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 2008
The company is using its Google Apps business to provide the infrastructure necessary to search videos, restrict access to them, rate them, comment on them, and download them.
Key rights granted under the global Internet Bill of Rights would be freedom of information, freedom of expression, and the right of people to have affordable access.
The hacker, who deleted data from U.S. military and NASA computer systems, claimed he would be subjected to inhumane treatment in the U.S. justice system.
The attack appears to rely on stolen SSH keys to gain access to a system and then uses a local kernel exploit to gain root access, whereupon it installs the "phalanx2" rootkit.
Apple has banned a digital comic called Murderdrome, from Infurious Comics, from its iTunes Store, to the consternation of the comic's creator and fans.
The goal is to make it easier to combine data in the Web browser and allow users to define their own commands, like macros than span applications.
From banning Google Earth to simply ignoring the mapping service, countries are working to deal with potential security violations arising from the images Google makes available online.
The removal of content from the Internet needs more safeguards. Right now, it's just too easy to make unsubstantiated claims that lead online services providers to block lawful content.
So Google's Lively isn't so lively. According to The Economist, "Hardly anyone is using Lively."
Google increased its share by a small amount, while Yahoo and Microsoft had small decreases, according to ComScore.
Tiny gold particles found in medieval gold paint reacted with sunlight to destroy air-borne pollutants, one researcher found.
Mike Walker's Web search turned up an official Chinese Excel spreadsheet that indicates that gymnast He Kexin is only 14 years old.
Beyond saving money, the supply routing system developed for Dell by MIT researchers has made the computer maker more nimble in its movement of goods.
Google's effort to develop an open-source platform for mobile phone applications arises from its belief that mobile devices will offer stronger revenue opportunities than desktop computing.
What makes the service particularly compelling is that it can spot copied or derivative images that have been substantially modified.
The Free The Airwaves campaign is rallying support to open unused TV spectrum, called white space, to carry high-speed wireless Internet signals.
A Massachusetts man claims to have applied but been rejected from YouTube's revenue-sharing Partner Program, a slight he attributes to a deliberate attempt by the video site's staff to mislead him.
A doctor in India filed suit to prevent the tech companies from showing search ads that promote pre-natal sex selection in violation of Indian law.
At the close of the stock market on Wednesday, Apple's value as a company surpassed Google's. Apple's market capitalization reached $158.84 billion; Google's settled at $157.23 billion.
A packaging company claims that until May 2008, Google actively hid the extent to which its AdWords program monetized low-quality pages, parked domains, and error pages.
The subpoena demands Google reveal information associated with blog postings, Internet searches, and financial data related to a libel lawsuit filed last year against Cisco.
The company compares the software to a switchboard that distributes location data based on user-selected privacy settings.
Millions of users were unable to access Google's Gmail service for several hours on Monday.
Because one organization is responsible for filming the Olympics -- Beijing Olympic Broadcasting -- foreign TV networks had no choice but to accept the altered video.
A Google Maps Street View driver has captured a house on fire while snapping photos on Eagle Point Drive in Sherwood, Ark.
Apple's relationship with Intel has done wonderful things for both companies. When Apple's engineers were managing the complicated transition from PowerPC chips to Intel silicon, Intel engineers were there to help. No doubt computer buyers are better off for this intermingling of talent.
This new option complements the company's existing opt-out option for customized ads served by Yahoo on third-party networks.
The company's upcoming Security Bulletin is scheduled to include seven fixes rated "critical" and five rated "important."
The URL of the "video" is designed to look like it leads to Google or YouTube. In fact, it leads to a Trojan downloader on a server associated with a .cn (China) domain.
Robert "RSnake" Hansen, CEO of SecTheory, and Tom Stracener, senior security analyst at Cenzic, had some harsh words for Google at their Black Hat presentation, "Xploiting Google Gadgets."
An upgraded version of the Google Search Appliance can handle up to 10 million documents, more than triple the previous maximum of 3 million documents.
Google is testing a new human-powered translation service under the name Google Translation Center.
Apple's security engineering team had been planning a presentation at the security conference, being held at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
The Patent and Trademark Office's recent narrowing of what qualifies as a patentable software innovation may help Google in this case but could harm the Internet giant in other lawsuits.
The process involves splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen cheaply and efficiently at room temperature.
Despite Apple's patch, the fix for the DNS cache poisoning vulnerability is far from done, according to a SANS security researcher.