Thomas Claburn

Profile of Thomas Claburn

Member Since: 11/15/2013
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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 July 2007

If AT&T Ran The Highway System...

If AT&T ran the highway system, things would be different. Only AT&T-approved cars would be allowed on the roads, all of which would be toll roads. Drivers would have to prepay their tolls, based on the estimated number of miles they expected to drive. Those who drove fewer miles than estimated would get no refund; those who drove more would be charged for the overage at a higher rate.

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Search's Dirty Money

Dirty money is a quaint concept because it's hard to imagine any other kind. Money is literally dirty -- some 18% of coins harbor pathogens, according to a 1998 study by Shirley Lowe, an assistant professor at the University of California -- and many great fortunes were made out of less-than-honorable work.

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Spock's Social Search Engine

The soon-to-be-public search engine declares it's now clear that social networks can help organize the world's information and make it personally accessible and useful.

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Bots Driving Click Fraud

Click fraud due to botnets doubled from the first to second quarter this year, says Click Forensics. And overall click fraud rates are up.

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No iPhone Nano for You

J.P. Morgan, the source of the rumor that a low-end iPhone based on Apple's iPod Nano is being developed, today issued a research note distancing itself from that claim. If you didn't see that denial coming, you were probably too busy admiring your reflection in your iPhone's lustrous screen.

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Is Google's Spam Fight a Sham?

Google may say it fights spam but I'm beginning to have my doubts. A recent post on Google's Webmaster Central blog offers advice on how to build "startpages." What is a "startpage"? "Basically, it's a Web page with a lot of links about a specific topic," explain Selina & Jos, two members of Google's Search Quality Team in Dublin. So here's the question: How is a "startpage" different from a

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