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Benjamin Kabin

Benjamin Kabin is a Brooklyn-based technology journalist who specializes in security, startups, venture capital and social media. His writing and contributions have appeared on NBCNews.com, Mashable, National Public Radio and the New York Observer.

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What's That Song? Apple's iOS 8 May Be Able to Tell You.

What's That Song? Apple's iOS 8 May Be Able to Tell You.

The tech giant's latest mobile operating system may boast a song recognition feature in a partnership with Shazam.
April 18, 2014 in Technology
Want to Chat on Facebook? Soon, You'll Need a Second App for That.

Want to Chat on Facebook? Soon, You'll Need a Second App for That.

Users might not be happy about needing another app, but the move could ultimately make Facebook Messenger a much more powerful tool.
April 10, 2014 in Technology
What Elon Musk Really Thinks of 'Silicon Valley'

What Elon Musk Really Thinks of 'Silicon Valley'

The billionaire behind Tesla and SpaceX thinks the creators of the new HBO series 'Silicon Valley' need to spend a little bit more time at Burning Man.
April 5, 2014 in The 'Treps
Amazon Is Now Accepting Returns Through its Lockers

Amazon Is Now Accepting Returns Through its Lockers

Customers in major urban areas can now receive or return packages through the program.
April 2, 2014 in Business News
Intel Just Poured $740 Million Into Cloudera. But What Is It?

Intel Just Poured $740 Million Into Cloudera. But What Is It?

Cloudera is getting a lot of investor love, with Intel taking an 18 percent stake in the company. Here's a bit more about what the company does.
March 31, 2014 in Technology
Apple and Comcast in Talks to Create Priority TV Streaming Service

Apple and Comcast in Talks to Create Priority TV Streaming Service

Apple would like its streaming content separated from the rest of the web in order to ensure an uninterrupted experience.
March 24, 2014 in Technology
Report: Facebook Wants Its Own Drones

Report: Facebook Wants Its Own Drones

Facebook is reportedly in talks to acquire Titan Aerospace, a maker of high-flying, solar-powered drones, as it looks to bring internet access to every corner of the world.
March 5, 2014 in Technology
One in 5 Mac Users at Risk as Apple Stops Security Updates for Snow Leopard

One in 5 Mac Users at Risk as Apple Stops Security Updates for Snow Leopard

The popular operating system Snow Leopard -- or OS X 10.6 -- still runs on 19 percent of Macs, leaving a large chunk vulnerable to attack.
February 28, 2014 in Technology
Icahn Blasts eBay Board Members' Conduct in Open Letter

Icahn Blasts eBay Board Members' Conduct in Open Letter

The billionaire investor says Marc Andreessen and Scott Cook have both acted in their own interest at the expense of the company's shareholders.
February 27, 2014
Dropbox Addresses NSA Surveillance Fears in New Privacy Policy

Dropbox Addresses NSA Surveillance Fears in New Privacy Policy

The online storage company has a new set of data request principles to guide its decision making when responding to government requests.
February 22, 2014 in Technology
Google May Be Bringing High-Speed 'Fiber' to Your City

Google May Be Bringing High-Speed 'Fiber' to Your City

Google's high-speed network, known as Fiber, delivers the internet at speeds of up to one gigabyte per second, 100 times faster than average broadband
February 21, 2014 in News and Trends
Android? Nope. iOS? No Way. Samsung's Newest Smart Watch Will Use a Different Operating System.

Android? Nope. iOS? No Way. Samsung's Newest Smart Watch Will Use a Different Operating System.

Samsung is opting for an open source OS the company is hoping will give Android some real competition.
February 20, 2014 in Mobile
Google Acquires Security Startup to Let Users Log In With 'Ultrasonic Sound'

Google Acquires Security Startup to Let Users Log In With 'Ultrasonic Sound'

The technology could serve as a replacement for one-time use PINs, passwords or both.
February 17, 2014 in Security
Japanese e-Retailer Buys Popular Messaging App Viber for $900 Million

Japanese e-Retailer Buys Popular Messaging App Viber for $900 Million

The two companies will have a combined user base of 500 million.
February 15, 2014 in News and Trends
Yahoo Picks Up Social Diary Startup for a Reported $10 Million

Yahoo Picks Up Social Diary Startup for a Reported $10 Million

The team at Wander, which launched its social journaling app just last May, will become part of Yahoo's mobile and emerging products division.
February 13, 2014 in News and Trends
Pinterest Gives Mobile Site a Makeover as Smartphone Traffic Booms

Pinterest Gives Mobile Site a Makeover as Smartphone Traffic Booms

Pinterest has added features to its mobile website that were previously on its native app and the desktop version of the site.
February 7, 2014 in Social Media
The NYPD Is Testing Google Glass for ‘Patrol Purposes’

The NYPD Is Testing Google Glass for ‘Patrol Purposes’

The agency reportedly obtained the high-tech eyewear through the Google Glass Explorer program. Google says it isn’t working on the project with any law enforcement agency.
February 7, 2014 in Mobile
3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Video Games

3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Video Games

Believe it or not, principles from gaming and the video game industry can be applied to a variety of small businesses.
February 6, 2014 in The 'Treps
Google, Microsoft, Other Tech Giants Detail Government Data Requests Under New Relaxed Rules

Google, Microsoft, Other Tech Giants Detail Government Data Requests Under New Relaxed Rules

The companies won the right to publish the data after suing the federal government for the right to be transparent.
February 4, 2014 in Security
Report: Online Storage Startup Box Secretly Files for IPO

Report: Online Storage Startup Box Secretly Files for IPO

Box, which counts Dropbox among its rivals, has reportedly filed to go public.
February 1, 2014 in News and Trends
Despite Long, Litigious Past, Samsung and Google Announce 10 Year Cross-Licensing Agreement

Despite Long, Litigious Past, Samsung and Google Announce 10 Year Cross-Licensing Agreement

The agreement comes after years of patent disputes over smartphones and tablets.
January 28, 2014 in Mobile
IBM to Sell Server Business to China-Based Lenovo for $2.3 Billion

IBM to Sell Server Business to China-Based Lenovo for $2.3 Billion

The deal is expected to be the largest merger in Chinese history.
January 23, 2014 in Office Tech
First It Was Rap Genius. Is Google Punishing Expedia Now, Too?

First It Was Rap Genius. Is Google Punishing Expedia Now, Too?

The big travel site isn't appearing as high in relevant search results as it has in the recent past. Questionable SEO tactics could be to blame.
January 22, 2014 in SEO | Search Engine Optimization
Internet Activists Plan Day of Action to Protest Mass Surveillance

Internet Activists Plan Day of Action to Protest Mass Surveillance

Members of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Demand Progress and activists at large will mobilize on Feb. 11 to protest the NSA's surveillance tactics.
January 14, 2014 in News and Trends
In Patent War, Apple and Samsung to Try Mediation Before March Court Date

In Patent War, Apple and Samsung to Try Mediation Before March Court Date

Next month, CEOs from both companies will sit down to discuss "settlement opportunities" to try and resolve the ongoing patent disputes.
January 10, 2014 in News and Trends
McAfee Prediction Report Forecasts Rise in Mobile Attacks

McAfee Prediction Report Forecasts Rise in Mobile Attacks

With fewer adept security teams, small businesses are becoming more attractive targets for cybercriminals.
January 9, 2014 in Security
McAfee Founder Elated That Intel Is Renaming Security Products, Says It's the 'Worst Software on the Planet'

McAfee Founder Elated That Intel Is Renaming Security Products, Says It's the 'Worst Software on the Planet'

Intel will drop the McAfee name from its security products, hoping to distance itself from controversial founder John McAfee, who says the move has delighted him 'beyond words.'
January 8, 2014 in News and Trends
Report: Google, Audi Want to Bring Android to Your Car

Report: Google, Audi Want to Bring Android to Your Car

Looking to compete with Apple, Google is reportedly working with Audi to bring its Android technology to the dashboard.
December 31, 2013 in Apps & Software
After Snapping Up Sprint, SoftBank Sets Sights on T-Mobile

After Snapping Up Sprint, SoftBank Sets Sights on T-Mobile

The Japanese company is hoping to grow its mobile empire but must overcome antitrust concerns first.
December 27, 2013 in Mobile
Twitter Testing 'Nearby' Service to Show Users Local Tweets

Twitter Testing 'Nearby' Service to Show Users Local Tweets

The new service shows the messages of other nearby users, whether you follow them or not.
December 17, 2013 in Social Media