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 August 2007
Instead of links, Google wants to carry articles from news agencies like The Associated Press to promote "the definitive original copy and give credit to the original journalist."
Engadget managing editor Ryan Block struck a nerve yesterday when he posted a scathing attack on keyword popovers, such as those supplied by "IntelliTXT / Vibrant Media and like ad services whose entire business depends on polluting your content, confusing your audience, and tricking them into clicking on ads that just won't go away."
The patch addresses a buffer overflow vulnerability in an ActiveX control that could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code.
IBM's new techniques may well lead to the use of atoms for digital storage, which could store the entire contents of YouTube -- about 1,000 trillion bits of data.
The class-action suit charges that the companies violated California law by failing to inform iPhone purchasers that it costs $100 to replace the phone's battery.
Firefox Campus Edition includes version 220.127.116.11 of the Firefox browser and three add-ons designed to appeal to the campus set.
A new report suggests that the site requires users to install an ActiveX control that limits coupon printing and adds tracking data to printed coupons.
The company estimates that recompiling applications with GWT 1.4 can result in software that has 30% less code and can run 20% to 50% faster.
Donald Leka, CEO of New York-based TransMedia, maker of the Glide online media sharing and storage service, believes consumers care about privacy.
Reyes characterized his five and a half years at Google as "an extraordinary ride."
An upgrade to WebEx PCNow 3.0 remote access software will let iPhone users check their Microsoft Outlook e-mail and view the files stored on their remote Windows computers.
The companies are accused of violating a patent on automatic message routing held by Polaris IP. The patent has a long history in litigation, but all the cases have been settled out of court.
Inspired by a blogger's complaint, the AdShare Network aims to allow video site creators the flexibility to broker more lucrative deals with advertisers.
U.K. communications trends show only 58% said they fast-forwarded through commercials.
Yahoo plans to roll out co-branded versions of the new Yahoo Mail to carrier partners like AT&T and Verizon.
Google's software engineers report that they've been busy giving Orkut, the company's social networking service, a face-lift. But perhaps what the site really needs is a new name for the U.S market.
It's true that short, memorable domain names are hard to come by, but if ever there was a Google product in need of re-branding, it's Orkut.
As of May 2007, Internet users spent 47% of their time online consuming content, compared with 34% in 2003, according to the Center for Media Research.
Google's acquisitions and patents support the suggestion that there's phone work going on.
The site offers access to about 170,000 decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Appellate courts going back to the early 1990s.
The conflict pits individuals and groups that favor privacy protections against organizations and law enforcement agencies that favor data access.
This marks a major strategic shift for Google, which appears to be looking to extend its power across other online channels like e-mail and instant messaging.
The purchase gives Yahoo access to software technology that inserts ads in content for mobile devices, such as mobile phone games.
Google is selling overlay advertising on a limited number of YouTube videos to a select group of partners at a cost of $20 per 1,000 viewers.
Sky in Google Earth lets users turn their desktops into virtual telescopes.
More than 50 new features are included to ease template and asset management, improve text editing, and enhance the online social experience.
Some scientists are slack-jawed at the thought that people believe sinking in lava is even possible, not to mention leaping onto the wings of a hovering fighter jet.
A new Web service searches the change logs of 35 million Wikipedia edits and attempts to identify the organization associated with the IP addresses recorded with changes.
Diminishing satisfaction with Google may be the result of Google's failure to communicate effectively about changes to its services, analysts suggest.
Vendor support had to be called in after some 17,000 travelers in the airport were not able to be processed by immigration authorities.
In June, ICANN report issued a report that identified several possible consequences of domain tasting, including the destabilization of the domain name system.
The addition of StarOffice to Google Pack shows Google confronting Microsoft more directly than before.
The company's Glide Sync allows users to upload files to a hosted storage service and to synchronize with PCs running the most common operating systems.
A 2002 study suggesting black monitor screens require less power than white screens is fueling debate over an alternative to Google's vanilla-colored background.
A look at storage services shows that parking files with the Internet's big brands carries a premium.
Google has been recognized for a number of positive environmental and public policy initiatives to benefit people around the world. But its most under-appreciated act of charity is the fact that it serves ad-haters.
Apple receipts allegedly show the purchaser's full name, full home address, full phone number and full e-mail address.
The report calls for search companies to do some soul-searching about balancing advertising needs with user privacy.
Starting this week, the search engine is experimenting with a mechanism to allow newsmakers to publish their comments to prevent from being misquoted.
Overall, communications spending increased 6.8% in 2006 to a record $885.2 billion, outpacing GDP growth for the fourth time in five years, the report says.
Inventor Thomas Harvey claims the Apple Portable Power Adapter infringes his patents on an illuminated recharging device.
After months of iPhone hype, Jobs was eager to discuss his company's Mac-oriented hardware and software innovations.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a point of contrasting the typical PC, tangled in cables, with the clean design aesthetic of the new iMac, which is housed in aluminum and glass.
AmieStreet combines social networking with music sales and features a variable pricing mode that starts free.
Daniel Lyons, a senior editor at Forbes magazine and the writer of the Fake Steve Jobs blog, said he expected to be exposed months ago.
Mainsoft's suite of .Net-Java software integration tools made it easy for University Hospital of Ghent to implement IBM WebSphere in its .Net environment.
The survey, based on a national sample of 2,000 U.S. households with Internet access, suggests that consumers face a 25% chance of being victimized online
New special effects software for animating fluids on display at SIGGRAPH is expected to take less computing power and deliver more realistic results.
Amazon.com is testing a set of new Amazon Web Services APIs for moving money between people or computers.
Amazon has launched an invite-only beta test of a new online grocery delivery service called Amazon Fresh in a Seattle suburb called Mercer Island.
The typical American PC also contained 197 Microsoft Word files, 100 PDF files, 77 Microsoft Excel files, and 36 Windows Media files, a new comScore survey finds.
Apple's rationale for a voice-driven interface is easy to understand: Interfaces for portable devices demand attention and they're not always easy to read.
Audit fees, board compensation, and legal fees continue to rise, despite an overall plateau in compliance costs, a new study finds.
The CCIA claims media and sports organizations have systematically misled consumers with regard to their legal rights to use content.
Backup generators at 365 Main failed to complete their start sequence because of a memory problem in the engine monitoring and control component.