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New App for Mowing Stretches Across Country
July 24, 2014 - Mowz, a free mobile app that allows customers to schedule a lawn mow, pay for it through the app and receive a picture of the completed job, launched in Fredericksburg, Va. Wednesday

Google's New Automated Mapping Technique Gives Chattanooga a 3D Bump
July 24, 2014 - The detailed satellite imagery used in Google's free mapping software looked fine when viewed from above. But before recent imagery updates, Chattanooga appeared to be featureless flatland with two-dimensional buildings.

Plans Made to Connect 911 Centers Nationwide, Officials Say
July 24, 2014 - The idea is to have regional hubs connected with one another through hardwire and through wireless. If a regional center has an equipment failure, 911 calls could be routed through servers in another hub and sent back to the affected center.

Cities Grapple with Regulatory Status of Ride-Sharing Companies
July 23, 2014 - Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have given people more transportation options, but municipalities are struggling with whether smartphone-based ride-sharing should be regulated the same as taxicabs and limousines.

States, Cities Get Creative About Recycling Water
July 23, 2014 - Reusing water is a possible solution as half the country experiences severe drought.

Tucson Gets Arizona's First Bitcoin ATM
July 23, 2014 - Javelin Investments LLC, a Tucson company, owns and operates the machine— one of only about 145 bitcoin ATMs worldwide and about 25 in the U.S., according to various tracking sites.

New York City’s HHS-Connect
July 23, 2014 - With HHS-Connect, a comprehensive initiative to use technology in health and human services, New York City hopes to break down existing information silos and empower caseworkers with better information about clients’ needs.

California’s JusticeMobile Redefines Police Work in the Field
July 22, 2014 - The California Department of Justice’s mobile application platform sends vital information to officers’ smartphones.

Tech Meets Nature: Remote System Monitors Wildfires
July 22, 2014 - Fire officials for Idaho's Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest are testing a new system that’s been especially useful in keeping an eye on blazes that they choose not to suppress.

Illinois Warning Sirens Undergoing Constant Cycle of Upgrades
July 22, 2014 - Other than their monthly tests, sirens in central Illinois remain forgettable unless severe weather threatens the region. But, when it's time for them to work, they'd better work right.

Columbus, Ohio Imposes Insurance Rules on Car Services UberX, Lyft
July 22, 2014 - Columbus’ new regulations, which were approved unanimously by council members, sought to close gaps and ensure that drivers are vetted in the same way as other city-licensed drivers.

New Indiana Data Hub Tracks State, Local Government Effectiveness
July 22, 2014 - Gov. Mike Pence said he wanted state and local government databases and transparency websites combined into a single, easy-to-use performance-monitoring center that could reveal overlooked efficiencies and track the progress of his "road map" goals.

Washington D.C. Launches Open Data Policy, FOIA Portal
July 21, 2014 - The district also reveals plans to hire its first chief data officer to direct transparency efforts.

Ride Services Up Against Big Lobbying Push in Sacramento, Calif.
July 21, 2014 - Uber and fellow San Francisco ride service startups Lyft and Sidecar are exploding in popularity nationwide, but in Sacramento, they're being vastly outspent by their opponents when it comes to lobbying.

Rohnert Park, Calif. Joins the 'Hydrogen Highway'
July 21, 2014 - A Eureka company recently received a $5.3 million grant from the California Energy Commission to build three hydrogen fueling stations in the state, including the only one on the North Coast at a Rohnert Park 76 gas station.

Identifying Cyber-Criminals is No. 1 Challenge, Lawyer Says
July 21, 2014 - Online hacking cases are tough for investigators because criminals can easily cover their tracks, legal experts agree. Even when the trail leads to a single computer, it can be hard to prove who was at the keyboard.

Red Light Cameras Tag Thousands of Chicago Drivers for Undeserved Tickets
July 21, 2014 - Chicago transportation officials say they had no knowledge of the wild swings in ticketing — even though City Hall legally required the camera vendor to watch for the slightest anomaly in ticketing patterns every day.

New Program Helps W.Va. Cities and Towns Manage Finances Online
July 21, 2014 - The new program called LGov, referring to the assistance it gives cities and other local entities, allows users to pay bills on smartphone, gets money in the system faster and helps keep paperwork down.

How Will Jennifer Pahlka's Year with the Feds Impact Code for America Operations?
July 21, 2014 - After serving as U.S. deputy chief technology officer, CfA's founder and executive director says in this Q&A that she's focused on creating a government that works for the people and by the people in the 21st century.

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