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 February 2009
The rogue message leads to a Facebook application link that spams a victim's friend list with the same warning message, and possibly harvests personal information.
It's a significant turning point for Google News, which has been ad-free since its beta launch in April 2002.
The software provides data on the status of Google Apps applications, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video.
In TippingPoint's DVLabs contest, hackers also have the option of trying to execute a successful exploit against a Web browser.
"The Facebook Principles" and "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities" may signal a shift in social networking best practices.
In so doing, the company manages to deflect and dissipate much of the criticism leveled against it for company-directed image acquisition.
Google searches provide insight into the spread of the flu, so it's perhaps no surprise that they also reveal something about our ailing economy.
The launch of a billing system for its Web application hosting platform puts Google in competition with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure Services Platform.
The latest addition to the Web browser wars, according to Apple, is faster and "more innovative" than Internet Explorer, Firefox, and other competing apps.
Gmail users with Google Gears installed were able to access their in-boxes during the outage Tuesday morning. Gmail has about 113 million users worldwide.
Some of the 1,400 employees laid off by Microsoft last month received a letter asking for the return of money paid by mistake.
News reports indicate that the new structure will include more centralized oversight and mergers of groups with duplicative functions.
The 2005 law prohibited the sale of violent video games to anyone under 18 and imposed a fine of as much as $1,000.
Researchers say they found hexane, toluene, ethylbenzene, styrene, pentadecane, and other chemicals in ultrafine particles emitted from laser printers.
While Google's mapping program is turning up many formerly hidden objects, a lost city under the sea isn't one of them, says a company spokesperson.
Microsoft also saw its U.S. search market share rise, capturing 8.5% of the U.S search market.
A Pennsylvania judge said Google didn't violate the Boring family's privacy rights by taking pictures of their residence from a private road and publishing the images online.
Oliver (Olly) Hicks set out from Tasmania last month in his rowboat to become the first person to row across the world on his own.
A company exec's rallying of Google employees leads to discussion on future offerings.
Future iterations of the cloud-centered software will focus on allowing programmers to work on the same code from different locations at the same time.
The EFF's desire to allow the unlocking of cell phones like the iPhone represents an attack on Apple's business model, Apple decries.
Yahoo, IAC, AOL, and Lycos also join forces to reveal who is behind a 2-year-old patent lawsuit against them.
The site is allowing a select group of partners to offer their videos as free downloads or as paid downloads through Google Checkout.
Google, which would be happy to supplant Facebook as the dominant social graph, characterizes its social bar as an effort to help Web site owners manage scarce screen real estate.
The company's Build your Own Search Service now taps into SearchMonkey structured data to help create unique Web search products.
Initial police reports attributed the man's death to severe arterial bleeding following the explosion of his mobile phone in an electronics store.
Vulnerabilities in the BlackBerry Application Web Loader ActiveX control could allow an attacker to execute code remotely or cause Microsoft Internet Explorer to crash.
The updates address vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and Visio.
The prototype software will will allow users to receive real-time home energy usage data from compatible "smart meters" and use that information to optimize their energy use.
Google maintains dozens of blogs, on which various Google engineers and product managers post pithy, informative tidbits about the company's new software, services, and activities. It turns out they're more a tool for corporate communications than a form of personal expression. Not that anyone should be surprised by this.
The push technology in Google Sync, available in beta for the iPhone, Windows Mobile, and other phones, is licensed from Microsoft.
The Mozilla Foundation chairperson endorsed the European Commission's finding that the link between Windows and Internet Explorer harms competition, innovation, and choice.
Google is far from perfect when it comes to privacy, but the outcry over its Latitude location-sharing service is excessive.
The search engine's techniques cast some light on how it measures the travels of eyes across its search results pages.
Between September 2007 and September 2008, Gmail's visitor total grew 39%, from 18.8 million to 26 million.
The mobile version of Google Book Search gives would-be Amazon Kindle buyers another option for reading classic literature on the go.
One of the criticisms of the User Account Control under Windows Vista is that its warning prompts are annoying.
A consumer-advocacy group already sees five scenarios in which the Google Maps add-on could be abused.
The company's redesigned home page now includes "entertain me," "inform me," and "give me my own channel" options.
Users can opt in to share their location with friends and family -- or mask their location, if they'd rather.
The generated code displays a slide show of Google News headlines based on chosen keywords.
A faulty cell phone battery could have caused the explosion, which severed an artery in the man's neck.
Google's global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, and three other Google executives face the prospect of being jailed for a video that was uploaded to Google Video's Italian site on Sept. 8, 2006. The maximum sentence is 36 months.
The latest version of Google's geospatial mapping app lets users dive beneath the seas, explore the effects of climate change, and view high-resolution NASA images of Mars.