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 2010
Very soon, the Internet and the TV will merge and technology companies will force media companies to adopt a more reasonable pricing scheme for entertainment content.
Isolated reports of failures do not reflect a widespread collapse of the service, Google says.
Forget about saving energy to help the planet. Try turning out the lights to win badges and humble your friends.
IBM has fixed a security report it issued last week that misstated Google's security vulnerabilities.
The deal promises to strengthen Google's social competency and to address issues of app discoverability.
RIM's engagement with Indian government officials may keep BlackBerry users from losing e-mail and instant messaging service.
A deal with Hollywood studios could help Google TV succeed.
Gmail has gained an automated, trainable filter that attempts to segregate important e-mail messages.
A Congressional Research Service report considers whether U.S. dependency on foreign sources of rare earth elements threatens the defense and technology industries.
The deal calls for the removal of the fake iTunes app reviews created by Reverb Communications.
MPEG LA says that its H.264 Internet video technology will remain free.
A new home page for real-time search results underscores Google's focus on timely information.
Mascots are marketing personified. When they're good, they're grrreat, as Tony the Tiger, one of the world's more successful mascots might say. When they're lame, uninspired, annoying or perplexing, they might end up on a list like this. Mascots are particularly important in the technology industry, because so many tech products and services are intangible and would benefit from an evocative symbolic representative. It's hard to imagine Linux without thinking about penguins. As for the mascots t
With technology from its acquisition of Gizmo5, Google is taking on Skype and the rest of the telecom world.
A maker of Internet kiosks claims that it owns the right to deliver personalized ads in public places.
Developers should obfuscate their code and take steps beyond those explained in the Android Market Licensing reference implementation, Google advises.
Of all the bad ideas on the technology scene -- and there are plenty -- 3D television is one of the worst. Like the gasoline-powered turtleneck sweater that comedian Steve Martin extolled decades ago, it's an unnecessary invention.
A bill poised to become law in California seeks to ban 'e-personation,' but critics see the proposed law as an unnecessary limitation on free speech.
Using Like.com's visual search technology, Google will be able to expand its non-text search capabilities.
Instead of stepping haplessly into yet another privacy quagmire, Facebook came with guides and a map to avoid problems.
To get ready for the Chrome Web Store's planned launch later this year, developers can now start uploading information about Web apps they wish to sell.
With its new location sharing capabilities, Facebook aims to redraw the local search map.
Thanks to a Gmail Labs experiement, Gmail users now have the option of searching their Docs and Sites files along with their messages.
The Chrome Web Store is set to open in October, with Chrome OS hardware following shortly thereafter.
A new version of App Engine has been released, promising multi-tenant apps, faster image serving, and expanded quotas.
Android apps can only be sold in 13 countries, leaving developers wondering why Google isn't doing more to help them profit on its platform.
Viacom last week fulfilled its promise and appealed the summary judgment granted to YouTube in June. If Viacom wins, companies allowing users to submit content could be forced to take a more active role in watching out for copyright infringement.
The lawsuit seeks the destruction of Android software for violating Java patents and copyrights that Oracle acquired from Sun.
Users of Chrome's beta version now have access to Autofill and improved synchronization capabilities.
With help from its considerable computing infrastructure, Google is delivering new mobile applications that make it easier than ever to find and manipulate online information.
Concerns about the competitive impact of Apple's developer rules have spread to Europe.
Investigators are seeking information about the unauthorized WiFi data collection that Google acknowledged in May.
Some people believe that they're entitled to privacy when in public. To such people, Google's Street View cars, which drive around taking pictures of public streets, represent a privacy threat. Now two UC San Diego computer scientists believe they have a way to conceal individuals from Google's prying lenses.
More and more educational institutions are willing to consider Google Apps.
Google says it will stop development on Wave, its real-time communications and collaboration platform, a scant three months after making it available to the public, though the technology will live on in other products inside and outside the company.
Those with Google Places business listings now have a way to respond to disgruntled customers.
In keeping with Apple's assessment of 'antennagate,' most iPhone 4 users are satisfied with the device, though less so than the iPhone 3GS.
Privacy worries about single sign-on identity providers could fade if Google's PseudoID system gets implemented.
Arrangements between the two companies and major publishers have prompted worries about anti-competitive pricing.
Google has long maintained three distribution channels for its Chrome Web browser: A stable channel, a beta channel, and a developer channel, representing points on the continuum of code stability. Convinced that its developer channel isn't sufficiently buggy, Google is introducing the Google Chrome Canary Build, for those who really want to live on the edge.
Frustrated by their inability to spy on BlackBerry users, telecom regulators in the United Arab Emirates plan to shut down BlackBerry text messaging, e-mail and Web browsing.