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 September 2005
PremiumSearch installs a fake "Google" toolbar and sets the victim's browser home page to the PremiumSearch search engine. The goal is to collect traffic-dependent advertising income.
Rollyo.com lets users constrain searches to lists of specific sites, to help limit clutter.
The software indexes content from over 300 different file types, including Microsoft Office applications, Adobe PDF, and assorted music and video formats.
Rather than saying how many pages it indexes, Google now simply says its index is "more than 3 times larger than any other search engine."
It appears that Google doesn't much care for Microsoft's offer to settle its lawsuit to enforce former researcher Kai-Fu Lee's employment agreement. The search company on Friday filed additional documents in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., arguing against Microsoft's motion to dismiss Google's federal countersuit.
The competition is both a clever recruiting event and a recruiting event for the clever.
Do you have "experience developing or launching products in one or more of the following areas: interactive TV, set-top-boxes, personal video recorders, video-on-demand, IP TV or cable TV technologies"?
If so there may be a job waiting for you at Google, particularly if you're a computer science PhD.
Google, it seems, is searching for someone to "provide leadership o
The Commerce Department will install IP-rights experts globally to monitor and report violations while also launching programs to educate small businesses and foreign entities about IP rights and regulations.
Google today introduces Google Enterprise Professional, a partner program for developers, consultants, and independent software vendors interested in extending Google's enterprise search capabilities and in delivering complementary technology and services to Google enterprise customers.
Google has begun beta testing software called Google Secure Access that, as its name suggests, provides secure access to wireless networks. The software connects to Google's VPN server.
Startup takes legal route to swapping DVDs but could face competition from other mail-based movers-of-media.
Apple makes some beautiful products like its new iPod Nano, but its behavior can be ugly. Thanks to the efforts of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we can now see documents that pertain to Apple's legal crusade to find out who leaked its alleged trade secrets
The injunction temporarily prevents Lee, a former Microsoft executive, from working for Google on products or services related to search and speech technologies.
Newspaper companies and business trade publishers face disruption from online competitors such as Google and Yahoo.
JotSpot hopes to encourage third-party developers to build applications based on its wiki infrastructure.
As it scouts for talent, more than Microsoft is feeling the pinch.
When Microsoft looks at the road ahead, it sees Apple. According to a report in the New York Post (registration required unless you go here first), Microsoft is considering One Times Square as a possible location for a flagship retail store.
The Post story goes on to spe
The Motorola ROKR is the long-anticipated iTunes-capable mobile phone. Apple also introduced a new version of its music software for Windows and Macintosh, iTunes 5, and a new music player, the iPod Nano, which replaces the iPod Mini.
Certain members of the military are compromising U.S. operational security based on the material they're posting to blogs, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff warned in a memo to army leaders. Some soldiers have been disciplined for postings that violate Army policy.