Rachel Sterne

Today in Tech: iPad 2 camera, NYC's new digital officer

January 25, 2011: 8:47 AM ET

A curated selection of the day's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.

  • NYC's new chief digital officer, Rachel Sterne. Photo: CrunchBase

    Meet Rachel Sterne, New York City's first chief digital officer. The 27-year-old NYU alum, founder of citizen news portal GroundReport, and former LimeWire employee will be tasked with overseeing and improving New York City's digital footprint, streamlining existing social-media interactions, creating public-private partnerships, and improving the city's Web site, nyc.gov. (Wall Street Journal)

  • Though its revenues fell 2.6% to $26.4 billion compared with the same time last year, Verizon Wireless also added more than 870,000 new subscribers during its fourth quarter. Analysts predict yet another surge in new subs when the iPhone launches on the carrier early next month. (CNet)
  • Apple is reportedly developing services that will let iPhone and iPad owners use their devices to make purchases. Unlike current offerings from say, Square, which require an external dongle, Apple's will likely rely on embedded Near-Field Communication (NFC), a technology that can transmit and receive information at a distance of up to 4 inches. Expect NFC services to roll out later this year in the iPad 2 and iPhone 5. (Bloomberg and Fortune) More
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