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 April 2009
A security breach of a Yahoo Mail account let one hacker peer at info about Barack Obama, Britney Spears, and others.
GPS devices can be easily jammed and their data can be spoofed, particularly when tied to cellular systems, experts argue.
Google is considering floating data centers because of the practical problems it faces in trying to locate data centers on coastal land, where real estate is typically expensive.
The query follows the deal Google reached last year with the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild.
Experimental Flu Trends for Mexico shows increases in flu-related queries in Mexico City and several other Mexican states during the April 19-25 time period.
The new data capabilities are tied to the acquisition of Trendalyzer two years ago.
CIOs are asked to focus on virtualizing storage, network operations, and other critical business infrastructure rather than falling for the pipe dream of "internal clouds."
As the Internet becomes a more capable platform for real-time information delivery, Google is looking to make more of its services as speedy as its search engine.
In the wake of a Swedish court's decision to imprison the operators of The Pirate Bay, a Web site that helps users search for BitTorrent files in the same way that Google handles general Internet file searches, Google wants to make sure everyone understands that it's no Pirate Bay.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Microsoft strategy officer Craig Mundie among those named to help the administration shape its science policy.
Google is augmenting its Flu Trends Web site with user-generated maps of the swine flu outbreak and links to a variety of health resources.
The company says it expects to see regulations requiring some form of shareholder input on compensation at public companies in the near future.
CEO Eric Schmidt admits Google users are buying less and that Google ads are converting less frequently, but he notes that advertisers are still spending.
The site's attractiveness to avid news consumers is driving its growth in conjunction with the news media's use of and focus on Twitter, analysts suggest.
The company's Webwise behavior-tracking service isn't allowed on any of Amazon's Web domains.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation says student Riccardo Calixte's Fourth Amendment rights were threatened by the university police, who seized his cell phone, iPod, and computer.
A huge proportion of shortened links are just a disguise for spam, and the practice deprives publishers of analytics information about their visitors, experts suggest.
After a promise it made in 2006 to be more transparent, Google is revealing details about its custom servers and its data centers.
The two companies plan to share advertising revenue generated on YouTube and on Vevo by UMG content.
The AP's peevish bid to become, as TechCrunch's Erick Schonfeld puts it, "the RIAA of the newspaper industry," is off to a bad start.
Two rogue software families were detected on more than 1.5 million computers, making them among the top threats for the second half of 2008.
App Engine now supports Java, and Google is offering a plug-in for the Eclipse development environment.
The idea is to wed Web-based computing with offline functionality and an application marketplace similar to Apple's App Store.
Unlike native mobile applications, which have to be downloaded, there's no software to install.
A day after The Associated Press lashed out at online news aggregation sites for stealing its content, Google let it be known that it isn't the problem.
Seeking to avoid a repeat of the outcry last September over rights-grabbing legal boilerplate in its Chrome Web browser End User License Agreement (EULA), Google promptly shot down a Saturday post on Slashdot that claimed the company reserved the right to filter Internet sites displayed in Chrome.
Users of mobile devices can be located via cell tower triangulation or GPS data, if their phones include a GPS module.
Apple is widely expected to introduce at least one new iPhone model by June to coincide with its Worldwide Developer Conference.
The concept of openness is integral to the definition of Web 2.0 as a set of principles, but until recently, the largest source of information that one would want to be open -- the government -- wasn't particularly interested in openness.
Residents in the Buckinghamshire village of Broughton surrounded a car capturing Street View images on Google's behalf.
As Gears and caching in HTML5 converge, Google users can expect a wider range of applications, on computers and mobile devices, that can function offline.
Like the late comic Rodney Dangerfield, Microsoft doesn't get any respect. On Wednesday, at the Web 2.0 Expo, Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft's Business Division, tried to convince a skeptical Tim O'Reilly and an audience full of open standards sorts that Microsoft is, as he put it, "the most interoperable company in the world."
The success of the iPhone and iTunes App Store has given some developers a great opportunity and put others behind a wall.
Tim O'Reilly advises companies to slow down to tease out the greatest business opportunities in the postcrisis economy.
The Palm Pre platform, WebOS, will work with a cloud service the company is developing, called Mojo Messaging Service.
After decades of computer security work, one researcher questions current Internet safety procedures and the vendors assigned to protect the average user.
Firefox's global market share is rising; Google's Chrome browser and Apple's Safari browser showed small gains in February through March.