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PowerSchool to Acquire Schoology, Pairing Major K-12 LMS and SIS Providers

PowerSchool has reached an agreement to acquire Schoology, a provider of learning management systems with a sizable footprint among K-12 schools and districts. If approved, the pending acquisition would mark the latest puzzle piece that PowerSchool has purchased this decade. Founded in 1997, Powerschool was first bought by Apple in 2001, and then by Pearson in 2006. The publisher sold the PowerSchool to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners in June 2015. Onex, another private equity firm, invested in PowerSchool in 2018 and shares equal equity ownership with Vista. Since 2015, PowerSchool has acquired eight companies. Through these deals, the company has expanded its product suite beyond its original K-12 student information system offering to assessment, enrollment, special education ...[Read More]

Modern Stadium Experiences Are Here, and They’re Cool as Hell

Imagine sitting far back in the bleachers of a basketball game but being able to see the action on the court, via a hologram, as clearly as if you were sitting in the front row. Or imagine getting up at half-time to grab a snack from the concession stand and checking an app on your phone to find the line with the shortest wait time. These are only a few of the ways that technology—powered by 5G—has started to revolutionize the way we watch sports, both on the court and at home. In a new study commissioned by Amdocs, a software and services provider, researchers found that consumers under the age of 35 preferred watching sports programs through streaming video—and that they were willing to pay more for an immersive, high-quality streaming experience. For this reason, service providers are n...[Read More]

All Systems Go for First Statewide Testing of ShakeAlert in the United States

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey and the State of California pressed the “go” button to allow the first-ever statewide public testing of the California Early Earthquake Warning System, which is powered by USGS’s earthquake early warning alerts, called ShakeAlerts. Alerts will be delivered by two independent methods, first over the federal Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system and second through the University of California Berkeley’s MyShake smartphone app. “Today we commemorate the 30th anniversary of one of our nation’s most destructive earthquakes, the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta quake. That event also marked the first deployment of an early forerunner of the ShakeAlert system, which was used to warn rescue workers about potentially dangerous aftershocks,” said USGS Director Jim Re...[Read More]

California Northern Railroad Company Takes Advantage of New Tier 4

It was a weird twist, but make no mistake about Harrison’s overall approach on the job: It is all about productivity. The California Northern Railroad Company is located about 30 minutes outside of Sacramento, Calif. Tomatoes are king here, and the California Northern Railroad Company, which is owned by Genesee & Wyoming, serves many customers which specialize in the production of tomato paste. They are part of a 20-mile track run between Woodland, Calif., and Davis, Calif—a trip that the California Northern Railroad Company takes daily. “[The shift] probably runs about eight hours,” Harrison said. “It starts in Woodland and then we run about 20 miles down the track to Davis, pick up a 30-, 40-, 50-car train and bring it back to Woodland to service customers.” Ask Harrison about what l...[Read More]

Cerner sends 360 jobs back to Adventist

Cerner will transfer an estimated 360 jobs in information technology and revenue management services from its Kansas City-based headquarters back to Adventist Health, according to Kansas City Business Journal. In January 2018, Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health sent 275 jobs to Cerner as part of its expanded partnership with the EHR vendor. As part of the deal, Cerner assumed day-to-day management of Adventist’s revenue cycle and clinical applications IT staff. “Cerner and Adventist Health have a longstanding relationship with a shared goal of improving care quality and patient experience,” a Cerner spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Becker’s. “As part of a joint strategic business decision between the two parties, revenue cycle operations are ...[Read More]

Golden 1 Center to open checkout-free concession store

A new cashier-less convenience store will open inside Golden 1 Center in October that should be ready it time for the Sacramento Kings’ home opener, according to a release from the team. The arena will partner with Zippin to create a checkout-free store that will allow fans to buy concessions such as water, snacks, beer and more. Fan would use Kings app or the Zippin app to see the store’s inventory. The store would be the world’s first checkout-free arena store, according to the release. “We’re always trying to make everything convenient and remove friction from the entire fan experience,” Ryan Montoya, Kings chief technical officer, said in a statement. “Within the store we’re going to be able to offer some of our top-selling concessions.” Keep reading this article at

First innovative firefighting technology contracts come to California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the award of two contracts for cutting-edge technologies designed to help combat the deadly wildfires. Under the contracts, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, will test out a modeling platform that predicts where active blazes will spread, and an ignition detection system that relies on aerial sensors. The contracts, worth a combined $2 million, were issued under a new procurement process Newsom implemented on his first full day in office in January. Under the governor’s order, Cal Fire issued a solicitation known a request for innovative ideas, or RFI2. Rather than a traditional request for proposals, in which the soliciting government agency lays out narrow parameters for a project it wants a vendor to ...[Read More]

California Senate Passes 3-Year Facial Recognition Ban for Police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – Responding to civil liberties groups who cast the budding technology as dangerously flawed and an invasion of privacy, California lawmakers on Wednesday approved temporarily barring law enforcement from implementing facial recognition software. The American Civil Liberties Union and other critics of the technology want to keep law enforcement agencies from installing the software on officer body cameras until developers like Amazon and Microsoft can work out the kinks. Along with privacy concerns, the ACLU says the technology has been proven to misidentify minorities and could open them up to wrongful arrests. The state Senate narrowly cleared the ACLU’s bill by a 22-15 margin, with two Republicans voting for the bill and six Democrats voting against. The bill hea...[Read More]

Court of Appeal rules many websites must be coded to let blind people use them

Restaurants, hotels and other businesses that serve the public in California must make their websites accessible to the blind, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. The 1990 federal law prohibiting discrimination against the disabled in any place of “public accommodation” applies to websites where people can make reservations, said the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles, the first appellate court in California to rule on the issue. It rejected arguments that the law applied only to actions at the restaurant or place of business and not to a website, a position endorsed by a federal appeals court in Philadelphia in 1998 but rejected by other courts. Tuesday’s ruling also rejected a Los Angeles restaurant owner’s contention that it had complied adequately with the law by providing...[Read More]

In Sacramento, civic technology guides progress

Sacramento has its sights set on becoming a major tech center in Northern California, as it simultaneously seeks to boost quality of life for its residents. Louis Stewart, Sacramento’s chief innovation officer, told StateScoop in a video interview that civic technology and partnerships with local universities and businesses are the keys to achieving those goals via a wide range of initiatives. “Within in innovation and economic development within the city of Sacramento, we’re looking at how do we do civic technology? How do we make sure that there’s evidence-based policy happening?” Stewart said. Within any policy area — whether it’s mobility solutions, environmental sustainability, public health or homelessness — he said that civic tech is the starting point both for encouraging economic ...[Read More]

California clamps down on amateur use of gene-editing technologies

California state officials have passed the first law to prohibit genetic biohacking in an effort to regulate the controversial practice. The new law warns biohackers not to edit their own genes and makes it illegal to sell do-it-yourself genetic engineering kits unless they clearly state that they are not to be used for self-administration. California wants to make it clear that tampering with your own genes is not something that people you should be trying to do “at home.” The advent of the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR has led to a biohacking movement that has got people interested in tinkering with their own genes for the purpose of self-enhancement. The issue has prompted legislators in California to regulate the practice and last month Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill authored ...[Read More]

Vote for Greater Sacramento panels for SXSW 2020

Help us highlight the Greater Sacramento region and our innovative solutions to the challenges of the future by voting for our proposed panels at SXSW 2020. This is a can’t-miss opportunity to showcase the region’s value proposition to an international crowd of thought-leaders and pioneers. We submitted three panel proposals that shine light on topics that affect us all, from inclusion to the future of our food system. By voting for one (or all!) of our panel submissions, you can help the region get one step closer to sharing its expertise on a national platform. Learn more about each panel and how to vote: Panel #1: How agtech will save the world by 2050 With a predicted population of 9.8 billion by 2050, we’re going to need to figure out how to feed a much larger population, and fast. Te...[Read More]

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