There’s a New Deliveryman in Town

Some doormen say they have become almost like Santa Claus with their new package responsibilities.


Dear Mayor-Elect de Blasio …

Here are 10 ways you can help improve the environment for tech and tech businesses in New York City.

American Express to Let Cardholders Pay NYC Taxi Fares With Membership Rewards Points

The move marks the loyalty program’s first step in what will likely be the program’s major expansion into the physical world.

Police in New York Really Want You to Download iOS 7

New York’s finest like the iPhone’s Activation Lock feature.

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New York City Offering More Mobile Payment Options for Taxis, With Hailo Jumping On Board

E-hail app Hailo is now using VeriFone’s API to offer in-app payments for New York City taxi riders. In other words, a taxi customer can now both hail and pay for the cab using the Hailo app — provided that the driver is using Hailo, too — while Hailo uses VeriFone’s system on the back end to process the payments. The new Hailo feature comes on the heels of VeriFone announcing its payment app for NYC taxis a couple weeks ago; VeriFone is one of two payments companies that processes all the credit card transactions for New York City taxicab rides.

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Former OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter Lands Top Digital Job at WME

Dan Porter, the former CEO of gaming company OMGPOP, is now running digital for heavyweight talent agency WME, working out of its New York City outpost. Porter, who had been advising the company for several months, will now “oversee all of the company‚Äôs online and mobile initiatives and help identify digital opportunities for clients.” Porter sold OMGPOP to Zynga in March 2012, and stayed at the social games company for a year after that.

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Mobile Payments Come to New York City Taxicabs Via VeriFone’s Way2ride App

VeriFone, one of the two companies that processes credit card transactions in New York City taxicabs, has launched a mobile payments app that lets riders pay with their smartphones. The app, Way2ride, is free to download, and will run on iOS and Android smartphones. Currently, the three e-hail apps that are part of a test pilot in New York City don’t offer e-payments in the New York market, as they’ve been required to use either VeriFone or Creative Media Technologies as the payments processor. VeriFone said it plans to offer Way2ride throughout its network of 70,000 payment-enabled taxis around the world.

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San Francisco and New York City Mayors Team on Tech

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will on Friday announce a technology partnership between their cities. A press conference is scheduled at the offices of Square at 1:30 pm PT, with a livestream here.

New York’s Taxi E-Hail Finally Gets the Green Light

The strangely troubled efforts of New York taxicabs to get simple modern technology are finally progressing.

Airbnb Will Fight in New York City

The company is fighting not only this particular case, but also a perception that it was declared illegal in New York.