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 2009
A property developer is seeking to identify critics associated with a Gmail address used by TCI Journal, an online site covering the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Microsoft is conducting secret meetings to discuss ways to hobble Google, DailyFinance reports. Phrased in a less incendiary way, such as "Microsoft lobbyists are working to advance Microsoft's interests and blunt revenue threats from competitors," this hardly qualifies as news.
Mac users are getting new security features with the arrival of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6, but some security vendors say those enhancements are lightweight.
Apple and AT&T promised MMS messaging for the iPhone, but haven't delivered. Despite a disclaimer, a dissatisfied iPhone user believes laws have been broken.
Developers who create Facebook applications will have to get explicit permission to use personal information from Facebook users.
Adobe CS3 users are expressing dismay that Snow Leopard compatibility hasn't been tested while hackers tempt Mac users with malware in Snow Leopard clothing.
With enhancements for Mail, Messenger, and Search, Yahoo continues to develop as a social destination site.
When it comes to privacy, Google can't seem to get a break. The Swiss data protection commissioner recently blindsided Google by calling for the suspension of the company's Street View service.
Internet users are revealing information that identifies them through the use of social networking sites, a research study claims.
The Swiss data commissioner worries that Google Maps Street View reveals too much and may force Google to blur or remove even more of its images.
Responding to an FCC inquiry, Apple has cited user experience changes and privacy concerns as the reason that Google Voice has not been approved for the iPhone.
Are Google, Apple, and AT&T the same when it comes to mobile application approval? Google's Andy Rubin argues there's a difference.
A new coalition opposed to Google's Book Search settlement has been formed.
Bloggers who hide behind screen names to insult people may find that online pseudonyms don't really conceal one's identity.
Users of Google's enterprise search hardware now have a way to compare different search configurations and competing search products.
Summer, usually a slow time for search, has given Microsoft something to smile about: The company's Bing search engine gained market share.
Adults who play video games are more likely to report being overweight, depressed, and in poor health than those who don't play.
The search behemoth has added the doc, calendar, and site sharing feature, amid its bid to differentiate its online applications from Microsoft Office.
With its growth rate climbing, Gmail is on track to pass Microsoft's Hotmail in the first quarter of 2010.
Google has enhanced Google Insights for Search, its search term data analysis tool, to help users see into the future.
A dozen gadgets designed for social interaction and data sharing have been released to Australian iGoogle users. If all goes well with the testing, expect the social features to show up elsewhere.
Speed, customization, and privacy improvements are apparent in the latest beta version of Google's Chrome browser.
By acquiring video codec maker On2 Technologies, Google is laying the groundwork for improved Web video.
Baidu, Google's main search rival in China, has become the most popular search engine in the country.
In the wake of Apple's refusal to allow the Google Voice app to be distributed through Apple's iTunes App Store and the FCC inquiry that followed, one way that Google could get back at Apple would be to highlight the benefits of the Google Voice service.
Developer disaffection with Apple appears to be growing, spurred by the company's rejection of Google Voice and other apps.
A micro-blogging service called Glide Engage launches later this week.
A developer build of Google's Chrome browser will soon support bookmark syncing, a feature that, once expanded to all file types, will become a lynchpin of Google's Chrome OS.