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 2009
The company that made Internet advertising what it is today has decided to promote Google Apps using really big display ads by the highway.
Moving to close a hole revealed at the Black Hat security conference on Thursday, Apple has released iPhone OS 3.0.1.
The Mozilla community is celebrating Firefox's success with online and offline events.
The Web may be the platform of the future, but at the moment, Web development technology doesn't provide Google with a way around Apple's ban on its Google Voice app.
Google on Thursday released the Google Checkout store gadget, software that allows any Google Docs user to create an online store and sell items using a Google spreadsheet.
As it prepares to become a major digital book seller, Google is striking partnerships with brick-and-mortar stores and trying to dispel concerns.
Fighting an attempt to win a copyright law exemption that would sanction the use of unauthorized iPhone software, Apple claims phone networks are at risk when it's not in charge.
Amateur and professional programmers alike now have an easy way to write Android applications with Google's Simple programming language.
Google's online services, like those offered by Amazon, Microsoft, or any other company, sometimes fail. Hopefully, failures don't happen often. But when they do, it's helpful to have information about what's going on.
Bokodes, a new optical data storage technology, could help hasten the era of ubiquitous computing, in which every object can be linked to the Internet.
Privacy groups tell Internet users to e-mail Google CEO Eric Schmidt to demand Book Search data protection.
The native Latitude application that Google developed for the iPhone has been shelved at Apple's request.
The days of the dulcet "ringback tone" -- the sound heard when waiting for a call to go through -- may be numbered. Google is developing a system to sell audio ads as ringback tones.
The world's oldest and largest news gathering organization aims to fight online theft of its content with digital tracking beacons.
After threatening to sue the operator of a public wiki site over an anonymous discussion about syncing iPods using software other than iTunes, Apple has changed its tune.
The British High Court has ruled that Google isn't responsible for third-party comments found in search results. But search engine liability issues remain.
With the announcement of Chrome OS, having a general storage service for files becomes essential for Google. Yet the company remains coy about acknowledging a project that has been rumored for at least three years.
With better than expected second quarter earnings, a new homepage, and renewed rumors of an impending Microsoft deal, Yahoo appears to be getting back on its feet.
HP security experts have developed a browser-based system for secure communications and plan to present their project at the upcoming Black Hat conference.
Thanks to its partnership with NASA, Google Earth has now includes the Moon.
The City of Los Angeles faces worries about privacy and security as it considers moving to Google Apps.
By deleting two unauthorized Orwell books from the Kindle devices of readers who had purchased them, Amazon highlighted how poorly real world expectations apply to the digital world.
A new Web site from Plain Black Corp. helps individuals create and sell board and card games.
In keeping with its mission to organize the world's information, Google is testing software to help people understand how they use power. Once you discover the cost of heating your home with hair dryers, you may never do it again.
A lawsuit filed on Thursday claims that iGoogle and other Google search personalization efforts rely on patented technology.
Developers who create Firefox add-ons can now solicit payment for their work through the add-on download site.
CEO Eric Schmidt says Google's business has stabilized and consumers are searching more. The company reported slightly better results than anticipated.
Taking a cue from Twitter and Facebook, Google is adding social features to its Reader software and tightening the link between Google profiles and its other services.
The distribution of internal Twitter documents by a hacker has revived doubts about the security of cloud computing. But Google wants everyone to know that security tools are available for those who want to use them.
Part of Google's security strategy for Chrome involves the use of 'silent updates,' browser patches downloaded without specific authorization by the user. It's a controversial practice because spyware and malware also download files without the express consent of users.
Making calls using Google Voice just got easier, thanks to two new mobile apps.
Lotus Notes customers now have an easy way to move to Google Apps, thanks to Google's new Notes migration tool.
On Friday, Dana Wagner, senior competition counsel for Google, published a post on Google's Public Policy blog that asks the question, "Is free an antitrust issue?"
With Chrome OS, Google aims to make the Web the primary platform for software development.
You should probably know where you are. But in case you don't, you can now find out using Google Maps' new My Location service.
Surging surveillance data threatens to overwhelm the military's ability to deal with the information. A report from a defense advisory group is calling for new data analysis technology and for taking a cue from Google.
Chrome OS, Google's newly announced operating system, isn't just a swipe at Microsoft. It's an attempt to realize the cloud computing future that Google's been predicting.
Taking the fight to Microsoft's doorstep, Google has announced Chrome OS, a new operating system for netbooks and desktop computers.
Bowing to pressure from its enterprise clients, Google has finally removed the beta label from Google Apps. For Gmail, the oldest component of Google Apps, this marks the end of over five years in beta.
Internet marketers have agreed on a set of seven principles for online ads to foster consumer trust and forestall government regulation.
The privacy controls at Facebook are getting reworked in the hope that users will choose to be more open.
Microsoft's new Bing search engine is slowly gaining ground against the competition. But that may not be enough to change the dynamics of the search market.
To promote greater government transparency and public access to information, US CIO Vivek Kundra has launched a new Web site for tracking spending on government IT projects.