Tuesday, August 30, 2011
By Beth Fertig
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer called on Verizon to return $800,000 it promised to repay to the city's Department of Education back in April, after an investigation revealed that a contractor had defrauded the schools by jacking up the costs of technology upgrades.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
As Verizon and the unions representing its employees clash over a new contract, some New Yorkers are suffering collateral damage.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker, discusses the increasingly bitter national strike against Verizon, which began on August 7.
Monday, August 15, 2011
By Kathleen Horan : Reporter, WNYC News
As the Verizon strike continues into its second week, both sides say negotiations toward a new contract are ongoing — albeit at a sluggish pace.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Verizon and picketing workers are accusing each other of not bargaining in good faith, as a strike enters its second week.
Monday, August 08, 2011
Thousands of striking workers from Verizon Communication Inc.'s landline division joined picket lines and rallies Monday at the company's offices from Massachusetts to Virginia, according to a union official.
Monday, August 08, 2011
Two unions that represent workers for Verizon announced an immediate strike on Sunday, demanding better treatment after a lack of progress in negotiating contracts. The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the unions representing Verizon, last went on strike in 2000. Verizon union membership has shrunk by nearly in half since then, and is much weaker than before. Can union members still exert their influence in a strike?
Monday, August 08, 2011
Credit ratings agency Standard and Poor's downgraded the U.S.'s credit rating for the first time in history on Friday, causing jaws to drop across the country, and raising the blood-pressures of leaders worldwide as many held emergency meetings to fend off any backlash this news might create. President Obama will be preparing this week for his upcoming bus tour to reconnect with voters in the Midwest. Meanwhile, News Corp. will release their fourth quarter results on Wednesday, the PGA Championship kicks off on Thursday, and Dennis Rodman will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Thousands of area Verizon workers went on strike on Saturday night as contract negotiations broke down. They are part of a total of 45,000 Verizon workers now on strike across the country.
Monday, July 18, 2011
By John Keefe
First, I hacked my own voice mail. Then, when colleagues came around to see, several volunteered their phones, too. The alleged phone hacking at the heart of the scandal at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid can be performed here in the U.S. — and easily.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
By Beth Fertig
A Department of Education consultant illegally billed the city for an extra $3.6 million connecting public schools to the Internet, and then used the money to pay for luxury cars and Long Island real estate, the U.S. attorney's office claims.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Countless iPhone and other smartphone users have been waiting for years for this week to arrive. Verizon, which operates the nation's largest wireless network, is finally offering its version of the vaunted iPhone. But, now that the time has come, is it the right move?
Thursday, January 13, 2011
(Washington D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) D.C.'s Metro announced this morning it will eliminate almost all of the 1,074 pay phones in its train stations.
The reason why shouldn't be surprising to anyone who has ever seen someone who appeared to be talking loudly to themselves but was actually using one of those tiny Bluetooth thingies in their ear: cell phones are pretty prevalent nowadays. It seems like everyone has one. Yes, everyone.
Long, long ago, you had to find a phone booth (and a quarter) to make a phone call. Now, if you have a cell phone, you just have to find something to say - and even that's not always necessary.
TN Moving Stories: LA's Westside Subway Gets Federal OK, JSK is Compared to Robin Hood, and New Version of OnStar Is Essentially Omnipotent
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
By Kate Hinds
Federal officials okay preliminary engineering on LA's Westside subway and light rail line. (Los Angeles Times)
Profiling the grid: Nashville utility planners use research and census data to try to determine who will be buying electric vehicles. Where should they build substations? In the neighborhoods of female Democrats who live close to work. (AP via New York Times)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 85% of U.S. adults now wear seat belts. "Only 11 percent wore them in 1982, before the first state law requiring seat belt use." (NPR)
The Guardian calls NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan "a modern day Robin Hood." And regarding congestion pricing, she says "I do think it's a matter of when, not if."
Two New York City Council members have introduced bills that shrink the no-parking zone on either side of a fire hydrant. (New York Times)
Planned construction on New York's F and G subway lines has been postponed due to the last snowfall. (WNYC)
Brooklyn bicyclists who don't obey the law: the NYPD is coming for you. (Gothamist)
The web war of American Airlines vs. travel sites continues to heat up: now, a company that provides ticket information to travel agents has ended its contract with the airline. (CNN)
A former CEO of Amtrak is the latest addition to the board of DC's Metro. (WAMU)
This could be Ray LaHood's worst nightmare: at the Consumer Electronics Show, General Motors and Verizon unveiled a new version of OnStar. Among its features: Exterior cameras that can detect and record hit-and-runs, and then send the video to the car's owner via a secure server. The ability to watch what's going on in and around the car using a smartphone or home computer. Access to social websites such as YouTube, Twitter and Wikipedia using voice commands. Video chatting via Skype through a dashboard-mounted video display. Remote-controlled home appliance and energy use using an application accessible through the car's video console. Live video images from traffic cameras, to view in real-time congestion. (Detroit News)
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Earlier this week, The New York Times discovered that Google and Verizon were working on a backdoor deal which, as many online activists worried, would threaten the future of “net neutrality.” In essence, “net neutrality” means that the Internet carries traffic as quickly as it can, regardless of the source. If this neutrality were to end, particular websites could pay ISPs to carry their traffic faster than their competitors.
Monday, August 09, 2010
In theory, the Internet provides a level playing field for businesses and consumers alike. That’s because, since its creation, the Internet has been built around the principle of “net neutrality”: all traffic online travels as quickly as it can, given the technology and congestion it encounters along the way. According to an article published by our partner The New York Times, however, a backdoor deal may be nearing between Google and Verizon, which could give a speed advantage to those websites who are willing to pay more.