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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.
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posted in April 2006

Google Experiments On Humans

4/24/2006
Over at the Google blog, Ambar Pansari, a Google product manager, and Marissa Mayer, VP of search products and user experience, admit that Google is experimenting on its users. The two confess, "From time to time, we run live experiments on Google--tests visible to a relatively few people--to discover better ways to search. We do this because there's no good substitute for understanding how

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The Cost Of Click Fraud

4/18/2006
Click fraud is a serious problem complicated by the fact that click fraud data is in short supply. The Click Fraud Index aims to change that. The good news is that the incidence of click fraud appears to be lower than the disturbingly high figure of 20% to 40% that has been suggested. The bad news is that at 14%, that's still a lot of bad clicks.

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Google Patents Voice Search

4/12/2006
The patent covers voice interfaces for search engines, which could be a boon for cell phone users. But Google doesn't necessarily have a product in the works using the technology.

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U.S. Census Bureau Goes Wireless

4/10/2006
The government will use mobile devices to track down people who don't respond to questionnaires. Perhaps it can stave off the kind of stinging criticism that followed the 2000 U.S. Census count.

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Apple Offers Windows On Macs

4/5/2006
Apple's new Intel Macs can now officially run Windows. The computer company today introduced a public beta of Boot Camp, software that lets licensed users of Microsoft Windows XP install Windows on their Intel-based Macs. The result is a computer that can boot Mac OS X or Windows. The Internet community has been feverishly trying to create just such a chimera since Apple announced its Intel-based Macs in January. One site, Post a Comment
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