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Following Twitter Incident, NYC Ballet Revises Social Media Policy

The New York City Ballet is looking to tighten its control over its employees' use of social media, following an embarrassing incident on Twitter. After his boss was arrested for drinking and driving, corps de ballet member Devin Alberda posted a tweet about drinking on the subway, followed by another disparaging tweet about another dancer. The organization, like many others, is now negotiating a...

New York Lawmakers Try to Ban Body Scanners From Airports

If city councilman David Greenfield gets his way, travelers passing through New York City airports will no longer be required to walk through body scanners before boarding their flights. Yesterday, Greenfield and six other council members introduced a legislative proposal which would prohibit all New York City-based TSA employees from using Advanced Imaging Technology, capable of seeing through a...

Aram Bartholl's 'Dead Drops' Embeds USB Drives in NYC Walls

As part of his residency at Eyebeam, Aram Bartholl sealed five USB flash drives into the walls of several New York City buildings, such as the New Museum, Eyebeam and the Union Square subway station, allowing anyone with a laptop to plug in and share whatever they want. "'Dead Drops' is an anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file-sharing network in public space," writes Bartholl on his site. We...

Facebook Flirting with Students Gets Three NYC School Employees Fired

Share People, people! When are you going to learn that Facebook is not the place to air your grievances about your job, bully your dying next-door neighbor, or post pictures of strippers washing your cop car? It's also the wrong place to make a pass at your pupils! (Not that there's really a right place to do that.) But in the last six months, at least three New York City high school employees...

Visa Program Lets You Buy Transit Tickets with Your Smartphone

In June, MasterCard announced plans to begin testing a smartphone payment system for mass transit commuters in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. Now, the credit card company is reportedly allowing nemesis Visa into the venture, as well. As Reuters reports, the joint program will allow commuters to wave their credit or debit cards over electronic readers to purchase tickets, in lieu of...

SoBi Social Bike Sharing System Saves Money, Gas, Earth

SoBi, or Social Bikes, is a new bike-sharing system being developed by urban planner and bike advocate Ryan Rzepecki. SoBi uses some of the concepts and technologies behind mobile social networking to connect cyclists with bikes -- and each other -- in ways that actually save money over traditional bike-sharing systems. Where traditional bike share systems require special docks placed at...

VJFranzK Back With Another iTar, Unearthed Films Show NYC In Its Modern Infancy

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Remember Hot Topic poster-boy VJFranzK, he of the receding-hairline devillock and Mantaray iTar? The mastermind behind one of YouTube's ugliest iPad peripherals...

NYC Schools Propose Punishment for Sexting Outside of Class, Parents Are Torn

The New York City Department of Education recently proposed an amendment to its disciplinary code that would punish students for sexting outside of school hours. Under the new rule, kids could face 90-day suspensions for sending sexy texts, e-mails or photos that cause disruptions in school -- regardless of where or when they were sent. The rule would also address instances of cyber-bullying. A...

NYC Tester iPads Home to Festering, Foul Bacteria... But Then Again, What Isn't?

Share Ah, New York City. The teeming masses, the crowded subways, broad avenues and millions of people. All touching iPads. With over two million of Apple's wonder gadget sold, just think of how many people have tried the product out for themselves. With the Fifth Avenue Apple Store a practical landmark, the amount of curious consumers -- tourists and natives alike -- that trek in to touch the...

Last Remaining Typewriter Tossed From NYC Writing Space

Allow us to tweak your nostalgia bone for a minute (you can find it right next to your insincerity bone): the last remaining typist (yes, as in typewriter) has gotten the boot from the hallowed halls of the Writers Room here in NYC. Skye Ferrante has been paying the $1,400 annual fee to guarantee himself space at the Greenwich Village haven for writers for the past six years. But he decided to...

NYC Grabs Cabbies' GPS Data, Busts Open $8M Taxi Scam

In New York City, a cab driver can be your best friend, regaling you with tales about the Big Apple of yore, and blasting Boston for an epic sing-along. He or she can also be your worst enemy by innocently proclaiming the credit card machine is "broken" after the ride has ended, forcing you to trek to an ATM, and thus allowing him to get off tax-free. Apparently, however, the truly seedy side of...

Roadify Lets Brooklynites Find Parking, Buses Via Text

So this doesn't really help non-New York City residents. And for the moment, it only makes a difference to those who happen to dwell in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn [Ed. Note: Some of us do!]. But a startup called Roadify is testing out some interesting stuff. 'Parking Around Me' (PAM) is a text messaging service for finding parking spots. Users text "get" and their location, in the form of...

'Avatar' Spurs Record-Breaking Weekend, MobileMe Users Suffer Outage

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... James Cameron's 3-D epic 'Avatar' generated more than $75 million in ticket sales over the weekend, helping this past weekend to become the most successful in Hollywood history. 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Up in the Air' also contributed to the $278 million in total sales. [From: Business Week] Apple is having a tough publicity day, as...

Texting Bus Driver Caught Red-Thumbed by Passenger's Phone Pic

The debate about driving while texting (DWT) is about to hit a fever pitch. If you think people were up in arms about this dangerous habit before, just wait till you hear the latest alarming story. According to the New York Post, a New York City bus driver is being investigated after a passenger snapped a picture of him texting while steering the bus through thick traffic Thursday. Allegedly, the...

'Wii Fit' Showing Up in Middle School Gyms

We're still on the fence about whether or not the 'Wii Fit' could actually help you lose weight. Sure, swinging your arms around playing fun games like 'Wii Tennis' is one thing, but standing around on one foot and perfecting your balance? Most folks would get bored long before shedding any pounds. But that's not stopping some New York City schools from adding the devices to their exercise...