Daniel Roberts

  • Hookup app Tinder wants to change its image

    The mobile dating game that lets you rate people by their looks is trying to shift into a tool for business networking.

    By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter

    FORTUNE -- Nope. Nope. Nope. YES. Nope …

    That might be your thought process while using Tinder, a mobile app that offers up photos of people to judge with a "yes" or a "nope" -- depending on their attractiveness. The iPhone app, which debuted in October, connects MORE

    Jun 6, 2013 12:02 PM ET
  • My apps don't know me - and that's a problem

    So-called recommendation engines still have a long way to go.

    By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter

    FORTUNE -- As you grow older and busier, it becomes more difficult to make spontaneous discoveries. Or at least that's the theory behind a bevy of so-called predictive apps purporting to know each user well enough to hand them their next favorite song, restaurant, or magazine article.

    I gave these tools a test run on a recent trip MORE

    Apr 2, 2013 6:54 AM ET
  • Gates' bid to reinvent the bicycle

    The Gates Corp carbon belt is clean and green compared to classic, greasy bike chains. So, why is it still relatively unknown?

    By Daniel Roberts, reporter

    FORTUNE -- "The chain is probably the only element of the bicycle that hasn't changed in 150 years," says Todd Sellden. Sellden is an engineer who has been with industrial giant Gates Corporation for 25 years and is now director of Carbon Drive Systems, which produces MORE

    Jul 31, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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  • MLB.com is gearing up for next season

    CEO Bob Bowman, the man behind baseball's digital properties, made bold bets that have paid off big time. Now, the challenge is to keep growing without alienating fans.

    By Daniel Roberts, reporter

    FORTUNE -- Here's a surprise: Major League Baseball provides back-end streaming services for conservative talker Glenn Beck. In addition to his web channel, GBTV, it also powers almost all of ESPN3's online video. And the Webby Awards. And March Madness MORE

    Nov 14, 2011 3:34 PM ET
  • With The Verge, SB Nation looks beyond just gadgets

    A flock of former AOL staffers are about to launch a new gadget blog, The Verge. Their publishing model could end up looking a lot like their former employer's.

    By Daniel Roberts, reporter

    FORTUNE -- AOL hasn't had much luck keeping its top editorial talent. The exodus of writers from website TechCrunch earlier this year was only the latest embarrassing black eye for the struggling Internet company. Now, another former AOL editor MORE

    Oct 26, 2011 1:54 PM ET
  • An audience with the King of the Patent Trolls

    Nathan Myhrvold, the CEO of Intellectual Ventures, has become the face of patent litigation in the tech space. He told Fortune why his business is good.

    By Daniel Roberts, reporter

    FORTUNE -- The following transcript is edited from a phone conversation with Nathan Myhrvold, founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures, often cited as the biggest firm among a group of so-called non-practicing entities or NPEs. Such companies frequently buy up patents without MORE

    Sep 15, 2011 11:36 AM ET
  • Why the mobile patent wars got so hot

    Intellectual property law sounds like fodder for think tanks and PhD candidates — so why is Silicon Valley suddenly tearing itself apart over a seemingly sleepy subject?

    By Daniel Roberts, reporter

    FORTUNE -- If you feel like you've been seeing more news about patents than ever before, you have. In July, a consortium that included Apple, RIM and Microsoft made a move on Nortel's patent portfolio, outflanking Google. In August, Google hit MORE

    Sep 13, 2011 2:57 PM ET
  • GameStop CEO talks iOS devices

    The videogame retailer has started accepting trade-ins of used Apple products -- and that may mean a bigger change for their business.

    By Daniel Roberts, reporter

    FORTUNE -- The news that GameStop stores are buying used Apple devices alongside traditional consoles and video games hit the Web this week and went viral almost immediately. Many bloggers began stating outright that the chain will also sell new Apple devices, such as the iPod MORE

    Sep 9, 2011 3:34 PM ET
  • A new life for Taser, this time with less controversy

    The maker of the handy defense weapon is putting a focus on its new video-surveillance system for police officers.

    By Daniel Roberts, reporter

    FORTUNE -- "Don't tase me, bro!" The phrase is familiar to pretty much anyone that was alive and consuming news in 2007: Andrew Meyer, a senior at the University of Florida at the time, shouted it before campus police shot him with a Taser ECD (electronic control device). A MORE

    Sep 6, 2011 12:17 PM ET
  • Book publishers in denial on Amazon's e-book sales

    At the annual BookExpo America this week, booksellers voiced mixed feelings about the news that Amazon's Kindle book sales have surpassed print, and some said they simply don't believe it at all.

    By Daniel Roberts, reporter

    FORTUNE -- New York's Javits Center was a crowded, noisy hothouse of handshaking and book signing this week at BookExpo America. Every publisher and imprint was there with marketing reps, editors, and authors on hand. The MORE

    May 27, 2011 11:32 AM ET
About This Author
Dan Roberts
Daniel Roberts

Daniel Roberts covers a wide range at Fortune with a focus on sports business, tech, entrepreneurship, media, and food and beverage. He is the lead reporter on the 40 Under 40 franchise. Prior to joining Fortune in 2010, he was a staff reporter at The Bronx Times and reported for the New York Daily News and The Wall Street Journal. He holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and a master's in journalism from Columbia University.

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