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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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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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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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Rideshare Cars Heavily Impact San Francisco Streets

The Uber and Lyft vehicles are heavily concentrated in popular areas, amounting to a fifth of all vehicle miles in the city.
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Free Wi-Fi Planned in Many Sacramento Parks as City Council Approves Verizon Deal

You’ll soon be able to hop onto free Wi-Fi at a neighborhood park and enjoy super-fast cellular coverage from Verizon in many parts of the city of Sacramento.
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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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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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