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February 2, 2015

Which city will soon deploy the nation's first marijuana vending machine?

Answer: Seattle

January 30, 2015

Washington State May Consolidate Tech Agencies

House Bill 1391 would combine all technology operations into the Consolidated Technology Services Agency and under the purview of Washington State CIO Michael Cockrill.

January 30, 2015

Cybersecurity Expert Says Government Hasn't Done Enough to Protect Data

A senior fellow with Indiana University's cybersecurity research center explains that government hasn't done nearly what it should when it comes to preventing cyberattacks.

January 30, 2015

Panel Urges Transformation of California State Parks System

A new report by the commission, Parks Forward, lays out a two-year turnaround plan that includes better transportation to state lands for urban residents and online tools for planning visits.

January 30, 2015

FCC Mandates New 911 Location Reporting Rules for Wireless Carriers

People who call into 911 may get help faster, thanks to a new FCC mandate.

January 30, 2015

FCC Redefines Broadband as 25 Mb Per Second or Higher

The new definition of broadband does not require Internet service providers to make any changes to the services they provide.

January 30, 2015

Texas Governor Wants to Pull Plug on Emerging Technology Fund

Gov. Abbott said he wants to use the money from cutting the Emerging Technology Fund to attract “nationally-recognized” researchers and professors to Texas’s universities.

January 30, 2015

Robots and Other Tech on Display at New San Francisco Hospital

From interactive wall installations to wireless communication devices for the staff, cutting-edge technology is front and center at the University of California, San Francisco's $1.5 billion medical facility.

January 30, 2015

Crowdsourced Data Service Saves Michigan Father

Smart911, a new emergency data service, assisted first responders in locating a person during a near-fatal home fire.

January 30, 2015

Chicago’s Mayor Open to Countdowns for Red Light Camera Intersections

In a speech Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel attempted to make the case that he has stanched the deterioration of Chicago's infrastructure by prioritizing long-neglected improvements to city streets and public transportation.

January 30, 2015

Boston Chamber of Commerce to Focus on Tech Companies

The Chamber is searching for a new leader who could strengthen its connection with innovation businesses and improve entrepreneurial freedom for independent contractors.

January 30, 2015

Could Fingerprinting Finish the Debate Over Voter ID Laws?

As the technology improves, biometric voting systems will become more efficient — and increasingly standard around the world.

January 30, 2015

What popular activity has one Muslim cleric declared a sin?

Answer: taking “selfies”

January 29, 2015

House Chairman Demands Answers in HealthCare.gov Private Data Leak

HealthCare.gov continues to face technical problems that cost the American public, this time, in privacy.

January 29, 2015

Smart Guns: How Close Are We Really?

The Seattle Smart Gun Symposium revealed an ambitious community of technologists seeking to take on the feverish front known as the American gun owner, and unveiled more questions than answers.

January 29, 2015

Pennsylvania Security Center: Educating Staff to Protect Data from Cyberattacks

The Security Center of Excellence, set to open in spring, is targeting to educate security staff about protecting data at the state and local levels, and in public schools -- and may eventually spread outside Pennsylvania's borders.

January 29, 2015

University of Miami Opens 'Clean Room" for Nanotech Research

With a high-powered air filtration system and a strict dress code, virtually every particle of dust is filtered out of the new 2,800 square-foot “clean room,” the first nanofabrication facility built in South Florida.

January 29, 2015

High-Speed Electric Car Chargers to Link San Diego, S.F., Portland

Two German automakers have teamed with ChargePoint to install networks of high-speed chargers along two interstate corridors.

January 29, 2015

North Carolina Not Waiting on FAA to Explore Commercial Drone Use

The state-funded NextGen Air Transportation office at N.C. State University plans to apply for special FAA permission to start drone experiments for the state Department of Transportation.

January 29, 2015

Texas Governor Orders Agencies to Boost Contract Oversight, Transparency

In a letter to all state agency heads, Gov. Abbott ordered them by next week to comply with the provisions of a new bill aimed at addressing problems highlighted by a no-bid contract scandal.