New York City

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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New York City extends indoor smoking ban to include e-cigarettes

Definitely a nuisance to anyone in New York City that's attempting to quit smoking by using an e-cigarette, city officials have approved a measure that bans all use of electronic cigarettes in public areas.
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NYC tests thermal cameras, motion sensors to decrease subway deaths

Looking for ways to detect when a person has fallen or been pushed onto the subway track, NYC is testing four separate systems that includes technology such as lasers and thermal imaging.
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Banksy – or someone pretending to be the artist – has officially hit the social Web

It's hard to know what to make of Banksy's new Instagram account, and his alleged Twitter and Facebook profiles. Whatever his scheme, one thing is certain: He's just as much of a mystery as ever.
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Don’t live in NYC? Visit the 9/11 Memorial through Google Street View

Just a reminder: Even if you don't live in NYC, you can still reflect on September 11 at the 9/11 Memorial, thanks to Google Street View. See? Not everything that's happened since 9/11 is all bad.
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New low for Instagram stupidity as rapper tips cops in record-breaking gun bust

Well, what did you think was gonna happen when you boast on Instagram about making stacks of dough from illegally selling guns? A Brooklyn-based rapper's stupidity led cops to the largest gun haul in New York's history.
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New York’s secret underground tunnel is an audiovisual reminder that stories live forever

Opened to pedestrians for the first time in nearly 200 years, the Voice Tunnel allows visitors to record their voices and watch as a light translation of those statements boomed across the underground chamber.

Next iPhone ‘will’ have fingerprint sensor, says NYC Mayor’s office

In an emailed statement defending NYC Mayor Bloomberg's controversial fingerprint comments, a spokesman may have inadvertently confirmed that the next iPhone will have a fingerprint sensor.
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How two actresses spin the dregs of the Internet into comedy gold

Hamlet. Waiting for Godot. The Glass Menagerie. Texts from Last Night. One of these things is not like the other. Luckily, not everyone thinks the line between live theater and digital low points is all that defined. Allison Goldberg and…
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Seriously, has Anthony Weiner not heard of Snapchat?

Anthony Weiner is not inspiring voter confidence with his bone-headed impulse to sex-message people online - so if you really can't stop yourself, guy, then welcome to all the Internet ways to at least keep things sort of undercover.
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Empire State Building lit up New York City with a July 4th light show

For those who weren't able to secure a spot to watch fireworks over New York's Hudson River, the Empire State Building offered its own light show to go along with the pyrotechnics and its soundtrack.

.nyc – New York becomes first city in US to secure own domain name

NY City has become the first in the US to get its own domain name. The .nyc rollout, which will take place later in the year, is part of Mayor Bloomberg's long-running plan to establish the East Coast metropolis as "the nation's premier…