Profile of Thomas ClaburnEditor at Large, Enterprise Mobility
Member Since: 11/15/2013
News & Commentary Posts: 4491
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 August 2005
The Electronic Privacy Information Center wants telecommunications carriers to do more to prevent customer information from being sold online.
San Francisco Chronicle columnist David Lazarus noted last week that ZabaSearch.com, a search engine for personal information both sensitive and mundane, plans this Thursday to roll out a blogging service. ZabaBlog, Lazarus wrote, "allows people -- former classmates, ex-lovers, disgruntled co-workers -- to discuss you online."
Call it "sloggin
Company edges toward multimedia communications platform with Google Talk offering
Google Talk, for instant message and PC-to-PC phone calls, will use the open Jabber protocol, and it'll be ad-free.
The new version includes a sidebar designed to personalize the application, with miniature apps that return information from news, RSS and Atom feeds, photo sites, and other information sources, based on the user's previous Web activities.
The prevalance of identity theft, and the fact that search engines provide links to pages containing personal data, is fueling a debate over whether search-engine companies should be working harder to address privacy issues and whether they should be held accountable for privacy violations.
Trying to play serious catch-up with name players in the online search market, Amazon.com's search subsidiary today unwrapped an online map service with a strong focus on images.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to assure the private-sector weather industry that it's not a threat. Under a proposed policy revision, NOAA will "take advantage of existing capabilities and services of commercial and academic sectors to avoid duplication and competition in areas not related to the NOAA mission."
Sunbelt Software has identified the keylogging spyware that is feeding sensitive personal information to an identity-theft ring. The FBI confirms it has been in contact with Sunbelt and is looking into the company's findings.
The surging popularity of blogs has led comScore Networks to suggest that blogs can now be thought of as part of the mainstream media, if not rivals.
IBM is making its tools for searching unstructured data open source.
Sunbelt Software says a server it discovered during research work may be harvesting ID information using keylogging technology.