Ryan Block

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Ryan Block
Ryan Block at Game Developers Conference 2009
Ryan Block at GDC 2009
Born (1982-06-25) June 25, 1982 (age 32)
Occupation Technology journalist
Known for Engadget, gdgt
Spouse(s) Veronica Belmont

Ryan Block (born June 25, 1982) is a technology journalist and critic. He was the editor-in-chief of AOL’s Engadget[1] before he co-founded the community site gdgt.[2]

Block joined technology news website Engadget as a part-time reporter in June 2004, and started full-time in June 2005.[3] He went on to replace the site's creator Peter Rojas as editor-in-chief in 2007.[4] On May 16, 2007, Block posted a leaked internal email from Apple in which it was revealed that the iPhone and Mac OS X Leopard would both be delayed. The email was later confirmed as fake by Apple PR, but it was reported that its posting by Engadget took $4 billion off Apple's market cap.[5][6] Block has since noted that the approximate $4b market cap drop was almost immediately pushed back up after he posted that the email was forged.[7]

In July 2008 Block posted on Engadget that he would be stepping down as editor-in-chief to create a new company, leaving then Associate Editor Joshua Topolsky in charge.[8] On 1 July 2009,[9] using $550,000 in initial seed financing received from Betaworks and True Ventures, Block and Rojas launched gdgt; a discussion forum that generates reviews and answers questions about thousands of gadgets.[10] In November of 2013, gdgt was merged with Engadget. [11]

Block is a regular panelist on The Engadget Show,[12] and has appeared on Leo Laporte's This Week in Tech 21 times. Block lives in San Francisco, California with his wife, Veronica Belmont.[13]

In July 2014, Block and his wife attempted to disconnect their Comcast service over the telephone and were repeatedly blocked by the Comcast representative in a call which lasted 18 minutes. The last 8 minutes of this phone call was recorded by Block and posted to Reddit, immediately going viral across the internet. The next day Comcast apologized.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boutin, Paul (2010-04-03). "Gadget guru: We can’t know yet what’s best about iPad". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  2. ^ Mumm, Chad (2010-04-24). "The Engadget Show Live! With roboticist Dr. Dennis Hong, Ryan Block, Rick Karr, and more!". Engadget. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  3. ^ Collardeau, Thomas (2008-01-08). "Interview with Engadget’s Ryan Block". ontheinside.info. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  4. ^ Rosmarin, Rachel (2007-12-18). "The Gadget Guru". Forbes. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  5. ^ Ewalt, David (2007-12-18). "In Pictures: The Web Celeb 25". Forbes. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  6. ^ Block, Ryan (2007-05-17). "Regarding yesterday's Apple news". Engadget. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  7. ^ Talk:Ryan Block (356924945), April 19, 2010
  8. ^ Block, Ryan (2008-07-22). "Some news from the editor's desk". Engadget. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  9. ^ Arrington, Michael (2009-07-01). "GDGT Launches For Non Stop Gadget Action". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  10. ^ Vascellaro, Jessica (2010-04-07). "Gdgt Raises New Financing with New Concept". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  11. ^ Block, Ryan. "Engadget is getting a whole lot bigger: profiles, forums, product database, and so much more!". Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Topolsky, Joshua (2010-04-23). "The Engadget Show returns this Saturday, April 24th with roboticist Dr. Dennis Hong, Ryan Block, and much more!". Engadget. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  13. ^ Veronica Belmont fun facts from Mahalo
  14. ^ Stampler, Laura (15 July 2014). "Recording of Man’s Attempt to Cancel Comcast Will Drive You Insane". Time. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 

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