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Uber New York class action alleges passengers overcharged $7.43m per month

Uber's New York woes are piling up, as the dial-a-ride service has now been sued by riders who believe they were being overcharged. A class action suit filed in the New York US District Court claims the UberX service has been charging users a higher-than-advertised price for rides. The suit, led by named plaintiff Jacqueline …
Team Register, 25 May 2017
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Uber found to be doing something awful? Yep, it's Tuesday

Uber said today that it will hand drivers back pay that could add up to tens of millions of dollars. The dial-a-ride app maker said that some drivers in New York were incorrectly compensated (read: ripped off) for fares on some rides. The back pay is from what's said to be a "miscalculation" of the drivers' cuts of trip fares …
Shaun Nichols, 23 May 2017
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NY court slaps down Facebook's attempt to keep accounts secret from search warrants

Facebook has lost more skin in its battle to avoid handing over user account details to a US court. In a 5‑1 decision documented by Judge Leslie Stein, the New York State Court of Appeals today said it lacks the jurisdiction to overturn the warrants, and that challenging warrants is none of Facebook’s business – that’s up to …

New York to draft in 250 IT contractors because state staff 'lack talent'

New York state officials say they are having to hire outside consultants to work on their systems because the state's own IT personnel lack the skills to manage newer technology. This according to testimony from the state's head of civil service, Lola Brabham, who told a state budget committee that the state's in-house IT …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jan 2017
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Termination fees for terminated people now against the law

The US state of New York has had to pass a law to stop telcos and utility companies from charging fees to the deceased. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that bill A.8630A /S.6485-A, signed into effect earlier this week, will impose a $1,000 fine to any phone, internet, cable, or power operator that attempts to charge a recently …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2016
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New York outlaws ticket-hoarding buybots

A New York State law will make it illegal for resellers to use bots that snap up tickets for events en masse. The State Assembly has passed A10713, a measure that makes the use of automated scripts (bots) on ticket-purchasing sites a criminal act. Under the new law, anyone who is found to be using bots to buy tickets will be …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2016
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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

A thief in New York City was able lift more than $16,000 worth of Apple merchandise by dressing up as a store employee. The brazen bloke walked into the SoHo Apple Store location at around 5.30PM on June 1, and took 19 iPhones from the store without being detected. His clever disguise? A blue t-shirt that police said was " …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2016
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Time Warner Cable, you've 'earned your miserable reputation' – NY Attorney General

The New York's Attorney General office is taking Time Warner Cable (TWC) to task for its poor service in the Big Apple. In an open letter to the recently embiggened US cable giant, enforcement counsel Tim Wu laid into TWC for failing to live up to its promises and provide adequate service. "In short, what we have seen in our …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jun 2016
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TWC celebrates $79bn Charter merger by blacking out in New York

Time Warner Cable (TWC) was hit with an outage Monday throughout New York City. The cable giant acknowledged the issue on its Twitter feed, although the cause of the outage was not explained. NYC customers, we are aware of issues concerning all services. Techs are investigating. Services will be restored as soon as possible …
Shaun Nichols, 10 May 2016

Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?

Poll Drivers in New York may have their phones and gadgets scanned after crashes to see what they were doing moments before a prang. Law bill SB S6325A, if passed, will allow police to check a driver's smartphone for activity when an accident occurs. Investigators could then determine whether or not a motorist was illegally using …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Apr 2016
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New York senator proposes tax credit for open-source developers

A New York state senator says open-source programmers should be able to claim back part of their costs for writing free software. NY senate bill S161, proposed by Senator Daniel Squadron (D) and co-sponsored by Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D), would allow developers to claim for 20 per cent of the out-of-pocket costs of …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2016
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Used a cell phone in NYC? The cops probably tracked you

Police in New York City used stingray mobile phone trackers on more than one thousand occasions since 2008. So says the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), which obtained records from NYPD detailing their use of the devices while investigating cases. According to the NYCLU report, between 2008 and May of 2015 police used …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2016

NY to Charter: Sure, we'll approve that TWC merger, if you boost our broadband speeds

The state of New York has given its blessing to the proposed merger of Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications, winning itself a nice boost in network speeds in the process. The state's Public Service Commission has signed off on the proposed $78.7bn mega-merger with the condition that the TWC-Charter conglomerate …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jan 2016

Shutterbug drone biz fined $1.9m for buzzing New York City, Chicago

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has slapped a record fine on a photography company accused of conducting more than five dozen unauthorized drone flights. The FAA said it wants to dock SkyPan International $1.9m for flying drones over the skies of New York City and Chicago without permission. The fine will be the …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Oct 2015

Roll up, roll up: Microsoft, those Irish emails and angry Feds

An appeals court in New York will hold an oral hearing in the Feds vs Microsoft battle today. The so-called Microsoft warrant case has dragged on for nearly two years as Redmond resists efforts to make it hand over customer emails stored in Ireland. The American Justice Department wants the emails as part of a drug-trafficking …
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Mohawk Valley, NY to become the new Silicon Valley in fab fab deal

A deal between SUNY Poly (State University New York), the state of New York, GE and Austrian sensor and analog IC company AMS will see an East Coast US chip fab built to research and make nano-scale devices. AMS is putting an initial $2bn into their venture, which the state will top up with $200m. GE will stump up $200m and …
Simon Rockman, 24 Aug 2015
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Drone racing sells robot soul to Mammon with launch of racing league

The hitherto sexy underground world of drone racing is to follow in the footsteps of most spectator sports by becoming a commercialised advertisement platform, as New Yorkers prepare to receive their very own Drone Racing League™. A New York startup, Drone Racing League, Inc. filed its application to trademark Drone Racing …
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Hurrah! Uber does work (in the broadest sense of the word) after all

Worstall on Wednesday There's a certain, perhaps too cynical strain in economics, best exemplified by Mancur Olson, who was prone to pointing out that all governments are just bandits living off the population they oppress. It's better to be ruled by stationary bandits rather than nomadic ones, to be sure, for they will at least farm you rather …
Tim Worstall, 29 Jul 2015

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