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SoftBank swoops in to save WeWork
On Tuesday, WeWork’s largest outside investor, SoftBank, provided a last-ditch lifeline: a multibillion-dollar takeover that would wrest control from Adam Neumann, WeWork’s co-founder and former chief executive. (The New York Times)

Rose suggests microtransit program on Staten Island
Congressman Max Rose is working toward using a holistic approach to alleviate congestion on Staten Island, asking the MTA to study microtransit – small-scale transit services that can help commuters get from their homes to their public transportation options. (NY1)

Early voting gets high-tech changes
Voting stations are lined up for polling sites across New York City, thanks to the implementation of early voting. Also new this election: tablets that will function as electronic poll books, replacing those big printed registration books poll workers have used on past Election Days. (NY1)

ConEd customers may have to pay for MTA repairs
Con Edison customers may soon be on the hook for $240 million worth of MTA electrical repairs, according to a new agreement with the state that would allow the utility to increase electricity rates. (New York Post)

Jeffries shepherds copyright measure through House
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to approve a measure introduced by New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries that would create a small claims court where online content creators can go after their infringers. (The Verge)

Trump reestablishes science and tech advisory council
After almost three years as a vacant husk among federal councils, President Trump announced Tuesday the reestablishment of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, with new leadership and a new cast of advisers. (Nextgov)

Amazon to break ground on HQ2 in 2020
If all goes according to plan, work on the first two Amazon HQ2 towers in Virginia should be underway in 2020, and Amazon employees could be working in a fully completed 2.1 million square feet complex by the first quarter of 2023. (Washington Business Journal)

Opinion

These startups say they can fix the city’s transit woes
The conventional wisdom says that the MTA’s $51.5 billion transit plan and congestion pricing will save the city’s mass transit system and reduce economically disastrous gridlock, but maybe there is another solution – using technology to change the way New Yorkers get around. (Greg David, Crain’s New York Business)

The antitrust threat to national security
Forty-six state attorneys general have joined New York AG Letitia James in an antitrust investigation of Facebook. But there are dangers in restructuring any U.S. industry, including the largely unrecognized threat to national security. (Jon Bateman, The Wall Street Journal)

Analysis

After school shootings, a push for openness over barricades
As school districts focus more intently on safety, some architects are pushing back against a rush to load up schools with security equipment by promoting community over technology. (The New York Times)

Profile

Spin leads micro-mobility data project
Spin, an operator of e-scooters, is leading a pilot program, known as the Mobility Data for Safer Streets, to make troves of micro-mobility data available to nonprofits and other micro-mobility groups. (Government Technology)

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