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Booting Up: Apple’s Holiday Is Annoying and Incorrectly Filmed

So sullen. (Photo: YouTube)

Bitcoin’s value sunk last night after a Chinese exchange stopped accepting deposits because of the country’s new regulations. [Daily Dot]

The latest Google Glass update includes the ability to upload videos to YouTube, expanded Google Hangouts support and the option of *winking* to take a picture. [The Verge]

Today, members of the City Council hope to persuade the Port Authority not to renew its contract with wireless provider Boingo. That might finally mean free Wi-Fi at the city’s three airports. [New York Post]

Spotify’s desktop client is getting an extreme makeover. [The Verge]

Let’s all shut up about this year’s Apple holiday ad because it’s stupid. [Gizmodo]

Metro Tech

Meet Marie: LaGuardia Airport’s New Thumb-Twiddling Customer Service Avatar

LaGuardia Airport General Manager Tom Bosco introduces Terminal B's new customer service representative, Marie.

Wednesday was the first day on the job for Marie, LaGuardia Airport’s newest customer service hire: a virtual avatar designed to answer questions and help guide visitors through the airport.

The round-faced, chestnut-haired young woman we saw before us was merely a video of a human woman–the Port Authority wouldn’t disclose the actress’s name–projected on Read More

Tech and the City

Holographic Customer Service Reps Will Bring a Bit of Star Wars to NYC Airports

No word yet on whether R2D2 will be needed in order for the holograms to function. (digitaltrends.com)

If you thought the buzzy Tupac hologram was awesome, wait until you hear what the Port Authority plans to spend its money on: Starting this summer, three holographic customer service reps will begin work at JFK, Laguardia and Newark, supplementing the flesh-and-blood reps that are often overwhelmed by the magnitude of travelers that visit New York during the summer. Read More