Insurgents

Introducing the Nextablishment

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You don’t need an inbox full of breathless press releases trumpeting identical calorie-counting dating apps with free weather alerts to know the start-up scene can be monotonous.

Ironpants and Guess the 90’s are today’s sparkly flakes at the bottom of the millrace, and every would-be Jack Dorsey with a beta and fancy card is joining the stampede. 

For that reason, it takes a lot to catch Betabeat’s hype-weary eye. But every once in a while, we come across an app or a website that looks like it could actually—yes—improve modern life (or at least insidiously colonize another lobe of your brain).

Here, we’ve assembled our annual list of tech visionaries based in New York City, a group of innovators, impresarios, paradigm-twisters and all-around entreprenerds leading the city’s tech scene. Read More

Insurgents

Call For Entries: 2014 Tech Insurgents

It’s a brand new year and time to take stock of what’s happening in our world.

Has Snapchat effectively eliminated the need for all forms of verbal communication? Almost. Do we now spend more time taking selfies than any other activity? Yes. Is Juan Pablo the hottest Bachelor in the show’s 17-season history? Definitely yes.

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Crime and Punishment

New York Lawmakers Want to Make It Illegal to Resell a Smartphone Sans Orginial Receipt

Our heroes. (Photo: New York Senate)

Tis the season for apple picking, just not the type that involves iPhones. A pair of Bronx politicians are proposing a law that aims to cut down smartphone theft by making it illegal to resell a device without a valid proof of ownership. If you try to sell the device without proof you’re the owner, you could face penalties and possibly jail time. Read More

New Drone City

Was That Your Drone That Almost Clocked a Businessman? The NYPD Wants a Word

View from the drone. (Photo: WABC)

Remember that mysterious drone that plopped out of the sky and came within a few feet of bopping a businessman on the head? Well, the New York Police Department would like to have a word with the unidentified operator to see what he was doing with the Phantom Quadcopter.

The New York Daily News reports that the NYPD has a complaint on a file and would like to find the man on the drone’s video footage. The tape was obtained by WABC-TV and showed the drone careening into several buildings before it lost control and slammed into the ground. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Zynga and Bang With Friends End Lawsuit Dispute, Hug

All about those Bitcoi(Photo: Insider Monkey)

Tis the season for Amazon to staff up for the holidays. It’s planning to hire 70,000 workers–an increase of 40 percent from last year. [USA Today]

Facebook has tweaked its settings for Graph Search…again. Now posts on your profile that aren’t made private are openly searchable. Or something. [VentureBeat]

Zynga and Bang With Friends have settled their trademark dispute although terms weren’t disclosed. However, BWF is hinting at their new future at TheNextBang.com. [AllThingsD]

Manhattan and the outer boroughs is going to be blanketed in even more free Wi-Fi by December. [The Verge]

Science and tech departments, like NASA, will be largely affected by today’s government shutdown. [CNet]

hack the vote

‘NYC Votes’ App Aims to Drag Elections Out of the Stone Age

Who would ever want to replace such elegant, modern machinery? (Photo: Getty)

Voting in America is so annoying, it can make you miss the days when we were presided over by inbred British monarchs bound by laws of primogeniture.

Okay, nothing is actually that annoying, it’s just the royal baby fever talking. But voting in the U.S.A. is stuck in the mid-20th century. It’s a procedure that could use some updating, for the sake of both accuracy and convenience. Read More