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 May 2006
The search site plans to add a Blogs & Feeds tab to its Internet search tools menu and to more thoroughly integrate its search engine with its online news aggregation site, Bloglines.
The service is designed to guard against attacks and crashes. Microsoft faces stiff competition from established security companies Symantec, McAfee, and Trend Micro.
A California appeals court ruled against Apple, saying journalists have the same right to protect confidential sources both online and off.
Dell PCs will come with Google Desktop and Google Toolbar preinstalled and Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 set to use a Google home page. The two companies will share Internet ad revenue.
A patent application published today suggests that Apple is planning iPod software that plays songs to suit the pace of listeners' activities.
"[T]he invention pertains to a computing device that is capable of controlling the speed of the music so as to affect the mood and behavior of
Nokia is looking to reduce fragmentation for mobile browser application developers.
JotSpot Tracker is an online, collaborative spreadsheet that can import Microsoft Excel files. Though it lacks the depth of Microsoft's software, it offers basic spreadsheet functionality and unique mash-up and sharing features.
For the ninth consecutive month, Google in April saw its share of U.S. searches rise. Meanwhile, Yahoo maintained its share, and MSN experienced a slight decline.
In an effort to combat phishing, Microsoft has filed 125 civil lawsuits against phishers to date and secured takedowns of more than 2,000 phishing Web sites, the company says.
Online borrowing platform Prosper lets people bid to provide loans at different rates.
It's not just about porn--supporters of .XXX say the decision to reject the domain is an example of the U.S. exerting too much influence over Internet policy.
The Windows Live Search client hunts across the desktop, intranet, and Internet in Microsoft's fight against Google.
Charity, it seems, is catching, not to mention competitive. The Maine Department of Education recently struck a deal with Apple Computer to provide iBooks for 36,000 students for $289 apiece as part of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative.
The iBooks come with plenty of nifty software. But nothing from Google. So Google, ever committed to organizing the world's in
Yahoo today unveiled a redesign of its home page. The new design has a lot to recommend it. It's a big improvement over the old one. The use of Ajax technology to expand links, tabs, and menus is great--it vastly expands the amount of space on the page. And the integration of Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Local, and other services is quite elegant.
"You'll see better content bei
Companies like Prosper and Zopa help users borrow and lend money among themselves without the involvement of banks.
From its need to communicate better with business partners and the press to its need for internal controls, Google's acknowledging it needs to change its ways.
There are dozens of valid answers to this question. Some are probably quite funny. The one that interests me at the moment: a chief privacy officer.
Microsoft has one, Peter Cullen. Google and Yahoo don't.
Google said yesterday it wanted to be more transparent. It would also do well to be more a
The new products include Gadgets, a direct competitor to Apple's widgets.
The lawsuit, filed by Crafts by Veronica, charges that Yahoo and its New Jersey affiliates put ads in spyware, then charged advertisers for the click-throughs.
Back in November 2004, Apple filed a patent for an "audio user interface for computing devices" such as "an MP3 player, a mobile phone, or a personal digital assistant." The patent application was just published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The patent filing adds weight to