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 May 2005
Trojan program arrives as an attachment and can disable virus-protection software.
The extraordinary revenue growth exhibited recently by Google and Yahoo is coming at the expense of established players in the $263 billion information industry, a new report says.
Zoom is a categorization technology that allows users to expand or narrow keyword searches based on conceptually related topics. Web Answers represents an improvement of Ask Jeeves' Smart Search technology, which provides specific answers for queries, as opposed to a list of ranked results.
The commission and 35 government partners from more than 20 countries launched "Operation Spam Zombies" to educate Internet service providers about hijacked computers on their networks.
The concept of pricing spammers out of the market is picking up steam, but it faces stiff challenges. The infrastructure needed to support micropayments for spam is non-trivial and potentially threatening to established players.
In a study of Internet searches, only 3% of results were shared by Ask Jeeves, Google, and Yahoo, demonstrating the differences between the major engines. The study was sponsored by metasearch engine Dogpile.com.
The incident has been a matter of concern because malicious hackers might find flaws in the code that could be exploited to impair the functioning of Cisco's routers, which handle a significant portion of traffic on the Internet.
While the rapid adoption of Mozilla's Firefox Web browser is driven in part by the perceived security risks in Microsoft Internet Explorer, the disclosure of two critical security flaws in Firefox over the weekend makes it clear that there's no monopoly on imperfect software.
Internet security and infrastructure company VeriSign said that 85% of participants in a "lighthearted, unscientific" survey compromised their actual password, or revealed hints about their password, for a cup of coffee.
E-mail security vendor FrontBridge Technologies reports spam and virus totals for the month of April peaked at 94% of total inbound E-mail and averaged 86%.
Chambers' speech emphasized how IT needs to move into more-complicated interactions--and how networks must change to make it happen.
The extent of click fraud varies. Estimates range from next to nothing in certain markets to 20% of all clicks. Hence, advertisers have become more tech-savvy and proactive in looking at their data, negotiating with search engines for refunds and auditing for click fraud.