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February 8, 2016

What item did Amazon Japan recently add to its storefront?

Answer: monk delivery

February 5, 2016

Custom Cybersecurity Platform Scours Social Media for Potential Threats During Super Bowl 50

The terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris have prompted tech upgrades, including software provided as an application that public safety officials can use to send video, text and photos from their mobile phones.

February 5, 2016

Amid Health, Privacy Fears, States Are Letting People Reject 'Smart Meters'

Worries over safety and privacy have led some states to allow consumers to refuse smart meters, which are designed as more accurate and potentially energy-saving devices.

February 5, 2016

Electric Grid Update Could Save Californians $1.4 Billion, Report Says

Although the report was written by SolarCity, a solar electricity provider, the current model for utilities is broken and discourages people from investing in renewable energy sources.

February 5, 2016

Obama Proposes $10-Per-Barrel Oil Tax to Reinvest in American Infrastructure

Due to the steep drop in oil prices countrywide, President Obama will announce a plan to add an oil barrel tax, but is meeting harsh opposition from Congressional Republicans.

February 5, 2016

L.A. Port Pollution Must Be Better Regulated

Although emission limits were agreed upon in 2008, the mandates were secretly waived for the China Shipping terminal and has been spewing environmentally harmful gases in Southern California.

February 5, 2016

L.A. County Uses Data Analytics to Keep Kids Out of Jail

Instead of waiting to help until kids get in trouble, Los Angeles County is using data analytics to help them before. So far, it's proving successful.

February 5, 2016

States Struggle to Keep Up with Telemedicine Advances

The explosion of online health-care apps and providers has forced states to face tough questions -- many of which they have yet to find an answer to.

February 5, 2016

Microsoft Selects 10 Machine-Learning Startups for Fourth-Month Accelerator

The startups range from an artificial-intelligence-powered doctor bot to a university recruiting tool.

February 5, 2016

New Mexico Lawmakers Closer to Complying with REAL ID Act

Gov. Susanna Martinez and state legislators have repeatedly clashed in attempts to adhere to the federal REAL ID Act, but they are closer than ever to getting a deal one.

February 5, 2016

Apple Forced to Pay $625 Million for Patent Dispute

The patents in question cover VPN On Demand, iMessage and Facetime services.

February 5, 2016

California Government May Soon Take Advantage of Augmented Reality

Dr. Gregory Curtin, founder and CEO of Civic Resource Group, said there are already "profound" use cases for AR in the public sector.

February 5, 2016

California's First Medical Marijuana Chief to Create New State Agency, IT Systems

California has its first weed czar -- otherwise known as chief of its Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation -- and it's a Republican, Lori Ajax, who is now chief deputy director of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

February 5, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., PD Takes Step into Digital Era of Policing

A portion of officers in the California capital's police force have officially moved to an e-citation system — a growing trend in the law enforcement space.

February 5, 2016

What material is cheaper and stronger than cement?

Answer: Cortex

February 4, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Report Your Horrible Employer App In the Works, Data Visuals Made Easy

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech, and a few upcoming civic hackathons to note.

February 4, 2016

San Francisco's Super Bowl 50 Tech Upgrades Produce Stronger Long-Term Infrastructure for Citizens

The city recently partnered with transportation app Waze and expanded its Wi-Fi coverage — which imparts to people the idea that they’re a piece of a modern and connected society.

February 4, 2016

CIOs Predictions: Who Will Win Super Bowl 50?

State and local CIOs from around the nation give their two cents about whether the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos will take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 7

February 4, 2016

California Assesses Infrastructure’s Effects on Traffic Patterns

The state may shift from measuring congestion to measuring driving. That slight distinction makes a big difference.

February 4, 2016

How Long You Live May Depend on Your Neighborhood

Just a few blocks away, your neighbors may be expected to live 20 years longer.