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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 May 2005

Ask Jeeves Improves Search

5/26/2005
Zoom is a categorization technology that allows users to expand or narrow keyword searches based on conceptually related topics. Web Answers represents an improvement of Ask Jeeves' Smart Search technology, which provides specific answers for queries, as opposed to a list of ranked results.

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The War On Spam Takes A Novel Turn

5/16/2005
The concept of pricing spammers out of the market is picking up steam, but it faces stiff challenges. The infrastructure needed to support micropayments for spam is non-trivial and potentially threatening to established players.

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Cisco Confirms Arrest In Theft Of Its Code

5/11/2005
The incident has been a matter of concern because malicious hackers might find flaws in the code that could be exploited to impair the functioning of Cisco's routers, which handle a significant portion of traffic on the Internet.

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Click Fraud Threatens Rising Online Ad Revenue

5/2/2005
The extent of click fraud varies. Estimates range from next to nothing in certain markets to 20% of all clicks. Hence, advertisers have become more tech-savvy and proactive in looking at their data, negotiating with search engines for refunds and auditing for click fraud.

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