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Read the letter NYC’s tech leaders sent to Jeff Bezos about Amazon’s HQ2

New York City’s tech industry doesn’t seem too concerned about competition from Amazon. In a letter last week, leaders from more than three dozen New York-based companies urged Jeff Bezos to consider building Amazon’s second headquarters in the Big Apple, touting its concentration of Fortune 500 companies, 6,000-plus tech startups, 300,000 tech workers, and “front … Continue reading “Read the letter NYC’s tech leaders sent to Jeff Bezos about Amazon’s HQ2”

Read the letter NYC’s tech leaders sent to Jeff Bezos about Amazon’s HQ2
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Bill de Blasio, fierce Walmart critic, has been curiously quiet about Amazon’s NYC warehouse

Last week, when Amazon announced plans to build a distribution center in Staten Island–its first in New York City–the press release contained fawning statements from the usual array of local officials. New York’s governor, Staten Island’s borough president, and the CEO of Empire State Development all praised the deal and the 2,000-plus jobs it will supposedly bring to … Continue reading “Bill de Blasio, fierce Walmart critic, has been curiously quiet about Amazon’s NYC warehouse”

Bill de Blasio, fierce Walmart critic, has been curiously quiet about Amazon’s NYC warehouse
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Find out what climate change sounds like in a Chicago courtyard

Chicago-based artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero have turned a Chicago courtyard into a haunting reenactment of a glacier’s death rattle. Back in 2005, Douglas MacAyeal, a professor of geophysical science at the University of Chicago, recorded the unsettling sounds of a giant iceberg calving from the Ross Ice Shelf. According to Hyperallergic, Bachmaier and Gallero, who work under the … Continue reading “Find out what climate change sounds like in a Chicago courtyard”

Find out what climate change sounds like in a Chicago courtyard
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Watch these workers get RFID microchipped at their company’s “chip party”

Three Square Market, the Wisconsin vending tech company that stirred up controversy by offering implantable RFID chips to its employees, held a party Monday where experts injected the chips into workers with syringes. Tortilla chips were also served, according to footage from news station WRAL. The company shared some comments from employees who opted in … Continue reading “Watch these workers get RFID microchipped at their company’s “chip party””

Watch these workers get RFID microchipped at their company’s “chip party”
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