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 June 2007
IBM ponders how enterprises can be rewired to be more like games, particularly massively multiplayer online games like fantasy-themed World of Warcraft.
The catch is that the cash is available only to those with gadgets already garnering 250,000 page views per week or more.
The most common form of online harassment was the forwarding of messages presumed to be private, experienced by 15% of teens surveyed.
The project also includes online forums to enhance communications and connect interested users of Google Earth with experienced developers.
The two search engines upgrade their respective online photo services to give consumers a more integrated experience.
Ingram Micro will distribute the Google Search Appliance and Google Mini enterprise search boxes around the globe.
Friday is almost upon us and there seems to be no way to avoid the absurd iPhone hype. Just this morning I received a pitch from VeriSign's PR agency, Weber Shandwick, that posed the question, "Will the iPhone crash the Internet?" (No, apparently. The question was just to get me to read the pitch.)
Resistance, it seems, it futile. So in the spirit of Stephen Colbert's Formidable Opponent segment, it's time to debate myself about the pros and cons of buying an iPhone. Feel free to join in.
Kids on Facebook are expected to go to college, while those on MySpace are expected to get a job when they finish high school, according to informal research by a Ph.D. student.
The intent of the protest is to demonstrate what will be heard on July 15, the date that 17 months of retroactive royalty payments are due.
The search engine company asks the courts to force Microsoft to reveal the exact changes in Windows Vista that accommodate competing desktop search software providers.
The company reports adding new business customers at a rate of 1,000 per day since it launched in February.
Google's purchase of online phone company Grand Central Communications would put it on track for tripling its 2006 acquisitions.
The search engine and its lobbyists try to persuade the U.S. Congress to treat censorship as a barrier to trade.
The company offers to synchronize multiple online address books and services from companies and organizations like AOL, Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, and Yahoo.
Researchers use off-the-shelf software as part of an experiment to demonstrate the vulnerability of critical space infrastructure.
The patent application envisions several possible tests that could be used to prevent a portable device from being recharged.
Up until late last year, Google assembled its high-end enterprise search box on its own, from components supplied by a variety of white-box manufacturers.
In "Microsoft Search Compromise Could Hinder Innovation," Boston University law professor Keith Hylton raised the issue of how the government's case against Microsoft appears to have expanded antitrust law to include an obligation on the part of software companies to protect rivals.
This is not an endorsement of Microsoft's behavior or criticism of Google's complaint about how Vista handles search. Rather, it's
Watching online video is becoming a routine part of Internet-using Americans' lives, with more than half saying they watch videos online at least once a week.
Advertisers currently in the beta test should see an alert in their AdWords account informing them that they can create PPA ad campaigns.
An antitrust complaint filed by Google is forcing Microsoft to change the way its Windows Vista operating system handles desktop search queries ... and perhaps its future.
Google is making available a growing collection of technical lectures, but don't expect them to topple American Idol in the ratings any time soon.
Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom now all have local versions of YouTube.
The cars returned some of the solar power gathered from Google's newly completed 1.6-megawatt photovoltaic system, power stored in the battery of the car, to the PG&E electrical grid.
Michael Moore's latest film Sicko has appeared online. My wife and I watched it in its entirety on Google Video last night. It has been removed since then, though it's no doubt still available on various file sharing networks.
I'm tempted to send Mr. Moore a check for the $20 we won't be spending at the movie theater this summer, but to do so would be to shortchange
The addition may prove particularly useful to those who upload videos from cell phones, which typically lack video editing software.
The two-week operation was conducted by the Attorney General's Cyber Crimes and Fugitive Units.
Proposed online-advertising company purchases by Google and others are keeping FTC acquisition reviewers busy.
This atomization of Web pages, the new distributed Web, complicates the process of measuring and monetizing. And that's where comScore aims to help.
Rather than fielding questions from news anchors, the presidential hopefuls will confront videotaped queries.
The online auction site reportedly canceled its search ad purchases in response to Google's planned promotion of Google Checkout at an eBay event.
The company plans to release software that will let Linux users synchronize their files with remote copies on its Glide hosted file sharing and storage service to other platforms.
Updated version of Web site analysis service has several new features to help site administrators measure traffic.
Google and its partners such as Disney and Time Warner are looking to prevent the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content.
The company revises its policy and will now annonymize its server logs after 18 months.
Apple has included a read-only version ZFS in Leopard as a future file system option for high-end storage systems.
Apple's operating system includes some 300 new features, including a few notable omissions, minor disappointments, and hidden gems.
Apple hopes that iPhone sales and Windows compatibility, not to mention faster performance on benchmarking tests, will boost Safari adoption by Windows users.
Executives with the search engine testify that the current annual cap of 65,000 H-1B visas is not enough to fulfill Google's specialized skills requirements.
The feature contains an assortment of event listings filterable with checkboxes and other presentation management features.
The Nursing Institute of West Central Ohio will use robots to allow nursing faculty to teach from remote locations.
Microsoft IIS Web servers were found to be twice as likely to distribute malware as open source Apache Web servers.
PeakStream launched last September with $17 million in Series B funding and is helmed by executives from Nvidia, Sun Microsystems, and VMware.
The Eyes on Darfur Web site has been set up to display an ongoing series of satellite images of 12 villages deemed to be a risk from the Janjaweed militias backed by the Sudanese government.
In some cities and for some types of public transportation, Google Maps can show the next departure time, what lines serve a specific station, and a link to the transit agency.
The company has introduced Ask3D, a revised search service with a three-panel search results interface and a new search algorithm called Morph.
MT 4 represents a new software architecture that combines the code bases of Movable Type 3.3, Movable Type Enterprise 1.5, and the core code from its hosted blog services.
The thermoacoustic engines convert wasted heat in electronic devices into sound and then electricity, promising cooler, greener, and perhaps louder machines.
How high can Google count? Very high it turns out, but there is a limit. Using the Google search box as a calculator, Google's ceiling appears to be 2.00135558564^1023, which Google says equals 1.79769313 × 10^308.
It's a challenge to the Microsoft business model, but also a new phase in the increasingly important courtship of Web developers.
The content syndication and management service will let Google offer new tools for content creators and Web site publishers.
With the launch of Google Maps Street View come the inevitable backlash stories. The New York Times has an article today that describes how a "Google map service can zoom in so closely on buildings that it has caused Ms. Kalin-Casey and others to complain to the company and on blogs."
This description comes from the caption to a photograph of Ms. Kali