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CA center gives military new tech leap

Hoping to change the way the defense industry innovates, the Obama administration has pushed the Department of Defense much deeper into Silicon Valley. The Pentagon announced a sizable new investment anchored by a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid

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California state agencies easy targets for hackers

This is how the state government handles a department that has continually received sub-par evaluations: add employees, boost wages 17 percent and total spending on salaries by 36 percent. And as for retirement benefits, increase those by 79 percent total,

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Police video flap flares in Oakland

Several local police forces in California got on the police body-cameras bandwagon well before police killings around the nation in the summer of 2014 triggered a broad push for their adoption. The Rialto Police Department was the focus of a

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Silicon Valley fears backlash over U.S. firms’ NSA ties

Sunday’s New York Times/ProPublica blockbuster report about AT&T providing U.S. national security agencies with access to hundreds of billions of emails and other Internet communications is a nightmare for the Dallas-based multinational firm, which is sure to face new obstacles

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Bullet train agency still slow to acquire land

Buying land for California’s bullet train remains a slow and contentious process for the state’s high-speed rail agency — but the state’s top rail official said this week he doesn’t expect any “significant” project delays as a result. The California

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New bill takes aim at drones near wildfires

Fed up with private drones interfering with firefighting, a state senator has announced another bill to keep unmanned aerial vehicles away from hot spots. Sen. Ted Gaines, R-El Dorado, said SB168 would indemnify emergency responders who damage a drone during

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CA tech doubles down on driverless cars

Despite a spate of media attention surrounding a narrowly missed collision between two self-driving prototype vehicles, California companies fielding driverless cars forged ahead, insisting that the developing technology was safe and getting safer. An unexpected trial Both cars in the incident “were equipped with similar

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Smartphone kill-switch mandate takes effect

On Wednesday, legislation requiring kill-switch technology for all smartphones sold in California took effect. Senate Bill 962 requires companies to embed specific kill switches in smartphones at the point of sale; the bill was passed by the Legislature and approved

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CA Uber ruling prompts sharp, varied reaction

The ruling of the California Labor Commission last week that an Uber driver is an employee of the company — not a contractor — prompted national and international reaction from economists and other close observers of the growing “sharing” economy.

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