New York City is suing T-Mobile, alleging the carrier violated consumer protection laws. According to the lawsuit filed Thursday in the New York County Supreme Court, T-Mobile allegedly sold used phones as new and put customers on expensive financing plans without their consent. The lawsuit also alleges it overcharged customers, didn't provide them with legal receipts and deceived them over its refund policy. T-Mobile has sold used phones as new at least 21 times in the last three years, according to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP). The carrier also adds hundreds of dollars to advertised prices by partnering with third-party financing companies like SmartPay, a press release from the city alleged, and some customers e-sign the leasing contracts without knowing this. Now playing: Watch this: T-Mobile-Sprint merger: What it means for you 3:50 Metro by T-Mobile stores are "scamming New Yorkers into buying used phones, tacking on additional costs, … [Read more...] about T-Mobile is being sued by New York City over sales tactics
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If you want to know what’s being taught in sex education classes around New York City, like maybe where students are receiving newly approved condom instructions, I’m sorry—you can’t. You could try asking the city’s Department of Education, but they likely won’t be able to tell you, either. That’s because right now, as city policy currently stands, most of the guidelines for what should be taught in a comprehensive sex education class are merely recommendations, not hard and fast requirements. And because New York City has just so many campuses—more than 1,800 by the Department of Education’s count—it’s nearly impossible to keep up with what exactly is being taught at each school, much less in each health classroom. Why does this matter for anyone who doesn't have a direct relationship with the NYC school system? Well, about 1.1 million students attend public school in New York, making the city's school system as … [Read more...] about What are New York City schools teaching teens about sex? No one really knows.
Just as I predicted two years ago, the free Web is going bye-bye. The New York Times decision to throw its content behind a paywall (albeit one with more holes in it than Swiss cheese) is exactly what I expected. Without another consistent and significant source of revenue, no company, not even one as big as the New York Times, can afford to give away its best stuff for free indefinitely. That's not business, it's charity. I've read through publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.'s letter, explaining the change and it's true that a lot more remains free than people realize. How many people will read more than 20 Times articles a month? Subscribers obviously read more, but the rest of us dip in and out of the site. We're reading news from dozens of different sources every day and only have so much time and space for the New York Times. However Sulzberger is one savvy guy and recognizes that people want to get their news on a variety of devices. An all-access pass can cost up to $35 a … [Read more...] about Why I Like the New York Times Paywall
As someone who works in New York and is a big believer in technology education, I've been looking forward to the opening of the new Cornell Tech campus, which houses the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, for several years now. Not only does Cornell Tech represent some new ideas in graduate technology education, including a joint venture between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, but it's also the first completely new engineering campus to open in a long time. The campus, which sits on Roosevelt Island in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, opened yesterday, with politicians and leaders from Cornell and Technion talking about what the campus represents. (Left to Right: Verizon Communications Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Cornell President Martha E. Pollack, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Technion President Peretz Lavie, Cornell Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Harrison, and Cornell Tech Dean and Vice … [Read more...] about Cornell Tech: Designing a New Engineering Campus for New York City
Officials almost missed a deadline of 2015, but New York City has met its estimated timeline for deploying the first access points for its new LinkNYC network, which will give New Yorkers free Wi-Fi in addition to USB charging ports, touch-screen Internet access and, of course, digital advertising. Last November, when the LinkNYC plan was first announced, it was expected that the first such access points would begin to replace public pay phones by the end of this year. However, don't expect all sorts of access points to just start popping up at a frenzied pace. The contractor that New York City is working with, CityBridge, has a 12-year timeline to install a minimum of 7,500 access points around New York's five boroughs. Of course, other milestones are built into the city's contract with CityBridge as well. After a year and 120 days, CityBridge must have 510 of these access points built and installed—the specific requirements for each borough vary, Gigaom explained earlier … [Read more...] about New York City Starts Turning Pay Phones Into Wi-Fi Hotspots