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 2007
The company's acquisitions and product launches are designed to form the backbone of a free online document collaboration service.
The acquisition marks the 11th company Google has purchased since it announced its intention to buy DoubleClick
"We propose that the rise in violent offending and the explosion in the sales of iPods and other portable media devices is more than coincidental," says a report from the Urban Institute.
A three-hour glitch of backup systems Wednesday afternoon put the newspaper's morning print edition at risk.
Google's plan to buy DoubleClick is being reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission and was the subject of a Senate hearing on Thursday.
If Apple's iPhone isn't quite the last word in mobile design, will Google's expected gPhone deliver a user experience melding the best of hardware, software, and network technologies?
Facebook's troubles mirror those of MySpace, which addressed its security last year after a string of high-profile cases.
Digital rights management, otherwise known as DRM, died today, at least as far as music is concerned. Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who deserves credit for calling for the elimination of DRM earlier this year, may come to regret that the competition has taken his advice to heart.
Independent of financial suitors, Facebook reportedly is developing its own advertising system that will target ads based on users' profile information.
The offer is good for users of Apple's iPhone, its new iPod Touch, or any wireless-capable laptop loaded with the Apple's iTunes software.
Pudding Media plans to offer free, ad-supported phone calls. The caller is presented with online ads targeted by keywords culled from the conversation through speech recognition technology.
However, one possible change under consideration is a revision tagging tool that can be used to verify a Wikipedia article as accurate.
It is unlikely that Google wants anything to do with selling increasingly commoditized connectivity. Quite simply, it's not a very appealing business to be in at the moment.
The software allows merchants to choose a newspaper from a list of participating publications and place a bid for the ad space based on a variety of criteria.
In a slight to Apple, NBC Direct will only be available for Windows computers initially and will contain ads that cannot be skipped.
Venture capitalists bet large on the future of Arjun Mehta's system for selling virtual goods in games.
The $399 Ooma Hub routes U.S. phone calls over the Internet using a standard telephone, without monthly fees.
An analysis of Google's worldwide patent portfolio shows the search giant's filings include not only mobile-phone tech, but also video games and TV.
Google built the XML-based applets to be used either as cost-per-click ads or as cost-per-impression ads, in conjunction with various targeting criteria.
There are about 6.6 billion people in the world and about half that many mobile phone subscriptions. Better still, ad blocking on mobile handsets isn't an issue. At least not yet.
The company revises its AsyncOS software for advanced mail servers as spammers attempt to evade filters with image-based messages.
Mozilla committed $3 million in seed funding to support e-mail innovation and to develop the open-source Thunderbird e-mail client.
After months of internal testing, the companies are ready to introduce online presentation tools: Google's Docs and Glide Presenter.
Executives with the search engine want to start a discussion about international privacy standards which work to protect everyone's privacy on the Internet.
In conjunction with that announcement, Google released a new version of Google Moon, the company's browser-based moon viewer.
Google's co-founders are paying NASA $1.3 million to park their personal Boeing 767-200 jet next door to Google's corporate headquarters at Moffett Field.
A new survey finds sites like Del.icio.us, Digg, and Reddit give readers a more diverse choice of topics, but do they accelerate the "dumbing-down of news"?
Fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws account for more than $4.5 trillion in annual revenue for the United States, according to the Computer and Communications Industry Association.
A U.K. study finds no correlation between short-term mobile phone use and cancers of the brain and nervous system.
Illinois Computer Research claims Google Book Search infringes on its "Enhancing Touch and Feel on the Internet" patent.
The initial reaction in the blogosphere tends toward damning with faint praise or outright dismissal.
The plug-in installs an alternate template set to make interacting with the MovableType application more efficient on an iPhone screen.
Researchers make print particles about 100 times smaller than a human red blood cell to help make next-generation computer chips or money harder to counterfeit.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs' decision to offer a $100 refund to early iPhone adopters following last week's $200 iPhone price reduction is a good start. But it's not enough.
Jobs also needs to re-think whether his company wants to serve consumers or shackle them.
RFID chip maker VeriChip says it will review several studies that link RFID implants to cancer in laboratory animals.
Facebook users who do not want public search listings can indicate as much on Facebook's Search Privacy page.
In light of legal action from Polaris IP, Google execs say the U.S. patent system has not kept pace with the changes in the innovation economy.
Yahoo's effort to build the leading online advertising platform is bolstered by the $300 million cash deal for the "behavioral targeting" ad network.
The company's media push reflects efforts begun by Sony CEO Howard Stringer in 2005 to restore Sony's leadership in consumer technology.
A report from JupiterResearch found that in the past year only 15% of viral marketing efforts caught on with consumers and actually became viral.
The program is designed to automate browser-based tasks such as printing photos online, requesting a vacation hold for postal mail, or checking online bank accounts.