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California Courts Look to Modernize with Chatbots, Video Tech

This month, state Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is expected to weigh in on a series of recommendations to enhance the public’s access to the court system and reducing costs. The modernization proposals, which include expanding the use of video technology and developing chatbots that can help answer routine questions for people called for jury duty, were developed over nine months by a team spearheaded by San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta.
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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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Report: Tech Tenants Coming to Sacramento's Renovated Train Station

In case you missed it, McClatchy announced it's joining with Google and YouTube to launch a video test lab in Sacramento’s newly renovated downtown train station. The incubator-style project is called Video Lab West.
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Tech Firms May Face Tough Fight on Guest-Worker Programs

Tech companies may have a fight coming, with high stakes for thousands of workers: reform of guest-worker visa programs that the likes of Microsoft, Amazon.com, Google and a host of Indian outsourcing firms rely on.
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Keysight Technologies to Pay $1.6 Billion for Ixia

Keysight, the largest company ever based in Santa Rosa, generated revenues of $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2016.
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California Utilities Propose $1 Billion Electric Vehicle Push

The costs of the requests by Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric will be passed on to ratepayers and still need to be approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), but the utilities say the projects will go a long way toward reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
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Amazon Announces Hiring Binge: 4,000 Jobs Coming to California

Internet giant Amazon plans to hire 100,000 people in the U.S. in the next year and a half. That includes opportunities at new distribution centers planned in Tracy and Sacramento, announced last year.
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Sacramento Taps Tech Innovation Fund to Renovate Historic Train Station

The rationale: The extra money is needed to make the historic Sacramento Valley Station attractive as office space to startups and high-tech companies.
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Venture Capitalist Says 2017 Looks Bright for Tech Startup Market

After a tough slog through 2016, tech startups (at least the good ones) have reason to be optimistic about the year ahead, says Scott Kupor, managing partner of Andreessen Horowitz.
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Satellite Constellations Could Be Poised to Challenge the Broadband Industry

Backed by billions of dollars from deep-pocketed investors, investors plan to blanket the earth in the next few years with perhaps thousands of miniature satellites beaming cheap, ubiquitous broadband service. If this latest wave of satellite networks gets off the ground, it could pose a challenge to a $224.6 billion industry currently dominated by telecom and cable companies with their miles of fiber-optic and copper wires.
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UC Santa Cruz Works with Samsung on New Memory Technology

While today’s computers often use as many as four kinds of memory technology, a new memory technology may be poised to disrupt this landscape with a unique combination of features.
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San Francisco Startup Plans Digital License Plates

Reviver wants to reinvent the plates with an interactive digital display called rPlate that can automatically update DMV registration, display messages and images, and handle vehicle and fleet tracking.
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Can Google and Amazon Build a Greener Internet?

A report issued Tuesday by the Greenpeace environmental group finds that many of the world’s largest Internet companies — including Apple, Facebook and Google — have made major progress powering their online operations with renewable energy.
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L.A. Community College Pays Ransom to Resolve Hack

When a malicious hacker locked out 1,800 staff and teachers from their computers at Los Angeles Valley College last week, college administrators elected to pay a $28,000 ransom in bitcoins.
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Bay Area Tech Stocks Push Higher

They may not enjoy the splashy public profiles of their software and social media neighbors, but the companies that put the silicon in Silicon Valley quietly enjoyed a banner year in 2016.
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Sacramento City Council Embraces Transparency Provisions Pushed by New Mayor

Mayor Darrell Steinberg, leading his first council meeting, pushed to add provisions that would open more meetings to the public and curtail the use of private email servers by city staff and elected officials.
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State Eyes Treated Wastewater for Human Consumption

There’s no timetable for when wastewater might start flowing from household taps, but state water officials have begun work on standards that would assure the highly treated effluent is safe to drink.
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Los Angeles Community College Becomes Target of Cyberattack

Los Angeles Valley College was the victim of a New Year’s Day cyberattack that briefly shut down the campus website and may have involved a ransom demand over stolen data, officials said.
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CES: 5 Things to Watch at the Biggest Tech Show of the Year

From 3-D audio headphones to active car window displays, here are some upcoming technology trends from the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.
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Murder Case Will Test Privacy Rights of Amazon Echo Users

Consumers who use voice-activated, always-on digital assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Home could soon learn whether outsiders — notably attorneys, police and the courts — can gain access to the audio that's recorded on the increasingly popular devices.
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Qualcomm Inks Patent License with Chinese Tech Firm

The San Diego wireless chip designer said late Thursday that it came to a patent licensing agreement with Meizu, which Qualcomm sued in July for infringing on its wireless patents.
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U.S. Has Few Rules of the Road for Self-Driving Cars

While California has among the most stringent regulations for self-driving cars, 20 companies have permits to test their vehicles in the state, including Tesla Motors, Google and Volkswagen.
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Tech Transformation: Singularity University Plans for a Tech-Centric Future

The Silicon Valley university's name stems from the sci-fi concept of a point at which technological changes are so rapid that they transform human life.
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Super-Drones and Blimp Warehouses: Amazon’s Sci-Fi Dreams for Drone Delivery

In a patent filing dated Thursday, the e-commerce giant says it wants to build a “collective” unmanned aerial vehicle by having smaller drones stick together in various configurations.
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Gov. Jerry Brown Picks New PUC Commissioners

Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of two new commissioners to the California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday, opting not to renew the terms of Mike Florio and Catherine J.K. Sandoval, whose six-year terms come to an end Sunday.
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