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 November 2008
The authors of a new report argue that revisions to the White House Web site reflect a willingness by the Bush administration to whitewash history.
In response to reported security vulnerabilities in Gmail, Google puts the blame on some users who fell for a bogus e-mail scam.
Google's SearchWiki must die. It's a fine idea, allowing people to re-rank search results and comment on them. Viva democracy.
Certain administrative rights are required for the vulnerability to be exploited, making it a risk primarily for malicious insider scenarios.
A known cross-site scripting glitch could let an attacker hijack messages sent to the victim's Gmail account by redirecting specific messages, says a security researcher.
However, the potential value of the credit card information and bank account credentials being sold, if criminally exploited to its maximum potential, could reach $7 billion.
While Google users cannot alter the search results for others, their notes and votes are publicly viewable.
YouTube is looking for users willing to make a video to explain topics such as Editing my video, Customizing channels, and Transferring from camera to computer.
The 3-D interactive chat environment will join the list of Google misfires when it closes, less than six months after launch.
And now for something completely different...the comedy troupe makes it clear it would prefer payment to litigation.
Other recent features include adding voice and video chat as well as the ability to send and receive SMS messages.
Just in time for global warming, scientists have sequenced the genome of the extinct woolly mammoth, last seen roaming the Earth about 10,000 years ago.
Users of the latest release of Google Mobile App for the iPhone have complained that the voice-recognition program doesn't understand some British accents.
The Pan-STARRS cameras each have 1.4 billion pixels on an area approximately 40 centimeters square.
As an adviser to President-elect Barack Obama, Schmidt tells U.S. companies to apply the technological principles that created the Internet economy to the nation's energy infrastructure.
Google Mobile App for iPhone makes it possible to do a Google Web search using only your voice. Mostly it is fantastic.
Questions of his departure arose after Yahoo's inability to reach an acquisition deal with Microsoft and the collapse of its advertising partnership with Google.
The ClickStream report suggests that a mere 1% of U.S. adult Internet users used Google Docs, while Microsoft Office is in use by more than 50% of adult U.S. Internet users.
Symantec COO Enrique Salem has been tapped to take over as president and CEO.
Adobe sees its technology as the interface layer that can take content and format it for use on screens of all sizes.
Adobe is rolling out several new and updated products to fend off Microsoft's Silverlight, not to mention the growing use of open source technologies like HTML, CSS, and Ajax.
IPhone users will be able to search the Web without removing their gloves to type or pose questions like "Where's the nearest Starbucks?"
Widely regarded as a haven for spammers and cybercriminals, EstDomains must now designate a recipient for the 281,000 domain registrations it manages.
The update addresses nine Security Advisories, some of which cover multiple vulnerabilities.
Now, when YouTube visitors use the site's search box, they will see the ad belonging to the winners of the keyword auction alongside their search results.
The software's control panel allows companies using Google's service to index their Web sites on demand.
Visitors can embark on a virtual 3-D tour of the Eternal City's monuments, streets, and buildings as scholars believe they appeared in 320 A.D.
Google.org, Google's philanthropic arm, has launched a service to help medical experts and the public track the incidence of influenza across the United States.
A UNC study suggests text messaging would provide a fun, familiar medium for children to report program goals and receive messages of encouragement.
The plug-in requires an Intel-based computer running Mac OS X or a computer running Windows XP or Vista, a Webcam, and/or a microphone.
As further evidence that media companies are learning to stop worrying and start loving YouTube, FremantleMedia also announced Monday that it will produce original content for the video-sharing site.
The Internet-empowered fund-raising and social networking of Sen. Obama's campaign may have helped advance the evolution of Web 2.0 as a concept, panelists suggest.
While some companies like Amazon have characterized cloud infrastructure as a low-margin business, HP sees infrastructure-as-a-service as "a big opportunity."
U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, is slated to deliver the keynote speech.
Microsoft competitors Marc Benioff of Salesforce and Dave Girouard of Google sound off on Microsoft's Azure venture into the cloud.
The co-founder also acknowledged Google's announcement that it would not pursue its advertising partnership with Yahoo.
Larger than an iPhone and smaller than an ultramobile PC, Intel's device could perform real-time image-to-text optical character recognition and translation from Chinese to English.
Considering that 74% of mobile Web traffic comes from the 15 to 20 million devices running the iPhone OS, tech experts are still wild about opportunities created by the iPhone.
Having attended a fair number of conferences over the years, I've noticed one constant: People hate running their laptops on batteries.
Google, which works diligently to defend computers from viruses, also is funding efforts to protect people from viruses.
Firefox's version of the feature will be available to the general public in Firefox 3.1 Beta 2, which should be released soon.
Anticipating a future U.S. energy policy more focused on alternatives to oil, the Web 2.0 Summit also will feature discussions with green tech leaders, among others.
The spike in AdSense publishers asking about ad blocking is the result of the expensive, divisive battle over California's Proposition 8.
The two companies now propose that their deal last two years rather than 10 and that Yahoo can only generate 25% of its search advertising revenue from the arrangement, reports say.
Chief among the group's complaints is Google Suggest, a feature found in Chrome and other Google applications like Google Toolbar.
The Web retailer's Frustration-Free Packaging initiative aims to reduce the plastic clamshells, coated wire ties, and fasteners that drive consumers crazy.