Ride-share operator Lyft has struck a deal allowing its launch in New York City two weeks after a snag over safety and licensing forced a postponement. New York state finance superintendant Benjamin Lawsky and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a joint statement that Lyft "has agreed to operate in New York State in full compliance with existing laws and regulations." "The company will launch in New York City with commercial drivers only and will operate in a manner that is consistent with existing laws and regulations," the statement said.
US consumers will be allowed to unlock their cellphones and move them to a new carrier under a measure adopted Friday to fix a perceived glitch in copyright law. The House of Representatives approved the bill unanimously one week after it passed the Senate, sending the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature. Under the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, users will be able to unlock handsets and switch carriers without fear of prosecution, provided any contract terms from the original sale are honored. The law became necessary after the Librarian of Congress ruled that those who circumvent the software locking a mobile phone to a single carrier are violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, enacted to thwart piracy.