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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 2010

Watching The TV Wars

8/31/2010
Very soon, the Internet and the TV will merge and technology companies will force media companies to adopt a more reasonable pricing scheme for entertainment content.

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The Rare Earth Element Crisis

8/27/2010
A Congressional Research Service report considers whether U.S. dependency on foreign sources of rare earth elements threatens the defense and technology industries.

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Top 10 Most Hated Tech Mascots Ever

8/25/2010
Mascots are marketing personified. When they're good, they're grrreat, as Tony the Tiger, one of the world's more successful mascots might say. When they're lame, uninspired, annoying or perplexing, they might end up on a list like this. Mascots are particularly important in the technology industry, because so many tech products and services are intangible and would benefit from an evocative symbolic representative. It's hard to imagine Linux without thinking about penguins. As for the mascots t

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3D TV Must Be Stopped

8/23/2010
Of all the bad ideas on the technology scene -- and there are plenty -- 3D television is one of the worst. Like the gasoline-powered turtleneck sweater that comedian Steve Martin extolled decades ago, it's an unnecessary invention.

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Street View Privacy Fix Turns People To Ghosts

8/9/2010
Some people believe that they're entitled to privacy when in public. To such people, Google's Street View cars, which drive around taking pictures of public streets, represent a privacy threat. Now two UC San Diego computer scientists believe they have a way to conceal individuals from Google's prying lenses.

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Google Wave Washed Out

8/4/2010
Google says it will stop development on Wave, its real-time communications and collaboration platform, a scant three months after making it available to the public, though the technology will live on in other products inside and outside the company.

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