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Free Wifi is Coming to Six NYC Subway Stations This Summer

(Photo: Travelpod)

The dog days of summer are upon us, but there’s a bright spot gleaming like Gatsby’s green light from the West side of Manhattan. Google Offers, which apparently still exists, has teamed up with Boingo to provide free Wifi in six subway stations this summer. Can you imagine the awesomeness of being able to check your email while waiting on a sticky, rat-ridden platform for the ever-elusive M train? Read More


New York City Poised to Score .NYC, Which No One Else Applied For

Only New Yorkers may use the .nyc domain. (Photo: Flickr/Randy Pertiet)

The application period for new domains—Internet suffixes such as .com, .org—closed at the end of May, and there’s good news for New York City. It looks like the .nyc domain will soon belong to the municipal IT department. While some domains sparked fierce competition, with 13 applications for .app, 10 for .art and 11 for .home, only New York City applied for .nyc. No one applied for .brooklyn. Read More

Tech in the City

Google to Provide CornellNYC Tech with Free Office Space for 5+ Years

Mr. Page and co.

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. Read More

Digital City

Boingo Partners with Transit Wireless to Bring WiFi to NYC’s Subway Stations


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.


.NYC Domain Names May Finally Become a Reality


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. Read More

Shut Up Nerds

New York Tech, Stuck at No. 2, Still Shaking Pom-Poms


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


Occupy the Internet? .NYC Domain Should Belong to the Protest, One Activist Says

( 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.” Read More