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New NYPD docs point to blind spots
The NYPD has developed its own crime-forecasting technology, according to newly released documents offering the deepest look to date at its efforts at so-called predictive policing – a technique that independent researchers and academics have excoriated for “tech-washing” racially biased policing methods. (Daily Beast)

MTA shakeup report released
A preliminary report recommended that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority should consolidate back-office operations and merge more than 40 groups spread across various agencies into six departments as part of an overhaul to cut costs. (AM New York)

NYPD facial recognition info mistakenly released
For the second time in three months, city lawyers have mistakenly turned over documents about the NYPD’s facial recognition program – including the names and case numbers of people who were run through the program – to academic researchers and are asking a judge to order the information returned. (Daily News)

Schumer steps into Grubhub fight
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer has waded into the food fight between Grubhub and New York City restaurants by asking the app to eat its “fake” fees, following reports that it was charging restaurants $4 to $9 fees for calls that resulted in no orders. (New York Post)

Long Island plans workforce training center
The Long Island Regional Planning Council has approved $50,000 in funding for additional research to advance the development of a workforce training center to strengthen the region’s employment pipeline. (Government Technology)

Facebook fine draws fire
News that the Federal Trade Commission has approved a roughly $5 billion fine against Facebook for privacy violations prompted an immediate outcry from critics and lawmakers, who argued that the fine will have little effect on the massive company. (Axios)

CIOs push for cybersecurity collaboration
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers endorsed the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act of 2019, which would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to boost collaboration between federal, state, and local governments on cybersecurity. (State Scoop)

Opinion

Taxi drivers need debt relief, but not from taxpayers
Taxi medallion owners and drivers should not bear the full burden of the collapse in the medallion market caused in large part by the city and state’s continued failure to regulate e-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft – and neither should city taxpayers. (Nicole Gelinas, City & State)

Ruling in Trump Twitter case falls short
A federal appeals court ruled that President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking some critics from access to his Twitter feed. It might seem like poetic justice visited upon a president who can dish it out but can’t take it, but as a matter of constitutional law, the ruling isn’t persuasive. (Michael McGough, Times Union)

Analysis

Fighting Big Tech makes for strange bedfellows
The antitrust movement has been revived by a bipartisan loathing of Big Tech that extends beyond lawmakers to the furthest firmaments of the right and the left. The common cause has made for some unusual alliances. (The New York Times)

Profile

Hotel startup gets boost
New York-based hotel startup Life House, which works with investors to manage small hotels, relying heavily on proprietary technology that automates and consolidates back office operations, has secured a $100 million equity commitment to expand across the U.S. (The Real Deal)

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