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 2008
The company's VC arm will be led by David Drummond, Google's senior VP of corporate development and chief legal officer.
Google, via the YouTube blog, on Wednesday said that it has purchased Omniso, a California-based social video startup.
Checkout By Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay will compete with PayPal and Google Checkout for a piece of the online payments pie.
UFO fanatic Gary McKinnon is accused of hacking into 97 U.S. military computer systems in 2001 and 2002 and may face as many as 70 years in a U.S. prison.
Google can rest easy, at least for the time being. Cuil, the search startup that debuted on Monday, is no Google-killer. Judging by the dismissive comments left by those reading InformationWeek's coverage, Cuil was more of a danger to itself than any other company, thanks to downtime and poor performance on both a tec
Attacks making use of this vulnerability have not yet been reported and Apple has not yet addressed the flaw.
The carrier aircraft, expected to lift the SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket into suborbital space, has a 140-foot wingspan.
Schroepfer brings with him years of experience as CTO of Sun's data center automation business, not to mention his role overseeing the launches of Firefox 1.5, 2, and 3.
Founded by husband-and-wife team Tom Costello and Anna Patterson, Cuil aims to rank the relevancy search results by content analysis rather than by popularity.
BrowseRank, Microsoft claims, can deliver better search results by measuring user behavior, including where users go and the amount of time they remain at those pages.
Three years after Google declared that its index was three times larger than any other search engine and then declined to cite a specific number to support that claim, it was widely believed that Google had tired of index one-upmanship and that it would no longer be measuring its index.
At Black Hat, RSnake is expected to demonstrate a zero-day vulnerability that allows for information theft, spoofing, and authentication issues.
Vint Cerf slams the telecoms, which aren't happy that bits have been commoditized and would like to shape industry regulations to help them to get back in the services game.
Davidson reportedly forced his wife to help him leave the minimum-security federal prison in Colorado where he was serving time for his role in spam scams.
Google is about to acquire Digg, or so says Michael Arrington of TechCrunch.
Knol's means of encouragement is Google's AdSense program, which will let verified subscribers generate income from the articles they've authored.
A provocatively titled post at the Patently-O blog, The Death of Google's Patents, by John F. Duffy, suggests that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's narrowing view of patentable innovation may invalidate some of Google's patents, not to mention patents held by IBM, Microsoft, and other companies with software patents.
The automaker wants to be leading the pack when electric cars reach the nation's roads.
The politically oriented DDoS attack seems to have originated from Russian hackers, according to a volunteer security watchdog organization.
In a post on Monday, Om Malik asks, "Is iPhone The New Gaming Platform?" I think the answer is yes. I expect it will run the Nintendo DS out of town.
The deal to buy ZAO Begun, a Russian contextual advertising service, marks Google's first publicly disclosed acquisition since last October.
Google has been sued for the second time in less than a week for selling low-quality ads on parked domains.
Net income for the second quarter of 2008 was $1.25 billion, down from $1.31 billion in the first quarter of 2008.
Within six weeks, Google Gmail and Google Calendar will be Google Gears-enabled, meaning that they'll run offline.
Google's decision to change the way Gmail gathers contacts is an acknowledgment that automation must be balanced by human oversight.
The companies that created the information revolution appear to be having second thoughts.
Xerox on Tuesday said it has joined with Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, and other tech companies to fight information overload.
What do Google, Yahoo, and The Church of Scientology have in question? They're among the dozens named as defendants in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in a Florida federal court.
Sharing a Google Calendar with another Gmail user can expose the first name and last name that the recipient of the shared calendar supplied to set up a Gmail account.
There are many ways air travel could be improved. Putting ads on passengers' boarding passes isn't one of the ways that comes to mind.
The Blizzard decision, if allowed to stand, could diminish consumers' already limited ownership rights over the software they buy.
The Google Elections Video Search gadget uses speech recognition to transcribed and index speeches by politicians and others.
A class-action lawsuit alleges that Google committed fraud, business code violations, and unjust enrichment by selling ads that were unlikely to generate conversions.
Google and Radiohead have joined together to release a new music video for "House of Cards," a song from Radiohead's recent album, In Rainbows.
The two tech giants trade statements ahead of today's Congressional hearing on the Google's advertising pact with Yahoo.
On Thursday evening, Google threw open the doors of its San Francisco office to members of the media and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Though Google's San Francisco office has been open for months, the dust has cleared and Google wanted to celebrate.
Atul Malhotra is scheduled to be sentenced in October and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.
iPhone users who manage to update their phones should be more secure from potential threats.
Apple knew its iPhone 2.0 software would be popular. Nonetheless, iPhone users trying to install the update have overwhelmed Apple's servers, leaving lots of unhappy iPhone users.
Researchers propose gathering personal data by tracking people's activities at home through home network interactions.
Local language versions of the Glide Web-based mobile application suite help fuel CEO Donald Leka hopes of connecting those who can barely afford a PC.
Google is among the many developers introducing iPhone applications through Apple's iTunes App Store. On Thursday, the search company introduced Google Mobile App, a free dedicated search application for the iPhone.
BOSS removes many of the usage restrictions on Yahoo's search APIs, encouraging developers to create "credible alternatives to Yahoo and Google."
Google says it is testing new ideas on YouTube and still learning what what works and what work when it comes to ads.
Lively feels more like a Google Talk-powered chat room with 3-D camera controls than an immersive environment like Second Life.
The information Google provides includes the Gmail user's type of access (browser, mobile, POP3), IP address, date, and time.
Google's documentation claims that Protocol Buffers are 3 to 10 times smaller than comparable XML files and can be parsed 20 to 100 times faster.
The video-sharing site's users are calling for a boycott of the media giant following reports that it will view log data to prove its copyright case against Google.
The tension in Google's simultaneous desire to collect the world's data while protecting the world's privacy can be seen in YouTube's user fight.
Google said it interpreted the law differently.
In order to accommodate the restrictions that Apple placed on iPhone apps to conserve system resources, this version of Google Talk shuts down if you launch another application.
When the deal was announced, Google and Yahoo said they had agreed to delay it for three months to allow the Department of Justice time to review the arrangement.
Google is all for data portability, unless it threatens the company's dominance of online advertising.
The 105-page complaint seeks to recoup billions in lost share value after Apple's admission of executive compensation though the backdating of stock option grants.
Firefox 2 is considered to be the most secure Web browser because 83.3% of its users worldwide are running the most current version.