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CA could ban encrypted smartphones

A worldwide controversy over whether to ban encrypted smartphones has opened a new front in California, where lawmakers introduced legislation that would crack down on the devices. Assembly Bill 1681, introduced by Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, would mandate that phones

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DMV won’t unleash robocars on CA roads

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has put the brakes on driverless cars. Although the agency’s new proposed regulations would technically allow new self-driving vehicles on Golden State streets, the strict regulations surrounding their use would all but foreclose the fully automated future envisioned

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Report: Wealthy tech firms create few jobs

Two years ago, a report from Oxford University’s Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology made waves in the United States with its prediction that 47 percent of the 700 largest U.S. job categories could disappear in coming decades

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Google jumps into CA housing market

Google has broken into the real estate industry. Convinced that a big market still exists for bargain-seekers, the tech giant launched a mortgage calculator and recently debuted a new mortgage comparison feature. “Google predicted that nearly one in two borrowers still don’t

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CA accelerates delayed robocar rules

Slowly but surely, driverless — or “self-driving” — cars will make their way onto California streets. Despite a string of setbacks, and a wave of pervasive fear that automated cars could be hacked, Golden State regulators have determined to move

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Apple stokes buzz with DMV meeting

California was poised to make automotive history again as Apple met with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. As the Golden State grapples with divisive choices over emissions regulations, electric and self-driving cars have emerged as the latest home-grown innovation with

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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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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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Self-driving cars hit PR bump on CA roads

Google admitted that its self-driving cars had racked up some dings on California’s streets, prompting a flurry of interest and caution among analysts closely watching the tech giant’s foray onto American roads. Reported NBC News: “Four of the nearly 50 self-driving

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CA’s automated cars ready to roll

With remarkable speed, California’s top technologists have reached a breakthrough point in their development of automated cars. Automated vehicles from seven companies have hit Golden State freeways, with more to come. Dramatizing the developments, one firm’s team of engineers and scientists

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