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 2007
The introduction of Google Gears, Google Mashup Editor, and Google Mapplets gives software developers a host of new tools to work with.
Flanked by partners, Google offers new APIs and focuses on its plans to move further into Microsoft's desktop space.
Initially, Street View images are available in Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. Additional cities will be covered in the future.
Analysts suggest that anti-trust concerns will take precedence over privacy concerns during the evaluation.
More than 65 developer partners had created software applications based on the social networking site, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.
Fans will be able to mix their own video source material with over 250 scenes and sounds from the six Star Wars films.
The deal could potentially further inflate the Internet advertising company bubble.
Despite scientists' latest findings, shelter from gadgets like mobile phones and Wi-Fi base stations is a thriving business.
U.S. Internet advertising revenue approached $17 billion in 2006, a 35% gain over the prior year.
The system lets publishers insert streaming video ads in online video content on their Web sites.
Google said it began tackling online security in a public manner last year.
The company's new product lets IT administrators distribute software remotely, or stream it, without the need to test every new application for conflicts.
Sometime in the next six years, the Internet will run out of space. Expediting the migration to IPv6 is the solution to the impending crisis, says ARIN.
The company is giving developers greater access to Facebook's user networks and better tools to monetize the Facebook audience.
The company's mashups use a technique called heat mapping to translate data into color on a Google Map.
SlySoft reportedly updated its AnyDVD HD software with a new AACS encryption code to enable the copying of ostensibly protected HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs.
A Firefox user will be able to send text, images, videos, RSS content, and Live Bookmarks to his or her phone.
Google disputes the figures and has consistently taken issue with the methodology and motives of those reporting significant levels of click fraud.
The study predicts a rise in more subtle forms of filtering, such as political Web sites made inaccessible during election periods.
The search engine's B2B team finds convincing reluctant companies that online marketing works can sometimes be aided by word of mouth.
The engineering endeavor took over two years and more than 100 engineers.
Google today is releasing new search infrastructure to combine its video, local, book, and images search systems with its text search. Marissa Mayer is describing the new system as I type, but basically it will lead to much more relevant search results.
As an example, searching for the "I Have a Dream" speech will return a Google Video clip of the speech itself, just below the text of the speech.
Google is also adding contextual navigation links (like Ask.com) to let users drill down to a par
The entire Bay Area tech press corps seems to be here at Google this morning for an event the company is calling "Searchology." No less than five professional video cameras, plus the odd consumer camcorder, have been trained on the front of the room, where two video screens display "Search ] ology" above a bar of the blue, red, yellow, and green that most everyone now associates with Google.
Elliot Schrage, VP of global communications and public affairs is scheduled to speak shortly, follow
The new computers offer faster processors, more memory, and roomier hard drives.
Forrester Research says the video download market will peak this year with $279 million in revenue, up from $98 million last year.
Accenture Labs' test building in Silicon Valley falls somewhere between seeing the future and inventing it, researchers suggest.
The increasing popularity of social networking has only magnified the ways in which child pornography can be disseminated.
You've seen 3-D movies, scratch-'n-sniff perfume ads. Now, it's a mobile phone that scents the air around you as you talk, using the phone's battery to heat a replaceable scent pack. A rose, by any other name....
The educational Web reference site is designed to document all 1.8 million species of plants and animals on the planet.
Panelists at the Software 2007 Conference theorize what kind of real impact social networks are creating.
Mobile investments are the ticket, the CEO said, as faster connectivity and improved user experiences make enterprise mobility a competitive opportunity.
Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff and representatives from FedEx, Unilever, Motorola, and Walt Disney highlight their success with on-demand services.
Reports put the price at somewhere between $250 million and $300 million.
The deceit appears to be "strikingly prevalent" at video sites, thanks to Google's $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube.
The updated online software features a new interface to help make an organization's Web site usage data easier to understand for a broader set of people.
Only a small percentage of people take full advantage of the range of expression afforded by Web 2.0 technologies, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project report.
The site will phase out this fall in favor of Yahoo's Flickr photo-sharing service or another online photo service such as Photobucket.
Reports of the discussions in the Wall Street Journal and New York Post revive exploratory talks held last year between the two companies.
The initial group includes those who have built and sustained a mass audience such as LisaNova, renetto, HappySlip, smosh, and valartdiary.
Company is parlaying user data into better search capabilities.
Allowing the posting of the "processing key" for HD-DVD and Blu-ray video signals the rise of social computing as a countervailing force.
Company's announcement of cleaner environmental practices draws praise from former critic Greenpeace.
Digg users would rather see the site go down fighting than give in to censorship, so Digg officials say they will no longer delete posts that contain a code that cracks encryption on high-definition disks.
Despite efforts to unpublish it from search engines and other sites, the 128-bit integer that nullifies digital locks may even end up on T-shirts and in song lyrics.
The Pro version includes a new interface based on the Microsoft Office Fluent UI and features tight integration with Microsoft Office applications.
Current beta testers can now invite as many people as they wish to join the service, but those without connections will have to wait a few days.