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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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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
In New Lawsuit, Beastie Boys Say GoldieBlox Acted 'Despicably With Oppression, Fraud and Malice'

In New Lawsuit, Beastie Boys Say GoldieBlox Acted 'Despicably With Oppression, Fraud and Malice'

The legal battle continues over the toy maker's use of 'Girls' in a video that went viral.
December 12, 2013 in Growth Strategies
Square Releases a Better, Thinner Mobile Credit-Card Reader

Square Releases a Better, Thinner Mobile Credit-Card Reader

The new reader is compatible with more devices and is available to new users for free.
December 10, 2013 in Payments & Collections

Twitter Said to Launch Retargeted Ads Based on Users' Cookies, Location

The combination of data could help increase the relevancy of retargeted ads on mobile devices.
December 6, 2013 in Social Media
Google Gets Serious About Robots

Google Gets Serious About Robots

Google is reportedly aiming to create technology that can be used to automate existing logistical systems and supply chains.
December 5, 2013 in News and Trends

Elon Musk's SpaceX Launches Satellite Into Orbit

The mission marked the first commercial launch from Cape Canaveral in more than five years.
December 4, 2013 in News and Trends
Spotify to Musicians: Don't Hate On Us

Spotify to Musicians: Don't Hate On Us

The streaming music service is determined to convince artists, both big and small, that streaming can be a real money maker.
December 4, 2013 in News and Trends

Apple Improves App Store Search Engine to Recognize Typos and Misspellings

This update should increase the number of apps that turn up in a user's search, in turn increasing app developers' visibility.
November 28, 2013 in Apps & Software
Microsoft and Sony Battle for Gaming Supremacy This Holiday Season

Microsoft and Sony Battle for Gaming Supremacy This Holiday Season

Like Sony's PlayStation 4, Xbox One sales exceed one million in first 24 hours.
November 25, 2013 in Office Tech
Pinterest Introduces 'Place Pins' to Showcase What Your Business Location Has to Offer

Pinterest Introduces 'Place Pins' to Showcase What Your Business Location Has to Offer

The new feature links high quality photography to maps, making it easier to visit and share in real life.
November 22, 2013 in Social Media
NFL, MLB to Supreme Court: If Aereo Wins You'll Have to Watch Sports on Cable

NFL, MLB to Supreme Court: If Aereo Wins You'll Have to Watch Sports on Cable

The leagues said they'll take their programming elsewhere if the live TV internet streaming service is allowed to continue its operations.
November 19, 2013 in News and Trends
Instagram Success: These Types of Images Drive the Most Engagement (Infographic)

Instagram Success: These Types of Images Drive the Most Engagement (Infographic)

A new study unlocks the secrets to what's most shared on the popular social network.
November 13, 2013 in Social Media
Yelp Co-Founder: 'There Has Never Been Any Amount of Money You Could Pay Us to Manipulate Reviews'

Yelp Co-Founder: 'There Has Never Been Any Amount of Money You Could Pay Us to Manipulate Reviews'

During a recent reddit AMA, Jeremy Stoppelman fielded questions from business owners about the site's alleged poor practices.
November 12, 2013 in Social Media
Apple to Hire 700 Jobs for Manufacturing Facility in Arizona

Apple to Hire 700 Jobs for Manufacturing Facility in Arizona

The site will be used for domestic crystal production and require 1,300 additional construction jobs.
November 6, 2013 in News and Trends
BlackBerry Takeover Bid Falls Apart, CEO to Depart

BlackBerry Takeover Bid Falls Apart, CEO to Depart

Unable to raise the necessary funds, investment firm Fairfax Financial Holdings will invest only $1 billion as Thorsten Heins leaves the troubled tech company.
November 5, 2013 in News and Trends
Heads Up Music Lovers: YouTube to Create Streaming Music Service

Heads Up Music Lovers: YouTube to Create Streaming Music Service

With free on-demand mobile streaming and its own offline mode, YouTube could put Spotify on the defensive.
October 24, 2013 in Social Media
He's at It Again: Elon Musk Buys James Bond's Submarine and Has Big Plans for It

He's at It Again: Elon Musk Buys James Bond's Submarine and Has Big Plans for It

The tech entrepreneur wants to drop a Tesla engine into the working submarine and, well, you can only imagine what comes next.
October 19, 2013 in News and Trends
A Year Later, Microsoft Finally Releases Windows 8.1 Update to Appease Angry, Confused Customers

A Year Later, Microsoft Finally Releases Windows 8.1 Update to Appease Angry, Confused Customers

The free update offers customers more flexibility and customization, improved security and more robust cloud integration.
October 17, 2013 in Apps & Software
Square Makes Money Transfers as Easy as Sending an Email

Square Makes Money Transfers as Easy as Sending an Email

With Square Cash, peer-to-peer transfers link to users' checking accounts and debit cards and are free to use.
October 17, 2013 in Payments & Collections
In Mobile Push, Facebook Buys Israel-Based Data Analytics Startup Onavo

In Mobile Push, Facebook Buys Israel-Based Data Analytics Startup Onavo

The $200 million acquisition could also help in Facebook's mission to bring the internet to the masses.
October 14, 2013 in Mobile
This Desk Helps Keep You Healthy By 'Breathing'

This Desk Helps Keep You Healthy By 'Breathing'

A smart desk that moves up and down for sitting or standing, and keeps tabs on how many calories you burn through the day.
October 4, 2013 in Office Tech
4 Ways to Turn Social-Media Fans Into Raving, Loyal Customers

4 Ways to Turn Social-Media Fans Into Raving, Loyal Customers

With a little bit of focus, companies can convert casual fans into powerful brand advocates.
October 3, 2013 in Social Media
Apple Admits to iMessage Glitch in iOS 7 and Promises to Fix It

Apple Admits to iMessage Glitch in iOS 7 and Promises to Fix It

The bug makes messages appear to send when they actually have not.
October 2, 2013 in Apps & Software
Google Announces 'Hummingbird,' an Algorithm Change to Handle More Complex Searches

Google Announces 'Hummingbird,' an Algorithm Change to Handle More Complex Searches

The update is the biggest change to the search engine in its 15-year history.
September 28, 2013 in SEO | Search Engine Optimization
Hyperloop Team to be Led by SpaceX Alum, Former Bush Appointee

Hyperloop Team to be Led by SpaceX Alum, Former Bush Appointee

Elon Musk's Hyperloop is one step closer to becoming a reality with two seasoned engineers agreeing to manage the project.
September 27, 2013 in News and Trends
eBay to Buy Online Payment Services Startup Braintree for $800 Million

eBay to Buy Online Payment Services Startup Braintree for $800 Million

Acquisition aimed at expanding and accelerating PayPal's mobile payments business
September 26, 2013 in Mobile
Intuit Updates QuickBooks Online Accounting Tool With Customizable Features Aimed at Small Businesses

Intuit Updates QuickBooks Online Accounting Tool With Customizable Features Aimed at Small Businesses

The popular web-based program now supports payment and payroll integration, and CRM services.
September 24, 2013 in Payments & Collections
New York Cracks Down on Companies That Buy Fake Online Reviews

New York Cracks Down on Companies That Buy Fake Online Reviews

Nearly 20 small businesses fined $350,000 for engaging in the deceptive practice on sites such as Yelp and Google Local.
September 24, 2013 in Social Media
Google Looking Beyond 'Cookies' to Track People Online

Google Looking Beyond 'Cookies' to Track People Online

In a shift for the advertising industry, Google is said to be developing a new system that assigns web users a unique identifier.
September 20, 2013 in Advertising
YouTube's New Offline Feature Could Boost Video Views for Businesses

YouTube's New Offline Feature Could Boost Video Views for Businesses

Starting soon, users will be able to add clips to mobile devices to be viewed when they're without an internet connection
September 18, 2013 in Social Media