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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 August 2006

How Google Might Fail

8/25/2006
Google's success has a downside--a lot of enemies. Beyond reflexive contrarians who hate Google because they enjoy swimming against the currents of popular culture, beyond governments around the world that prefer limited rather than universal information access, there are many businesses that feel threatened by the scope of Google's ambitions. Could Google really fail?

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Security Firm Disclaims Mac Hack Demo

8/17/2006
SecureWorks did a demo at the recent Black Hat conference showing how it could hack into a MacBook. Now the company has posted a disclaimer on its site to make it clear that the MacBook was modified.

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Google Puts Coupons On The Map

8/14/2006
Measuring online marketing dollars in the real world has been a vexing problem for advertisers, one industry watcher says. He sees Google's actions broadening the adoption of online coupons.

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Steve Jobs Lives!

8/11/2006
In the days following Steve Jobs' keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, a number of online publications expressed concern that Steve Jobs was sick. This isn't simply wild speculation brought on by lack of a world-shaking product announcement: Two years ago, Jobs Post a Comment

Ad-Blocking Using Apple's Web Clip

8/7/2006
Among the many intriguing features of Mac OS X Leopard that Apple previewed on Monday, Web Clip is the most subversive. Web Clip allows anyone to create an Apple Dashboard widget--essentially a small application--that displays a portion of any Web page. As demonstrated, a user can select a specific area of any given Web page, such as a video feed from a Web cam, without showing any other part of the originating Web

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