Profile of Thomas ClaburnEditor at Large, Enterprise Mobility
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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 March 2009
The company will invest up to $100 million in consumer Internet, software, hardware, clean-tech, bio-tech, and health care startups through Google Ventures.
The PACid Group named 19 tech companies in its lawsuit claiming infringement of its patent on generating encryption keys.
A research study showed that playing first-person shooters like Unreal Tournament 2004 and Call of Duty 2 improves vision.
Google's partner and music source is Top100.cn, a 4-year-old Beijing-based company that aims to promote licensed online music distribution in China.
Just by comparing Flickr and Twitter, researchers connected the dots in the completely anonymous Twitter graph with only a 12% error rate.
The software has the ability to create a new system volume, call to some OS functions, and change the user ID, without administrative privileges.
The company is now offering hosting companies access to more search and advertising services.
The company says it's offering outplacement support and severance pay.
The launch of gaming themes for iGoogle lets people express their personalities and interests, executive Marissa Mayer says.
After 10pm PST on Wednesday or thereabout, iGoogle users will have access to new game-oriented themes to decorate their personal pages.
The problem with online applications is that they put user data under someone else's control.
The Khronos Group will lead development of an open, royalty-free standard for presenting accelerated 3-D graphics online.
Mozilla officials admit Firefox continues to rely on a monolithic architecture that can lead to instability and memory leaks.
The search market-share leader's latest improvements come in the form of better search-term association and longer search results snippets.
Last year, during the March riots in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, China blocked access to YouTube.
Made of a one-atom-thick honeycomb lattice of carbon, the material could boost clock speeds in future electronics.
The company over the weekend found itself denying that it had published Street View images depicting naked children.
Douglas Bowman, Visual Design Lead at Google, has decided to leave Google for an undisclosed opportunity. In a farewell note posted on his blog, he takes a swing at Google's data-centric, engineer-driven culture.
The XSS security issue allows attackers to inject malicious code into Web pages, including HTML and client-side scripts.
Apple's warranty repair program for iPods allows customers to receive replacement units before the original nonfunctional music players are returned.
Google's Gmail Labs now offers yet another way not to send a message.
The deal is sure to get the attention of Amazon, which has been building its Kindle e-book device into a respectable business.
Unfortunately for Microsoft, its most recent release isn't the only solution for using the Web today.
The company said its upcoming !exploitable Crash Analyzer software is a heuristics-based tool that improves with additional collaboration.
The addition of an API for in-app payments is gaining particular notice from developers, who believe it will invigorate the mobile device market for e-books, game modules, and other kinds of digital content.
Concerns have even slowed a plan that ICANN announced last year to introduce new top-level domains.
Among the new additions to Chrome include a new way to drag tabs out to arrange a side-by-side view.
When a thief uses a tool to commit a crime, the tool usually isn't featured prominently in the story unless it's particularly odd. "Car Used To Help Robbers Escape" would make a poor headline.
A former Microsoft CTO and an astrophysicist who worked on the Strategic Defense Initiative are collaborating on a system that kills mosquitoes with lasers to prevent the spread of malaria.
Developers and Apple fans chime in on the features they'd like to see in the new mobile operating system when the company reveals its hand March 17.
The Facebook application based on Yahoo's Fire Eagle software lets social network friends know where you are and what you're up to.
A Kentucky boy reportedly suffered second-degree burns on his leg from the music player purchased by his mother.
The satellite imagery in Google Earth and Google Maps is the equivalent of yelling fire in a crowded movie theater, which is to say that it's not protected by the First Amendment right to free speech.
If Twitter keeps trending toward social interaction, its commercial opportunities may not be all they could be, according to an industry report.
The technology projects are designed to help people deal with the proliferation of online content in an increasingly browser-centric world.
New to the service will be the ability to receive SMS text messages sent to your Google Voice number on a mobile device, and sending messages from your Web-based Google Voice inbox.
Eager not to be associated with contentious advertising practices, Google characterizes its interest-based advertising as a way to make ads more relevant and useful.
A "critical" update resolves a vulnerability in the Windows kernel that could allow remote code execution if a user views a maliciously crafted EMF or WMF image file.
Apple's role as benevolent dictator of the iPhone ecosystem has pluses and minuses. Lately, however, it has become apparent that the company can't manage the control it insists upon. It risks becoming an incompetent dictator, and that's the kind of regime that's prone to collapse.
YouTube's previous license with PRS for Music has expired, and the video-sharing site has been unable to reach a new agreement.
If Wolfram/Alpha works as advertised, it will be able to do something Google can't: provide answers that don't already exist in indexed documents.
About 750 Twitter accounts were broken into and had a link to a Webcam site posted on the accounts.
Google wants you to use energy to save energy. In its latest scheme to save the planet, Google is asking anyone with a video camera to make and upload a video that illustrates the benefits of energy-efficient computing.
A developer has launched the Cydia Store, an unauthorized alternative online market for iPhone applications. At least two other developers have similar plans.
An Illinois sheriff says the classified ads Web site should stop allowing erotic services ads and reimburse law enforcement agencies for the costs of policing prostitution-related crime.
The project team is using the term "Real Virtuality" to emphasize the goal of total perceptual immersion.
The health records can now be available to friends, family, or doctors and other medical service providers.
The social networking site introduced a redesigned user home page, new public profiles for celebrities and organizations, and a change to status updates.
Fake job ads are up 345% over the past three years, according to one U.K. financial security association.
One ad, for example, offers stolen credit card numbers that purportedly have been skimmed from cruise liners, casinos, and hotels, with PINs captured by a covert camera.
The filing argues that GPS devices are growing more powerful.
The search giant's latest labs program is a place to shepherd unfinished or experimental developer products toward maturity and wide adoption.
The search giant's online Web analytics course prepares users to take the company's Google Analytics Individual Qualification certification test.
The Obama administration's Web site came under fire from privacy advocates as soon as it launched for using YouTube videos.
The number of enterprises deploying smartphones will grow rapidly over the next few years, as reflected by the number of products showcased for managing and securing these devices.
Despite a presidential promise of openness in government, GSA officials decline to release the full list for fear of cyberattack.
The message of startups could easily be missed amid the chatter that accompanied the live video feed of the presentations.