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Georgia CTO logs off

Steve Nichols, who’s served as Georgia’s statewide CTO since 2002, said Monday he’s leaving the at role at the end of the month to take a role with Gartner, the multinational technology consulting firm. Nichols, who's served with five different CIOs over the years, told StateScoop his job swayed between doing more hands-on operations and holding more of a policy-focused role. “I just try to be helpful,” he said. “Every time the job has been a little different.” Benjamin Freed reports.

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Michigan funds traffic tech

Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II on Friday announced the state is awarding a total of $285,000 to four transportation tech companies to develop their products across the state. The products include ultra-low emissions electric vehicles, components to augment rentable scooters, autonomous robots and traffic-monitoring systems. The companies are being funded through the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform, a grant program aimed at advancing transportation sustainability and equity that issued its first round of awards last September. Colin Wood has details.

Popular texting platform Twilio reports breach

Twilio, a communications software popular with political campaigns and other organizations, disclosed a breach that affected a “limited number” of customers. The company said in a blog post Sunday that it’s still in the early stages of its investigation. Twilio says it became aware of the hack on Aug. 4 and has reached out to its customers and is working with the ones affected by the incident. The company has more than 150,000 customers, including government agencies. The company’s platform is used to automate phone calls, text messages and other communications to customers and voters.     Tonya Riley reports for CyberScoop.

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