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 2010
Having launched its iBookstore with major publishing houses, Apple is now accepting applications from individual authors.
Google's Street View snafu may end up being one of the more costly copy-and-paste mistakes in recent memory. In the past ten days, there have been six lawsuits filed against Google in the U.S. for alleged illegal data interception.
The $750 million deal will lead to better mobile ads and more free mobile content, Google says.
Mozilla may not be able to get Firefox approved for the iPhone but perhaps it will be able to win acceptance for its personalization and synchronization technology.
Freedom of Information Act documents obtained by InformationWeek show that the Federal Communications Commission has received 72 complaints about Apple's iPhone since 2009, mostly involving AT&T. There are 450 Federal Trade Commission complaints.
Numerous complaints have been filed with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission against Apple. They run the gamut from the iPad's lack of Flash support to the availability of adult material in the iTunes App Store, to an iPhone catching fire while charging. These documents were obtained via the Freedom Of Information Act.
Google all but admitted last week that the dominant forms of content discovery -- search and social networking -- aren't enough.
Having admitted it 'screwed up,' Google may have to pay up.
The Federal Trade Commission has decided to not to fight Google's purchase of AdMob because of Apple.
Google isn't merely taking aim at the iPhone. It has set its sights on iTunes, the technology that Apple relies on to control the flow of data on the iPhone and to limit the interoperability of competitors' devices.
Having partnered with retailers and manufacturers, Google aims to succeed where others have fallen short: wedding the Web with TV.
Following the keynote presentations on Wednesday at Google IO, the company's annual developer conference, Google hosted several press briefings to delve deeper into some of the announcements of the day.
By providing a royalty-free video codec and a store to help sell Web apps, Google is trying to make the Web the leading development platform.
After a year in invitation-only testing, Google is making Wave available to anyone who wants to try it.
For $68.2 million, Global IP Solutions is set to become the latest in a series of several recent Google acquisitions related to voice and video.
The two companies are joining forces to fight cloud lock-in as Google rolls out App Engine for Business.
The company's Street View cars turn out to have been gathering more than pictures.
Reversing course, Google plans to increase support for partners selling Android devices in retail stores.
Adobe's ad campaign proclaiming "love" for Apple is the most ill-conceived publicity stunt in recent memory, excluding perhaps the balloon boy hoax.
There are thousands of Firefox add-ons. Did we test them all? Nope! But, these 12 are the ones you need to make the most of your Web browsing.
With new HTML tags for browser extensions, Mozilla believes Web site owners can promote wider use of add-on software.
The deal establishes a new focus for the company and demonstrates the growing importance of mobile technology.
Why bother with an expensive, laborious Office upgrade when you could just add Docs, Google says.
US-CERT on Monday warned about a zero-day vulnerability affecting Apple's Safari Web browser.
The micro-blogging service plans to restore follower lists to a time before the bug was being exploited.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and success is the surest bait for imitators.
The theme of the Web 2.0 Expo this year was "the power of platforms." There's power in owning a platform, alright. Just look at Apple: With the stroke of a pen, it can revise its developer agreement and disallow the use of Flash and any number of other third-party development tools for creating iPhone apps.
The Android-based image recognition software can now read text in five languages and offer a translation in many more.
The document sharing start-up is betting its business and betting against Flash.
Before the future Web can thrive, Internet Explorer 6 must pass away.
Kevin Lynch defends cross-platform development and says Adobe doesn't judge content.
Expect design changes and under-the-hood tweaks to improve Google search results pages.
Traveling with an iPad rather than a laptop has its challenges, but it can be done without giving up too much.
At the Web 2.0 Expo, Apple is everywhere without actually being present. Last month, Web 2.0 co-founders John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly published an open letter to Apple asking the company to participate in the conference. To no one's surprise, Apple did not respond.
Disallowing Flash and other development tools for making iPhone apps may get Apple in trouble.