Tech in the City
Mayor Bloomberg announced today at Google’s New York headquarters in Chelsea that the company has agreed to provide CornellNYC Tech with 22,000 square feet of free office space while the Roosevelt Island campus is built. The mayor joined Google CEO Larry Page, Cornell President David Skorton and Technion’s director Craig Gotsman at a press conference this morning to make the announcement. The value of the space is over $10 million, said Mr. Page.
Back in February, Transit Wireless, the company formed to carry out the implementation of a new wireless network for New York’s transit system, announced that it would be bringing wifi to 30 of New York’s subway stations. On that day, millions of satisfied sighs could be heard echoing across our fine city. But prepare to rejoice even further: Today, Internet provider Boingo announced that it has struck up a partnership with Transit Wireless to deliver wifi to all of New York’s subway stations.
Engadget reports that one-click wifi will be available for Boingo customers and their roaming partners. Like Boingo services in other public areas, the NYC subway wifi will cost a pretty penny for non-Boingo customers, but it’s nice to at least have the option of hopping online.
Boingo will be rolling out the service to NYC subway stations over the next five years, which is kind of a long time in tech years–we’ll probably all be donning Google glasses by then.
Tech and the City
Unless your cell phone died or you’re dialing up your drug dealer from some wanton, low-lit intersection, you probably haven’t stepped inside a phone booth since before the new millennium. But that could change with the planned technological revamp of city phone booths.
ICANN AND SO CAN YOU!
If the “Made in NYC” label wasn’t enough to cement your status as an integral part of the burgeoning local tech community, perhaps a .NYC domain name might pique your interest. Luckily for enterprising young founders hankering to swap .ly or .co for a cooler extension, the New York Times reports today that the city is seeking a contract with a Virginia-based company that could bring us closer to finally landing .NYC’s.
Shut Up Nerds
Over the last few years, the rhetoric in Silicon Alley has started to sound like a Bring It On sequel. The rhetoric is dominated by two themes: boostery New York exceptionalism—in September 2009, the high-profile investor Fred Wilson gave a talk called “NYC’s Startup Scene: What makes it special?”—and the David and Goliath narrative, with Silicon Valley as the reigning champion versus New York as the cool, scrappy young challenger. Read More
ICANN AND SO CAN YOU!
Occupytheurl.com lets you turn any website into an instant Occupied meme. But digital activist and “cultural commons” advocate David Bollier has another idea. Those new top-level domains, at $26,000 a pop, that ICANN recently opened up to the domain-registering free world? They should belong to the people, he says. “The Occupy forces in hundreds of cities should petition their local governments to acquire a new ‘top-level Internet domain’ for their city, and to manage that patch of cyberspace as a local commons.”