Étiquette : california

California Passes Landmark Bill to Remake Gig Economy

Supporters of a California bill that reclassifies contractors as employees outside the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. last month.

“California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure.”

Source : California Passes Landmark Bill to Remake Gig Economy – The New York Times

Waymo gets the green light to test fully driverless cars in California

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“Waymo’s permit includes day and night testing on city streets, rural roads, and highways with posted speed limits of up to 65 mph. “Our vehicles can safely handle fog and light rain, and testing in those conditions is included in our permit,” the company says. “We will gradually begin driverless testing on city streets in a limited territory and, over time, expand the area that we drive in as we gain confidence and experience to expand.” Waymo won’t offer rides to the public right off the bat; the company is close to launching its first commercial taxi service using its fleet of autonomous minivans in Phoenix, Arizona. ”

Source : Waymo gets the green light to test fully driverless cars in California – The Verge

California Is Making It Illegal for Devices to Have Shitty Default Passwords

“Under the new law, all new internet-connected devices made or sold in California with a default password will be required to make that password unique and secure for every single device. That means no more devices shipped with username/password combos of “admin/admin,” for example. It’s far from a panacea—and really, why aren’t you using a password manager already—but it’s a step towards at least a minimal baseline of security in our internet-of-things addled future.”

Source : California Is Making It Illegal for Devices to Have Shitty Default Passwords – Motherboard

A new law means California’s bots have to disclose they’re not human

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“California governor Jerry Brown signed regulations into law last Friday (Sept. 30) that should make it easier for Californians to know whether they’re speaking to a human or a bot. The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2019—Botageddon, as we’re going to call it—and could have far-reaching consequences for how automated systems communicate with people online. It will require companies to disclose whether they are using a bot to communicate with the public on the internet (something like “Hi, I’m a bot.”)”

Source : A new law means California’s bots have to disclose they’re not human — Quartz

Trump Administration Sues Over California Net-Neutrality Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown at a May event in Sacramento. On Sunday, he signed a bill reinstating Obama-era open-internet rules in the state.

“California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a bill reinstating Obama-era open-internet rules in the state, and the Justice Department responded almost immediately with a lawsuit seeking to overturn the law. In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the federal government, not the states, should oversee the internet, and California had “enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy.””

Source : Trump Administration Sues Over California Net-Neutrality Law – WSJ

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