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 July 2007
A study classified 17 out of 62 printers as "high particle emitters" because they released so much toner powder into the air.
With Amazon's new Paid AMI Support, EC2 users can become a software or application service provider, selling access to their particular server configuration.
Spyware researcher Ben Edelman charges that Zango, the adware company formerly known as 180solutions Inc., is distributing deceptive software without adequate consent or disclosure.
An Italian Catholic priest is urging the faithful to use the virtual world to get in touch with reality.
A document from the Beijing State Security Bureau suggests that Yahoo possessed more information than it has admitted to about Chinese journalist Shi Tao.
If AT&T ran the highway system, things would be different. Only AT&T-approved cars would be allowed on the roads, all of which would be toll roads.
Drivers would have to prepay their tolls, based on the estimated number of miles they expected to drive. Those who drove fewer miles than estimated would get no refund; those who drove more would be charged for the overage at a higher rate.
Jimmy Wales buys Look Smart's Grub search engine and secures it under an open source license for a public release later this year.
Proposed options include releasing the offline e-mail client as a community project similar to SeaMonkey.
R. H. Donnelley's $345 million acquisition proposal is significantly more than the $7 million paid for the Business.com domain name in 1999.
Some residents feel cheated by rules that ban wagering on games of chance or real-life organized sporting events if they provide a payout in Linden Dollars.
The updated software will allow IT administrators to embed a 2D view of Google Earth data into any Web application and to make enterprise mashups.
The two companies plan to work together on future technology and advertising initiatives.
Power fluctuations Tuesday set off a chain reaction that took down a data center that hosts Craigslist, Six Apart's blog sites, Technorati, Yelp, and others.
An Autonomy white paper that condemns Google's enterprise search technology ruffles feathers between engineers at the two companies.
Dirty money is a quaint concept because it's hard to imagine any other kind. Money is literally dirty -- some 18% of coins harbor pathogens, according to a 1998 study by Shirley Lowe, an assistant professor at the University of California -- and many great fortunes were made out of less-than-honorable work.
At $300, the TiVo HD will be priced substantially less than the TiVo Series 3 HD Digital Media Recorder, which has an $800 price tag.
The soon-to-be-public search engine declares it's now clear that social networks can help organize the world's information and make it personally accessible and useful.
CyberAngel Wi-Trac laptop recovery service encrypts data after a theft report or three failed login attempts.
The e-learning development application Captivate is being enhanced to be able to capture mouse movements. Framemaker, an authoring tool for complex technical documents, adds support for new file formats.
AskEraser will provide Ask users with privacy controls that will prevent their searches from being retained on the company's servers.
For $399, Ooma offers a hardware appliance that connects to broadband Internet and offers VoIP service over regular phones.
Performance was driven by the core search and ads business, the company said. But Microsoft is gaining market share, and regulators may soon have Google under the microscope.
Click fraud due to botnets doubled from the first to second quarter this year, says Click Forensics. And overall click fraud rates are up.
Respondents attributed the DNS security problems to malware, denial-of-service attacks, cache poisoning, and pharming.
Doppelganger Studios plans to expand its virtual world The Music Lounge based on real-life parts of Tokyo, Paris, New York, Milan, and Florida.
In the months ahead, Google will start distributing cookies that expire automatically after two years of inactivity.
About three-quarters of people surveyed last month said they look to mainstream media, rather than the Internet, for political information.
It's the same custom search available for consumers, but with no ads, and with APIs to allow enhancements such as adding a "buy it now" button for e-commerce sites.
The overall volume of U.S. search queries reached 8 billion in June, up 6% from May and 26% from June 2006, according to comScore.
The former Grouper site will become a showcase for high-quality filmmaking talent, says Sony Pictures.
Since December, Yahoo's share of user attention has declined 22%, while Google's attention share has risen 10%, which doesn't include YouTube's performance.
Expanding the reach of its Education Edition portfolio is part of Google's greater effort to get the word out and help nonprofits, the company said.
Serial visitation appears to be the habit at the Top Ten sites, all of which offer search engines.
The good news for Microsoft is that more people are using Live Search. The bad news is that more bots are using it also.
The software allows people to call or instant message anyone with an e-mail address.
The Software & Information Industry Association Wednesday named the top 10 most significant developments in e-commerce over the past decade.
J.P. Morgan, the source of the rumor that a low-end iPhone based on Apple's iPod Nano is being developed, today issued a research note distancing itself from that claim.
If you didn't see that denial coming, you were probably too busy admiring your reflection in your iPhone's lustrous screen.
Only select TiVo subscribers with broadband connections can take advantage of Amazon's Unbox service.
Changes were needed since Web pages that rely on Ajax technology or present streaming media can serve new content without requiring the user to reload the page, analysts said.
The number of unique visitors to online gaming sites grew 17% year over year to almost 217 million worldwide, according to a new ComScore survey.
MSN and Microsoft Live's U.S. search query volume showed a 67% increase from May to June, according to a new report.
The mobile smartphone includes a 2.8-inch VGA touch screen, A-GPS for location and navigation services, and GSM850/900/1800/1900 compatibility.
Google aims to convince corporate IT managers that its software-as-a-service model can accommodate corporate security and compliance requirements.
The deal is widely seen as an attempt to improve Microsoft's ability to compete against Google as a provider of search advertising.
After decades of GUI development and inspiration from Google and other search engines, Mozilla suggests the command line is again part of the interface discussion.
Symantec learned of this trend by monitoring IRC channels specially set up to trade stolen credit card and identity information.
The site saw 26.6 million unique U.S. visitors, a result that suggests Facebook's decision to drop registration restrictions in September was the right one.
Apple just can't bring itself to make a two-button mouse. Partly it's an issue of aesthetics. "Unlike the conventional mouse, the unibody mouse does not include any mechanical buttons thereby making it more elegant than the conventional mouse (e.g., no surface breaks or lines)," a newly published Apple patent appl
In addition to its investment in Craigslist, eBay has acquired a number of classified marketplace sites over the years.
The company says it will still provide Web e-mail in Germany, even though a German court ruled that another firm owns the Gmail trademark in the country.
Google's been busy with a lot of environmental initiatives lately: The company just completed its 1.6 megawatt photovoltaic system, enabling it to power 1/3 of its corporate headquarters using solar energy.
The company petitions to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly that the changes Microsoft has promised to make to Vista won't address Google's concerns.
Whether or not it's walking away from profit, Universal's dissatisfaction with Apple may reflect Apple's push to eliminate DRM.
Google may say it fights spam but I'm beginning to have my doubts. A recent post on Google's Webmaster Central blog offers advice on how to build "startpages."
What is a "startpage"? "Basically, it's a Web page with a lot of links about a specific topic," explain Selina & Jos, two members of Google's Search Quality Team in Dublin.
So here's the question: How is a "startpage" different from a
Yahoo said that, in tests, SmartAds resulted in click-through rates that were two to three times higher than similarly placed, untargeted display ads.
The deal to buy the voice communications management startup marks Google's twelfth acquisition so far this year
TransMedia has added iPhone support to its Glide Mobile online media sharing and storage service.
Universal plans to sell music at will, meaning that it could withdraw its songs from Apple's online store on short notice. The move is widely seen as an effort to obtain better contractual terms from Apple.