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Department of Insurance Online Tool Helps Californians Compare Prices for Medical Procedures

Sep 22, 2015 was built in partnership with Consumer Reports and the University of California at San Francisco using a $3.9 million grant from the Affordable Care Act.

Bitcoin Is Declining, but Is It Dead?

Sep 22, 2015

Two of Bitcoin's devoted opine on the state of Bitcoin's decline and possible opportunities to turn things around.

LAPD Gets $1 Million for Body Cameras from Department of Justice

Sep 22, 2015

The city has plans to buy about 7,000 body cameras, using money from city coffers but also outside grants. About 860 cameras were already purchased with private donations and are now being rolled out to some divisions.

Hackers Find Way into Apple’s App Store

Sep 22, 2015

Criminals apparently hid their wares in a version of the tools uploaded to a shared server widely used by Chinese programmers.

San Diego May Spend $11M to Track Projects

Sep 22, 2015

The new system would replace an in-house, makeshift tracking program city staff created nearly 15 years ago to handle projects and code enforcement cases, a city staff report said.

Integrator Needed for $6M Pesticide Registration Data Management System

Sep 21, 2015

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation says the modernized system is needed because the process currently leans on paper-based, manual workflow to manage registration for 13,000 pesticide products, renewals and new applicants.

Tech Industry Coalition Requests Veto of IT Vendor Performance Bill

Sep 21, 2015

If Gov. Jerry Brown decides to sign AB 522 — legislation that would require the Department of Technology to formulate a system for measuring IT vendors’ performance on state contracts — it will be against

Will New Apps Finally Get Carpool Use on the Fast Track?

Sep 21, 2015

Apps can only do so much. Ultimately, to get Americans carpooling en masse, major public policy shifts would be the best catalyst, said Carma’s Paul Steinberg.

Apple’s DMV Talks Point to Self-Driving Car Ambitions

Sep 21, 2015

The meeting between Apple's legal team and DMV officials, including Deputy Director Bernard Soriano, an engineer who has led the state's effort to draft rules of the road for driverless cars, took place in Sacramento.

The New Tool Helping Cities Build Sustainably

Sep 21, 2015

Before constructing new infrastructure, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and other government agencies are starting to evaluate projects' potential economic, environmental and social impacts first to prevent problems down the road.

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