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Briefly: OpenTable launches meal-pay service, Facebook Paper update

08/11, 10:02pm

OpenTable expands meal-pay service from pilot, to be available to 20 new cities

Restaurant reservations app OpenTable has announced the expansion of its payment service to an additional 20 cities by 2015. Originally launched as a pilot program in San Francisco, OpenTable's new service allows diners at participating restaurants to add a credit card to the app, and then pay their bill quickly with a few taps. The expansion is beginning with New York City, with the rest of the national expansion to follow.

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Amazon expands same-day delivery to NYC, DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore

08/06, 2:01pm

Amazon order cutoff of noon for NYC; 1PM for Baltimore, DC

Amazon.com has expanded Same-Day Delivery with new "Get It Today" capabilities for customers in Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC metro areas, with more than a million eligible items now available for same-day delivery. Customers who search or browse the Amazon product selection will find the "Get It Today" filter on the left-hand navigation panel, just below the "Amazon Prime" filter. They can select "Get It Today" and see only those items eligible for Same-Day Delivery. A similar "Get It by Tomorrow" filter will allow customers to discover millions of additional items that can be delivered the next day.

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Briefly: Samsung NX30 trade-ins, T-Mobile plans next Uncarrier event

05/29, 7:58am

Samsung offering NX30 for DSLR trade-ins in June 4th Times Square event

Samsung will be offering owners of older DSLR cameras to trade their equipment for a new mirrorless NX30 for free. The "Ditch the DSLR" event, held in Times Square, New York City on June 4th, will see the electronics giant providing a "sizable amount of NX30s" to attendees, with Imaging-Resource noting the company will also be providing a $50 coupon for the Samsung NX Mini to attendees pledging to switch, but without trading in on the day.

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Briefly: Uber pilots cars with child seats, LinkedIn cuts CardMunch

05/08, 2:33am

Uber launches uberFamily pilot service in NYC

Uber has announced a new pilot service, uberFamily, launching first in New York City. The cab-hailing service is offering users vehicles that are equipped with car seats for children. The seats will be installed by those who are trained and certified to do so, and accommodates children aged one year and up. Available for a $10 surcharge, those interested in trying out the service in the New York City area must enter "FAMILY" as a code in the app to access the option.

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Briefly: TicketZen launch, Bitcasa launches developers cloud platform

05/07, 1:25am

TicketZen parking ticket payment app launched for iOS, Android

TicketZen, an app for paying off parking tickets, launched Monday at TechCrunch Disrupt 2014. Users can scan the barcode (or enter the violation number) on a received parking ticket to import all relevant data attached to it, and then pay it off. Using the app as a method of payment comes with an attached fee from $1-$3. TicketZen for iOS is currently available for use in Washington DC, Chicago, Boston, Cambridge, State College and New York City, and only in Boston for Android users.

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New York City plans citywide Wi-Fi network by reusing payphones

05/02, 8:19am

Accepts proposals for payphone replacements offering Wi-Fi, extra services

New York City is planning to expand its current free Wi-Fi network across a wider area, the city has announced. The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has issued a request for proposals to create the network, which will provide free wireless Internet access across the five boroughs, by replacing its public payphone network.

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Google denies plans for Fiber in New York after job listing discovery

04/16, 12:42pm

New York Google Fiber job not a sign of future expansion

A Google Fiber job listing located in New York was thought to be a possible sign the search company is looking to open the service in the market, though Google has denied the possibility. The listings for a Google Fiber Regional Sales Manager in the city is said by a company spokesperson to be a job role that has existed for some time, and not to "read into the job listing."

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Briefly: Microsoft Surface 2 LTE in UK, AT&T NYC subway coverage plans

04/10, 7:43am

Microsoft opens pre-orders for Surface 2 with LTE in UK

Microsoft has opened up pre-orders for the Surface 2 with LTE in the United Kingdom. Just as with its launch last month in the United States, the UK edition will be limited to just a 64GB model, and its £539 ($905) represents a £100 ($168) increase over the standard Wi-Fi model. Microsoft will be shipping the Windows RT tablet on the 8th of May.

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Briefly: NYC smart map kiosks hit subway, Google Play Music updates

02/12, 7:41pm

Touchscreen kiosks to help navigate NYC subway starts roll-out

New York City has started to add interactive maps to help passengers of the subway system. Gizmodo reports that the first 18 MTA On-The-Go kiosks have been installed in the Grand Central subway station, with the MTA and Control Group project using 47-inch touchscreen displays that show train arrival estimates, scheduled departures, and a map which helps plan a route through the system with warnings of potential issues. A wider rollout to more stations is expected to take place by mid-2014.

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New York City building out free Wi-Fi network in portions of Harlem

12/10, 6:03pm

New network extends 95 city blocks, provides Wi-Fi to underserved populace

New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced the launch of a new outdoor public Wi-Fi network in Harlem accessible to all users at no cost. The Harlem Wi-Fi network will extend 95 city blocks, from 110th to 138th streets between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Madison Avenue -- making it the largest continuous free outdoor public wireless network in the nation.

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NimbleTV opens streaming cable TV service in New York City

12/10, 1:49pm

Aereo-style service from NimbeTV requires cable service authentication

A startup offering cable TV streaming over the Internet has opened its service to everyone in New York, following a successful test period in the city. In a similar manner to Aereo's service, NimbleTV will offer cable subscribers access to the same channels but over the Internet, along with the ability to record programs via the cloud-based DVR.

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Barge constructions have cost Google $35M, permit issues continue

12/03, 5:30am

Sails on Google barge to cost $350,000 alone

The mysterious barge construction in San Francisco could have cost Google $35 million to undertake, according to a new report. The project, dubbed Hanger 3 after the Treasure Island hanger it is being worked on, will apparently be one of three floating buildings, with a similar structure set to be moored in areas of Los Angeles and New York City, as well as in San Francisco itself.

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Briefly: eBay Now's free delivery, The Rock smartwatch pre-launch

11/25, 1:30pm

eBay Now's same-day delivery service free until Christmas Eve

Auction site eBay announced today that its local shopping and delivery service, eBay Now, is offering free delivery from now until Christmas Eve on orders more than $25. The eBay Now service is available for customers in San Francisco and the Bay Area, San Jose, parts of New York City and Chicago for delivery of local products within an hour of ordering online.

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Verizon places Motorola Droid Ultra, Maxx on sale, plans subway LTE

08/20, 12:32pm

Two Motorola Droids go on sale, Verizon shipping August 27th

Two Motorola smartphones have gone on sale on Verizon, at the same time as the carrier announces its plan to add 4G LTE service to the New York City subway system. Launched last month, the Droid Ultra and the Droid Maxx have both appeared on the carrier's online store, though buyers will have to wait until August 27th for the smartphones to ship.

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Sprint rolling out 4G LTE in parts of New York City, subway stations

07/24, 11:53am

Brooklyn, Bronx LTE to launch July 30th, other areas to follow

Sprint has revealed that it will be rolling out its 4G LTE network in New York, albeit in a limited capacity. The carrier will be providing coverage to customers using the New York City subway system in the future, and a number of above-ground locations will also receive 4G LTE and improved 3G coverage in the coming weeks.

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Briefly: Uber update adds fare splitting, NYC Parks gain WiFi

07/16, 2:46pm

Uber app will now split cab fares among friends

Uber, a private taxi service available in 35 cities around the world, has launched an update for its iOS and Android app that includes new fare splitting functionality. Previously, payments could only be charged to a single customer, forcing groups to split the fare manually before or after the ride. In the latest release, a user can now add any friends they want to split the payment with from directly in the app and each will then receive a text linking them to the Uber app and requesting to split the fare.

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iOS 7 'Activation Lock' feature sets tone for NY cellphone theft talks

06/10, 6:11pm

Leaders of summit waiting to see functionality of new feature

Apple's new "activation lock" feature has not escaped notice by the attorneys general of New York City and San Francisco. The pair, scheduled to meet later this week in New York City with Apple, Samsung, Google, and Microsoft to discuss rampant smartphone theft in the two cities have issued a statement, taking a guardedly optimistic stance toward the new feature.

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Gowex rolls out free 1Mbit Wi-Fi across New York City

03/05, 11:15am

Over 1,900 hotspots providing free Wi-Fi coverage to users

Wi-Fi provider Gowex has turned on its Wi-Fi network covering New York City, providing free Internet access to residents and tourists. Covering the areas of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, the 1,953-hotspot network is available to anyone wanting to use the 1-megabit connection through their mobile device.

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Sprint enables 4G LTE gradually in New York, San Francisco

02/18, 12:18pm

Areas being enabled without official announcements from Sprint

Sprint is enabling its 4G LTE network in areas, without officially announcing a market as "live." Areas including New York City, Washington D.C., and San Francisco are finding some locations are getting 4G LTE service, though not a blanket coverage of entire areas as usually associated with normal network rollouts.

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Rollout begins on 32-inch touchscreen kiosks in NYC

11/21, 4:55am

First ten SmartScreens offer Wi-Fi access, local information

The rollout by City24/7 of 32-inch touch-screen information kiosks in New York City has begun, offering details on local destinations, news, as well as emergency and government-related alerts. So far, ten payphone sites have been refitted with the SmartScreen displays, with this initial trial set to convert a total of 250 kiosks in the five-borough area over the next few months.

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Time Warner Cable puts $25M towards NYC fiber access

08/28, 3:11pm

Fiber service roll-out in Brooklyn, Flatiron, Financial districts

Time Warner Cable is investing $25 million into expanding fiber-based broadband in New York City. Boasting speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second, the new network will be built in Brooklyn and parts of Manhattan and hopes to gain new business-based customers with high data throughput requirements, including those situated in the Flatiron and Financial districts.

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New York City introduces free Wi-Fi hotspots to payphones

07/12, 2:13pm

Initial roll-out to ten locations, more planned

New York City has started a pilot program to add Wi-Fi access to its payphones. The new scheme sees an initial ten kiosks gain cost- and advertisement-free public Wi-Fi in the city, with a view to expanding the service to more locations if it is considered a success.

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Apple to offer filmmaker workshops in NYC for Tribeca

04/17, 4:00am

Stars and filmmakers will discuss new films

Two of Apple's New York City stores will be participating in the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival with free events and workshops throughout the week of the event, April 20-28. In addition to panels of filmmakers and actors, there will also be a "What's New in Filmmaking" event with product demos, and the company is also promoting an official Tribeca Film Festival app for iOS (free) in the App Store. Final Cut, iMovie and even the iWork suite will be the subject of daytime workshops as well.

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Skype gives New York City free Wi-Fi for New Year's Eve

12/30, 5:05pm

Offers free Wi-Fi services for 24 hours

Following on its recent promotion to air travelers for free Wi-Fi during the past holiday week, Skype will be offering free Skype Wi-Fi for New Year's Eve and Day in New York City. For 24 hours, the VoIP provider will be letting revelers have general Internet access. The promotion runs from noon Saturday until noon on Sunday.

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CNN lifts veil on Apple's secretive store negotiations

12/09, 1:00am

Retail executives claim furtiveness 'unjustified'

While those strongly invested in the latest Apple news are often well aware of planned Apple Store openings months before they happen, the actual preparation work for securing the sites are often veiled in Apple's notorious secrecy. On the eve of the New York City Grand Central Station opening, CNN has launched a two-part report on the sometimes preferential, sometimes deferential treatment Apple demands of its retail landlords.

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US iPhone 4S launch met with long lineups

10/14, 9:50am

Built-up demand draws crowds

The launch of the iPhone 4S so far appears to be drawing major crowds in the US. At the company's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City, the lineup reportedly stretched around two sides of the block. While last year's iPhone 4's lineup is said to have wrapped around four sides, rain is thought to be keeping some 4S buyers at home for the time being.

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New glass panes arrive at 5th Avenue Apple Store

09/01, 6:15pm

Iconic cube to be rebuilt with fewer panes

New glass panels have arrived for the rebuilding of Apple's iconic glass cube at its Fifth Avenue store in New York City, TUAW reports with the help of photographer Justin Parmer. The original cube, which cost the company around $7 million to construct has been dismantled and will be replaced with a new one that follows a similar design but uses 15 much larger panes of glass rather than the 90 the previous cube required. A video showing the arrival of the glass is below.

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Report: Apple closing NYC stores due to hurricane Irene

08/26, 10:30pm

Other stores in the path may also close

Apple has opted to close at least some of its New York City locations this weekend in response to the threat of Hurricane Irene, which is predicted to hit the city in approximately 24 hours, MacRumors reports. The company is closing its West 14h Street, SoHo, Upper West Side, and Staten Island stores on Saturday and Sunday, and will also close its iconic Fifth Avenue store for the weekend as well, contrary to earlier reports. The city's mass transit system is also closing beginning at noon on Saturday.

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Apple opens first executive space in NYC alongside iAd group

08/18, 8:20pm

Office will be modelled on Apple Store look

Apple is expanding its non-retail presence in New York City, BusinessInsider is reporting, with an additional 40,000 square feet in a 1906 Flatiron building on Fifth Avenue. The company's iAd group already resides in a 10,000 square foot space within the same building, and the report characterizes the additional footage as "executive offices" and says Apple will use the space to "launch new business projects."

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New York City to test parking meter smartphone app

08/17, 9:05am

NYC phones to remotely feed parking meters

New York City has plans to test a pay-by-phone parking meter smartphone application. The app will alert users when their meter is close to expiring and give them the opportunity to remotely top-up the meter. Initially, the trial will be rolled out to 300 parking spaces for a one-year pilot program. NYC transport officials argue that they system, already used in Atlanta and Washington, will offer convenience for users and cost savings for the city.

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AT&T resolves New York City voice outage

08/04, 1:50pm

Customers affected in all boroughs

AT&T claims to have resolved a software problem that had caused voice outages for many wireless customers in New York City. The bug, which reportedly turned up during "routine" maintenance, affected the carrier's voice service in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Long Island.

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MTA committee details Grand Central Apple Store proposal

07/25, 4:35pm

Apple expected to pay $1.1m for annual rent

Committee members from New York City's Metro Transit Authority have provided further details surrounding the Grand Central Apple Store proposal, which was confirmed earlier today following a number of leaks. Previous reports suggest Apple will face $800,000 for annual rent as part of the agreement, however the yearly charge is said to jump by an additional $300,000 after the first ten years.

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Grand Central expected to approve Apple Store proposal

07/20, 5:15pm

Store fate to be decided at monthly board meeting

Grand Central Terminal management is reportedly ready to approve Apple's proposal for a retail outlet in the 42nd Street terminal station. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which handles the leasing arrangements for the building, is expected to allow an Apple Store to be added on the balcony overlooking the main hall, unnamed sources have told The New York Times.

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Apple launching Grand Central flagship store in September?

02/17, 6:35pm

Project now said to be finalized

Apple has reportedly settled on plans to build a new flagship retail location within Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Recent reports suggested the company was considering the new location, but unnamed sources have allegedly told Cult of Mac that the decision has been made and application process has begun.

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Apple founding new Manhattan office for iAd sales team?

11/04, 12:30pm

Current SoHo offices said to be too small

Apple is setting up a new Manhattan office for its iAd sales team, several sources claim. The space is said to be located near Union Square, and should replace or complement an existing office in SoHo. The latter is actually a former home of Quattro Wireless, which Apple acquired for $275 million in order to found iAd. The SoHo office is believed to be too small, however, never meant to hold more than 30 people.

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Sprint confirms 4G rollout in NYC, other regions

11/01, 4:35pm

WiMAX reaches Hartford, New Haven, other cities

As expected, Sprint and Clearwire have activated 4G service in New York City and several additional regions. Service in New York now extends to all five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. Other markets include Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut; Trenton and New Brunswick, New Jersey; and Tampa, Florida.

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Band performs with iPhones after instruments stolen

10/15, 5:25pm

"Take Me Out" performed on NYC subway

Brooklyn-based alternative rock band Atomic Tom organized an impromptu performance using only iPhones and a battery-powered speaker system. Using apps for vocals, keyboards, guitar and drums, the band members played "Take Me Out," the lead single from their debut album The Moment, on a New York City subway train.

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iPad boosts overall sales at NYC Apple stores

10/07, 12:00am

Typical purchase up $50 over industry average

Since the beginning of iPad pre-orders in March of this year, Apple stores have experienced a sales surge that has been maintained through the summer, with the chain outperforming the average purchase figure for the electronics and software retail sector as a whole by about 20 percent in New York City, statistics show.

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NYFI hopes to give free Wi-Fi to NYC trains

06/15, 10:35am

Ad-supported service would be free to riders

A private telecommunications company has proposed adding Wi-Fi service to two New York City area train lines. Mobilitie, which operates the free Wi-Fi service NYFI, submitted the proposal to build a wireless network for the Metro North and Long Island Rail Road lines. The service would be free to riders. The network and service would be built and supported by revenue from ads.

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Elementary school, New York City mayor adopt iPads

06/03, 1:35pm

Use feeds Apple publicity

Apple's iPad marketing efforts are being helped through two different public exposures, reports note. In Tampa Bay, Florida, Watergrass Elementary School has given away 16GB Wi-Fi iPads to 13 fifth-graders, a gift for the students as they graduate to the sixth grade. The tablets are also meant to help with future homework and research. An Apple saleswoman who has worked with Watergrass, Andrea Barr, says a photo from the giveaway may be used in an upcoming ad.

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Yankee Stadium bans iPads from premises

05/25, 12:45pm

Cites 'security and safety' concerns

Officials at Yankee Stadium in New York City are now preventing people from carrying iPads into Yankees games, the Associated Press writes. The policy is an extension of one affecting notebooks, and MLB Advanced Media CEO Bob Bowman claims it was put in place to prevent people from becoming "distracted and getting hit in the face with a ball." Anecdotes suggest that it may still be possible to smuggle one in at personal risk.

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T-Mobile expands HSPA+ data service in Northeast

05/24, 7:40pm

Other additions coming to Memphis, Vegas

T-Mobile has announced ongoing expansion of its HSPA+ network which brings faster 3G data speeds for subscribers. The company's HSPA+ network has been broadened in the New York City metropolitan area, including New Jersey and Long Island, along with other New York Cities such as Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

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NYC's SoHo Apple Store discriminating against Chinese?

05/10, 11:10am

Complaint gets backing from local official

Some workers at Apple's SoHo retail store in New York City are discriminating against Chinese people, according to a Queens assemblywoman. Grace Meng notes that she has been approached by several disgruntled shoppers, who allege being denied iPads with inappropriate questions, such as wanting to see passports. "One person was asked why they wanted one since their English was not so good," adds Meng.

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Another lawsuit targets Apple and AT&T for MMS

01/14, 5:40pm

Plaintiffs claim false advertising, deception

Apple and AT&T have been targeted in yet another lawsuit over the initial lack of MMS support on the iPhone. The latest suit, which aims to establish class-action status, has been filed in New York City. As with the other disputes, frustrated customers claim Apple and AT&T mislead customers into believing MMS functionality would be added sometime in June to the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

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Apple Store note results in bomb scare

01/14, 12:00pm

Charges blamed on 'recent terrorist plots'

Jason Barry, 17 years old, has been charged with making a terrorist threat at the Staten Island Apple Store, writes the New York Post. Prosecutors allege that Barry promised "bloody death" with a bomb note left on a screen in the store, signed under the name of a friend's father. Sometime after Barry left, an Apple worker discovered the note and called police.

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Apple refuses to send replacement iPhone to legal owner

01/04, 12:05pm

Company intends to fulfill thief's request

Without some intervention from Apple or the police, a replacement iPhone will go to a thief and not the original owner, a robbery victim claims. Identifying herself only as Alisa, the victim notes that her iPhone was stolen over two weeks ago in a Brooklyn subway. No progress had been made until recently, when the thief asked for a replacement phone through AppleCare. A notification e-mail was sent to Alisa's address.

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AT&T halts online iPhone sales to New York City [u]

12/28, 9:50am

Cause remains uncertain

(Updated with policy reversal) AT&T has temporarily put a stop on online iPhone sales to New York City, multiple reports say. While residents can still buy the device from AT&T retail outlets, as well as Apple Stores, representatives from AT&T are said to be refusing to sell anything more than a refurbished 8GB iPhone 3G, even over the phone. "We periodically modify our promotions and distribution channels," says AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook.

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Apple pulls wraps off of Upper West Side NYC store

11/12, 11:50am

Public store opening set for November 14th, 10AM

Apple has revealed that its Upper West Side store -- based in New York City -- will open to the public at 10AM on November 14th. The outlet is Apple's fourth in Manhattan and 280th worldwide; it will employ over 200 workers, and on its basement level feature the company's "largest area ever" devoted to training and tech support, for instance incorporating a 45-foot Genius Bar. Normal operating hours will run from 9AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday, and 9AM to 7PM on Sunday.

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Apple to preview Upper West Side NYC store

11/06, 11:55am

Formal unveiling due for November 14th

Apple has sent out media invitations for a preview of the company's fourth Manhattan retail store, scheduled to occur November 14th. The store is situated in the Upper West Side of the island, at the corner of Broadway and 67th; neighbors include the Lincoln Center and the Julliard School. It is still unknown when doors will open to the general public.

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Apple nears completion of Upper West Side NYC store

10/27, 10:40am

Location long under development

Apple is finally on the verge of finishing its fourth Manhattan retail store, eyewitness reports note. The outlet is situated at the corner of Broadway and 67th, near Lincoln Center and the Julliard School. Likely because of a more elaborate design in a prestigious neighborhood, the store has taken some time to build, having been in development for well over a year.

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