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February 12, 2016

What do a fake head, a rocking chair and typewriter have in common?

Answer: They’re all recent additions to Google’s online collection of artifacts and artwork.

February 11, 2016

National Police Crime Database Houses Arrests, Shootings, In-Custody Deaths

The Sunlight Foundation has launched the "Hall of Justice," a state-by-state repository of criminal justice data that cumulatively indicates a need for major policy reforms.

February 11, 2016

Early Ideas for Smart City Challenge Include Self-Driving Shuttles, Adaptive Traffic Lights

Though the U.S. Department of Transportation isn't releasing details of any of the 77 applications it's received for its Smart City Challenge until March 12, city officials have divulged pieces of their plans to local media outlets across the country.

February 11, 2016

Site that Shared Alleged FBI, DHS Data Shut Down

CryptoBin, which allegedly posted federal employees' private information, is now only accessible through its numeric address.

February 11, 2016

Wisconsin Airbnb Bill Threatens Affordable Housing, Says Madison Mayor

Mayor Paul Soglin says the bill opens the floodgates for people to buy properties specifically for use as lucrative short-term rental units through websites like Airbnb.

February 11, 2016

Twitter Reports No User Growth in the Fourth Quarter

The company’s stock closed at an all-time low Tuesday for the third day in a row, closing at $14.40.

February 11, 2016

Amazon Exec to Head Italy’s Digital Technology Office

Diego Piacentini is taking a leave of absence from the company to run the Italian government’s digital efforts.

February 11, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., Is Focusing on Transportation’s Tech-Based Future

The city has responded to the Smart City Challenge, which calls for urban transit to be taken into the high-tech age.

February 11, 2016

High-Tech Solution Will Replace License Plate Registration Stickers in Pennsylvania

The state plans to deploy Automated License Plate Readers that will allow police to verify expired registrations.

February 11, 2016

Questions Arise About Feds Loaning Smartphones to Immigrants

The program is intended to provide case managers with a reliable way to get in touch with recent immigrants, but some believe the phones could be used to track users' locations.

February 11, 2016

States Caught in the Middle of Supreme Court Carbon Emissions Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has put the Obama administration's plan to cut carbon emissions on hold.

February 11, 2016

South Carolina Infrastructure Bank Complicates Transportation Funding

The state's Senate Finance Committee heard from leaders of the Infrastructure Bank, which has been criticized for being driven by politics and not the state’s road needs.

February 11, 2016

Startup Helps Cities Launch Crowdfunding Campaigns

Citizenvestor helps local governments launch crowdfunding campaigns for everything from dog parks to bike racks.

February 11, 2016

Why was 2015 a record year for shark attacks?

Answer: climate change, maybe

February 10, 2016

Kansas City, Mo., Launches Uber-Style On-Demand Shuttle Service

In this one-year pilot program, city residents can use a smartphone-connected network of 10 passenger vans that will give them access to more work opportunities.

February 10, 2016

Internet of Things Devices: Intelligence-Gathering Opportunity?

At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing held Feb. 9, security officials testified about the threats facing the United States -- and possible opportunities.

February 10, 2016

Feds to Google: Software Could be Considered a 'Driver' for Regulatory Purposes

While a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to Google suggests that fully self-driving cars could pass safety inspections, it acknowledges that regulatory hurdles still remain.

February 10, 2016

FBI Still Can’t Access San Bernardino Shooter’s Encrypted Phone

Although the phone has been taken as evidence, there is still no way to find out what information it holds due to the encryption key that only the owner can unlock.

February 10, 2016

NSA Reorganizes, Combines Cyberdefense and Offensive Hacking

The changes at the nation's most prominent intelligence-gathering outfit reflect more than a decade spent rethinking how the United States gathers intelligence.

February 10, 2016

Feds Investigate FBI, DHS Alleged Data Breach

The Justice spokesman said that as of now, there is no indication that any “sensitive personally identifiable information” was lost.