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CA Congressman Wants Answers on Chip Flaws

A California congressman wants to meet with the top three microchip makers to better understand the implications of two security flaws that affect almost all computing devices in the world.
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California Cities Are Fertile Ground for STEM Workers

A national survey has determined that Sacramento is among the top 20 U.S. cities for STEM professionals. Other California cities on the list include San Jose (20th), Los Angeles (35th), Bakersfield (62nd), Riverside (83rd), Fresno (87th), Stockton (91st) and Oxnard (92nd).
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Fire Map's Complexity Causes New Delay

The complexity of mapping high-risk fire areas has caused new delays in California's regulatory efforts, and the Public Utilities Commission is set to vote on whether to grant another deadline extension.
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Bill Would Require Counties to Upgrade Alerts

State lawmakers have introduced a bill to bolster the ability of emergency officials to contact residents who may be in harm's way — a topic that has been scrutinized since last year's devastating Napa and Sonoma County wildfires. The legislation would create uniform statewide emergency notification protocols and would require all counties to develop and adopt guidelines for using Wireless Emergency Alerts.
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Bill Would Require Net Neutrality in California

State Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco introduced a bill this week that would require telecommunications companies doing business in the state to guarantee equal Internet access. The bill is a reaction to last month’s Federal Communications Commission decision to revoke nationwide net neutrality regulations.
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LAPD Working with State on Cannabis Tech

The Los Angeles Police Department is working with the California Office of Traffic Safety and other agencies on cannabis-related tech.
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Legislature Targets Online Privacy in 2018

California lawmakers focused this last legislative session on keeping personal data collected by state and local agencies away from the federal government. In the coming year, their attention is likely to turn to private companies and how they protect consumers' information.
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Caltrain on Track for Safety Updates in 2018

Caltrain, the Altamont Corridor Express and Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor have all installed some or all of the equipment required for positive train control and expect to be testing the systems in 2018. Officials of all three rail lines said they expect to meet the deadlines.
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Sac State, City to Look to Tech Firms for Help with Driverless Shuttle

Sac State, city and regional transit officials plan to make a pitch early in 2018 to tech firms for help in figuring out how to put a shuttle system together.
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San Mateo County Withdraws Killer Robot Resolution

On Tuesday, Supervisor David Canepa asked the Board of Supervisors to approve a resolution that calls on Congress and the United Nations to restrict the development and use of autonomous weapons. The resolution was withdrawn on the same day.
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SoCal VC Fund Targets Startups with University-Backed Research

California tech startups on the hunt for venture capital now have a source to pitch other than in Silicon Valley. And those pitching technology that's been proven through university research will have an inside track.
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SF Targets Delivery Robots, Eyes Limits on Emerging Tech

San Francisco is cracking down on robots that deliver food or packages, while a trade group for robotics and automation companies likens the resistance to the early days of "horseless carriages" that required a person to walk in front of a car waving a red flag. Supervisors are also considering "guiding principles" on how to regulate future emerging technology businesses.
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Sacramento is First US City to Get 5G, Free Wi-Fi at Parks

Sacramento will become the first city in the U.S. to have 5G wireless network support for residential broadband and, ultimately, free Wi-Fi at 27 city parks.
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San Jose, Facebook Still Struggle with Free Wi-Fi Plan

San Jose and Facebook last year set an ambitious goal: Together, they would bring free gigabit-speed Internet to the city's downtown public. More than a year later, that dream is still far from reality.
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DHS Aiding Investigation of Sac Transit Hack

The secure Sacramento Regional Transit website was still down Tuesday morning, the result of a weekend hack in which ransom reportedly was demanded in the form of bitcoin. The agency said in a Facebook post that it was working with the federal Department of Homeland Security to resolve the cyberattack.
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UC San Diego Tech Complex Gets Huge Boost

Qualcomm co-founder Franklin Antonio is giving UC San Diego $30 million to expand the university's huge engineering school, which provides the company with a lot of the talent it needs to compete in the global chipmaking industry.
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Sacramento Links Erroneous Tickets to Tech

The Sacramento city auditor is investigating the city's parking meter program at the request of a councilman who said he's alarmed by a spike in erroneous expired meter tickets this year. City Manager Howard Chan attributed at least some of the errors to technology.
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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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Big Upgrades Coming for Emergency Alert System

Authorities knew technology used to broadcast official emergency warnings from cell towers was outdated years before deadly fires ignited last month in Sonoma County and throughout Northern California, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee for their lives, many with no warning. Now, the system is finally getting a long-awaited overhaul to catch up with advances in cellphone technology.
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California City Tests Ride-Share-Style Public Transit Pilot

Many public transit users have faced the prospect of an hourlong trip to travel a short distance. From the walk to the bus stop, having to transfer routes and endure repetitive stops, a five-mile trip can take over an hour in less densely populated areas.
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Disputed Alert System to Get Upgrade After Wine Country Fires

A potentially lifesaving emergency alert system that Sonoma County officials decided against using during the deadly fires that swept through the area last month will finally get a long-planned upgrade, after nearly a yearlong delay. All wireless carriers will be required to more specifically target the areas where cellphones would receive Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEAs.
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SDG&E's New Computer System Would Cost Almost $1B Over Its Lifespan

San Diego Gas & Electric wants the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to approve $253 million to install a new computer system it says will be more efficient and save ratepayers money in the long run.
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Newport Beach, Calif., to Install Smart Traffic Reader-Network

The network of 12 Bluetooth devices will give transportation officials a real-time look at traffic in the city.
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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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