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Airbnb Moves to Block AG's Subpoena

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Airbnb, the popular person-to-person apartment rental website, is trying to block a subpoena by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, calling the probe an “unfounded ‘fishing expedition.’”

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QUIZ: Nuclear War? Are These Real Terms of Service

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Every time you sign up for a new online service, you face a choice:  do you click "accept" at the bottom of a long scroll of dense legalese that is the company's terms of service. We decided to whip out the old magnifying glass to get a better look at the fine print and bring you some of the more unexpected gems buried in real terms of service agreements. Can you guess which ones are real? 

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When the FBI Knocks: A Techie’s Moment of Truth

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The recent revelation that companies like Google and Facebook routinely hand over data about users' digital communications to the National Security Agency has many Americans wondering whether everything they do online is being tracked by the government. 

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Airbnb Won't Comply With Subpoena from New York Attorney General

Monday, October 07, 2013

Short-term home rental site Airbnb says it won't comply with a subpoena from the New York Attorney General asking it to hand over data about its 15,000 hosts in New York City.

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How Twitter Created Connections But Drove the Founders Apart

Friday, October 04, 2013

As Twitter's lawyers prepare to take the company public, they aired some of the company's financial dirty laundry in a regulatory filing this week, confirming that the social media service continues to lose money.

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In Wake of Government Shutdown, Only Some Web Sites Are Shuttered

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The federal government is currently shut down, and so are the websites for many agencies — but not all of them. 

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Lavabit Founder Talks about Snowden While Under a Gag Order for Hosting His Email

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Another peek into the NSA snooping scandal comes to us today via unsealed court documents in the case of Lavabit, a secure email service used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. That email service was run by Ladar Levison, an interesting character. He stopped by the New Tech City studios last week, donuts and Red Bull in hand. 

 

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Genetic Screening of Every Child

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Scientists at the recently opened New York Genome Center eventually want to screen every child in New York State. But if doctors found that your child had a genetic disorder, would you want to know? 

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Mutated Code and the Amish Algorithm

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Two groups of people that shy away from many technologies — Amish and Mennonites — are actually on the cutting edge when it comes to genetics. 

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Questlove Joins Mayor Bloomberg to Launch Made in New York Media Center in DUMBO

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

New York's technologists, storytellers and content creators of all stripes now have a new home in DUMBO.

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NYC Gets 'LEED for Broadband' and More Free Public WiFi

Monday, September 30, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced two initiatives Monday he said will keep New York City's tech sector on an upward trajectory for years to come. 

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VIDEO: When the Amish Go High Tech

Monday, September 30, 2013

Amish and Mennonite communities are often perceived as being "anti-technology," but their relationship with technology is more nuanced than that.  They examine what the technology is, what it offers and then decide whether to accept it in their lives.  Call it the "Amish Algorithm."

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Court Reverses Fines Imposed on Airbnb Renter

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The popular website Airbnb has had a victory in court that may make it easier for New Yorkers to rent out their apartments on a short term basis without breaking the law.

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Should Your Boss Track Your Fitness?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The carrot is up to 30 percent off your monthly premium if you join an eligible "workplace wellness" plan.

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Tech Firms Rush to Build Health Exchanges Before Deadline

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Affordable Care Act has been contentious, confusing and abstract, but that might change on October 1 when states are required to launch websites where people can chose among different health plans.

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Obamacare and the Biometric Bracelet Experiment

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It’s Obamacare-time! 

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Apple Fingerprint Security Scanner Hacked?

Monday, September 23, 2013

That didn’t take long.

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NYC Releases More Data Sets, Updates Portal

Monday, September 23, 2013

New York City is giving developers, data scientists and the general public a crack at more than 200 newly released data sets that include everything from property records to business licenses to health and construction permits. 

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Apple Releases New iPhone, NYPD Ramps Up 'Operation ID'

Friday, September 20, 2013

As the theft of digital devices continues to increase in New York City, the city's police department has been ramping up Operation ID, its program where New Yorkers can register their smartphones and other electronics in case they are lost or stolen. 

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Are Hackathons Worth It? Five Participants Weigh In

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hackathons are exploding across New York City and the nation, and New Tech City has been checking in with participants to see why they attend, what they get out of the experience and what they'd like to hack at the next event.

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