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Uber & Lyft Stop Hiring New York City Drivers

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Uber and Lyft have stopped accepting new drivers in New York City. The move comes after the city passed new rules that are designed to curb the explosive growth of ride-hail companies.

On its website, Uber attributes the new policy to “new [Taxi and Limousine Commission] regulations. There is a reference to legislation passed by the New York City Council in December 2018, which requires ride-hail companies to pay drivers at least $17.22 an hour after expenses. The pay formula uses a so-called “utilization rate,” which accounts for the share of time a driver spends with passengers in their vehicles compared to time spent idle and waiting for a fare.

The rules penalize companies for running too many cars without passengers on city streets. The higher a company’s utilization rate, the less it has to pay drivers to meet the new wage floor requirement. The rules were intended to increase pay for drivers, while also addressing what many saw as an oversaturated market in New York City.

Uber stopped onboarding new drivers in New York City on April 1st, followed soon after by Lyft. In January, Lyft sued the city to block the new wage rules, arguing that they would create an uneven playing field and would ultimately mean their own drivers would be paid less. Three weeks later, Uber sued the city over the cap on new ride-hail drivers.

Amazon Planning To Create 400 Tech Jobs In Denver

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  • Amazon announced it will expand its Denver Tech Hub and double its tech workforce in the area by creating 400 new tech jobs.
  • The company will open a new office in downtown Denver.
  • Amazon previously opened an office in Boulder, Colorado, last fall.

The expansion of Amazon’s Denver Tech Hub will more than double the tech workforce in the city’s metro area, where Amazon currently employs more than 350 employees, according to the company. Amazon opened an office in Boulder, Colorado, last fall. The expansion will offer job titles spanning software and hardware engineering, cloud computing, and advertising, the company said.

The new 98,000-square-foot office will be located in Denver’s lower downtown neighborhood, according to the release.When it decided against building its second headquarters in Long Island City, Amazon said it would continue hiring across its corporate offices and tech hubs in North America, rather than reopen its search for another headquarters location Amazon said it would continue hiring across its corporate offices and tech hubs in North America.

Only 7 Get To Go To Stuyvesant High School In New York City

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Only a few black students were offered admission to the highly selective public high schools in New York City on Monday,

At Stuyvesant High School, out of 895 slots in the freshman class, only seven were offered to black students. And the number of black students is shrinking: There were 10 black students admitted into Stuyvesant last year, and 13 the year before.

 Bronx High School of Science, made 12 offers to black students this year, down from 25 last year.

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It Appears That New York State Facial Recognition Program For People Leaving & Entering New York City Hasn’t Work Out

 

 

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Back in 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new initiative to scan and identify the faces of people leaving and entering New York City with facial recognition cameras. The system was tested last year on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge—which connects Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx—but the test was reportedly a flop. The Wall Street Journal reviewed an email that a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) official wrote to a Cuomo administration senior official on November 29 about the program. The MTA official reportedly wrote that the initial proof-of-concept testing at the bridge “has been completed and failed with no faces (0%) being detected within acceptable parameters.”

However, An MTA spokesperson told the Journal that the face recognition program at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, as well as the Bronx-Whitestone and Throgs Neck bridges were still in progress. “Only a small handful of bridge and tunnel employees have access to the data and nothing whatsoever is being shared with law enforcement or anyone outside of the people involved with the pilot,” MTA spokesperson Maxwell Young told Gizmodo. “We take both public safety and civil liberties extremely seriously.”

Civil liberties advocates have raised concerns about the program since the system was first announced. “This latest news validates our concerns that this technology is invasive and inaccurate—and the government has no justification for using it to undermine the privacy of our daily commutes,”

The MTA and New York State have no intention of slowing down their development of a facial recognition real-time surveillance system.

I wonder what will happen if drivers where masks or fake mustaches or sunglasses etc?

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems to be leaning more

Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems to be leaning more heavily toward an unproven technology called Ultra-Wideband Radio for subways. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The MTA has been testing ultra-wideband radio as

The MTA has been testing ultra-wideband radio as a means of better tracking trains, while also providing cell service to riders inside subway tunnels. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the MTA’s transit chief disagree on how to modernize the city’s subway system.

The two seem at odds over new subway signal technology — the centerpiece of NYC Transit President Andy Byford’s highly regarded Fast Forward plan to improve subway, bus and accessibility services. Byford’s plan hinges on the installation of common modern signal technology that Cuomo thinks are out of date.

“Vendors are installing technology they designed in the ’80s. I believe there is better technology out there,” Cuomo said at a Cipriani’s luncheon hosted by the Association for a Better New York. “If you can figure out how a car can fly and you can get in a car that drives you by itself to Southampton, you have to be able to have technology where one train can tell you where the other train is on a closed system.”

Just a day earlier, Byford described the same signal equipment, known as Communications-Based Train Control, as “proven” and “mature.” The subway’s signal system is essentially the traffic lights of the subway and helps determine how frequently trains can run, which directly impacts subway capacity.

Cuomo seemed to be leaning more heavily toward an unproven technology called Ultra-Wdeband Radio, in the hopes that it could be used instead of CBTC to bring about signal modernization more quickly and without the significant service disruptions otherwise needed for an upgrade.

The MTA is preparing to test out Ultra-Wideband Radio, or UWB, this fall. Ultra-Wideband Radio would allow the agency to directly locate trains on their tracks, which would facilitate more trains running more closely together on each subway line. The tech would also have the added benefit of allowing commuters to use cellphones inside subway tunnels.

Byford says he’s pushing on with CBTC which is being installed over all the world by very high quality metro systems.

New York Becoming The Leading Tech Hub Outside Of Silicon Valley

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For the first time in an annual survey of technology industry leaders conducted by professional services giant KPMG, New York was voted the global city most likely to become the “leading technology innovation hub outside of Silicon Valley over the next four years.”

For New York, the top spot represents a leap from third place last year, when the city was tied with London. Shanghai held the No. 1 position. The Chinese city is now No. 5, and New York’s time at the top also may be limited.

The survey was conducted in December and January news of the Amazon deal “Headline-grabbing announcements by several of the tech giants helped push U.S. cities” up in the rankings, the report said.

Tim Zanni, KPMG’s global and U.S. technology sector leader, who worked on the report, said he could not speculate on what respondents might think of the Amazon deal’s collapse or if the news will knock New York back a few ranks. But he does believe that where the tech giants land makes a difference.

NYC’s Department Of Health Bans CBD From Being Added To Food & Drinks

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The Department of Health, has banned all restaurants and bars from serving food and drinks made with CBD, a cannabis-derived product that’s said to relax users and reduce pain without getting high. But just because CBD won’t get you high, that doesn’t mean it has no side effects or potential uses.

CNBC Make It profiled the New York City bar, Adriaen Block, where customers can select from an entire menu of CBD-infused cocktails and food items, like a cheeseburger with CBD-infused sauce. (This reporter sampled the restaurant’s CBD-infused menu items, he said were tasty — the CBD oil did not overpower — and he did feel a bit relaxed afterward, though he said that the alcohol could have played a role in that.)

California, lawmakers recently cracked down on restaurants and cafes serving everything from coffee and juice to other foods infused with CBD.

Restaurants in New York City are not permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat,” says DOH spokeswoman Danielle De Souza. “The Health Department is serious about protecting New Yorkers’ health. Until cannabidiol (CBD) is deemed safe as a food additive, the Department is ordering restaurants not to offer products containing CBD.”

According to De Souza, the Department of Health began banning CBD in food products starting in January. Medical marijuana dispensary Citiva, which just opened its first Brooklyn location across from the Barclays Center in January, also sells CBD products and welcomes the scrutiny.

In New York, CBD started showing up in early 2017 as “cannabis oil” used to lace food at intimate private dinners like the NSFW club’s Dankquet. Since then, CBD has come out of the shadows to easily top the list of 2018 food trends. First came CBD lattes at Brooklyn’s Caffeine Underground in March, with cafes around the city quickly jumping onboard.

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A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the majority of medical marijuana products sold on the internet may be unsafe or ineffective.

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