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Siluria Technologies Turns Natural Gas Into Gasoline in Hayward, Calif.

At today’s natural gas prices, Siluria’s technology could make gasoline at roughly $1 per gallon, according to the company.

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Wells Fargo Boosts Startups Creating Tools for Financial Industry

Launched Wednesday, the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator is investing up to $500,000 and offering a six-month “boot camp” for startups developing tools for the financial industry, especially in the transactions, security and consumer information areas.

State IT

2014 NASCIO Recognition Awards: Three California IT Projects Named Finalists

Two projects at the California Highway Patrol are recognized by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) for outstanding information technology achievements in the public sector.

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Solar Arrays Now at a Dozen State Prison Sites

The California Department of General Services announced this week the completion of two solar power projects — at Pleasant Valley State Prison and an …

Local News

Silicon Valley, U.S. Tech Firms Under Increasing Scrutiny in China

Regulatory moves — coupled with increasingly heated rhetoric against Silicon Valley giants and strong calls by Chinese leaders for homegrown tech innovation — are raising fears of a tougher business climate and a new burst of protectionism.

Local News

Uber Hires Ex-Obama Adviser to Oversee Strategy

David Plouffe, who headed President Obama’s 2008 campaign and served as a senior White House adviser until last year, will start at Uber full time in late September.

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App Aims to Help L.A.-Area Military Veterans in Civilian Life

With military and veterans’ suicides near record levels in recent years, the app is designed to help vets find each other, as well as nearby health centers, emergency care and other critical services.

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Apps to Help Deaf, Hearing People Communicate More Easily

The handful of startups addressing hearing issues tend to work on hearing-aid like devices to improve sound transmission, but two new companies are taking radically different approaches.

IT Bids and Contracts Data Included with Insider Program – Login Required after Sept. 1

New service provides easy tracking of business opportunities in California
With the premium content offered as a part of the new TechWire Insider program, the …

Legislation, State IT

California Places in Top Half of State Open Data Ranking

Six states earn top rankings for their open data policies and portals — and eight states are at the bottom.

State IT

California Broadband Council Holds August Meeting

The council was updated on a range of initiatives during its regular meeting on Monday morning, Aug. 18, at the Legislative Office Building across from the State Capitol.

Commentary

3 Key Trends in Agriculture Technology Poised to Change California

Technology developers must surf on the bleeding edge, or face (Gasp!) the untenable and ironic position of being bypassed by the market they were …

Market News

ePlus Acquires Evolve Technology Group

Located in the Sacramento area, Evolve provides information security, collaboration, virtualization and data center solutions to state, local and educational institutions (SLED), as well as commercial enterprises.

Events

Code for America Summit Set for Sept. 23-25 in San Francisco

The civic innovation community will convene Sept. 23-25 in San Francisco for the Code for America Summit.

The fourth-annual conference will draw participants from local …

Bids & Contracts

Competition Heats Up For Tesla’s Gigafactory

California, originally not on the list of states being considered, has been viewed as an underdog due to its high taxes and stringent environmental laws.

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Scientists are Building a Cyberinfrastructure to Predict and Visualize Wildfire Behavior

WIFIRE system will use sophisticated computer techniques to monitor and predict the spread of wildfire.

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Inside the Numbers: LEED-Certified State Buildings

This month the California Department of General Services announced that there are now 125 LEED-certified buildings in the state government’s portfolio.

State IT

California State Parks Redesigns Website for 150th Anniversary

Utilizing “responsive design,” the layout of parks.ca.gov automatically changes with the size of the screen viewing area, whether it be a desktop or laptop, phone or tablet.

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Video: The Origin of CDPH’s Open Data Portal in 5 Minutes

Local volunteer group Code4Sac aided the project and the California HealthCare Foundation, Hacker Lab, and The Urban Hive provided financial support and other assistance.

Digital Divide

Marin Joins Four-County Effort to Expand Broadband Access

The North Bay North Coast Broadband Consortium, consisting of Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Mendocino counties, came together in the last few months with the goal of wiring the North Bay for the 21st century.

Local Government

Gavin Newsom Tech Den a Comedown From Sacramento Splendor

Newsom’s spartan digs at the Founders Den in San Francisco, a spot designed for tech startups with more ideas than staff, is a comedown from the classic splendor of the lieutenant governor’s headquarters in Sacramento’s Capitol building or the oversize suite of offices he had at City Hall, with a flock of aides just a shout away.

Local News

Lenovo’s $2.3B Server Deal with IBM Wins U.S. Government Approval

When the IBM deal was announced, Lenovo said the acquisition would boost its small-but-fast-growing server business by nearly tenfold.

Local News

How San Francisco Plans to Reinvigorate Its Open Data Program

Joy Bonaguro, who was named San Francisco’s first chief data officer in February, has been tasked with taking San Francisco’s open data program to the next level.

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Report: Auto Industry on Cusp of Hydrogen Revolution

UC Davis transit experts say the key to rollout is building clusters of hydrogen stations in urban and regional markets.

State IT

Analysis: California’s Medi-Cal Enrollment Success Is Its Greatest Challenge

California has an application backlog of about 490,000 people, which underscores the need to modernize and streamline the technology used for enrollment.

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University of California System Honors Top Tech Projects

Sponsored by the UC Information Technology Leadership Council, the award recognizes innovations in IT that advance teaching, research, public service and patient care, or that improve the effectiveness of university processes. The award encourages sharing these solutions across the UC system.

Market News

Xerox Gets More Contracts in Nevada Despite Health Exchange Problems

Covered California hasn’t been perfect, but the the state’s neighbor to the east are trying to move past health exchange difficulties of its own.

Bids & Contracts, Local Government

San Diego County Ready to Modernize Criminal Case Management System

The Criminal Case Management System, called “JURIS,” is currently housed in an IBM mainframe in a Hewlett-Packard Tier 4 data center located in Plano, Texas.

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New UC Davis Program Will Help Bring Tech Research to Market

Fourteen commercial startups based on the university’s technology have launched during the past year, the most ever.

Market News

M Corp Exits FI$Cal Project Due to Company Growth

The company simply has become too large and consequently is no longer eligible for its California Small Business Certification, M Corp executives said.

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