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Cuomo not sold on e-bike legalization … City releases DoITT report … and more of today’s tech news

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Cuomo not sold on e-bike legalization
Gov. Andrew Cuomo still harbors concerns about the safety of e-bikes and e-scooters, refusing to say if he plans to sign a bill passed by the state Legislature that would legalize the battery-powered rides statewide. (Daily News)

City releases DoITT report
New York City’s problem-plagued internal wireless network crashed in April in part because the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications failed to oversee the global defense contractor hired to run the system, according to a report released Friday. (New York Post)

Amazon construction begins in Schodack
Construction is underway to build a new Amazon fulfillment center in Schodack – the upstate town approved the project a year ago – even though some residents are still raising concerns about the company and the 800 jobs it promises to bring. (WRGB)

NYC to get more bus lane cameras
State lawmakers threw New York City bus riders a bone on Friday when they passed legislation that allows city and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials to expand the number of automated cameras used to enforce bus lanes, which are currently limited to 16 routes around the city. (Daily News)

Altice to keep LIC offices
Cable provider Altice USA will keep its offices in the Long Island City skyscraper that Amazon had planned to move into before abandoning a deal to build a major campus in the city. (Bloomberg)

Senate Dems demand antitrust answers
A group of Democratic senators is demanding answers from the government’s antitrust enforcers about their oversight of the nation’s tech giants after a string of media reports alluded to investigations into companies like Google and Amazon. (The Hill)

Cities ask for EU help in fighting Airbnb expansion
Ten European cities have demanded more help from the European Union in their battle against Airbnb and other holiday rental websites, which they argue are locking locals out of housing and changing the face of neighborhoods. (The Guardian)

Opinion

Social media poison pill
Josh Hawley, a supposedly conservative U.S. senator from Missouri – a man who claims to believe in limited government, understand the First Amendment to the Constitution and respect our nation’s traditions of free enterprise – insults all three with a birdbrained bill to establish a “fairness doctrine” for social media companies. (Daily News)

Analysis

Antitrust lessons from Microsoft
The nation’s antitrust enforcers and Congress are stepping up their scrutiny of the tech giants. Disruptive investigations, federal lawsuits, and new rules could loom for Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. The companies and their executives don’t need to look far for guidance about how this could all play out. (The New York Times)

Profile

Flatiron Health to add 200 jobs
Flatiron Health, a health care company founded in 2012 that focuses on expanding cancer research, will nearly double the size of its headquarters at One Soho Square – and will simultaneously add about 200 full-time jobs to its current 800 employees. (Patch)

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