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The humble shrub that’s predicting a terrible fire season

Enlarge Bryant Baker, Los Padres ForestWatch If you’re kind of judgmental when it comes to plants, you might describe the chamise plant as “meh.” Technically it’s a shrub, which in the hierarchy of plant types barely outranks a weed. Chamise grows up to a dozen feet tall and sprouts needle-like leaves less than a half-inch …

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AT&T whines about Calif. net neutrality law as ISPs’ case appears doomed

Enlarge Getty Images | naruecha jenthaisong The broadband industry’s attempt to kill California’s net neutrality law appears to have very little chance of succeeding in the US district court where the case is being heard. On February 23, the industry’s motion for a preliminary injunction was denied by Judge John Mendez of US District Court …

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DOJ drops lawsuit challenging California’s net neutrality law

The U.S. Justice Department (DoJ) dropped its lawsuit against California’s net neutrality law on Monday, reports Reuters, foreshadowing the Biden administration’s approach to internet regulation. Acting Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Jessica Rosenworcel welcomed the news as a sign that open internet rules would soon be reinstated across the country. “When the FCC, over my …

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US Man Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Charges Involving $13M in Bitcoin

A California man has entered into a plea agreement with U.S. authorities after being charged for operating an unlicensed company that exchanged millions of dollars in bitcoin for cash. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday, Hugo Mejia, 49, pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of operating an unlicensed …

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Baidu secures license for full driverless road tests in California

Baidu The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted Baidu permission to test its autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel. It’s had authority to test its vehicles in California since 2016, but up until now, it could only do so with a backup driver. This development means it can now conduct full driverless …

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Bitcoin billionaire set to run for California governor

Early Bitcoin investor and industry proponent Chamath Palihapitiya has signaled a potential run for the position of California governor. The CEO of venture capital firm Social Capital, Chamath Palihapitiya, appeared to announce his intentions in a Tweet on January 26. The post linked to his new website with a number of promises for the U.S. …

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Frontier agrees to fiber-network expansion in plan to exit bankruptcy

Enlarge / A Frontier Communications van. Getty Images | jetcityimage Frontier Communications has agreed to expand its fiber-to-the-premises network and improve its poor service quality as part of a bankruptcy settlement in California. Frontier committed to deploy fiber to 350,000 homes and businesses within six years on a schedule that would require the first 100,000 …

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Apple closes stores in California and the UK as COVID-19 cases soar

Brendan McDermid / reuters Apple has closed all 53 stores in California and up to 16 across the UK, Tennessee, Brazil and Mexico due to soaring COVID-19 cases in those regions, the company told the New York Times in a statement. It’s the second major closure of Apple’s retail locations since it closed stores across …

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California fines Uber $59 million for not sharing sexual assault case data

Mike Blake / Reuters Uber has been fined $59 million by California regulators over its refusal to hand over more detailed data from a 2019 report on sexual assault, the Washington Post reports. State regulators have threatened to pull its license if it doesn’t comply with the order and pay the fine. Uber disputed the …

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Fox News Report Highlights Bitcoin Cash Proponent’s Modern Day Scavenger Hunt

Cryptocurrency Indexes Are Set to Launch in 2021 by S&P Dow Jones Indices S&P Dow Jones Indices has made it official: they will launch cryptocurrency indexes in 2021, becoming the latest major finance company to make its inception into the digital asset industry. More than 550 of the top traded coins to be … read …

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