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Rumor Roundup: Mayor’s Spox Jumps to Kickstarter, Googlers Play Segway Polo and Gaga Has Instagram Worried

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Ridin’ nerdy Some people in tech want to get rid of the industry’s reputation as a festering geek pool, while others don’t give a toss if people think they’re dorks. To the left is a picture of some people playing Segway polo on the Google campus, tweeted by Google Ventures’ David Krane. You be the judge.

Peace out With the election right around the corner, it looks like the Bloomberg administration is starting to power down. Today, the Daily News reported that deputy press secretary Julie Wood–who runs the mayor’s Instagram, among other things, and is a familiar face from the mayor’s many, many visits to startup offices–is leaving for her next act. Read More

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Startup Rundown: You Can Now Get A Degree In “Connective Media” And Spin Is Yet Another Group Video App

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Tech training Mayor Bloomberg joined Cornell NYC Tech earlier this week to announce a new degree program: a two-year master’s in “connective media.” Cool kids Tumblr, WordPress, Facebook, betaworks, and Medium as well as old fuddies The New York Times and Hearst have all joined in collaboration with Cornell Tech to guide the tech innovation and entrepreneurship-centered Read More

Wired City

Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Tech Expansion: John Catsimatidis

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Mayor Bloomberg has been a vocal advocate of moving New York City toward the center of the tech world, but with the end of his third term approaching, the future of his vision is in jeopardy, especially where it concerns broadband technology. Throughout the day, Wired City will be publishing a series of interviews with several of this year’s crop of mayoral candidates, asking each where he or she stands on issues regarding broadband and how best to upgrade the city’s aging infrastructure. Read More

Wired City

Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Tech Expansion: John Liu

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Mayor Bloomberg has been a vocal advocate of moving New York City toward the center of the tech world, but with the end of his third term approaching, the future of his vision is in jeopardy, especially where it concerns broadband technology. Throughout the day, Wired City will be publishing a series of interviews with several of this year’s crop of mayoral candidates, asking each where he or she stands on issues regarding broadband and how best to upgrade the city’s aging infrastructure. Read More

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Introducing Wired City, a New Channel Where Commercial Real Estate and Broadband Come Together

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New York City is inching ever closer to rival Silicon Valley as the epicenter of the tech world—and commercial real estate has to match its pace. With more tech start-ups moving to New York, and requiring high-speed Internet to do their jobs—or at least watch cat videos with minimal buffering—the presence of a broadband Internet connection can transform a pedestrian property into a hot commodity.

That’s why fellow Observer Media property The Commercial Observer has launched Wired City, a savvy new channel that explores the intersection of infrastructure, real estate, and broadband Internet. If you enjoy Betabeat’s coverage of New York’s quest for world domination, we think Wired City will be right up your alley. Read More

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New York City Hooks Up With Nextdoor, a Social Network For Neighborhoods

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The Bloomberg administration has found yet another platform on which to holla at New Yorkers.

Today the city announced a big partnership with Nextdoor, a Silicon Valley-based social network for neighborhoods. (Because come on, you want some way to vet those randos before you interact with them IRL.) It’s a new channel for the city to get very granular information–whether emergency alerts or announcements about street fairs–to people more quickly. Read More

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Social Anxiety: Indicted, Fired and Evicted—Alleged Hacker Matthew Keys Faces A Long Road to Redemption

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On March 14, 2013, the indictment came down: 26-year-old Matthew Keys, a celebrated social media journalist, Twitter power user and full-time editor at Reuters, had been charged in a federal criminal case. In the indictment document, published by Politico, the Department of Justice alleged that Mr. Keys had conspired with the hacktivist collective Anonymous to gain access to the Los Angeles Times’ website by providing some of the group’s members with the usernames and passwords that allowed them to deface at least one story posted there. Read More