Tech News for January 8

‘Anonymous’ releases video threatening city of Sacramento

The online hacker group known as “Anonymous” released a video Thursday threatening the city of Sacramento and its no camping ordinance aimed at the homeless population.In the three-minute video, the group’s spokesman, who is seen wearing a mask and black cloak, opens the video by saying, “Greetings, city of Sacramento. We are the resistance.”

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Blast From the Past: Government Technology

Technology – whether for consumers, government, business or defense – is rapidly evolving. What we consider ground-breaking today may be completely obsolete in two years, and products we can’t even dream of using could be the norm in five years. Keeping up with – and even setting – the pace is one of the challenges that face technology companies every day. The public sector isn’t immune to the constant changes in the technology it uses, however, based on our recent Digital Government Survey, citizens think that the government’s most public-facing technologies are stuck in a rut, an eight-year rut to be exact.

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California budget: Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan includes framework for deal on health plan tax

With years of budget woes fading in the rearview mirror, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday unveiled the first draft of the state’s next budget — which includes a proposal for a new tax on health care plans that would prevent a $1.1 billion cutoff of federal funds. Continuing to preach fiscal restraint, Brown pitched a $122.6 billion general-fund budget that he says makes key investments in education while also bolstering the state’s rainy-day fund and continuing to pay down old debts and liabilities.

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State of Jefferson supporters plan bill seeking independence from California

Now tallying 21 counties among their ranks, supporters of the movement to carve an independent “State of Jefferson” out of Northern California plan to introduce a bill this session seeking sovereignty. Organizers on Wednesday turned in declarations for 15 counties, including Sutter, Placer, Nevada and El Dorado, asking the state to grant them permission to separate. Six others petitions – which were either passed by the county boards of supervisors or reflect signature-gathering drives – have already been filed.

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California’s New Law Affects Search Warrants for Electronic Communications, Data — But How Much?

When the clock struck midnight Dec. 31 and rolled over into 2016, a new law mandating how law enforcement agencies could collect electronic communications and data took effect in California. Under the new rule, formally known as the California Electronic Communication Privacy Act (CalECPA), law enforcement agencies in the state are responsible for obtaining search warrants before they go after forms of digital communication and information stored on devices like cellphones.

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Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget: Rapid response

Here are some responses to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget. Click title or picture to read.

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CalSTRS fund buys large Texas data center

A private equity firm announced Wednesday it completed the acquisition of a large Texas data center on behalf of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. San Francisco-based GI Partners is investing the teachers’ pension money through DataCore LP, a $500 million real estate fund jointly created by GI and the pension fund. The fund targets data centers, telecommunications infrastructure and life sciences properties in primary markets leased with high-quality tenants.

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How Satellite Technology Can Help California’s Water Woes

It’s raining hard here in Southern California for the second day in a row. After four years of drought it’s a welcome change, but it’s also causing problems. Again today my cell phone sounded an alarm for flash flooding, and the areas affected by previous fires are in real danger of mudslides. We are predicted to get a substantial amount of precipitation from one of the strongest El Nino events in a very long time. Still, the experts tell us that this one season will be unlikely to overcome our water woes.

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Fuel Sales Reporting Moves Online for California Gas Stations

Owners of retail gas stations across the state can now electronically file annual fuel sales reports to the California Energy Commission. Beginning Jan. 1, a web-based version of the Retail Fuel Outlet Annual Report (CEC-A15) can be filled out and submitted online. The survey measures volumes sold by fuel type. The form is a requirement for all retail outlets selling transportation fuels in the state.

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Time Warner Cyberattack Exposes Personal Information of 300,000-Plus Customers

Time Warner Cable announced Thursday that as many as 320,000 customer email passwords may have been stolen in a hacking attack. Company spokeswoman Nathalie Burgos in an email Thursday said that the FBI recently notified the company that some customers’ email addresses, including account passwords, may have been compromised. Nationally, the cable giant has 16 million business and residential customers.

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Auditor Issues Annual Oversight Report on FI$Cal Project

The California State Auditor says the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) deviated from its project schedule and experienced “widespread” turnover in its management team in 2015, according to a status report made public Thursday morning.

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Jerry Brown’s budget plan: $1.5 billion to repair, replace state buildings

Gov. Jerry Brown proposed building two new state office buildings in downtown Sacramento on Thursday, part of a $1.5 billion infrastructure plan that would also remodel a portion of the Capitol. The plans, part of Brown’s proposed 2016-17 budget, were hailed as a shot in the arm for the central city, which has seen little in the way of new office development in spite of a rejuvenation sparked by construction of Golden 1 Center.

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