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SF Citywide Internet? Watch for RFPs in 2018

San Francisco appears to be closer than ever to building a citywide municipal Internet network — an ambitious project that’s proved elusive for more than a decade. If it happens, watch for RFPs in 2018.
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Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Small Cell Bill

A bill co-authored by a Bay Area assemblyman that would have blocked the ability of cities and counties to control the installation of microwave radiation antennas was vetoed just before midnight Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown. In a signing statement, Brown wrote: “​There is something of real value in having a process that results in extending this ​innovative technology rapidly and efficiently.”
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CA Cities Court Amazon as HQ Deadline Nears

The clock is ticking: Cities have six days left to apply if they want to be the home of Amazon’s new headquarters. Oct. 19 is the deadline, and some 30 other California cities reportedly are vying for the honor — and the riches expected to flow to the successful candidate. Among the latest Golden State cities to officially toss a hat in the ring is Oxnard, the largest city in Ventura County and the home to agriculture, business, beaches and higher education, among other things.
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The Hardest Job in Tech? Convincing Start-Ups to Move to Sacramento

Cynthia Carrillo knows the numbers. 30: The number of meetings she might do in a month with start-ups and venture capitalists. 3: The average number of times she has to talk to someone to persuade them to visit Sacramento. 200: The number of companies she’d like to persuade over 10 years to relocate from the San Francisco Bay Area to the state’s capital.
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Bay Area Cities Team Up in Bid for Amazon HQ

A coalition of Bay Area cities is competing to host the second headquarters of Amazon.com — but time is running out.
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Southern California Beaches Consider Implementing Early Shark-Detection Technology

Lifeguards are notified by text message if a sea creature greater than 6 feet long has passed through a virtual barrier, and exhibits patterns and behaviors similar to that of a great white.
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Utilities Want to Pull Plug on Government-Owned Competition

Some of California's big shareholder-owned utilities are working to thwart the expansion of government-owned electricity programs, including Los Angeles County's proposed end run on traditional power providers.
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Santa Rosa OKs $1M Upgrade for Police Body Cameras

Just two years after spending more than half a million dollars to outfit its police officers with body cameras, the city of Santa Rosa this week approved $1 million for an upgrade. The cameras and storage contract with Axon Enterprise Inc. will cost $215,000 in the first year, and an additional $200,000 per year after that for a total contract value of just over $1 million.
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Debate Rages About Regulating Small Cell Technology

Proponents argue that to have a blanketing “statewide framework” for approving small-cell projects would streamline the process of deploying the most cutting-edge technology for customers. But local governments, and others, are concerned.
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San Francisco Undergoes Its Biggest Tech Upgrade Yet

Last month, the city switched over to an all-new, $60 million computing system that will administer its $10 billion budget; manage invoicing, purchasing and payments to over 5,000 vendors; and handle the payroll for the city’s 30,000 employees.
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California Firm's Growing Cybersecurity Program Spreads East

A California-based tech company that has found success with cybersecurity career training is spreading its program to Nevada. Transmosis Corp., a workforce trainer focused on developing a pipeline of skilled labor by helping job seekers address skill gaps, is led by CEO Chase Norlin, who has years of Silicon Valley experience. He realized that most could break into the tech industry with a little training, and his mission became seeking to make that transition easier.
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Amid Drone Dangers, CIO-Hobbyist Issues Caution

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UC, Caltech Get Funds for Quake Early Warning System

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IT Workers’ Union Warns of Exodus from State Jobs

IT workers are leaving their state government positions faster than ever while their pay falls behind their private industry counterparts, their union contends in a new report. Technology workers in California government tend to work for the state for an average of 8.4 years, down from 9.4 years in 2012, according to the study by Service Employees International Union Local 1000.
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Lyft Plans Palo Alto Hardware, Software Jobs for Autonomous Vehicles

Lyft says that it will develop its own autonomous driving technology and open a laboratory in Palo Alto to build the hardware and software.
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Musk Says He's Got OK for NY-DC Hyperloop Route

Elon Musk, the billionaire behind SpaceX, Tesla and super-fast, super-smooth transportation via hyperloop technology, tweeted that his Boring Company, which digs tunnels, has received verbal government approval to build a hyperloop between the two cities.
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Group Aims to Spread Tech Startup Boom South

A new nonprofit group led by former state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, a serial tech entrepreneur, aims to make Southern California a viable alternative for startups to the increasingly congested north.
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Bill Would Make Police Body-Cam Video Public

A new bill by a Bay Area assemblyman would dramatically expand public access to police body camera videos in California.
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SoCal Shopping Center Testing Robo-Cop Security Guard

The robot is a K5 model manufactured by Mountain View-based Knightscope. It’s shaped like a bullet, has wheels at its base and is about 5 feet tall.
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San Diego Graffiti Crackdown Includes Phone App, More Staff, Centralization

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Why Boeing Revealed Cybersecrets to Cal State Students

When you are the Boeing Co., making airplanes on which millions of people's lives depend, you sure don't want a bunch of college students to hack into your computer systems. So what do you do? You hire a bunch of college students to hack into your computer systems.
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Is Uber Taking Sacramento Transit's Ridership?

The opening of the Golden 1 Center downtown last fall was billed as a rare opportunity for Sacramento Regional Transit to attract new riders. The agency stepped up its game, scrubbing trains, bolstering security and improving customer service.
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Sonoma County, known for wine, is also a home to tech

Small manufacturers are big players in component business.
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'Santa Cruz Accelerates' Incubator Chooses Five Tech Startups

The business incubator will provide mentors, networking and workshops during a six-month program for the startups.
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Google's Plan for Massive SJ Tech Village Could Grow Even Larger

Google's plans to reshape a wide swath of downtown San Jose could get even bigger than previously indicated, potentially reaching 8 million square feet, according to a new staff memo prepared for a key City Council meeting next week.
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