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Ben Johnson started his career in journalism in 2003, working as a features and general assignment reporter for The Day newspaper in New London, Connecticut. While there he won a regional award for feature writing, and was recruited to write a weekly entertainment column for the Tribune Media Service wire service.

In 2006, Ben relocated to New York City to be an entertainment and music reporter at the Staten Island Advance newspaper, where he soon moved into hard news, working the cops beat and as a weekend city desk editor. In 2010, he began to work as a freelance web producer at The Takeaway, a national radio show produced out of New York's WNYC Radio in partnership with WGBH, the New York Times and the BBC.

Ben went on to be a freelance radio producer at WNYC, serving as the digital editor for The Takeaway while also doing live and features reporting for the station on everything from Occupy Wall Street to New York's last functioning ship graveyard. While working at WNYC, Ben started blogging for Slate Magazine's breaking news blog, The Slatest.

In 2012, Ben left WNYC to manage a partnership between Slate and YouTube, producing daily breaking news videos and other content for SlateV, the magazine's video department. He also wrote regularly for Slate's Future Tense blog and drew the extreme ire of his fellow Radiohead fans by asking the band to stop touring

In summer 2012 Ben joined Marketplace to relaunch and produce the Tech Report, now called Marketplace Tech. When David Brancaccio became the host of Marketplace Morning Report in 2013, Ben started hosting Marketplace Tech and was hired officially as host in early 2014.

He doesn't like to brag about it but over the years, Ben has interviewed Jay-Z, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Luciano Pavarotti, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Josh Homme, Biz Stone, Guy Kawasaki, Col. Chris Hadfield, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Neil Young. Ben enjoys and engages in 80s movie references, pie baking, and high-fives. His Twitter feed has never been polluted by a subtweet. His interest in swimming knows no bounds, especially if there is a high-dive and a high-five involved. 

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Happy Birthday Robert Moog!

Correction: The original entry referred to Robert Moog as still alive. He died in 2005.

Robert Moog would have been 79 today. He invented the analogue Moog synthesizer that first gained notoriety at a performance during the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival. It's been used by keyboard lovers like Stevie Wonder ever since.

Happy 77th Birthday, Bob Moog!

Teens tired of Facebook, hot on Twitter, savvy reputation managers

Teenagers are less into Facebook and more into Twitter these days, according to a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life project.
Posted In: pew, Facebook, Twitter, social media, teenagers

Big ad sales on the high seas of online piracy

BitTorrent, a site best known as a way for people to illegally share and download content, says it serves over five billion ads a month. But will advertisers flock to such a dicey marketplace?
Posted In: bittorrent, ads

Will humans outlive Earth's next extinction event?

Scientists may be fretting over global climate change or when the next asteroid will strike Earth's surface. But a catastrophic event doesn't necessarily spell the end for civilization.
Posted In: natural disasters, Tech

Americans are not happy with their Internet service providers

The latest American Customer Satisfaction Index is out, and one industry in an unfortunate spot when it comes to customer satisfaction: Internet service providers.
Posted In: ISPs, consumer, Internet, telecom

Community disaster relief with help from a tech company

Caitria O'Neill, CEO of tech company Recovers, explains the digital challenges of natural disasters and recovery.
Posted In: tornado, oklahoma, natural disasters

New York tech scene celebrates Tumblr purchase

Members of the New York City's tech scene are celebrating the announcement that Yahoo will buy the NY-based blogging service Tumblr.
Posted In: Yahoo, tumblr, New York City, Silicon Valley, Tech

A new Xbox, and the future of unbreakable screens

The company LG says it's going to show off a flexible 5-inch screen this week which could soon be a normal part of our phones and tablets. And Microsoft is revealing its latest Xbox gaming console today.
Posted In: xbox, lg, mobile, video games

NASA footage shows meteor crashing into moon

Things crashing into the moon -- that's how the third Transformers movie starts right? Sorry Michael Bay, when it comes to explosions, we'd rather watch the NASA source footage.
Posted In: moon, NASA, space

Yahoo plus tumblr equals...Yumblr?

Yahoo's Tumblr acquisition is a big part the mission for new CEO Marissa Mayer -- a mission to make the aging Internet company cool again.
Posted In: Yahoo, tumblr, Tech, Marissa Mayer

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