Oct 31, 2013, 7:55 pm EDT
Some of Silicon Valley’s top companies are lending a hand to help the Obama administration get HealthCare.gov up and running at full speed.
A spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency coordinating the development and roll-out of the web site many Americans will use to sign up for health insurance, announced the “Tech Surge” in a blog post today. Companies helping in the so-called surge include Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL).
In particular, a site reliability engineer from Google has taken leave from the company to help fix HealthCare.gov. Also helping on the project is a former Presidential Innovation Fellow. Read
Oct 31, 2013, 12:49 pm EDT
The Federal Aviation Administration gave the OK for passengers to use their smartphones and tablets during flights, but are still restricting taking on phones.
The much-anticipated (and expected) ruling sets the stage for device usage in the coming months, but use will be set by the individual airlines, so times could vary.
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Oct 31, 2013, 10:36 am EDT
The New York City Council, voted on Wednesday, to pass a bill that will increase the tobacco-buying age to 21.
The bill will make New York City the largest city to increase its tobacco buying age to 21. New York City currently allows tobacco products to be sold to people 18 years of age and older. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is a strong supporter of strict smoking restrictions, has 30 days to sign the bill and make it a law. The changes made by the bill will take effect 180 days after it has been made a law. New York City already has restrictions against smoking at parks, beaches and restaurants. Another anti-smoking bill that would require stores to not keep cigarettes in sight of customers was shelved before the buying-age bill passed on Wednesday. A similar bill is expected to be up for vote in Hawaii later this year, reports the Associated Press.
The New York City Council approved the bill with a 35 to 10 vote. Read