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 June 2009
Google App Sync for Microsoft Outlook has been fixed so that it no longer interferes with Windows Desktop Search.
Mozilla's Firefox 3.5, long delayed, has been officially released and now faces an increasingly competitive browser market.
Google is rolling out new mobile phone services in Uganda, where mobile phones represent the dominant computing device.
In the latest installment of what appears to an ongoing series in the technology press, criminals are using technology to commit crimes.
Trading virtual currency for real goods has been banned in China, putting hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity at risk.
The Chinese government has been having a rough month. The authorities there have been dialing back already limited Internet freedoms to discourage disruptive remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. In early June, authorities let slip that starting in July PCs shipped in China would have to include Web filtering software called Green Dam.
Social profile spam is on the rise and Google wants Web site operators to do something about it.
More students than ever are pursuing graduate education in science and engineering and those doing so represent a greater proportion of non-white ethnic groups and of women.
Google has started sending out invitations to use Google Voice, the company's online voice mail and communication management service.
Apple's new iPhone 3GS has boosted mobile video uploads on YouTube by 400% per day since it launched.
Google.com and Gmail were offline in China on Wednesday as Chinese authorities try to exercise more control over Internet content.
Illinois plaintiffs seek a refund for songs purchased for $1.29 while using Apple's $.99 iTunes gift cards.
The search giant has launched a developer Web site that offers advice on optimizing CSS, gzip compression, and HTTP caching so that Web pages load faster.
Developers may now integrate Google AdSense network ads into their mobile applications and allow advertisers to bid for placement.
The Chinese government's condemnation of Google as a purveyor of porn continues.
Google on Tuesday endorsed the Declaration of Health Data Rights, a set of principles designed to promote consumer empowerment, privacy protection, and data portability.
Consumer packaged goods companies have been watching as retailers use the Internet to develop stronger relationships with consumers.
If the U.S. government intends to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google, it had better act fast. Given the pace and profile of Google's philanthropic activities, the Justice Department may have to amend whatever legal documents have been prepared so far by changing the defendant's name to "Saint Google."
In the U.K. in April, a handful of residents of the village of Broughton blocked a car from entering their town. The driver was taking pictures for Google's Street View service and the locals were concerned about their privacy.
The service offers more than 1.5 million public domain books at no charge to users of Android mobile phones, Apple's iPhone, and the Internet.
The engineering effort may require disentangling Google.cn from search indexes associated with other Google search sites, like Google.com.
The site was created because Google has a significant interest in making sure that ad blocking doesn't become a standard security practice.
Google insists open Web standards will win the day, but Adobe Flash remains the de facto platform for rich Internet applications.
Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Opera have also released significant upgrades to their browsers in the past few months.
Despite weakened copyright protection, the number of albums, books, and movies -- and overall revenue to the entertainment industry -- has grown since 2000.
Microsoft cries foul as Google's software links Microsoft's messaging client to the Google cloud, helping committed Outlook fans feel more at home on Google's turf.
Google's ownership of dark fiber, cost-efficient data centers, and use of peering agreements may be cutting the video site's losses close to zero, a new report finds.
The scheme involved promoting the sale of World of Warcraft currency and collecting auto insurance referral fees.
The Opera Unite software lets users directly host Web sites, music playlists, photos, chat services, and note-exchange systems without need for a Web server.
The flaw could have allowed a Java applet to execute malicious code on affected Macs, potentially leading to information theft or a compromised system.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin, as The New York Post, tells it, is "so rattled by the launch of Microsoft's rival search engine that he has assembled a team of top engineers to work on urgent upgrades to his Web service."
There's so much going on at Google that it's not always possible to cover it all. What follows are some recent developments that may be of interest but didn't get much attention. And this isn't a complete list. I've omitted the developments in the many foreign countries where Google does business.
Developers, enticed by tales of earning $600,000 in a single month, should face the fact that such breakout success stories are the exception rather than the rule, one survey finds.
IGoogle for Mobile is faster and easier to use on Android devices and Apple's iPhone, Google says.
In the face of growing scrutiny of corporate behavior, Google is hoping to dissuade the Department of Justice from bringing an antitrust case.
The software allows Outlook users to connect to Google Apps for e-mail, contacts, and calendar data, as well as helping Google nibble away at Microsoft's enterprise contracts.
The company's June Patch Day included 10 security bulletins to fix 31 threats in Microsoft products.
At the Clift Hotel in San Francisco, Google is busy trying to convince a group of journalists that companies love Google Apps. The setting speaks of success -- the Spanish Suite at the Clift is the sort of complex that would house a Saudi sheik's entourage. The message is that Google means businesses.
Common methods of injury include colliding with computer equipment and tripping or falling over PC hardware, study finds.
Subscribers with an iPhone 3G who aren't eligible for an upgrade -- those not near the end of their two-year contracts -- can still upgrade to an iPhone 3G S, but must pay $200 more.
Starting July 1, PC makers will have to install pornography-blocking app Green Dam Youth Escort on all computers sold in China.
At Google's Searchology event last month, VP of engineering Ubi Manber said that the current challenge in search is understanding people. Google doesn't understand yet, but he said the company is off to a good start.
However, the company is discouraging average users from downloading the browser-in-progress unless they really know what they're doing.
Pricewert LLC is accused of hosting and actively distributing child pornography, malware, and spam.
Google's continuous corridor of 3-D space with building facades and roadway geometry is generated virtually using laser landscape measurements and picture difference comparisons.
Search engines are trying to improve usability of results as consumers become savvier and more demanding.
Wave's potential as open source collaborative plumbing for the Internet could help expand it beyond a simple product and application structure.
Two consumer groups object to Andrew McLaughlin's potential appointment, saying it would violate President Obama's ethics guidelines.
Celebrities including Al Gore, Demi Moore, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, and Rachael Ray have been enlisted to show the masses how accomplished people use the iGoogle service.
The new interface is designed to replicate the TV viewing experience, where shows are watched one after the other.
While Microsoft's "decision engine" claimed 6% of search engine queries only hours after launch, it doesn't seem to be denting Google's overwhelming market share.
With 34 GSAs linked together, Google says version 6 could let a company host a search index that's as big as the entire Google Web index in the year 2000.
The software package provides business owners with information about how visitors came across their local listings.
The company wants to find common ground with authors, who have complained about copyright violations through services like Google Book Search.