Google New York
Although legislation in most of the 50 states isn’t equipped to regulate robotic self-driven cars, Google is rolling forward with plans to unleash a fleet of driverless cars that can be summoned via smartphone app.
Google finally broke its relative silence on its self-driving car pilot program to reporters over the phone this morning. It was the first time the tech giant answered questions from the press about the modern-day Knight Rider-mobiles.
Made in NYC
Still reaching for that six-figure salary? Being employed as an UberX driver will get you close.
UberX drivers in NYC are racking up $90,766 per year — nearly three times as much as yellow cab drivers, who make around $30,000 annually, The Washington Post reports.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office officially announced the sale of the new “.nyc” domains last week, hyping the release alongside city officials and borough chiefs. But Mr. de Blasio isn’t the first New York mayor to take a shot at selling New York on “.nyc.”
That honor belongs to the late Ed Koch, who was the champion of New York’s digital real estate long before City Hall was on board. In 2009, Mr Koch was hired by DotNYC LLC, one of the first companies who tried to sell the city on having its own domain name.
Made in NYC
It’s a good day for Fever, the event discovery app that launched last year in Madrid. The company announced today that their service is now available in NYC, and that they’ve just raised $3 million in funding, to boot.
We made our way down to Tribeca last week, where the Fever team was hosting a launch party at Paul’s Baby Grand, part of the Tribeca Grand Hotel. There, we grabbed a drink with Pep Gomez, Fever’s 21-year-old founder.
An App for That
If there’s one thing real New Yorkers love, it’s setting themselves apart from imposters. Between now and June 20th, New York City businesses can send in applications for a “.nyc” domain name.
Since domain regulator ICANN started approving thousands of new top level domains, everyone from cities to web giants like Google and Amazon been applying. Neustar, the company that maintains the “.us” and “.biz” domains, are handling the wholesale of the “.nyc” domains, and the City of New York will take a 40 percent cut of the sales.
Delivery From Inconvenience
We’re in manic weather swing-season here in New York City, which means that the sun will soon shine on the Eastern seaboard and someone will have the bright idea of bringing you to Central Park for an afternoon.
Luckily, the Central Park Conservancy has relaunched the official Central Park app, so that you Read More
“I left my phone in the cab last night” — it may be a good excuse for dodging texts, but it’s a sucky situation to actually find yourself in.
The NYC 311 app is making it a little easier to find the phones, wallets, purses and other flotsam and jetsam that people leave behind in cabs.
ICANN AND SO CAN YOU!
Cloud storage titan Dropbox announced this morning that it will be opening an NYC office before the end of the year, and has already begun the process of moving.
“We’re seeing enormous growth across the board, and New York is a great because it’s a microcosm of the broader market,” Ross Read More
Break out the pompoms: the long-awaited .nyc domain names have finally been approved, according to a press release sent to Betabeat by the mayor’s office. Along with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the Mayor’s office is hoping that by scoring .nyc top-level domain names New York can continue to establish itself as a technology and small business capital.