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Dan Ackerman


Update: Entertainment Weekly names The Tetris Effect as one of the best things at BookExpo 2016!

New York native Dan Ackerman is a former radio DJ turned journalist. His work has appeared in publications including SPIN, Men's Journal, Blender and Maxim. Dan writes about technology as a Section Editor at CNET, and can be seen regularly on CBS This Morning, CNBC, BBC News, and other TV news outlets. 

His debut non-fiction book, The Tetris Effect, will be published on September 6 by PublicAffairs/Perseus/Hachette in the US and later in 2016 by Oneworld Publications in the UK.

Pre-order now: Amazon or Barnes & Noble

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Dan Ackerman


Update: Entertainment Weekly names The Tetris Effect as one of the best things at BookExpo 2016!

New York native Dan Ackerman is a former radio DJ turned journalist. His work has appeared in publications including SPIN, Men's Journal, Blender and Maxim. Dan writes about technology as a Section Editor at CNET, and can be seen regularly on CBS This Morning, CNBC, BBC News, and other TV news outlets. 

His debut non-fiction book, The Tetris Effect, will be published on September 6 by PublicAffairs/Perseus/Hachette in the US and later in 2016 by Oneworld Publications in the UK.

Pre-order now: Amazon or Barnes & Noble

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TV Talking head

Dan is a regular on-air contributor to CBS This Morning, CBSN, and the CBS Evening News, and has appeared on TODAY, Good Morning America, CNBC and other TV news programs. 

CNET Magazine

In the new quarterly CNET print magazine, Dan writes about video games, computers, music and personal technology, and interviews tech designers and innovators.  

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Live from CNET

In addition to writing news and reviews, Dan frequently shoots video content from the CNET production studios in NYC, from hands-on product reviews to how-to segments. 

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Tech News and Reviews


Since 2005, Dan has reported on technology news for CNET and CBS. 

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Tech News and Reviews


Since 2005, Dan has reported on technology news for CNET and CBS. 

Dan is currently a Section Editor at leading technology news site CNET, where he oversees coverage of computer hardware, including Macs, PCs and Chromebooks. A hands-on expert, he manages a team running CNET's New York gadget testing lab and has personally tested and reviewed hundreds of laptops, desktops, tablets and hybrids, while also hosting videos and writing about hot-button consumer technology topics. 

As a writer and columnist, Dan has contributed regularly to magazines including Men's Journal, Maxim, Blender, and Sync, and he's previously served as a monthly columnist for both SPIN and WWE Magazine. As an industry expert, he's been interviewed by or quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Fast Company, and many other publications.

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The Tetris Effect


The secret cold war history of the game that hypnotized the world.

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The Tetris Effect


The secret cold war history of the game that hypnotized the world.

The complex history behind Tetris is even more gripping than the game itself, combining elements of a fast-paced cold war thriller with corporate espionage, courtroom drama and international conspiracies.

It's the story of a one-in-a-million software startup born behind the Iron Curtain, the first international viral hit of the modern computer era, and a reminder that you don't want a secret Soviet economic hit squad coming after you. 

With renewed cold war tensions between the United States and Russia dominating the news cycle, and billion-dollar tech deals affecting every corner of the economy, the lessons of fortunes won and lost over Tetris are more relevant than ever. 

The Tetris Effect is Dan's debut non-fiction book, coming in 2016 from Perseus Books and PublicAffairs in the US and Oneworld Publications in the UK.  It's available to pre-order on Amazon and B&N