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 May 2008
Unless the default Safari download location is changed, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user into visiting a maliciously crafted Web site, Microsoft said.
Gomez CTO Imad Mouline says Web 2.0 applications are pushing even simple retailers to provide the same level of richness as major Web players to maintain their brand presence.
Google insists it has the right to drive upon a private road, turn around in a private driveway, and take pictures of private property.
Given that there's no established Guinness World Record for software downloads, Mozilla is destined for the record book no matter what happens.
A typical Google search touches some 700 to 1,000 machines in Google's data centers and can return a list of 5 million results in 0.16 seconds.
Ahead of his talk at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Sony's Ned Lerner explains the advantages of having his teams use wikis and other open source enterprise collaboration applications to get the job done.
Google says it wants to open up the core of Google Earth to developers so they can create the next great 3-D geo application.
The patch includes a fix for the most serious of three iCal vulnerabilities disclosed by Core Security Technologies earlier this month.
More than 2,900 developers descended on the Moscone Center West convention center in San Francisco on Wednesday and Google wasn't ready for them.
Its new era of software development includes Google Gears, Android, Google App Engine, Google Web Toolkit, and OpenSocial API, the company revealed at its I/O conference.
Facebook's decision to open its platform comes less than two weeks after the social network began denying Google's Friend Connect.
The Web portal says its YouTube division exceeds the minimum requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
A Google executive told an investor conference that there are many revenue opportunities for the company, particularly through refinements in search relevance, user experience, and ad quality.
Almost three in four consumers (74%) would like to see mobile phone usage on airplanes restricted to features that don't involve talking, according to a survey released on Wednesday by Yahoo.
Google executives reportedly met in the U.K. this week to discuss how to respond if Microsoft decided to revive its bid for Yahoo. Had they known that Microsoft on Wednesday would start offering cash rebates to searchers who buy products found using Microsoft's Post a Comment
Maryland-based Man & Machine says the name of Apple's peripheral infringes on the name of its own waterproof optical mouse.
Yahoo claims it has the largest SQL database in a production environment and that it will grow larger.
Anyone paying any attention at all should be able to detect the difference between "kurvemageren.com" and "apple.com," security experts report.
Islamic terrorist organizations use YouTube to distribute propaganda, attract followers, and provide weapons training, the senator said in a letter.
For Google and its AdSense publishers, this means a larger advertising inventory and the potential to earn more money through the placement of those ads.
The company's wiki hosting business decouples its technology so that Web publishers can add wikis -- rebranded "social publishing" -- to their own sites.
Barring any serious bugs, RC1 will become the official release version of Firefox 3, set for release in June.
Apple accuses Atico International USA of patent infringement, trademark infringement, and unfair competition by selling unauthorized iPod accessories.
Facebook says it denied Google Friend Connect access to Facebook user data for failing to respect its privacy requirements.
Local exterminators say the insects get into electrical outlets and boxes and are known to short out computer systems.
A district judge may order a new trial in a music file-sharing suit that won record companies $222,000 for copyright infringement.
The social network has been developing a universal address book for Comcast's SmartZone communications center, which should launch later this year.
The collapse of Microsoft's bid to acquire Yahoo has prompted Google watchers to ponder whether Google's dominance of search advertising poses any dangers for the Internet.
Despite winning in court, it remains to be seen whether MySpace will be able to collect its judgment.
CEO Jim Buckmaster claims eBay placed on Google ads that purported to direct users to Craigslist but instead sent them to Kijiji, a competitor owned by eBay.
Microsoft's latest Security Intelligence Report debunks PC Tools' claims that the Windows Vista operating system is more susceptible to malware than Windows 2000.
Powerset aims to prove that its natural language-based search makes it easier to find things on Wikipedia and Freebase, an open community database.
The software is part of an emerging set of technologies like OpenID, OAuth, OpenSocial, and the data access APIs published by Facebook, Google, and MySpace.
The devices with fake Microsoft Windows logos are just the latest in a series of goods seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.
The critical flaws affect Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Windows respectively.
Vista let 639 threats per thousand computers through, compared with 586 for Windows 2000, 478 for Windows 2003, and 1,021 for Windows XP, security vendor PC Tools said.
The agency's National Cyber Range for cyberwar simulation would be similar to Star Trek's holodeck or a Snow Crash-style Metaverse.
Google may be denying that there's a brain drain going on, as the BBC reports, but that doesn't mean it's not happening.
Facebook is working with state officials to protect young users of its social networking service.
The Chinese government's concern may have been heightened by an image of a new naval base that appeared in magazines and online back in April.
Somewhere on Israeli security researcher Aviv Raff's Web site is proof-of-concept code for a zero-day exploit that affects Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.
GnuCitizen's site promotes exchanging ideas through elite circles and tiger/red teams, but frowns on all criminal activities.
With its $500 million investment in the $12 billion Sprint-Clearwire partnership, Google buys itself a hedge against the possibility that the open access rules it fought to link to the C Block of the 700-MHz spectrum might be flouted.
Advocacy group Public Knowledge claims Blizzard's use of copyright infringement laws to crack down on MDY's Glide automation software is outrageous.
Eliot Schrage joins several other former Googlers at Facebook, including Sheryl Sandberg, who left her job as Google's VP of global online sales and operations.
Xobni makes Outlook social by scanning your e-mail to find connections between e-mail senders and recipients.
Yahoo co-founders Jerry Yang and David Filo wanted $37 per share because they believed that Microsoft's offer undervalued their company.
The online retailer works with Sony BMG and EMI Music to make hundreds of out-of-print albums available.
The inventory inflation appeared in a note that Apple sent to iTunes customers last week announcing that iTunes was 5 years old.
The mashup can be used to create any kind of two-dimensional game like the original Super Mario, Frogger, or Asteroids.
Google says to expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $1,000 to create a TV ad, which seems rather inexpensive given that a national 30-second spot may cost millions to produce.
Hollywood has previously been wary of doing anything that might cannibalize DVD revenue.