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 April 2006
The settlement won't adequately compensate harmed advertisers or penalize Google, says an attorney who has a related case pending against the company.
The Glide Mobile service will allow users to turn their mobile phones into limited portable desktops, accessing and sharing contacts, documents, E-mail, images, music, video, and other data.
Over at the Google blog, Ambar Pansari, a Google product manager, and Marissa Mayer, VP of search products and user experience, admit that Google is experimenting on its users.
The two confess, "From time to time, we run live experiments on Google--tests visible to a relatively few people--to discover better ways to search. We do this because there's no good substitute for understanding how
Americans submitted 6.4 billion keyword queries online in March, up 15% from the previous year.
Click fraud is a serious problem complicated by the fact that click fraud data is in short supply. The Click Fraud Index aims to change that.
The good news is that the incidence of click fraud appears to be lower than the disturbingly high figure of 20% to 40% that has been suggested.
The bad news is that at 14%, that's still a lot of bad clicks.
Google is looking to extend its domination of Internet search into enterprise applications by beefing up its enterprise search appliance, as well as launching a new developer program and new partnerships.
The patent covers voice interfaces for search engines, which could be a boon for cell phone users.
The former Microsoft director of child-safe computing takes post as the community site battles lurking pedophiles.
The shows will features interactive ads that viewers have to watch.
The patent covers voice interfaces for search engines, which could be a boon for cell phone users. But Google doesn't necessarily have a product in the works using the technology.
The move follows a number of high-profile cases highlighting online dangers to children, some of which involved MySpace.
Upcoming availability of such shows as Desperate Housewives and Lost are one indication that in the post-Napster era, the entertainment industry has lost its fear of the Net.
The government will use mobile devices to track down people who don't respond to questionnaires. Perhaps it can stave off the kind of stinging criticism that followed the 2000 U.S. Census count.
A review of child pornography laws in 184 countries shows that more than half have no laws that address child pornography.
PDA-toting 2010 census takers will collect household information and beam it up to Uncle Sam through a cellular network.
Apple's new Intel Macs can now officially run Windows. The computer company today introduced a public beta of Boot Camp, software that lets licensed users of Microsoft Windows XP install Windows on their Intel-based Macs. The result is a computer that can boot Mac OS X or Windows.
The Internet community has been feverishly trying to create just such a chimera since Apple announced its Intel-based Macs in January. One site, Post a Comment