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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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Done Deal: A Look at the Long, Contentious Road to Buying Dell Inc.

Done Deal: A Look at the Long, Contentious Road to Buying Dell Inc.

In this interactive timeline, we look back at how founder Michael Dell's proposal to acquire the company and take it private played out.
September 12, 2013 in News and Trends
Apple's iPhone: Designed in California But Manufactured Fast All Around the World (Infographic)

Apple's iPhone: Designed in California But Manufactured Fast All Around the World (Infographic)

With the release of the iPhone 5S and 5C, here we break down the complicated global relationship between Apple, its suppliers and manufacturers.
September 12, 2013 in Mobile
Apple Upgrades the iPhone With New 5S and 5C Models

Apple Upgrades the iPhone With New 5S and 5C Models

Both devices come with new bells and whistles, but what's most significant is that they will run Apple's new iOS 7.
September 11, 2013 in Mobile
New Tablet-Specific Web Browser Is Built on Swipe Navigation

New Tablet-Specific Web Browser Is Built on Swipe Navigation

By substituting gestures for buttons, Opera's 'Coast' ditches the bulky interface to make tablet browsing a full-screen experience.
September 10, 2013 in Mobile
Facebook's Hashtags Might Not Be as Social as You Think

Facebook's Hashtags Might Not Be as Social as You Think

A new report says posts with hashtags get less viral reach than posts without.
September 5, 2013 in Social Media
Can't Make That Meeting? Skype Could Have the Solution With 3-D Video Calling

Can't Make That Meeting? Skype Could Have the Solution With 3-D Video Calling

The technology is far off still but could give the niche format wider appeal.
September 4, 2013 in Office Tech
Foursquare Testing 'Sixth Sense' Location-Based Recommendations

Foursquare Testing 'Sixth Sense' Location-Based Recommendations

New feature will proactively help users discover businesses and other interests they otherwise might miss.
August 30, 2013 in Social Media
5 Low-Cost Apps to Make Your Computer Run Super Fast

5 Low-Cost Apps to Make Your Computer Run Super Fast

These apps can help your computer run less sluggish and increase your productivity at the same time.
August 26, 2013 in Apps & Software
Facebook Gives Businesses Free Access to Shutterstock Images for Ads

Facebook Gives Businesses Free Access to Shutterstock Images for Ads

The social network is also updating its photo uploader tool and the Pages mobile app.
August 22, 2013 in Social Media
This New Software Lets You Turn Any Surface Into a Touch Screen

This New Software Lets You Turn Any Surface Into a Touch Screen

Users can project their desktop onto a flat surface and control it with the Windows Kinect sensor.
August 19, 2013 in Office Tech

New Feature Lets Customers Make Dinner Reservations From Facebook's Mobile Pages

Integration with OpenTable puts reservations at 20,000 restaurants at users' fingertips.
August 13, 2013 in Social Media
Good Marketing Move: Apple to Offer Trade-In Discount for Third-Party Chargers

Good Marketing Move: Apple to Offer Trade-In Discount for Third-Party Chargers

The offer comes after faulty chargers were blamed for one death and one hospitalization in China.
August 7, 2013 in Mobile
Dell Founder's New Buyout Bid Wins Initial Shareholder Approval

Dell Founder's New Buyout Bid Wins Initial Shareholder Approval

The official vote on the bid from Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners has been pushed back to September 12.
August 2, 2013 in News and Trends
Yelp Posts Massive Earnings Increase But Still Hasn't Turned a Profit

Yelp Posts Massive Earnings Increase But Still Hasn't Turned a Profit

The social-review site's massive growth can be attributed to an influx of advertisers, an analyst says.
August 2, 2013 in Social Media
Yahoo Acquires Lexity, An Ecommerce Service for Small Businesses

Yahoo Acquires Lexity, An Ecommerce Service for Small Businesses

Founded by a former Yahoo search and advertising executive, the startup is Marissa Mayer's 19th purchase for the tech giant.
August 1, 2013 in News and Trends
Online Startup Fab Sued for Copyright Infringement, 'Unfair' Competition

Online Startup Fab Sued for Copyright Infringement, 'Unfair' Competition

The suit comes on the heels of a $150 million fundraising round and coincides with layoffs.
July 31, 2013 in News and Trends
Hiring Spree: Amazon to Add 7,000 New Employees

Hiring Spree: Amazon to Add 7,000 New Employees

The internet retailer is expanding its fulfillment and customer service networks in an effort to offer more customers speedier delivery options.
July 29, 2013 in Human Resources

Mobile App Basics: 3 Ways to Make User Security a Priority

After one popular app's privacy snafu, here's a look at what you should consider when developing your own mobile apps.
July 26, 2013 in Apps & Software
Dell Founder Sweetens Offer to Take the PC Maker Private

Dell Founder Sweetens Offer to Take the PC Maker Private

New offer adds $150 million and calls for a decision to be made by simple majority of shareholders.
July 24, 2013 in News and Trends
Facebook Is Testing a Feature That Can Track Customers' Physical Movements at Businesses

Facebook Is Testing a Feature That Can Track Customers' Physical Movements at Businesses

The social network encourages users to check in for free Wi-Fi, but the routers can monitor your movements.
July 19, 2013 in Social Media
Struggling Deals Site LivingSocial Kills Events Group, Closes New York Office

Struggling Deals Site LivingSocial Kills Events Group, Closes New York Office

The move eliminates 30 full-time positions and will have remaining staffers working remotely.
July 17, 2013 in News and Trends
Angry Business Owners Appeal Yelp Ruling Over Alleged Extortion

Angry Business Owners Appeal Yelp Ruling Over Alleged Extortion

Appeal drudges up accusations of review rigging, tilting the site's rating system.
July 12, 2013 in Social Media

Report: Email is Better Than Facebook or Twitter for Acquiring New Customers

Here are three tips for turning email recipients into paying customers.
July 2, 2013 in Online Marketing
Social Media May Soon Drive More Traffic to Your Website Than Search Engines

Social Media May Soon Drive More Traffic to Your Website Than Search Engines

A new report suggests internet users in the U.S. are looking to sites like Facebook and Twitter to find what they're looking for online.
June 25, 2013 in Social Media
Google Updates an App That Allows You to Search With the Swipe of a Finger

Google Updates an App That Allows You to Search With the Swipe of a Finger

Ever heard of Gesture Search? It can help save time and offer a less distracting way for business users to search their Android devices.
June 13, 2013 in Apps & Software
Google to Buy Social Mapping Startup Waze

Google to Buy Social Mapping Startup Waze

Acquiring the real-time traffic and navigation app to help Google stay competitive in mobile mapping.
June 11, 2013 in News and Trends
New Google+ Dashboard Lets Businesses Manage Multiple Tasks in One Place

New Google+ Dashboard Lets Businesses Manage Multiple Tasks in One Place

Marketers can use the new tool to update and monitor information across tools such as Google+, Google AdWords and Maps.
June 11, 2013 in Social Media

Report: Wearable Devices Could Revolutionize the Way We Do Business

Mary Meeker's 'Internet Trends' report heralds hands-free tech as the next big thing.
May 30, 2013 in News and Trends
Angel Investors Form Group to Fund Bitcoin Startups

Angel Investors Form Group to Fund Bitcoin Startups

After a tumultuous couple of months, the digital currency is turning investors' heads.
May 30, 2013 in News and Trends
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