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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 2007

Searchology: Google Unveils Universal Search

5/16/2007
Google today is releasing new search infrastructure to combine its video, local, book, and images search systems with its text search. Marissa Mayer is describing the new system as I type, but basically it will lead to much more relevant search results. As an example, searching for the "I Have a Dream" speech will return a Google Video clip of the speech itself, just below the text of the speech. Google is also adding contextual navigation links (like Ask.com) to let users drill down to a par

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Searchology

5/16/2007
The entire Bay Area tech press corps seems to be here at Google this morning for an event the company is calling "Searchology." No less than five professional video cameras, plus the odd consumer camcorder, have been trained on the front of the room, where two video screens display "Search ] ology" above a bar of the blue, red, yellow, and green that most everyone now associates with Google. Elliot Schrage, VP of global communications and public affairs is scheduled to speak shortly, follow

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Motorola Granted Patent For 'Smellophone'

5/11/2007
You've seen 3-D movies, scratch-'n-sniff perfume ads. Now, it's a mobile phone that scents the air around you as you talk, using the phone's battery to heat a replaceable scent pack. A rose, by any other name....

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Digg Yields To The Wrath Of The Crowd

5/2/2007
Digg users would rather see the site go down fighting than give in to censorship, so Digg officials say they will no longer delete posts that contain a code that cracks encryption on high-definition disks.

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