Law and Order

NYPD Taps Jessica Tisch as Tech Liaison

Ms. Tisch (Photo: NYPD)

The New York Police Department has a storied history of using tech to thwart criminals (and maybe even enhance their own officers’ dating lives). And now, they’ve tapped tech pro Jessica Tisch to act as the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology.

Ms. Tisch will be responsible for the NYPD’s information technology needs, including data centers, disaster recovery, data security and more. She’ll oversee the NYPD’s computer-aided dispatch system, the Domain Awareness System, and the Enterprise Case Management System, among others. Read More


Booting Up: After Bad Publicity, AOL CEO Reverses Stance on Company’s 401(k)

A peek at Silicon Valley. (Photo: Recode/HBo)

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen couldn’t handle the attention so he pulled the popular game offline. [Gizmodo]

Everyone settle down, the NYPD only has two pairs of Google Glass on hand and aren’t deployed in the field. [WSJ]

After his obnoxious comments about blaming “distressed babies” for rising costs, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong reversed his stance on the company’s 401(k) plan. [Washington Post]

Just 20 percent of traffic to Wikipedia is delivered via mobile devices and they’re trying to fix that. [New York Times]

There’s a trailer for HBO’s new Silicon Valley-themed show, uh, Silicon Valley. It’s very Mike Judge which is a good thing. [Recode]

Crime and Punishment

Using ‘Find My iPhone,’ NYPD Cop Also Locates Gun and Weed

Finds phones, guns. (Photo: Apple)

Just weeks after the New York Police Department encouraged people to activate “Find My iPhone,” it’s already paying dividends in ways the force probably didn’t foresee.

Early this morning, a couple exiting a Bronx nightclub were allegedly mugged at gunpoint by two suspects, 21-year-old Antoine Ross and 22-year-old Trevor Robinson. One of the suspects allegedly pointed a silver pistol at the male victim saying “You know what this is, give up everything” and forcibly removed his wallet, belt and iPhone. Read More

Crime and Punishment

NYPD Busts Rapper Who Boasted About His Illegal Guns on Instagram and YouTube

The evidence. (Photo: NYPD)

You don’t get the feeling that when up-and-coming rapper Matthew Best was choosing the Rise filter for his pictures of illegally smuggled assault weapons, he fully intended on receiving anything more than a few faves. His social media trail assisted the New York Police Department yesterday in its biggest gun bust ever that led to the seizure of 250 firearms and 19 arrests. Read More


Booting Up: It’s Devilishly Difficult to Sell Christian Video Games, Apparently

It's tough out there.

Today the NYPD will release harmless, odorless gases into several subway stations, to test how a real airborne event would unfold. What, you mean the piss smell isn’t some decades-long experiment? [New York Daily News]

The woman who oversees development of Google’s developer tools is a part-time vintner, single mom and apparent badass. (Don’t read the comments.) [Wired]

Did you know that there’s a company dedicated to making video games based on the apocalyptic Christian fiction series “Left Behind”? Apparently Satan’s been hard at work on their finances, because it’s not going to so well. [Quartz]

Pat Roberson would like a “vomit” button on Facebook, so he could accurately express his feelings about the gays. Conveniently, that would allow the rest of us to accurately express our feelings about Pat Roberston. [Huffington Post]

With the company’s ereader division losing major moola, Barnes and Noble’s digital wonderboy CEO William Lynch has resigned. You gave it your best shot, dude. [New York Times]

Hack Hack Hack Hack It Apart

NYPD Cop Accused of Hacking Many, Many of His Colleagues’ Emails

Awkward! (Photo: Flickr, Rev Stan)

Well, here’s some not-particularly-reassuring news about one of New York’s finest: An NYPD detective named Edwin Vargas has been arrested for “computer hacking crimes.”

The feds say Mr. Vargas shelled out $4,000 to an email hacking service to get log-in credentials for at least 43 email accounts belonging to at least 30 different people (21 of them affiliated with the NYPD). He’s also alleged to have accessed the National Crime Information Center database. Read More