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New York attorney general launches investigation into Equifax breach
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Friday said he has launched an investigation into credit reporting company Equifax's massive data breach. Equifax said Thursday that the breach could potentially...
DNA of long-dead cows read from pages of Medieval books
Hidden messagesCourtesy of The Chapter of York Hidden messagesCourtesy of The Chapter of York By Chris BaraniukYou could call it reading behind the lines. When medieval scribes sat down to preserve the...
Elon Musk says he got 'verbal govt' approval for Hyperloop between NY and DC
The beleaguered transit system in the Northeast may receive a boost from one of the most ambitious entrepreneurs in the world. Elon Musk tweeted Thursday that The Boring Company received "verbal" government...
Electric car racing has arrived
NEW YORK — The roar of the engine was replaced by a furious whirring as the future of motorsports came to Brooklyn.Formula E took over part of the waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook on Sunday, the second...
How Uber’s tax calculation may have cost drivers hundreds of millions
This stands in stark contrast to the way Uber has operated in New York, where the company would typically have deducted the tax from the $42.67 fare the driver received, and the passenger would not have...
Uber says it just noticed error on pay, but it was likely known for some time
Uber declined to comment. The problem with commissions has arisen amid driver discontent over a range of issues, including fare cuts instituted early last year. Beyond the commission error that Uber has...
Uber’s New York general manager is leaving to join Tusk Ventures
Josh Mohrer, the general manager of Uber's New York operations, is leaving the company after five years. Mohrer will be joining Tusk Ventures — founded and run by investor and political operative Bradley...
Grieving dad pushes for "textalyzer" test for drivers
ALBANY, N.Y. — Ben Lieberman just wanted to find out what may have caused the head-on collision that killed his 19-year-old son, Evan, on a highway north of New York City. It took a lawsuit and six months...
Self-driving cars will soon be on the streets of New York
If you want to test out your self-driving car in the US, you need a special permit from the authorities in California, Nevada or Arizona. Well, you can now add New York to that list, as the state has...
Silicon Alley: The Latest New York Startups at NY TechDay
Silicon Valley is not the only place to find the next Mark Zuckerberg. Nearly 9,000 tech startups call New York City home, and their offerings reflect the unique needs of the most populous city in the...
New York City plans to force Uber to add tipping option in app
New York City's taxi and black car regulator plans to require Uber Technologies Inc. to add a tipping feature to its app by July. Drivers have long complained that Uber has resisted such a move, even...
New York moves to require Uber to include tipping option on its app
New Yorkers have long been able to tip a taxi driver by adding a few dollars to their bill before swiping a credit card. But they cannot add a tip when they use the popular ride-hailing app Uber. Now...
‘Heil President Donald Trump’ alert issued by hacked N.Y. Post app
NEW YORK – The New York Post app has been hacked on April Fools’ Day, sending out push alert notifications that included “Heil President Donald Trump.”The Post apologized Saturday night, shortly after...
Eatsa sued for not letting blind customers order food from kiosks
A federal lawsuit seeking class-action status has been filed against San Francisco fast-food chain Eatsa. The lawsuit was filed against Eatsa’s parent company, Keenwawa Inc., in New York on Thursday by...
Airbnb drops Trump Tower apartment listing
NEW YORK — A Trump Tower apartment rented out on Airbnb had gotten rave reviews before the listing was taken down last week. The New York Times says the listing was removed after it contacted Airbnb for...
Trilobite eggs in New York
Despite a plethora of exceptionally preserved trilobites, trilobite reproduction has remained a mystery. No previously described trilobite has had unambiguous eggs or genitalia preserved. A new study reports...
Spotify adding more than 1,000 jobs in New York, moving to WTC
Spotify is moving its U.S. headquarters to 4 World Trade Center in Manhattan, and adding more than 1,000 new jobs in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a press release Wednesday. The privately...
Almanac: Fossil hunter Barnum Brown
And now a page from our “Sunday Morning” Almanac: February 12th 1873, 144 years ago today … the day fossil hunter Barnum Brown was born in Carbondale, Kansas. American Museum of Natural History Prophetically...
Turkish hacker convicted of intricate ATM heist
NEW YORK -- Ercan Findikoglu, 36, is the mastermind behind one of the most intricate bank robberies in history; A crime so brazen, he posed with a pile of cash on his chest.Ercan FindikogluSecret Service...
New York gets $170M in broadband funding that Verizon turned down
EnlargeGetty Images | XiXinXing reader comments 0 Share this story The Federal Communications Commission yesterday voted to give up to $170 million in broadband funding to New York to support a state...
New York approves a 90 MW wind farm off the coast of Long Island
The Long Island coastline.Stanley Zimney reader comments 12 Share this story On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state had approved a 90 MW offshore wind farm to be installed...
New York lawmakers want local cops to get warrant before using stingray
Enlarge / Cops.Erland Grøtberg / Getty Images News reader comments 7 Share this story Further ReadingCalifornia cops, want to use a stingray? Get a warrant, governor saysThe New York Civil Liberties Union...
Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer found guilty, again, of source code theft
EnlargeMario Tama / Getty Images News reader comments 5 Share this story Further ReadingJudge overturns conviction of former Goldman Sachs programmerA New York state appellate court has restored the criminal...
Nuclear power plant north of New York City to close by 2021
The Indian Point Nuclear Power PlantRuss Nelson reader comments 2 Share this story On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement with utility company Entergy to close the 2GW Indian Point nuclear...
New York stops the litigious sprawl of pre-1972 sound copyrights
Enlarge / Mark "Flo" Volman and Howard "Eddie" Kaylan of the Top 40 rock group The Turtles performing in 2010 during the Happy Together Tour 25th Anniversary. Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic reader comments...
Congress passes BOTS Act to ban ticket-buying software
Enlarge / Did they compete with the bots to get their tickets? Mat Hayward/Getty Images reader comments 27 Share this story Using software bots to buy concert tickets will soon be illegal, thanks to a...
New York law banning right to bear “electronic” arms faces lawsuit
A civilian practices firing a stun gun at Travis Air Force Base in California last year.Travis AFB reader comments 29 Share this story A New York law making it illegal for members of the public to possess...
Former hedge fund exec's Empire Report keeps tabs on New York
BOSTON (Reuters) - Former hedge fund executive JP Miller launched an app on Monday for his startup news site Empire Report that is modeled on the Drudge Report and chronicles New York, its politicians,...
Airbnb and NYC bury the hatchet
Open Grid Scheduler / flickr reader comments 3 Share this story Home-rental startup Airbnb has ended a legal battle with New York City, its largest market. Airbnb sued New York City and the state of New...
Eric Trump tweeted, then deleted, an illegal ballot selfie
Enlarge / Eric Trump, son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, looks at wife Lara Yunaska's voting booth.Bloomberg / Getty Images News reader comments 5 Share this story Donald Trump's son,...
Judges in New York, California won’t halt ban on ballot selfies
EnlargeLeland Bobbe / Getty Images News reader comments 33 Share this story Further ReadingCalifornia must awkwardly defend obsolete anti-ballot selfie lawTwo federal judges in two separate cases on opposite...
Women Key in New York's Effort to be Next American Tech Powerhouse
New York City wants to be the next American tech powerhouse, and to get there it is tripling its investment in programs for computer science students. In the middle of the East River, on Roosevelt Island,...
For AT&T, Time Warner was always on the menu
NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Time Warner Inc's Jeff Bewkes welcomed AT&T Inc's Randall Stephenson for lunch at Time Warner Center in New York in late August, their meeting was supposed to be one of the catch-ups...
NY governor approves fines for some rental ads—hours later, Airbnb sues
Enlarge / A computer screen shows the company logo in the Airbnb offices in Paris, France. on April 21, 2015. MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images reader comments 6 Share this story New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo...
New York state cracks down on illegal Airbnb rentals
Supporters of the measure say many property owners use sites like Airbnb to offer residential apartments as short-term rentals to visitors, hurting existing hotels while taking residential units off the...
NY gov. unveils far-reaching futuristic plan for NYC
NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a far-reaching futuristic plan for the city that includes color LED illumination of bridges, completely automated toll booths and driver facial recognition cameras for...
Futuristic Plan for NY Includes LED Bridge Lighting in Color
Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a far-reaching futuristic plan for the city that includes color LED illumination of bridges, completely automated toll booths and driver facial recognition cameras for tighter...
Weiner’s sick ‘teen rape fantasies’
What is behind the self-sabotaging choices like politicians like Anthony Weiner, and celebrities make on a day-to-day basis? The ChoiceLadder Institute founder Krishna Pendyala joins Lunch Break with Tanya...
The tech that went into catching NY, NJ bomb suspect
Technology played a crucial role in helping authorities crack the case of the New York and New Jersey bombings. About 50 hours after the saga began with an explosion in Seaside Park, New Jersey, investigators tracked...
"Crude, simple" device in Chelsea blast used household materials
NEW YORK -- Sources tell CBS News that the pressure-cooker device that exploded in Manhattan on Saturday evening contained residue of a material called Tannerite, a legal explosive made up of ammonium...
Opinion: The NYC bombing suspect mobile alert wasn't perfect, but it could have saved lives
"Mondays, am I right?" This seems to be a worryingly pervasive attitude toward the cell phone alert used in hopes of capturing Chelsea, New York and Elizabeth, New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad...
New York Employs Cell Phone Alert System in Bombing Suspect Manhunt
Once a suspect was identified in the New York and New Jersey bombings, officials in New York used a cell phone emergency alert system for the first time for a non weather or missing child situation. Monday...
Twitter users cheer Thursday Night Football live video
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter Inc made a smooth debut with its broadcast of a National Football League game on Thursday, attracting generally positive tweets throughout the matchup between the Buffalo Bills...
Snapchat cuts several curator positions in New York and LA
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Messaging app Snapchat said on Wednesday it has cut a number of jobs in New York and Los Angeles responsible for pulling together user-generated content in its local stories section,...
Stunning photo shows New York City from space
Feast your eyes on New York City as it appears from the International Space Station, courtesy of this photo tweeted by NASA astronaut and U.S. Army Colonel Jeff Williams. It was taken several weeks ago,...
YouTube helps its creators get political
With election season reaching a fever pitch, YouTube wants to make sure its creators have a place to film their political discourse. The Google-owned company said on Tuesday that it will be adding election-themed...
Weiner dumped amid new sex scandal
Watch a film trailer for "Weiner," a documentary about the politician Anthony Weiner, directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg. Photo: IFC Films Scene from the documentary Weiner, an examination of...
Enhanced DMV facial recognition technology helps NY nab 100 ID thieves
EnlargeNew York State Department of Motor Vehicles reader comments 1 Share this story In January, the New York State DMV enhanced its facial recognition technology by doubling the number of measurement...
The unfolding history of paper
More and more of us may read their newspaper online. But many kinds of paper are “on a roll.” Martha Teichner this morning offers us a crash course on paper. You might want to take notes:They’re just...
N.Y. parole authorities to bar sex offenders from ‘Pokémon Go’
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday directed state authorities to prevent nearly 3,000 registered sex offenders now on parole from playing “Pokémon Go” in an effort to safeguard children...
Bronx Zoo breeds a little penguin for first time in 120-year history
NEW YORK -- New York City's Bronx Zoo has bred a little penguin for the first time in its 120-year history.The zoo is now exhibiting the chick , which can be seen on its YouTube channel. The chick hatched...
Fed prepares new action against Goldman Sachs in leak case
Goldman, for its part, paid a $50 million penalty to New York state regulators because its “management failed to effectively supervise” the banker. At that point, the case seemed to be closed, which was...
Gotta catch 'em all: Pokemon Go is boosting business for restaurants
Nintendo isn't the only company raking in the dough after the launch of Pokemon Go. New York pizzeria L'inizio Pizza Bar saw sales rocket up 75 percent this weekend after its manager, Sean Benedetti,...
How Airbnb is going to cash in on the nightmarish Rio Olympics
For context, Airbnb had about 41,000 active listings in New York City as of June 1; New York has about 8.4 million residents, and Rio has about 6.3 million. The company says that 49 percent of its bookings...
Almanac: Nikola Tesla
And now a page from our "Sunday Morning" Almanac: July 10th, 1856, 160 years ago today ... the day Nikola Tesla was born to a Serbian family in southeastern Europe.A trained scientist and budding electrical...
U.S. regulators, FBI warn banks on cyber threat after Bangladesh heist
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Tuesday told banks to review the cyber security they have in place to protect against fraudulent money transfers and other threats to a global payments network,...
Exclusive: NY Fed first rejected cyber-heist transfers, then moved $81 million
DHAKA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hours before the Federal Reserve Bank of New York approved four fraudulent requests to send $81 million from a Bangladesh Bank account to cyber thieves, the Fed branch blocked...
The Bible in emojis, a Cavalier seller, Tinder outlook
The book, released Sunday on Apple’s iBooks store, contains more than 3,000 pages of smiling yellow faces, twinkling stars and cartoon serpents. The New York Times said the author requested anonymity...
Holiday headache for thousands at JFK airport
Last Updated May 30, 2016 4:20 AM EDT NEW YORK -- It was a holiday travel headache for many passengers at John F. Kennedy Airport after a computer outage forced delays and cancellations for hundreds on...
Exclusive: New York financial regulator gearing up to probe online lenders - source
(Reuters) - New York state's financial regulator, which recently launched a probe into LendingClub Corp, is preparing to look into the activities at other online lenders and whether they should be licensed...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark