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Can robots make you a better recycler?

Sidewalk Labs, the urban planning subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet and the company developing Toronto's Quayside neighborhood, will launch a recycling pilot this weekend to test technologies that could feature into the yet-to-be-built "smart" neighborhood. The pilot, which will take place in a 250-unit Toronto apartment building, will test whether recycling practices in multi-unit dwellings can be improved with regular, data-driven feedback to residents, and whether robotic cameras can provide that feedback to waste processing facilities. Ryan Johnston has the details.

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D.C. officials say no network alarms since Iranian airstrike

Washington, D.C., officials said Thursday that the city has not detected any increase in network activity from Iran, one week after one of the Islamic Republic’s top generals was killed in a U.S. airstrike, setting off a round of alarms about Iranian cyber capabilities. Federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and organizations like the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center have advised state and local governments about defending against Iranian cyberthreats since the Jan. 3 death of Qassem Soleimani, and while some — including Texas and Utah — have reported spikes in pings from Iranian IP addresses, there's been no such effect on D.C.'s municipal network, Chief Technology Officer Lindsey Parker said. Benjamin Freed reports.

San Jose's chief innovation officer steps down after four years

Shireen Santosham, San Jose, California’s, chief innovation officer is moving back to the private sector after four years with the city, she announced Wednesday. Santosham, who during her time with the city launched a fund to connect low-income households to the internet and established data-privacy policies, is joining Plenty, an a vertical farming startup that uses renewable energy and new agricultural technologies to grow produce. Colin Wood speaks to Santosham.

FCC shares disbursement strategy for $20B rural-broadband fund

The Federal Communication Commission’s rural broadband expansion project will be split into two phases, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced on Wednesday, in an effort to reduce the impact of incorrect coverage data it’s received from telecommunications companies. The $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is expected to provide service to about six million homes and businesses over the next 10 years through a reverse auction in which telecoms bid to serve regions that lack access to high-speed internet. Ryan has more.

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