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From left: Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole, Executive Director of Community Corporation Sarah Letts, and CIO Jory Wolf take part in the ceremonial wire splicing.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica’s Digital Inclusion Pilot Connects Residents With 10 Gigabit Broadband

Posted Dec. 5, 2015, 9:46 am

The City of Santa Monica officially launched its Digital Inclusion Pilot on Monday with the connection of the first affordable housing building to CityNet, the City’s fiber optic network.

HelloTech is a new on-demand tech support service provided by fully-vetted and trained team of techs.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

HelloTech Expands Its In-Home Tech Trouble Support Beyond Los Angeles

Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 8:05 am

Tech support can be a complex and expensive process, with the most well known in-home service, Best Buy’s “Geek Squad,” sometimes requiring a wait of up to five days for help.

Vator (short for innovator) is one of the largest business networks dedicated to high-tech entrepreneurs. Founded and run by veteran and award-winning journalist Bambi Francisco, Vator is an entrepreneur and investor community, with some 100,000 members and high-tech companies. VatorNews is Vator’s news site focused on innovation with about 500 contributors.

News, Video, Santa Monica, Technology

VIDEO: Tech Fair Solidifies Santa Monica Spot In Silicon Beach

Posted Oct. 21, 2015, 10:05 am

Vator (short for innovator) is one of the largest business networks dedicated to high-tech entrepreneurs. Founded and run by veteran and award-winning journalist Bambi Francisco, Vator is an entrepreneur and investor community, with some 100,000 members and high-tech companies. VatorNews is Vator’s news site focused on innovation with about 500 contributors.

Speaker Andy Gavin, who was introduced by Rotary Vice President Sharon Perlmutter Gavin.

News, Santa Monica, Technology, Rotary

Santa Monica Rotarians Learn About The Art, Business Of Video Games

Posted Oct. 16, 2015, 9:06 am

Andy Gavin, co-founder of Naughty Dog video game developers, gave Santa Monica Rotarians Friday, Oct. 9 insider insight into the $30 billion industry.

Paul Elio, founder and CEO of Elio Motors.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Elio Motors CEO Comes To Santa Monica For Fireside Chat Tonight

Posted Sep. 9, 2015, 9:18 am

NextGen Crowdfunding has been selected as the official media platform for Elio Motors' Los Angeles fireside chat with Paul Elio, Founder and CEO of Elio Motors, and Ron Miller, CEO of StartEngine, being held today, Sept. 9 from 6 pm to 8 pm in Santa Monica.

Olympic Studios Apartments uses solar panels to generate electricity for common area loads such as lobbies, laundry, and garages.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Technology

Solar Santa Monica Initiative Wins Climate Protection Award At U.S. Mayors’ Conference

Posted Jun. 24, 2015, 9:32 am

The US Conference of Mayors honored Santa Monica with a US Mayors’ Climate Protection Award for its successful Solar Santa Monica initiative.

Kevin McKeown.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Joins 30+ Cities Calling On FCC To Improve Broadband Network Performance Measures

Posted Jun. 18, 2015, 8:46 am

Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown joined mayors and elected officials from 34 communities on Wednesday to call for uniform and accessible reporting on broadband network performance.

HelloTech is an on demand in-home tech support and technology sales service delivered by a vetted and trained college student workforce.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

Local Startup Company Looks To End Tech Troubles For Middle Aged Residents

Posted Jun. 17, 2015, 9:22 am

Tech support can be a complex and expensive process, with the most well known in-home service, Best Buy’s “Geek Squad,” sometimes requiring a wait of up to five days for help.

The City of Santa Monica, in partnership with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, participated in the nationwide National Day of Civic Hacking on June 6 by hosting a meetup at the Santa Monica Public Library.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

50+ Developers Attend Santa Monica Technology Meet-up To “Hack the Beach”

Posted Jun. 11, 2015, 8:53 am

The City of Santa Monica’s Information Systems Department and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosted “Hack the Beach” on Saturday, June 6, a technology meet-up where new datasets were presented to local developers along with tips and tricks for accessing the city’s open data portal.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

City Of Santa Monica To Launch New Open Datasets On June 6

Posted May. 30, 2015, 8:46 am

The City of Santa Monica, in partnership with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, will participate in the nationwide National Day of Civic Hacking on June 6, 2015 by hosting a meetup at the Santa Monica Public Library.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Business, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Technology

How California Won By Losing $5 Billion Tesla Battery Plant

Posted Mar. 28, 2015, 9:00 am

It was supposed to be a $5 billion project, creating 6,500 jobs. That was the hype when Tesla Motors last summer orchestrated a five-state battle to host a huge “gigafactory” where it plans to build batteries for its next generation of electric cars.

Second in from left: HCT Leadership Award Recipient Espree Devora, Founder We Are LA TECH along with HCTLA team members.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Heart Centered Technology Launches Awards Ceremony, New Website

Posted Feb. 24, 2015, 9:47 am

Heart Centered Technology (HCT) celebrated its first awards ceremony and new website launch in January. HCT recognizes people and organizations who lead from the heart, putting community before profits and acknowledges these leaders with its Heart Centered Tech Leadership Awards.

The City of Santa Monica’s GO App can be used to report any issue: potholes that need filling, trees that need maintenance, and graffiti that needs removing.

News, Santa Monica, Technology, City Hall

Santa Monica’s GO App Keeping The City In Touch

Posted Feb. 20, 2015, 8:59 am

Determined to keep up with an increase in community requests, Santa Monica’s resident-responsive GO App has been put to the test recently with new figures revealing that closure rates are continually outperform projections.

ROC Santa Monica offers collaborative workspace for startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

ROC Santa Monica To Help Incubate, Accelerate Bioscience Startups

Posted Feb. 19, 2015, 8:20 am

ROC (Real Office Centers) Santa Monica announced on Wednesday that it is dedicating a portion of the top floor of its 44,602 sq. ft. Santa Monica location at 604 Arizona to incubating and accelerating bioscience startups.

Santa Monica is a growing home to startups.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Set To Overtake San Francisco As Best Place To Launch Startup

Posted Feb. 10, 2015, 9:39 am

Santa Monica, dubbed the Silicon beach, was ranked third best place to start a startup in 2013 (behind San Francisco and Tel Aviv) and is poised to snatch the top spot this year.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Technology, Government, Obama

Doubling H1-B Visas Via An End Run

Posted Feb. 8, 2015, 8:22 am

Green cards for spouses – that’s the latest quiet Obama Administration move to please and appease the high-tech companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere who constantly clamor for more H1-B visas to bring in cheap, skilled foreign labor.

Particle accelerator.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

Silicon Cells To Silicon Beach: The Solar Revolution

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 9:09 am

A Santa Monica group of solar energy entrepreneurial scientists is on the verge of changing solar power production on a global scale.

Tech company Yahoo! Inc. will move from Santa Monica to the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles this fall.

News, Business, Technology

Yahoo! Inc. To Leave Santa Monica This Fall

Posted Jan. 15, 2015, 2:51 pm

Tech company Yahoo! Inc. will move from Santa Monica to the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles this fall, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today.

Latest city of Los Angeles news.

News, Los Angeles, Health, Courts, Technology

Judge Orders Halt On Operation Of L.A. Medical Marijuana Delivery App

Posted Dec. 24, 2014, 9:12 am

A smartphone-based service that arranges deliveries of medical marijuana was ordered by a judge on Tuesday to stop the practice in Los Angeles, with attorneys for the city arguing it violated the provisions of a voter-approved measure limiting medical pot dispensaries.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Tech Award Nomination Deadline Extended To Jan. 2

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:22 am

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce has extended the nomination deadline for its first-ever Tech Startup Award to Friday, Jan. 2. This award will honor one Santa Monica-based technology company that is innovative, inspiring, and has a viable plan for growth. All tech startups in the city are welcome to apply.

News, Technology, Culver City, Sony

Sony Executives Assure Company Will Survive Following Cyberattack

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:18 am

Still reeling from a cyberattack that crippled the studio three weeks ago, top executives from Sony Pictures Entertainment have assured employees that the company would survive, it was reported today.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Technology, Government

Finally, Right-Sized Solar Getting A Push

Posted Dec. 13, 2014, 9:02 am

When ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made their way onto a hot and sunny alkali flat just west of the Interstate 15 freeway between Barstow and Las Vegas in late 2010, they were opening an era of giantism in solar electricity.

News, Transportation, Technology

L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey Files Civil Compliant Against Uber

Posted Dec. 10, 2014, 9:34 am

Los Angeles County's top prosecutor on Tuesday announced a lawsuit against Uber, alleging the ride-sharing company made false or misleading statements about the quality of background checks it does on its drivers and does not have them get authorization required to work at airports.

News, Los Angeles, Television, Technology

DIRECTV Launches New Seven-Ton Satellite Into Earth Orbit

Posted Dec. 7, 2014, 9:48 am

The nation's largest satellite TV provider, based in Southern California, said it successfully launched a new seven-ton satellite into earth orbit Saturday.

News, Technology, Science, Ocean

NASA Space Capsule Lands In Pacific Ocean, 600 Miles Southwest Of San Diego

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 8:47 am

Cheers rang out Friday at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena when a space capsule on which JPL personnel have been working for a decade successfully landed in the Pacific Ocean.

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