Profile of Thomas ClaburnEditor at Large, Enterprise Mobility
Member Since: 11/15/2013
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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 November 2005
For The Times and The Sunday Times, the partnership with Blinkx will strengthen the newspapers' online offerings through the added value of passive contextual searches.
BBN Technologies, a defense contractor responsible for some of the Internet's technical underpinnings, wants to bring keyword search to spoken content through Podzinger.com, the company's podcast search engine.
Unmasked E-mail addresses received over 6,400 spam messages, while only one spam message reached masked E-mail addresses. Masking is the practice of altering an E-mail address so that it's readable by people but not by machines.
Just when patching showed progress against the worst security threats, cybercriminals shift their focus.
I spoke with John Pescatore, VP and research fellow for information security at market research firm Gartner, Inc. for this story, posted earlier today, about the SANS Institute's report on the 20 most critical Internet security vulnerabilities for 2005.
Cybercriminals have shifted targets. Until recently, hackers went after operating systems and Internet services like Web servers and E-mail servers. In 2005, they took aim at software applications and set Internet security back six years.
Company halts sales of CDs with content-protection software after complaints
Sony made an unpopular product decision and got its reputation incinerated by waves of flaming bloggers. That's a lesson for other companies.
EBay is looking to attract new developers and reward third parties who built applications for its auction and E-commerce services.
TransMedia's planned release of Glide Effortless, a suite of 12 hosted media sharing applications has been delayed until November 30th.
According to CEO Donald Leka, stories about the company -- mainly one I wrote two weeks ago -- have spurred greater than expected interest in the company's online service. To accommodate an
Webmasters can get free, sophisticated tools to determine how many people are visiting their sites, and what they're clicking on, causing suffering among pricey competitors.
IBM software lets you monitor online chatter to protect your reputation
The problem with Sony is evident in its financial filings. No, it's not that the company expects to post a net loss of $90 million for its fiscal year ending March 2006. That's a symptom, not a cause.
The company has locked the PDF file that contains its Q2 financial results to prevent computer users fr
One possible use, for example: analyzing the success of a marketing campaign by tracking online conversations about relevant products.
Google hopes to use the $2,995 giveaway to capitalize on uncertainly in the enterprise search market created by Autonomy Corporation's recent acquisition of Verity.
In a wide-ranging interview, Jeff Bates discusses Slashdot.org's impact on online publishing, plans for the Web site, and the benefits of "slashdotting."
IPod momentum and PC software infections are driving Windows users to switch, says Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf in a report.
The Glide suite, due later this month, runs on the vendor's own servers and is accessed through a browser. It includes applications for creating, sharing, and selling photos, music, video, and documents, as well as doing content management, calendaring, E-mail, and conferencing. Can TransMedia beat Microsoft and Google?
But how many people use Google's answer to the desktop? The company won't say.
The U.S. government controls the Internet's root system. Some, like Google's Vinton Cerf, say don't mess with it. Others think there could be another way.