engine can now find out more detailed information about real estate.
Having looked over Google's explanation of its Google Voice call blocking practices to the Federal Communications Commission, it's clear to me that U.S. telecommunications regulations need to be thrown out and re-written from the ground up.
TechWeb's Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Nov. 2 through 5 in San Francisco, aims to connect companies with better business technology.
Online merchants can use Amazon's passphrase payment scheme to ease the friction of online commerce.
Look out iTunes and Amazon, Google has integrated songs into its search results.
The City of Los Angeles plans to replace its Novell GroupWise e-mail system with Google Apps, partly using anti-trust settlement money paid by Microsoft.
Turn-by-turn directions will soon be available to users of Android 2.0 devices, like Verizon's Droid, courtesy of Google.
The future, as Eric Schmidt describes it, belongs to smart phones and data centers.
With Google Social Search enabled, searchers are more likely to find what friends and associates have to say about things.
The market for tech companies is heating up again, as Cisco strengthens its position in Web and mobile security.
The pilots of Northwest Airlines Flight 188, which overflew the runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport last week, told investigators from the National Transportation Safey Board that they used their laptop computers -- a violation of company policy -- while discussing airline crew scheduling procedures.
Users of Google Voice can now choose Google as a voicemail provider for existing mobile numbers, displacing mobile carrier voicemail systems in the process.
Web site owners can now take advantage of custom themes and improved metadata support for their Google Custom Search Engines.
E-mail used to be the Internet's killer app. Mozilla's forthcoming Raindrop software anticipates a world where e-mail has been reduced to one channel among many.
Sporting unusual footwear, Google's co-founder stopped by to chat about his company.
Like most CEOs of public companies, Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe, isn't the most compelling interview subject because he's too guarded about what he says.
Google's Sundar Pichai provides some hints about his company's upcoming browser-based Chrome operating system.
Paul Otellini sees businesses moving to replace their aging hardware and promise in moving to a more distributed approach to healthcare.
Users of Google's search engine will soon have the option to include content created by friends in search results lists.
The informational Web is being eclipsed by the social Web, according to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
In a blow to Google, Microsoft has secured search deals with Facebook and Twitter.
CEO Jeff Immelt showed off a forthcoming medical device called Vscan that promises to shake up the world of medical imaging.
Morgan Stanley's Mary Meeker lays out the evidence for an economic recovery and for the market might of all things mobile.
With talk of the death of cash, PayPal president Scott Thompson painted a rosy future for payments delivered through mobile devices.
CEO Brian Roberts sees a bright future for Comcast as a provider of on-demand content.
Despite ongoing economic uncertainty, companies still see the Web as the platform of the future.
Corporate searchers can now look forward to more relevant search results, thanks to improvements in the Google Search Appliance.
For two months this holiday season, air travelers on Virgin America flights will be able to access the Internet free of charge, courtesy of Google.
New rules governing online communication are expected later this week and Internet companies are making sure their concerns are heard.
Executives from IBM, Intel, and McKinsey are among those charged.
Stepping up its efforts to woo business users, Google will begin marketing Google Apps in five international cities.
To manage your search engine reputation, Google suggests saying less is more, except when saying more is more.
Developers can now implement In App Purchasing in free iPhone apps.
Apple's rumored tablet computer, widely believed to be coming next year, deserves the hype it has received and will usher in a golden age of journalism, argues Newsweek's Daniel Lyons.
Convinced that the worst of the recession has passed, Google plans new hires and new acquisitions in the months to come.
Initial reports that the data of T-Mobile Sidekick users had been lost turn out to have been overly pessimistic.
Browser security suffers when plugins aren't up-to-date. So Mozilla has developed a Web-based plugin update checker.
Those testing Google Voice will be allowed to invite friends to use the service.
Thinking inside the box, Openmoko has put Wikipedia into its very own reading hardware.
Google on Tuesday introduced a new online graphics tool called Building Maker that allows users to create 3D buildings and place them in Google Earth.
But most customers will see their data restored, the two companies hope.
Foreign companies will no longer be allowed to invest in or control gaming companies in China, according to regulations issued over the weekend.
Sidekick users who lost their data won't be getting it back. T-Mobile and Microsoft say the data is gone.
Responding to complaints from AT&T and members of Congress, the FCC on Friday asked Google to explain how it operates its Google Voice service.
A free file downloading site wants to stop Mozilla from distributing a Firefox plug-in that lets users bypass its ads.
Virtual worlds are here to stay and enterprises need to have policies that govern how employees behave when representing companies with avatars, Gartner says.
Several members of Congress have taken AT&T's side and asked the FCC to look into Google's refusal to connect certain calls through Google Voice.
A botnet designed to facilitate click fraud is defrauding advertisers and denying potential revenue to Google and other search engines.
In Europe, where worries about Google's Street View imagery at one point led villagers in England to set up a roadblock and have generally enraged bureaucrats who believe that only the state should take pictures of people, Google has struggled to present the snapshots it takes on public roadways without being criticized for invading someone's privacy.
The world changes and Google Maps is changing with it by adding new data about the US.
Google's plan for world domination via its Chrome browser slammed headlong into reality when the company's technical elite realized that the average Joe doesn't know what a Web browser is.
With the support of Integrated Medical Professionals, a large medical group, Glide Health aims to make medical records accessible from any mobile phone.
Online Flash content remains inaccessible to iPhone users, due to Apple's restrictions. But Flash developers will soon be able to port their apps to the iPhone.
Bloggers who accept payment for posts must now disclose their relationship with sponsors.
A student who sued Amazon in June for deleting a copy of the book 1984 from his Kindle e-book reader has won limited deletion protection for other Kindle users.
Workers at companies that implement enterprise search effectively spend less time looking for the information they need to do their work.
Searchers used Bing less in September than in previous months, ending three consecutive months of growth.
The oversight of the Internet's infrastructure will become more international under a new government agreement with ICANN. But many concerns remain unresolved.