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18 Graphs That Show What The New York Times Talks About

This cool new tool graphs what words the paper’s been talking about since 1851.

The New York Times just launched a cool data tool called Chronicle that graphs mentions of words and phrases over time. It's a fascinating look at what the paper and the country cared about since 1851. Try it out! It's awesome.

Here's a few we checked out:

Cat vs. Dog

Cat vs. Dog

1875 was apparently a banner year for cat news. Today, dogs rule.

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Billionaire vs. Millionaire

Billionaire vs. Millionaire

You know what was cool in 1900? A million dollars. You know what was cool in 2000? A bilion dollars. You know what was cool in 2010? This joke.

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Kale vs. Avocado vs. Quinoa

Kale vs. Avocado vs. Quinoa

I suspect the early popularity of “kale” may be because it used to be a man's name.

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Pilot defends Malaysia Airlines in New York Times op-ed

The terrible, shocking demise of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 this week has left many confused and angered over how such an incident could happen. Some have placed the blame on the air carrier, which is still recovering from the mysterious disappearance of flight 370 just months ago. Licensed aircraft pilot and Atlantic national correspondent James Fallows has written an op-ed in The New York Times demystifying the realities of commercial aviation and defending the struggling airline. Ultimately, it seems some things just can’t be planned for.

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Lyft’s New York Launch Is Delayed But Protesters Still Showed Up To The Launch Party

“They are throwing a free party and we’re here to ruin that party.” Protesters from the New York Taxi Workers Alliance are happy that Lyft did not launch last night.

While the party kept going, nearly 100 drivers from the New York Taxi Workers Alliance shouted towards the crowd and event organizers.

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One protester, Victor, told BuzzFeed that they were protesting the rideshare aspect of Lyft and that it isn't innovation, but piracy of jobs. “We abide by the rules, pay high insurance and leases, have workers compensation, and protect our riders because we are trained professionals,” he said.

“Lyft is a multimillionaire corporation. And yet, they don't want to abide by the rules and regulations they should have to go through,” he added.

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Lyft accuses New York attorney general of lying about launch holdup

Lyft was set to launch in two parts of New York City today, a plan that was derailed following a court battle with state’s attorney general that’s now stretched into next week, and possibly beyond. Now the two sides have begun a public war of words against one another about why the ridesharing service didn’t launch, with Lyft going so far as to say the New York official is lying.

According to the New York attorney general, the State Supreme Court granted an injunction that kept Lyft from launching as planned. Now Lyft is saying that’s a “deliberate misstatement,” and that it’s the one that put the launch on hold in order to make changes to its service that will comply with local regulations.

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New York warns locals about taking rides from Lyft, free or otherwise

Free is a very good price, unless it’s from ridesharing service Lyft in New York. The city’s City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) today sent out a friendly warning to local denizens, reminding them that the service was still unauthorized within the city, and that it would be cracking down on Lyft drivers giving people rides. That includes drivers who have licenses as a taxi or limo driver, or are just normal licensed drivers who had signed up to drive for Lyft; both face fines of up to $ 2,000.

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Lyft launching in New York with a focus on serving outer boroughs

Lyft, the Uber alternative with a penchant for pink mustaches, will launch service in New York City at the end of the week. Initially, the ride-on-demand app will focus on boroughs beyond Manhattan, explaining that “Brooklyn and Queens are vastly…

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Lyft launching in New York with a focus on serving outer boroughs

Lyft, the Uber alternative with a penchant for pink mustaches, will launch service in New York City at the end of the week. Initially, the ride-on-demand app will focus on boroughs beyond Manhattan, explaining that “Brooklyn and Queens are vastly…

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Study: Cell Service On The New York Subway Still Sucks

The city’s last great dead zone isn’t going quietly. Updated with comment from MTA.

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Of the major drawbacks to riding the New York City Subway — the body odor, the traces of human waste on the seats, the rodents — perhaps the least intractable is the awful cell service. When Transit Wireless announced that cell and Wi-Fi service would be available at all 277 stations by 2017, it was a sign that one of the last great dead zones was being brought to heel by the forces of convenience.

But not so fast! According to a new study by the Global Wireless Solutions, a mobile benchmarking firm, cell service on the subway is still basically terrible. Over three days in early May, GWS engineers ran mobile benchmarking tests on trains throughout the city, and found that only two stretches of track provided data network access with more than a 50% success rate: the 7 train between Grand Central and Times Square (74%) and the E train from 50th Street to Lexington Ave/53rd Street (52%). Here's the full breakdown:

1. 7 train (Times Square to Grand Central): 74% success rate

2. E train (50th Street to Lexington Ave/53rd Street): 52% success rate

3. 6 train (28th Street to Grand Central): 35% success rate

4. B, D trains (Columbus Circle to Grand Street): 23% success rates

5. 1 train (Columbus Circle to South Ferry): 20% success rate

6. A, C trains (Columbus Circle to Fulton Street): 16% success rates

7.L train (8th Avenue to 1st Avenue): 15% success rate

8. 2, 3 trains (Chambers Street to Wall Street): 14% success rates

9. J, Z trains (Delancey Street to Broad Street): 12% success rates

10. (Tied) E train (Canal Street to World Trade Center): 11% success rate; N, Q, R trains (Lexington Ave/59th St. to South Ferry): 11% success rates

11. F Train (Lafayette Street to East Broadway): 8% success rate

So, for those of you worrying that you might have to work on your commute, take heart. It will be years before you have to put down your John Green paperback and send an email. “Sorry, I was underground” will be a safe excuse for the foreseeable future.

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AT&T Is Offering $50K To Engineers To Make New York City Safer For Pedestrians

new york city traffic While smartphones make a whole lot of things in our lives easier, the instant access to information and constant notifications about what our friends are up to tends to be rather distracting as we go about our day. AT&T thinks that tendency might be contributing to an unfortunate statistic: in New York City, 14,845 crashes between cars and pedestrians were recorded in 2013, a 35% increase… Read More

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AT&T Is Offering $50K To Engineers To Make New York City Safer For Pedestrians

new york city traffic While smartphones make a whole lot of things in our lives easier, the instant access to information and constant notifications about what our friends are up to tends to be rather distracting as we go about our day. AT&T thinks that tendency might be contributing to an unfortunate statistic: in New York City, 14,845 crashes between cars and pedestrians were recorded in 2013, a 35% increase… Read More

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