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 September 2009
Two years after being acquired by Google, Postini is looking to extend its messaging management tools to other Google services.
Google Wave is being made available on Wednesday to 100,000 or so developers, early adopters, and Google Apps customers. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are making the most of the launch: They've rolled out a blackhat SEO poisoning campaign to turn interest in Wave into a computer infection.
After obtaining information about the Gmail account holder who accidentally received confidential information, Rocky Mountain Bank and Google have agreed to end the bank's lawsuit.
After months of closed testing, Google says it will offer Wave accounts to developers, early adopters and select Google Apps customers.
Code changes, data center problems, and heavy usage conspired to make Gmail inaccessible for some last week.
Over 2 billion apps have been downloaded for the iPhone and iPod touch, a milestone that Apple CEO Steve Jobs calls "staggering."
With all the excitement surrounding HTML 5 and Web development, Adobe is moving to make sure that Flash remains relevant.
Users of Google Sites now have access to an API to move data in and out of the service.
Google's Gmail service is up and running again after a brief outage affecting a limited number of users.
Web site visitors who use Google Toolbar now have access to a global comment and annotation system called Google Sidewiki.
Online news publishers may see a slight decline in referral traffic: Google News was down for about two hours on Tuesday.
Imagine for a moment what would happen if Adidas or Reebok began giving away free shoe liners for the ostensible purpose of making Nike shoes comfortable enough to wear. It would be something of a slap in the face to Nike.
Keeping Gmail messages synchronized across devices just got a bit easier with an update to Google Sync.
Personalization features prominently in a new global branding campaign from Yahoo.
The latest version of Google's Picasa software features facial recognition technology and several other improvements.
A lawsuit seeking to identify a Gmail user who accidentally received confidential bank information must proceed in public.
To give Flash application developers more insight into how their apps are being used, Adobe is rolling out new services to make Flash apps more social and measurable.
Google AdWords users can now place display ads through the DoubleClick Ad Exchange.
Enterprise use of Google Docs is growing, with and without the blessing of IT departments.
A letter that Google sent to the FCC to explain the circumstances surrounding Apple's refusal to offer the Google Voice app for the iPhone offers a different explanation than Apple's letter.
Google says it supports data portability. But how far should it go to help advertisers bring their campaigns to the competition?
By warning users that they're using out-of-date plug-ins, Mozilla's Firefox is helping to immunize the online community from malware contagion.
In its second acquisition this year, Google has bought reCAPTCHA, a company that provides CAPTCHA images as a barrier to online fraud.
As the government moves to adopt cloud computing and considers limited use of free consumer services, Google is trying to address lingering concerns about security and control in the cloud.
A group of 1,100 software testers has rated Google the best search engine in terms of accuracy, speed, and relevance.
Cloud computing is coming to government agencies, bringing the hope of cost savings, greater efficiency, and innovation.
A Google Labs project called Google Fast Flip aims to make news viewing faster online.
To provide greater awareness of its effort to "liberate" data, Google has launched a Web site and blog for its Data Liberation Front.
Users of Twitter can rest assured that they own their tweets, even if not every tweet can be owned.
iTunes 9 has reorganized the App Store and developers are welcoming some changes while complaining about others.
The battle over the Google Books settlement continued on Thursday with a Congressional hearing.
The company isn't ready to announce anything, but it has told a newspaper industry group that micropayments are coming.
To make their organizations leaner and meaner, CIOs are looking to data mining and data analysis.
Moving to make make online government resources both more social and more private, a coalition of companies has committed to supporting OpenID and Information Cards at federal Web sites.
The online video businesses is growing, but viewers want to watch Internet video on their TVs.
Google's ongoing inability to anticipate the privacy concerns surrounding its services is baffling. The company should know better by now, given its ongoing struggles with Street View and search privacy.
The Google Books settlement has become the company's most contentious undertaking since its failed deal to partner with Yahoo.
Facing vigorous opposition to the settlement of the Google Books lawsuit, Google and settlement supporters are pushing back.
The Google Books database is riddled with errors, millions, of them by Google's count.
Blogger at ten shows no sign of slowing down, but social networks and new modes of publishing could send personal publishing in new directions.
Wary of Google's ambition and power, Amazon has joined a growing list of companies that see danger in Google's publishing plans.
Aiming to blunt criticism from competitors and cloud computing detractors, Google insists it's taking the Gmail outage very seriously.
Google Wave, the strangely compelling mixture of e-mail and instant messaging that was demonstrated at the Google I/O developer conference in May, will admit a limit number of school and business users this fall, with general availability promised next year.
Internet Explorer continues to lose market share, but gains by Google Chrome threaten to slow Firefox down.
Users of Gmail from around the globe are reporting that the service isn't accessible. Google is promising a fix soon.
Ten consumer and privacy groups are urging Congress to limit the way online information can be used for advertising and profiling.