Law and Order
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.
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
The New York Police Department could soon become an army of glassholes. It has received several pairs of the $1,500 face computers and is evaluating them to see if they can fit into the intelligence unit’s method of tracking criminals, Read More
Law and Order
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.
Some owners of the new iPhone might have to add another step in their post-purchase ritual of opening the box, popping it into a new case and walking away. The New York Police Department is going to register serial numbers from new iPhones as part of the state’s recent crackdown on preventing phone thefts.
It's the Cops!
Some people are turned on by guys sporting law enforcement attire–but usually, nobody loves the sight of a man in uniform more than he himself does. In fact, some city police officers are so hung up on the sight of themselves in blue, the NYPD has launched an investigation into cops using uniformed selfies to attract mates on dating websites.
Crime and Punishment
Some days it seems there’s a social network for everything: There’s Catmoji for sharing cat pics, for instance, and NextDoor for your block, so you can bitch about whoever it is keeps stealing your FedEx packages. And now, the AP reports, there’s BlueLine, a LinkedIn-like social network just for the police.
Surely this won’t get anyone into trouble!
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.
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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]
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.