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Policy, State & Local

Illinois House Rejected a $6.7 Billion School Funding Bill

August 29, 2017

Via: Fortune

The Illinois House on Monday soundly defeated a bipartisan bill that would create a new education funding formula that the state needs to send $6.7 billion to its 852 school districts. The 46-61 vote on the bill negotiated by the […]


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Why this San Francisco lawmaker is pushing for Bill Gates’ ‘robot tax’

August 25, 2017

Via: CNBC – Top News

Robots are going to replace human workers and when they do, the companies that employ them should be taxed. So says billionaire Bill Gates. And now, San Francisco lawmaker Jane Kim thinks so too. In February, in an interview with […]


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15 Years Later, Maine’s ‘One Laptop Per Child’ Initiative Hasn’t Helped Test Scores

August 21, 2017

Via: Fortune

When the Internet and digital tools first rose into popular consciousness, one major concern was that the barriers to access them would create a “digital divide” between rich and poor. Those with access to expensive new technology, the thinking went, […]


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Seattle approves $430K for community tech education, considers advanced programming

August 10, 2017

Via: StateScoop

Seattle City Council approved $430,000 in funding on Monday expected to make technology and skills training more accessible for more than 6,000 residents belonging to historically underserved groups. The funds, delivered through the city’s Technology Matching Fund and Digital Equity […]


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How local government IT leaders stay ahead of the curve on professional development

July 24, 2017

Via: StateScoop

Local government IT leaders rely heavily on conferences and webinars to hone their professional skill sets, according to an infographic from the Public Technology Institute. In a “quick poll” of local government IT officials, PTI found that 63 percent of […]


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Will East Texas be able to keep patent cases, despite the Supreme Court?

July 20, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

The top US patent court has been asked to consider an urgent appeal from a manufacturer of supercomputers that’s desperate to escape an upcoming trial in the patent hotspot of East Texas. The Eastern District of Texas has become known […]


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California approves cap-and-trade scheme until 2030

July 19, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

California lawmakers voted to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program another 10 years on Monday night. The bill includes language that would gradually tighten restrictions on businesses, reducing the amount of greenhouse gases they’re allowed to put in the atmosphere by […]


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Judge denies DOJ effort to halt Twitter lawsuit over national security orders

July 7, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

A federal judge in California has decided to allow Twitter’s lawsuit against the attorney general’s office to go forward. She rejected arguments that the social media giant should not be allowed to be precise in its transparency reports when describing […]


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Newegg fought its way through two appeals to win fees from this patent-holder

July 6, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

In 2010, AdjustaCam LLC filed suit (PDF) in Eastern Texas against dozens of companies, saying that they infringed US Patent No. 5,855,343, which describes a type of movable camera clip. AdjustaCam is a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corporation, the biggest […]


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Homeland Security selects Mississippi university for drone testing

April 21, 2017

Via: StateScoop

Whether it’s about surveillance operations on America’s waters, preventing undocumented immigrants from entering the country, or defending the president, drones are set to play a major role in government operations. The Department of Homeland Security announced on April 19 that […]