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On Friday, the New York State Department of Financial Services announced it will be holding a public hearing on virtual currency regulation, specifically considering whether a certification called “BitLicense” might help manage the spread of online currencies like Bitcoin. The new license would require consumer protection services, as well as anti-money laundering requirements, designed to make the currency less useful in cases of fraud and criminal activity.
Intel might be known for its processors inside PCs, but the company is now experimenting with a line of retail stores this holiday. A range of Intel “experience” pop-up stores are set to debut shortly, with the first opening in New York on November 23rd. The stores are designed for the holidays, and are only open until late January. In a promotional video, Intel claims it’s “redefining retail” with free coffee each day, free movies on Friday’s, and a showcase of PCs, tablets, and other Intel-powered devices at the stores.
Pop-up stores designed to boost Intel’s brand
The pop-up stores will change physically three times daily, and it appears that Intel has built a dynamic layout to help shift products around in its retail stores….
Yahoo is planning to launch a consumer tech website with the help of long-time NYT columnist David Pogue.
The news comes by way of Brian Stelter, another NYT writer, who reports via Twitter that Pogue announced his new plans in an internal memo at the New York Times.
Longtime NYT columnist David @Pogue “is leaving to help launch a consumer-tech site at Yahoo,” per an internal memo.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 21, 2013
David Pogue has also confirmed the plans on his own Twitter, posting that he will be leaving the NYT for Yahoo after 13 years of tech journalism.
Here’s the tweet:
Yes, it’s true: After 13 years, I’m leaving the NY Times to start a new tech site (and much more) at Yahoo. http://t.co/bvDDoMCR5g
— David Pogue (@Pogue) October 21, 2013
So about this consumer tech site… What should we expect? For now, details are incredibly scarce. However, Pogue’s blog post on the matter does drop a few hints.
Actually, “site” doesn’t even cover it. I’ll be writing columns and blog posts each week, of course, and making my goofy videos. But my team and I have much bigger plans, too, for all kinds of online and real-world creations.
Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, has also posted a blog post on the company’s official Tumblr welcoming Pogue to the company. Here’s what she has to say about the addition:
David will lead a major expansion of consumer tech coverage on Yahoo and will publish columns, blog posts and video stories that demystify the gadgets, apps and technology that powers our users’ daily lives.
David Pogue has been in the technology industry longer than the smartphone.
He’s written several books, including seven for the For Dummies series as well as his own Missing Manual series, and has been on a number of television programs including his own series “It’s All Geek To Me” which aired on the Discovery Channel.
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The largest gun bust in New York City history has netted 254 firearms and 19 indictments, and it all reportedly began with a little-known Brooklyn rapper bragging about selling guns on Instagram. Matthew Best — who has released a couple mixtapes under the name Neno Best — posted photos and video of various guns and large amounts of money, stating that he was selling weapons out of his Ocean Hill recording studio, according to the New York Daily News. Most of the posts have since been removed, but not before being spotted by New York Police Department narcotics investigators who then passed the info along to undercover officers. Shortly thereafter, an NYPD investigator found a multi-state gun trafficking ring, officials say.
The news cycle doesn’t stop for unscheduled downtime. With its website inaccessible due to “an internal issue,” The New York Times began posting content to Facebook today, beginning with an article on Egypt. “Egypt Declares State of Emergency as Scores Are Killed in Crackdown” is perhaps the first NYT article to debut in full on a social media site before popping up on any of the news org’s own online properties. The news giant is directing its nine million Twitter followers to Facebook for the afternoon’s top stories, which now also include “Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced to 2.5 Years” and “Hopes of Arab Spring Dashed by Region’s Turmoil.” For “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” head over to Facebook.
Update: As of 2PM, it appears that the Times is back online, though the most recent site update was nearly three hours before, at 11:07AM ET.
Source: NYT (Twitter)
New York financial regulators are asking the Bitcoin industry tough questions as they mull new guidelines to try and rein in virtual currencies. The Wall Street Journal reports that the New York Department of Financial Services has issued subpoenas to roughly two dozen companies connected to Bitcoin, asking questions related to programs against money laundering, investment strategies, and consumer protections. BitInstant, Coinsetter, and other companies — including some backed by the Winklevoss brothers and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz — were reportedly among those to be served.
As the Journal points out, a subpoena is a legally-enforceable request for information and not itself indicative of any…
There are a lot of ways to design a good subway map, but completely distorting the landscape usually isn’t one of them. However, mapmaker Max Roberts thinks that there’s two ways to go about it — even if his method isn’t always logical: he’s redesigned the New York City subway system to into a clean, colorful pattern of lines that run across a landmass that looks almost nothing like the boroughs you know. “Geographical purists will be after my blood,” Roberts told Gothamist. The map aligns the city’s subway routes around the curve of a circle. The aim isn’t to help people recognize where they are, but to help them understand where the routes go.
“I don’t think that these maps are particularly easy to use,” Roberts told Gothamist, “But…
After two months on the street, New York’s first bike-sharing program Citi Bike is starting to yield some interesting data about how riders are actually using the service. Citi Bike has made this kind of data surprisingly transparent — it’s simple to see real-time information on where bikes are available – but the New Yorker went one step further, measuring usage at fifteen-minute intervals from June 8th through July 8th and plotting it on an interactive map.
On the surface it might just look like a bunch of pulsating bubbles, but upon looking further you can see the city come alive: a herd of commuters traveling south to the Financial District, or meandering weekend journeys, or a westward trek just before the July 4th fireworks on…
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Well, here we go. After a considerable amount of teasing (not to mention cheerleading from Google execs during earnings calls), Motorola Mobility is finally ready to unveil its long-awaited Moto X smartphone to the world, and it’s going to do it at a special event in New York City on August 1.
Actually, you know what? “Unveil” may not exactly be the right word — the veil has basically been off for months if you go the sheer number of leaks we’ve seen make the rounds. At this point we’ve got a pretty good understanding of what the device will look like, what sort of components it’s going to pack inside that peculiarly-curved frame, and what it’s capable of in terms of software. That’s not to say that Motorola hasn’t kept some surprises for the main event — I don’t think anyone has managed to piece together the entire picture yet — but those leaks have taken some of the shine out of the device’s debut.
Even the fast-approaching reveal was hinted at, and by a Google executive no less — CFO Patrick Pichette mentioned during the company’s most recent earnings conference call that the “new Motorola” would reveal itself in the coming weeks.
So, what’s there to get excited about now that the most of the device’s particulars have been picked apart by so many journalists, pundits, and fans like vultures feasting on carrion? Here’s something: the price tag. Motorola Mobility pulled in $ 998 million in revenue this past quarter, and that number has been sliding for the past few months. And that’s to say nothing of the operating losses the company has been posting — Motorola lost $ 342 million in Q2 2013, up from the comparatively mild $ 299 million loss from this time last year. In short, Motorola could use a hardware hit, and a competitive price tag could definitely help the company out there.
Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has said that he’s very interested in the concept of powerful low-cost devices and many have taken that as proof that the Moto X won’t cost much at all. Still others believe that, for one reason or another that those low-cost rumors are just that: rumors. There’s been little agreement on where the X will land in terms of price, but it won’t be long before that (along with everything else) becomes clear.
Nikola Tesla was born in the Austrian Empire, but the brilliant inventor has a connection to New York, having lived his final years in a midtown hotel that now bears a plaque in his honor. Starting today, the city’s New York Hall of Science (at the World’s Fair site in Queens) is offering up a new exhibition about his life, in honor of Nikola Tesla Day — also, coincidentally, the man’s birthday. Created in collaboration with Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Museum, the exhibit features working models of his inventions, photos and models of his labs. Tesla’s Wonderful World of Electricity runs through October 20th and is free with admission to the museum.
Source: New York Hall of Science