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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 2008

Google Refines Its Image Search Technology

4/30/2008
Having won the text search war, Google may soon take the lead in image searching. In a paper published last week, Google researchers describe how they were able to use image recognition technology to reduce the number of irrelevant images returned through a Google Image search by 83%.

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Web 2.0: It's No Fad

4/24/2008
Marc Andreessen, Tim O'Reilly, and other leaders muse on the future of the Web browser, social networking, widgets, and the Web 2.0 movement itself.

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Google Re-Wows Investors With Ad Quality

4/23/2008
Google last Thursday erased doubts raised by Internet metrics firm ComScore about its paid click growth. It reported that paid clicks on its sites and partners' sites grew about 20% globally from the first quarter of 2007 and about 4% from the fourth quarter of 2007.

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Google Earth Resurfaced

4/16/2008
The 4.3 beta has improved photo-realistic renderings and includes a new sunlight button to observe how light changes over time and at different times of day.

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End To End Trust Needs More Firepower

4/8/2008
As I sit here at the RSA Conference in San Francisco watching Microsoft's Craig Mundie talk about his company's new End to End Trust initiative in a fireside chat-style discussion, I'm struck by how poorly the homey, conversational interview format suits such a significant call to action. Microsoft is basically saying computing and the Internet need to be reinvented because there's no w

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