Thomas Claburn

Profile of Thomas Claburn

Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility
Member Since: 11/15/2013
News & Commentary Posts: 4491
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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.

Articles by Thomas Claburn
posted in June 2009

Firefox 3.5 Released

Mozilla's Firefox 3.5, long delayed, has been officially released and now faces an increasingly competitive browser market.

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China Should Hire Apple To Police Porn

The Chinese government has been having a rough month. The authorities there have been dialing back already limited Internet freedoms to discourage disruptive remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. In early June, authorities let slip that starting in July PCs shipped in China would have to include Web filtering software called Green Dam.

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Google Pitches Faster Web

The search giant has launched a developer Web site that offers advice on optimizing CSS, gzip compression, and HTTP caching so that Web pages load faster.

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Google Does Good

If the U.S. government intends to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google, it had better act fast. Given the pace and profile of Google's philanthropic activities, the Justice Department may have to amend whatever legal documents have been prepared so far by changing the defendant's name to "Saint Google."

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Google Goings-On

There's so much going on at Google that it's not always possible to cover it all. What follows are some recent developments that may be of interest but didn't get much attention. And this isn't a complete list. I've omitted the developments in the many foreign countries where Google does business.

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Gone Google

At the Clift Hotel in San Francisco, Google is busy trying to convince a group of journalists that companies love Google Apps. The setting speaks of success -- the Spanish Suite at the Clift is the sort of complex that would house a Saudi sheik's entourage. The message is that Google means businesses.

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Can Search Understand?

At Google's Searchology event last month, VP of engineering Ubi Manber said that the current challenge in search is understanding people. Google doesn't understand yet, but he said the company is off to a good start.

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Google To Sell E-Books

The company wants to find common ground with authors, who have complained about copyright violations through services like Google Book Search.

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