Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires

Hexbyte Tech News Wired How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires

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A Los Angeles County firefighter helps put out a hotspot in a neighborhood razed by the Woolsey fire.Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/Getty ImagesA Los Angeles County firefighter helps put out a hotspot in a neighborhood razed by the Woolsey fire.Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/Getty ImagesEditor’s note: This is a developing story about California’s Camp Fire. It will…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired California Will Pause Net Neutrality Law for Federal Suit

Hexbyte Tech News Wired California Will Pause Net Neutrality Law for Federal Suit

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Getty ImagesLast month California passed the country’s strongest net neutrality law. But it will be a while before it takes effect.The same evening Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law, the US Department of Justice filed suit to block it. On Friday, California attorney general Xavier Becerra reached a deal with the DOJ to…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired New California Bill Restores Strong Net Neutrality Protections

Hexbyte Tech News Wired New California Bill Restores Strong Net Neutrality Protections

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Last month, a California Assembly committee voted to remove key protections from a state-level net neutrality bill. Critics said the changes opened loopholes that would allow broadband providers to throttle some applications, or charge websites or services for “fast lane” access on their networks. Now those key protections are coming back. At a press conference…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Thanks to California, a news site (or other business) now has to let you cancel your subscription online

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Thanks to California, a news site (or other business) now has to let you cancel your subscription online

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Here’s a script you’re surely familiar with if you’ve ever tried to cancel a subscription to, well, anything: FADE IN: INT. LIVING ROOM – DAY On a couch sits CUSTOMER, alcoholic beverage in one hand, smartphone in the other pressed to her ear. CUSTOMER looks steely, resolute, and frustrated, all at once. CUSTOMER Hi. I’d…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired California Unanimously Passes Historic Privacy Bill

Hexbyte Tech News Wired California Unanimously Passes Historic Privacy Bill

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California lawmakers unanimously passed a new privacy bill on Thursday that would give residents of the state more control over the information businesses collect on them and impose new penalties on businesses that don’t comply. It is the first law of its kind in the United States. The so-called California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018…