New York City

Uber driver takes woman on a $293 joy ride before finally arriving at her destination

An Uber driver took advantage of a woman who fell asleep by driving across Manhattan several times before finally setting out for her destination. Because of the zigzag ride, the woman's charges totaled $293.

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Amazon testing bike messengers in NYC for one-hour delivery service

Keen to get ordered items to customers in super-quick time, Amazon is reportedly testing a service using bike messengers that could see packages reach addresses within just an hour or two.

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Amazon signs lease on huge Manhattan premises, possibly for first physical store

A real estate company confirmed Thursday Amazon has signed a 17-year lease on a huge site in midtown Manhattan. The premises, located close to the Empire State Building, could become the e-commerce firm's first brick-and-mortar store.

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New York City gets serious about converting its old payphone kiosks into Wi-Fi stations

New York City finally looks set to breathe some new life into its aging payphone kiosks, this week unveiling plans to convert them into high-tech 'connection points' featuring, among other things, free 24/7 gigabit Wi-Fi.

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New York City will soon end its school cell phone ban

Originally promised during his mayoral campaign, Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated that the school cellphone ban will be lifted soon. No firm date for the ban lift was given, though students and parents are happy at the news.

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New York orders firm to remove secret ad beacons from city’s phone booths

Following the recent revelation that NYC green-lighted the installation of ad beacons at public phone booths in the city without any public consultation or notification, officials have done an about-face and ordered for them to be removed.

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Microsoft confirms flagship store coming to Fifth Avenue

Microsoft has around 100 retail stores operating across the U.S. and Canada, but its upcoming Fifth Avenue location will "serve as the centerpiece of our Microsoft Stores experience," its retail chief said.

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SheTaxis’ Uber-like service is for women only, launches in NY City next week

SheTaxis' Uber-like service for women only is all set to hit the streets for the first time next week. Starting in New York City, the startup plans to roll out the service to more cities over the next 12 months, Miami and Chicago among them.

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Lyft finally hits the road in New York City, though not quite in the way it’d hoped

Lyft has finally arrived in New York City, though its service doesn't quite follow the startup's usual peer-to-peer model that allows regular folk with their own cars to offer paid-for lifts to other people.

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Google wants to turn NYC’s archaic pay-phone kiosks into useful Wi-Fi hotspots

Google is one of several big-name companies interested in the idea of turning New York City's pay-phone kiosks into free Wi-Fi hotspots. The deadline for proposals was on Monday, with city officials expected to announce the winning bid soon.

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Lyft agrees to comply with NYC regulations, plans to launch ‘shortly’

Lyft has bowed to pressure from New York City officials in order to get its ride-sharing service off the ground there. The startup said Monday it now plans to use TLC-licensed drivers for its NYC service, which it hopes to launch soon.

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Lyft puts brakes on New York City launch

Lyft postponed its New York City launch on Friday, just hours before the ride-sharing service was due to debut there. The decision follows pressure from the City and Taxi Limousine Commission, which claims Lyft isn't licensed to operate its service there.

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Yelp restaurant reviews helping NYC officials to identify outbreaks of food poisoning

Health officials in NY City are using Yelp restaurant reviews to help them locate eateries with dodgy hygiene practices. As many people fail to report incidents of food poisoning to the authorities, the reviews are turning out to be a rich source of data.

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Lasers to tackle grime on New York City’s oldest outdoor monument

Central Park is turning to laser technology to get the grime off its famous Obelisk monument. The granite pillar has never been cleaned during its 133 years in the Manhattan park, and the high-tech solution is deemed to be the best way to get the job done.

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Breather to offer private, quiet spaces for rent in New York City, San Francisco next

Can't get any peace or quiet in your day? Breather has some rooms reserved just for you. It's offering quiet work spaces for rent in New York City, for $25 an hour. Rooms can be reserved via an iOS app or the Web.

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