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May 27, 2016

Chula Vista, Calif., Residents May Increase Sales Tax to Fix Ailing Infrastructure

The November ballot will include a proposition to introduce a half-cent sales tax increase to fund public infrastructure, including repairing and maintaining streets, public safety vehicles and equipment, storm drains and parks.

May 27, 2016

New Hampshire Senate Fails to Agree on Drone Legislation

After an early version of a drone regulation bill was passed from the New Hampshire House to the Senate, businesses became concerned over the new laws prohibiting their ability to operate UAVs.

May 27, 2016

Google's Use of Java Programming Code to Build Android Ruled Legal

Google scored a major legal victory against Oracle on Thursday when a federal court jury ruled that the search giant was within its rights to use Java.

May 27, 2016

Will a Floating Data Center Become the Future of Data Hosting?

A data center built by Nautilus Technologies would pump water from the Stockton Deep Water Channel at a maximum rate of 3,000 to 4,500 gallons per minute and would re-enter the channel a negligible 4 degrees hotter.

May 27, 2016

Philadelphia Approves $400 Million for 500 Hybrid Buses

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has passed a 5-year contract for over $400 million to add 525 hybrid city buses by 2021.

May 27, 2016

With Race to Build Driverless Cars, Where Will We Go for Repairs?

Currently only dealerships and high-end shops will are able to afford the computer diagnostic equipment required to pinpoint what’s wrong with malfunctioning self-driving vehicles.

May 27, 2016

Chicago Encourages Other Cities to Replicate Its OpenGrid

Earlier this month, Chicago partner UTurn Data Solutions launched a new version of OpenGrid on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace that makes the adoption and maintenance of the application far simpler for other cities.

May 27, 2016

Schenectady, N.Y., Gets $1 Million from State for 'Smart' Technology

The money will be used for about 38 streetlights, with Wi-Fi, to be installed in various points around the city. The plan is to ultimately install them citywide.

May 27, 2016

What percentage of adults get their news via social media?

Answer: 62 percent

May 26, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Congress Voices Concern over DATA Act Pilot, Two Startups Help San Francisco

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

May 26, 2016

3 Ways to Work Through Governance Roadblocks

There are some ways around the governance monster and the roadblocks it carries with it.

May 26, 2016

Investors Give $7 Million to Digital Document Startup

The New York-based gov tech startup SeamlessDocs continues its rapid expansion into government offering its city tools to the state and federal sector.

May 26, 2016

Airline Apps Not Subject to California’s Online Privacy Protection Act

A new federal ruling should help airlines avoid “a patchwork of different regulations around the country.”

May 26, 2016

In Online Sales Tax Battle, States Pin Hopes on Courts

Unable to collect sales tax from many online businesses, states are passing legislation that may get the court system to settle the issue.

May 26, 2016

Boston Transit Polls Residents About Future Transportation Services

The city is trying to come up with a way to encourage new technologies, such as self-driving cars, while also making sure autonomous vehicles fit in well with the city’s other transportation options.

May 26, 2016

Ohio City Buses Get a Tech Remodel

The Central Ohio Transit Authority is hiring a contractor to replace its current radio system and install wireless communication technology in its fixed-route buses by the end of the year, and install Wi-Fi capabilities.

May 26, 2016

Battleground Miami: Hotels, Airbnb Duke it Out Over Regulations

After a report was released by the American Hotel & Lodging Association criticizing home-sharing businesses for skirting hotel regulations, but Airbnb fought back saying the data is flawed and misleading.

May 26, 2016

Lima, Ohio, Seeks to Normalize City Data Systems

City departments are not able to share information effectively, given that between 11 departments, more than 50 separate applications were in use across multiple platforms.

May 26, 2016

Norfolk, Va., to Launch Free Public Wi-Fi

Up to 7,800 people at a time will be able to use the high-speed internet.

May 26, 2016

Lakeland, Fla., Pilots Fiber Optics Internet Service at Regional Airport

The airport was identified as a lower-risk alternative to an earlier discussed pilot program in downtown and surrounding residential areas that was considered too risky by the city's finance director.