California passed Prop. 24. Here’s what that means for your privacy.

On its surface, the premise of Proposition 24 is simple: to protect California’s existing consumer privacy laws by preventing companies from being able to collect and share your personal data without prior consent or knowledge.

It also guarantees the implementation of a state agency costing $10 million a year that will enforce privacy protection laws, and creates new classifications of sensitive information such as race and sexual orientation, explicitly barring companies from accessing such data.

Voters passed the measure in this year’s general election with a 56.2% majority vote. However, critics aren’t so sure it will fulfill its promise.


Prop. 24 began as the California Consumer Privacy Act, a ballot initiative introduced by Alastair Mactaggart, who is a real estate developer based in San Francisco. He was inspired to write the initiative in 2017 after a conversation he had with a Google engineer at a cocktail party in the Oakland

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Global Inspection Management Software Market 2020 Growth Statistics, New Opportunities, Competitive Outlook and COVID-19 Analysis 2026

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Nov 22, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
Global Inspection Management Software Market 2020 by Company, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2026 offers end to end industry from the definition, product specifications, and demand till forecast prospects. The report studies the industry coverage, current market status, and market outlook and forecast by 2026. This is an all-inclusive document that comprises crucial information about top players, market trends, pricing analysis, and an overview of the market. The report states industry developmental factors, historical performance from 2015-2026. The segmental market view by types of products, applications, end-users, and top vendors is given. Then it covers market size estimation, share, growth rate, global position, and regional analysis of the market. The report also covers forecast estimations for investments in the global Inspection Management Software industry from 2020 to 2026.

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Latest PS5 Firmware Update Improves Performance

Sony has released the first firmware update for its recently launched PlayStation 5. The patch notes are short and unspecific, but you may notice some degree of improved performance after downloading it.

The patch notes for system update 20.02-02.25.00 don’t specifically state what areas of the console are being addressed, simply stating, “This system software update improves system performance.” The entire update is just shy of 900MB and is available to download now.

The PS5 launched in the US, Canada, and other regions on November 12, with the launch in Europe taking place this Thursday, November 19. Since launching the console has had numerous reports of widespread issues, ranging from bugs preventing PS5 game downloads and requiring a format to numerous instances of technical issues with the console’s Rest Mode. Many GameSpot employees have encountered these issues personally, too.

The PS5 could also benefit from a change that removes PS4

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Drone Photos and video from Township Commons waterfront park opens at Brooklyn Basin in Oakland

Perfect for these socially-distanced times, Oakland’s new outdoor waterfront living room opened at Brooklyn Basin on Wednesday.

Created from the remains of the 9th Avenue shipping terminal built in 1930, Township Commons park was designed by Oakland-based Einwiller Kuehl Landscape Architecture. Liz Einwiller, Sarah Kuehl and their team managed to transform a once-blighted industrial waterfront into a public outdoor space while keeping key pre-existing features such as the eastern-facing historic terminal front, gigantic metal structural trusses and the skeleton of the triangle-shaped terminus on the western end.

Some retail has opened in what’s left of the 20,0000-square-foot terminal building, including Rocky’s Market, The Kitchen at Rocky’s Market with outdoor dining, and California Canoe & Kayak.

An acre of wooden decking on the pier with bright yellow oversized wooden chaise lounge chairs and benches scattered throughout gives the feel of a boardwalk, and developers plan to install public art in the

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Echo, Fire, Kindle Best Deals

Amazon Black Friday 2020 sales are accelerating and Amazon has already launched many of its doorbuster deals which you can buy right now. Headlining these are big savings on Echo, Fire and Kindle devices. Here are my top picks of the best Black Friday Amazon deals you need to know about.

Tip: bookmark this page, because deals will be updated daily (new 11/22 updates)

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Amazon Black Friday tip: if you are not already a member, remember to sign up for a free one month Amazon Prime account. You’ll get fast, free 24-hour shipping on thousands of items as well as access to Prime-exclusive deals. You can then cancel your membership within 30-days and pay nothing.

Note: this article does

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Watch live tonight: SpaceX launching 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit

SpaceX will launch 60 new Starlink internet satellites into orbit on a used Falcon 9 rocket tonight (Nov. 22) and you can watch it live online here, courtesy of SpaceX. Liftoff is set for 9:56 p.m. EST (0256 Nov. 23 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Falcon 9 rocket on this flight is making its seventh flight to space in a milestone for SpaceX’s reusability effort. It launched the Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite in September 2018, the Iridium-8 mission in January 2019 and four Starlink missions in May 2019, January of this, June and August.

This mission will be SpaceX’s 16th batch of Starlink satellites to fly in orbit. SpaceX’s webcast for the launch will begin about 15 minutes before liftoff (about 9:41 p.m. EST/0242 GMT). You can watch the launch in the window above or directly from SpaceX via

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Schaumburg library offers online computer classes

Though buildings are temporarily closed, the Schaumburg Township District Library will continue offering its computer classes, including Excel classes in December.

All online classes, programs, crafts, etc. will be available for free while the library buildings are closed to the public.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

The programs require registration and take place on Zoom. To register, go to SchaumburgLibrary.org and choose “Events” to find the program listings. Those who register will receive a Zoom link prior to the class.

Excel 1 will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 5. Participants will learn to create a spreadsheet, enter basic formulas and create a basic chart. Prerequisite: Word 1 or Senior Word 1.

Excel Formulas and Functions is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Those joining the class will learn to use basic statistical, lookup and financial functions in Excel. Prerequisite: Excel 1.

Excel Formatting Spreadsheets will be

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Microsoft Fixes Xbox Series X 4K Blu-Ray Brightness Bug

As I reported back on November 9, the 4K Blu-ray movie player built into the Xbox Series X has a problem. Actually, as I further reported in this deeper review of the player, it has a number of problems. But the worst one is that it outputs video with a raised brightness level that can cause dark scenes to look grey – at least on some TVs. Including high-end models such as the LG CX OLEDs, and the Sony X90H/XH90. 

In fact, on the LG model the Series X’s raised brightness during 4K Blu-ray movie playback can also cause some distracting brightness instability in the picture during very dark scenes, as the TV struggles (at least when using its punchier picture presets) either to control near-black playback, or to settle on the best image settings for a dark HDR scene.

Happily, Microsoft has already gone public to say that it

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Top Biden adviser seen as making tech regulation more likely

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden’s top technology adviser helped craft California’s landmark online privacy law and recently condemned a controversial federal statute that protects internet companies from liability, indicators of how the Biden administration may come down on two key tech policy issues.

Bruce Reed, a former Biden chief of staff who is expected to take a major role in the new administration, helped negotiate with the tech industry and legislators on behalf of backers of a ballot initiative that led to the 2018 California Consumer Privacy Act. Privacy advocates see that law as a possible model for a national law.

Reed also co-authored a chapter in a book published last month denouncing the federal law known as Section 230, which makes it impossible to sue internet companies over the content of user postings. Both Republicans and Democrats have called for reforming or abolishing 230, which critics say

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Lewis Hamilton deserves to be given knighthood, says Damon Hill

The former Formula One world champion Damon Hill believes a knighthood is an absolutely deserved honour for Lewis Hamilton. The British driver is to be knighted in this year’s new year’s honours list, according to the Sun. Hill has said if it is bestowed it will be recognition not only of Hamilton’s achievements on track but of his character and impact across the sport, where as a black driver he has been breaking down barriers since he began racing.



Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton, Stirling Moss posing for the camera: Photograph: Getty Images


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Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton, Stirling Moss posing for the camera: Damon Hill (left) with Lewis Hamilton and the late Sir Stirling Moss.


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Damon Hill (left) with Lewis Hamilton and the late Sir Stirling Moss.

Not only has Hamilton made it to the very top of F1 but as the only black driver in the sport he has had an influence beyond his achievements on the track. “Lewis has always been breaking down barriers, the moment he arrived in F1 or even

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