The City of New York will release public information to citizens through the hyperlocal social network Nextdoor, the city and company announced today.
Uber is in the midst of a fundraising round that values the company at $1 billion, according to Reuters’ report.
Yelp is adding restaurants’ inspection scores to their venue pages, starting with San Francisco and New York, the company said today.
The mobile cab-hailing company Uber announced Tuesday that it has shut down its yellow cab service in New York, but will keep the town car service running.
In New York City this morning, two people were killed and several others were wounded when a work dispute ended in gunfire outside the Empire State Building. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police commissioner Raymond Kelly have been holding a press conference since 11:00 a.m. eastern time. That conference is streaming live right now on YouTube.
Finally, the ability to type quickly with two thumbs is paying off, or rather it could pay off for one of the 11 finalists at the 6th annual LG U.S. National Texting Competition. Since May, the electronics company has sponsored weekly Facebook tournaments to find the fastest and most accurate texters from all over the country. Today at noon, the remaining players will face off in New York City’s Times Square for a shot at $50,000.
Here’s a story about a town government making some interesting decisions gadget-wise and waste-wise: Cornelius, North Carolina.
Town Turns to iPads in Cost-Cutting Move (New York Times)
The town commissioners meeting agenda package is generally about 200 pages pages. Twenty copies of the agenda is made each time one is produced. The town government plans to buy 16 16GB WiFi-only iPads (based on the $500 per unit price noted in the article) to reduce the number of printed agendas for each meeting. The town government expects to recover the cost of the iPad in about 1.5 years.
There’s a bit more to using an iPad than just having the device, of course. Software (apps), Apple Care (extended warranty) and WiFi (or 3G-to-WiFi tethering) network connectivity involve additional costs. Still, it sounds like the town official have thought this through and are on their way to an iPad-ized government.
New York City considers itself to be the world’s communications hub, and in conjunction with Internet Week New York, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment created a hub of its own: the NYC App Hub, which offers access to a host of smartphone apps created by and related to the Big Apple.
Shares of the Chinese social networking site Renren surged on their trading debut in New York on Wednesday. The company raised $743 million from the offering.
We have long been hearing about the need for quality engineering talent to keep up with the demands of ideas-centric New York City. KAYWEB Angels, LLC is the ‘angel development company’ founded to fill this gap and plug New York’s developer hole.