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 2009
Andrew McLaughlin will find that he isn't the only ex-Google employee serving the Obama administration.
The company is positioning Adobe Flash Builder 4, Adobe Flash Catalyst, and the open source Flex 4 framework as its answer to Microsoft's Silverlight software.
Microsoft's Bing is a welcome addition to the search landscape. Competition should help keep the search market healthy. But Bing's initial marketing leaves me rolling my eyes.
Google's product, platform, and protocol also combines aspects of e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and blogs to allow real-time and stored collaborative messaging.
Search giant expects enterprise users to employ Google Apps Scripts for scheduling and procurement, transportation planning, and other business automation functions.
It was a small gesture but it spoke volumes: At the Google IO developer conference, while expounding on the virtues and possibilities of HTML 5, Google engineering VP and head of developer evangelism Vic Gundotra thanked the Mozilla community for advancing the state of browser technology.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt heralds the maturation of the Internet application programming model as the fulfillment of a decades-old dream.
Glide is a media-sharing, communications, productivity, and file-storage service that runs on Web browsers using Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows, and on dozens of mobile devices.
Structured like Gmail, the developer and end-user software interoperates with other Web services, such as IM, forums, wikis, and blogs.
Mozilla's diligent cleanup rather than catching malicious add-ons before they reach the public has rankled some in the security community.
Developers may catch a glimpse of Apple's stance on future software rights and controls next month when Apple discusses its development plans for Snow Leopard.
Researchers have developed an automated technique to associate faces detected in an image with people's names found in Web pages text or tags.
Johnny I. Henry says he was humiliated that Google and AOL returned search results that refer to him with a hateful term.
There are already more than 7,000 Firefox add-ons, but Mozilla would be happy to see more.
The drive contains snapshots of the hard drives of departing administration officials, information that had been stored on 113 4-mm tape cartridges.
The company is trying to appease critics with provisions to strengthen library-preservation efforts and improve public access to books.
The channel aggregates videos from the White House, CDC, NASA, and other federal agencies using a player that complies with government privacy regulations.
Whatever the software is called, it will likely feature search result categorization and other refinements designed to make general queries more specific.
SoyLatte, an X11-based port of the FreeBSD Java 1.6 "patchset" to Mac OS X Intel machines, is also reportedly vulnerable.
The PowerMeter software displays data provided by the new generation of network-ready smart power meters that are being installed by various utilities.
While many observers have noted that Wolfram|Alpha is not like Google, the distinction between the two services is perhaps most apparent in their Terms of Service.
The company hopes bolstering its semantic search capabilities will help it better compete with Google for ad dollars and happier customers.
In March, Scribd announced that it had partnered with several major publishers to make promotional chapters and some books available for free through its Web site.
Unlike Google, the newly debuted "computational knowledge engine" attempts to compute answers to questions based on established facts.
As a consequence of Google's problems, business Web sites that depended on services like Google Analytics took twice as long to load on average and were twice as likely to fail.
Security experts find a way to submit a blog authored by someone else and collect the 30% subscription fee royalty that Amazon pays.
Branded keywords are important to advertisers because many searchers use them for navigational purposes, often after being exposed to offline media.
Leander Kahney on the Cult of Mac blog reports that that a hacker claims to have phished Steve Jobs, obtained his Amazon.com account login information, and snooped through his purchases.
Gmail, Google Search, Google Maps, Google Analytics, YouTube, AdSense, and Blogger experienced outages Thursday morning, according to discontented Twitter users.
The tool is available in all newly created Gmail accounts and is being rolled out to older ones over the next few days.
The online retailer keeps 70% of the monthly blog subscription fee and pays 30% to the blog author.
International auto parts supplier Valeo has agreed to deploy Google Apps across its 30,000-member workforce.
A Harvard professor says that Google -- aided by its Chrome browser -- is turning traffic that advertisers would have received for free into paid traffic.
Version 10.5.7 addresses several issues with Apple's iCal and Mail applications, as well as its Parental Controls control panel.
The company hopes Google Search Options, Google Squared, and Rich Snippets will help it better recognize user intent.
Ever keen to be seen as green, Google on Monday invited the public to compare the environmental damage caused by searching the Internet with the planetary peril of cheeseburgers, among other things.
Internet users trying to reach Google Morocco were, for a few hours, sent to a Web site unaffiliated with Google.
A change to the popular Firefox extension would allow Web publishers, with user consent, to prevent their ads from being blocked.
Mozilla's Prism entered public beta testing on Friday, a milestone marking the software's readiness for general use and the convergence of local computing with the cloud.
Comments gadget topples language barriers by allowing Web site visitors to post and read comments in their own tongue.
An MIT study found incentives that don't penalize failure and promote long-term success lead to more innovative business strategies.
Weave aims to transform Firefox from a Web page presentation tool into a platform for cloud-based services.
FleetMatics is tying its GPS Vehicle Tracking software into Google's APIs to help companies keep their drivers on the right road.
Google is becoming more and more like Facebook. Last month, Google introduced Google Profiles, a collection of personal information associated with a given name that appears at the bottom of U.S.-based name searches. One might even go so far as to compare Google Profiles to Facebook Profiles.
Fears of a world without newspapers are leaving Google and other online news aggregators on the defensive, hoping to keep the content flowing.
A feature in Windows Explorer, the operating system's file management application, enables virus writers to disguise executable files, security researcher says.
An anthropologist says eBay has made it more profitable for tomb raiders to create fake artifacts than to pilfer burial sites or other archeological digs.
The agency's interest in the matter is unlikely to amount to much unless it uncovers substantial market impact.
In what might be mistaken as an effort to ensure the continued employment of privacy advocates, Google on Monday expanded the ways its Latitude location data can be used.
Apple's Mac OS X is the top beneficiary of Microsoft's weakening market share among Web users.
The new left-hand column search box offers a different user experience than the top-of-page search box.
The platform for designing rich media ads using Flash and Web technology includes a rewrite of the DoubleClick ActionScript API.
When not organizing all the world's information and making it universally accessible, Google can often be found not doing evil, in keeping with its unofficial motto.