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A Trip On the Hybrid Crane-Boats That Pull Wreckage from NYC Harbor

The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for keeping debris out of New York’s Harbor, whether it’s dead whales, helicopters, driftwood, or floating docks. Without the Corps the harbor and the outlying beaches of the Rockaways and the Jersey Shore would be filled with massive pieces of debris and ships would risk being critically [...]

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Jetaport finds its niche in group travel after industry giants ignore this major consumer pain point

For all the innovation in travel in the Internet era, little attention has been paid to the chaotic task of traveling with large groups. Weddings, clubs, corporate retreats – it’s a far more common occurrence than one might realize at first blush, but in almost all cases making arrangements for more than a handful of people [...]

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New York’s PolicyGenius launches “Insurance Checkup,” a digital alternative to sleazy insurance agents

With the exception of health and automobile policies, which are required in the U.S., many young Americans view insurance, whether it’s term-life or long-term disability, with the same suspicion as, say, volcano insurance. And in many cases, that suspicion is warranted — if you don’t have any dependents or a debt shared with a partner, [...]

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“Silicon Alley” is done, but New York is rising

Last month at our Southland conference former vice president Al Gore beseeched me to help popularize a Nashville-centric moniker for the startup ecosystem, ala Silicon Beach, Silicon Alley, Silicon Wadi etc. I said that was the worst thing I could do for Nashville. I’ve spent years traveling to startup hubs — both aspirational and actual [...]

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Shaving New York: Lyft receives cease-and-desist on eve of expansion

Lyft’s expansion to New York has been delayed by a cease-and-desist letter from the city’s district attorney, who says the company has “thumbed its nose” at regulators who have warned it that its mustachioed ride service can’t operate in the city. The company must appear before the district court by July 31 to plead its [...]

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Tractors and dial-up: YouTube highlights the problem with rural Internet

Yesterday, I wrote that YouTube had started snitching on Internet service providers incapable of providing their customers with an interruption-free video stream. Companies like YouTube and Netflix use these reports to redirect frustration toward ISPs and lead to favorable deals as a result, but the new reports from YouTube also show something else: just how little competition there is [...]

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Apartment List deploys a fleet of photogs to let you 3D tour America’s rentals

As the well-worn saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. But that cliched calculus may be a bit outdated, stemming from an era long before high-powered, connected micro-computers were in nearly every pocket in the developed world. Today, a picture goes far beyond being merely a more efficient way to convey a message — it’s [...]

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New Seed stage VC Susa Ventures takes on an underrepresented sector that could well be the future

Susa Ventures is the newest seed stage VC on the block, today announcing the final close of its $25 million seed fund. The bi-coastal firm, which was founded by a collection of four friends and regular co-angel investors, looks to play bigger than its checkbook with a focus on what it calls “companies with a [...]

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Hacking Chipotle: Developers team up to build a better burrito through technology

Chipotle may post $3.2 billion in sales annually across 1,600 locations, but despite its size, the restaurant behaves like a classic startup in so many ways (well, except for the exorbitant amount it pays its executives, but that’s for another article). The company is laser-focused on doing what it’s good at and little else, having added [...]

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Obscure NYC Neighborhoods

(NSFW: Language) New York City is packed with dozens of neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm and character. Slacktory’s Nick Douglas takes us on a walking tour of areas even seasoned New Yorkers have never heard of. Hat Tip Link Continue Reading from the Source

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