Tag: California

06
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Uber And Lyft Want To Operate Above The Control Of California Lawmakers

The battle over labor standards in California has been fierce over the last year. The union-conceived AB5 legislation was a disaster, as it tried to treat many independent businesspeople as employees. But the main targets were always the rideshare companies Uber
UBER
and Lyft
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and other so-called gig-economy businesses, which have backed a major campaign to overturn the law as it pertains to them. But their tactics include some seriously non-democratic angles to effectively sell and then impose their desired view on the state in virtual perpetuity.

Many thousands of drivers provide transportation to consumers who flock to the phone apps for a ride. The companies call themselves “platforms,” a term widely taken up by the tech press and investors through effective PR, because it evokes a marketplace where buyers and sellers do business. No direct involvement—just a cut of the transaction.

Direct involvement would mean that an Uber or Lyft was providing the ride or DoorDash was arranging the delivery. Drivers would then be like

06
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

centrexIT and Biocom Launch New IT Platform to Streamline Business Operations for California Life Science Companies

IT Deal Desk eliminates the hassle of vetting and securing new technology providers

centrexIT, an information technology (IT) services provider helping businesses thrive through technology, and Biocom, California’s leading life science member association, today announced the launch of IT Deal Desk. The latest platform provides Biocom members with exclusive access to an extensive, vetted partner network and simplifies the task of negotiating and securing agreements on members’ behalf.

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centrexIT and Biocom launch IT Deal Desk, an IT Platform that eliminates the hassle of vetting and securing new technology providers. (Graphic: Business Wire)

“centrexIT has decades of collective experience operating IT strategy in the life science industry. Currently, roughly 40% of our clients work in the space, so we understand what it takes to support regulated businesses,” says Dylan Natter, CEO of centrexIT. “Our company has been part of the Biocom network since 2014, and now we are thrilled to collaborate with them on an expansive technology offering that will support accelerated growth in the life science space. IT Deal Desk was meticulously designed with IT and procurement teams in mind. Together, centrexIT and Biocom have curated a top-quality network of suppliers and purchasers, providing Biocom members with a streamlined framework to acquire the services they need in order to succeed.”

Ranging from internet and voice to cloud providers, technology is a critical aspect of all business communications. Yet, when small and midsized businesses (SMB) need a new type of technology or service, they rarely have the resources or bandwidth to properly vet the various options available. Moreover, due to their size, SMBs often don’t have the ability to negotiate bigger, cost-effective deals that would allow them to enter a contract at a lower level.

IT Deal Desk

06
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

Tyler Technologies Improves Computer-Aided Dispatch Process for Port of Long Beach, California

Public safety solution enhances collaboration between patrol officers and dispatchers

Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL) today announced the Long Beach Harbor Patrol Officers and Dispatchers in California have successfully gone live with Tyler’s New World Enterprise CADand New World ShieldForce® solutions, along with New World Enterprise Records, mobile messaging, and mobile field reporting.

The implementation of Tyler’s solutions replaces the agency’s previous tracking system used to manage dispatch activity.

“We recognized the need to implement a true computer-aided dispatch solution to better manage dispatch activity, streamline communication across the agency, and enhance our reporting processes,” said Jeremy Vetterlein, technical security project manager of Long Beach. “Tyler’s solution is already improving critical communication between our patrol officers and dispatch staff. The solution allows us to precisely locate and quickly respond to issues in the field, helping to ensure safety in our community.”

In addition to the CAD solution, the Long Beach Harbor Patrol Officers and Dispatchers will also leverage Tyler’s latest solution for public safety, New World Enterprise Records.

Following a completely virtual go-live, the Port of Long Beach is now using a true comprehensive CAD solution. A few notable features and benefits include:

  • Increased mobility for Harbor Patrol officers in the field to respond quickly to dispatch activity, initiate calls, and capture field investigation reports

  • GIS-based address points which allow for precise location details to be shared instantly

  • Ability to move most Harbor Patrol daily log documentation from a paper-based to an electronic format to improve accuracy

  • Enhanced reporting capabilities for all staff

“We’re pleased to bring the Port of Long Beach live with our comprehensive public safety solution, including CAD and enterprise records,” said Bryan Proctor, president of Tyler’s Public Safety Division. “Not only will our CAD solution and reporting capabilities increase efficiency for

03
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Case closed: California judge ends SpaceX’s lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force

The judge said the Air Force’s actions were not arbitrary, capricious, or in violation of the law, and that SpaceX was not entitled to any relief in this action.”

WASHINGTON — A California judge Oct. 2 officially ended SpaceX’s 18-month-long lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force. Following a Sept. 24 ruling denying SpaceX’s claim, the judge on Friday ordered the case to be closed. 

U.S. District Court Judge Judge Otis Wright II of the Central District of California on Sept. 24 ruled against SpaceX in its legal complaint over contracts the U.S. Air Force awarded in October 2018 to United Launch Alliance, Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin. 

The judge’s Sept. 24 order, first reported by Reuters, was sealed by the court because it contained sensitive information.

In the Oct. 2 motion to close the case, the judge noted that his Sept. 24 order denied SpaceX’s claim, “concluding that the Air Force’s actions were not arbitrary, capricious, or in violation of the law, and that SpaceX was not entitled to any relief in this action.”

SpaceX first filed the complaint May 17, 2019, with the Court of Federal Claims. The company argued that the Air Force gave an unfair advantage to the other companies by awarding them Launch Service Agreements and excluding SpaceX. 

After the Court of Federal Claims ruled that it lacked jurisdiction, the case was transferred in August 2019 to the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California.

The Air Force awarded Launch Service Agreements contracts to Blue Origin ($500 million), United Launch Alliance ($967 million) and Northrop Grumman ($762 million) to help the companies defray the costs of developing new rockets and infrastructure as they competed for a launch service procurement contract. 

SpaceX’s proposal for a Launch Service Agreement contract was to leverage its Starship

03
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Andrew Yang takes lead in California data privacy measure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Fitbits on our wrists collect our health and fitness data; Apple promises privacy but lots of iPhone apps can still share our personal information; and who really knows what they’re agreeing to when a website asks, “Do You Accept All Cookies?” Most people just click “OK” and hope for the best, says former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

“The amount of data we’re giving up is unprecedented in human history,” says Yang, who lives in New York but is helping lead the campaign for a data privacy initiative on California’s Nov. 3 ballot. “Don’t you think it’s time we did something about it?”

Yang is chairing the advisory board for Proposition 24, which he and other supporters see as a model for other states as the U.S. tries to catch up with protections that already exist in Europe.

The California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 would expand the rights Californians were given to their personal data in a groundbreaking law approved two years ago, which took effect in January. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 was intended to give residents more control over their personal information collected online. It limited how companies gather personal data and make money from it and gave consumers the right to know what a company has collected and have it deleted, as well as the right to opt out of the sale of their personal information.

But between the time the law was passed and took effect, major companies have found ways to dodge requirements. Tech and business lobbyists are pressuring the Legislature to water it down further, with proposals to undo parts of the law, says Alastair Mactaggart, a San Francisco real estate developer who spearheaded support for the 2018 law and is behind the effort to amend