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 April 2008
Despite failed attempts to cash in, the company and its PARC subsidiary have several pillars of growth in mind to compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com.
Having won the text search war, Google may soon take the lead in image searching. In a paper published last week, Google researchers describe how they were able to use image recognition technology to reduce the number of irrelevant images returned through a Google Image search by 83%.
During the first four months of 2008, Apple was named as a defendant in eight patent infringement lawsuits, up from five during the same period in 2007.
In addition to faster processors, the new iMacs are rated EPEAT Silver and meet the Energy Star 4.0 requirements for power consumption.
The most trenchant observation at the Web 2.0 Expo came from Dan Lyons, the Forbes editor better known as Fake Steve Jobs.
"Facebook is like Webkinz for adults," quipped Lyons in his keynote address. "It's the biggest waste of time ever invented."
Trust and reputation systems are a great way to reduce spam, but Google avoids talk of an ongoing flood of malware-infected porn on Google Groups pages.
Benjamin Fried replaces Douglas Merrill, who left Google earlier this month to run EMI's digital music business.
With its Yahoo Open Strategy, the company follows in the footsteps of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft by opening up its software to developers.
Marc Andreessen, Tim O'Reilly, and other leaders muse on the future of the Web browser, social networking, widgets, and the Web 2.0 movement itself.
What remains to be seen is whether Windows users will occupy positions of privilege on Microsoft's evolving platform.
Google last Thursday erased doubts raised by Internet metrics firm ComScore about its paid click growth. It reported that paid clicks on its sites and partners' sites grew about 20% globally from the first quarter of 2007 and about 4% from the fourth quarter of 2007.
The suit claims Google doesn't inform advertisers that if they leave the content bid CPC input blank, Google will use the advertiser's CPC bid for clicks occurring on the content network.
The $10 million sale of Fund.com during the first quarter of the year helped spark $38,029,543 in domain sales ... and high interest in generic domain names.
Security experts and researchers are mixed on whether the attacks, reportedly scheduled around 8 p.m. on April 19, Beijing time, will happen.
As the company begins to integrate DoubleClick, CEO Eric Schmidt said that Google's search, ads, and apps strategy has had a transformative effect on its business.
Among Apple's current products, the iPod, with its small video screen, would benefit the most from a head-mounted display.
The fixes include patching a zero-day vulnerability in Apple's Web browser that allowed researchers to compromise a MacBook Air.
Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco 2008, running April 22 through April 25, kicks off as Yahoo, Microsoft, and dozens of startups jockey for position in this hotly contested arena.
The 4.3 beta has improved photo-realistic renderings and includes a new sunlight button to observe how light changes over time and at different times of day.
The debut of Salesforce for Google Apps on Monday wasn't particularly surprising, given that the two companies announced a partnership last June. But the tightening embrace between the two shows that Google isn't going to leave Microsoft's competitive moves unanswered.
The feature lets Facebook users create blog posts and post them through any one of 10 blogging services, including Blogger, Movable Type, TypePad, Twitter, Vox, and WordPress.
The file format used in Google Earth and Google Maps is already being used by Microsoft.
By crawling using HTML forms (and abiding by robots.txt), Google claims it leads search engine users to documents that otherwise would not be easily found -- but privacy concerns remain.
Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute have found a way to create energy-dense lithium-ion batteries without the use of flammable organic electrolytes.
Google this week began a limited beta test of its new Google App Engine, a platform for developing and running Web applications. Its arrival into the infrastructure-as-a-service space will surely not go unnoticed by Amazon.com, which appears to be building a significant business selling computing power by the drink through Amazon Web services.
As I sit here at the RSA Conference in San Francisco watching Microsoft's Craig Mundie talk about his company's new End to End Trust initiative in a fireside chat-style discussion, I'm struck by how poorly the homey, conversational interview format suits such a significant call to action.
Microsoft is basically saying computing and the Internet need to be reinvented because there's no w
The beta test -- with limited storage, bandwidth, and e-mail capabilities -- is open to the first 10,000 developers to sign up.
The ad system upgrade aims to provide marketers with a unified interface to buy search, display, local, mobile, and video ads across Yahoo's properties and partners.
Photographers complained that Adobe seemed to be claiming the right to do as it pleased with a user's images, irrespective of the owner's wishes.
No buyer named yet, but the decision has been well received by the search engine marketing community, which happens to include some of Google's biggest customers.
The economic damage of an 18-year-old and his group's crimes is estimated to be about $20 million.
Even though most malware targets the Symbian platform, Apple's SDK is expected to result in more sophisticated iPhone attacks and infections, researchers said.
Douglas Merrill's exit is fueling online discussion among Google watchers about the Google brain drain that has been the buzz of the blogosphere for the past year or so.
Send a text message to Amazon, reply to the response, confirm your order, and your item will be on its way, the company says.
Google employs plenty of impressive people. But Douglas Merrill, Google's CIO, is the only Googler I've met that I've mentioned to my kids as an example of accomplishment in the face of adversity.
Merrill is leaving Google to join EMI.
Scientists with the University of Rochester demonstrated their methods by encoding a 20-second clarinet solo in less than a single kilobyte.
The grocer said the data breach involved malicious software that was found on computer servers at about 300 of the company's stores.