Smaller crop, smaller grapes in Livermore vineyards this year
 
Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 10:05 am
The harvest is earlier, the crop is smaller and the grapes are tinier. That's the effect the drought is apparently having on Livermore area vineyard owners, according to a story in the Contra Costa Times. The region's 50 wineries and 30-plus vineyards are under orders from the Zone 7 Water Agency to cut their water use by 25 percent this year. The impact varies from vineyard to vineyard, but the water restrictions are having an effect everywhere. Kevin Zollinger, an executive with Wente Vineyards,?

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Slideshow: Google's secret aerial drone project joins dogfight with Amazon
 
Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 10:00 am
Google Inc.'s X research lab revealed that it has secretly been developing an aerial drone, joining Amazon.com Inc. and other companies in a race to perfect unmanned delivery of goods. Amazon's Prime Air, a project made public in December of 2013, has a goal of getting packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. Click on the photo on the right to see a slideshow of Google's Project Wing in action. Now Mountain View-based Google has taken the wraps?

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Senate passes new groundwater regulations
 
Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 9:50 am
The California Senate advanced a measure Wednesday that would require local governments to create agencies to ensure groundwater is managed adequately to prepare for drier years. Assembly Bill 1739 arrives as California scientists have warned that the drought has magnified a problem of over-pumping of groundwater that could put some agricultural producers out of work. During the floor vote Wednesday, Republican lawmakers echoed concerns raised by farming groups that the policy is intrusive and?

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Google X executive may be contender for United States CTO post
 
Posted: 29 Aug 2014, 9:47 am
Megan Smith, an executive at Google Inc.'s Google X special projects lab, is in the running to fill the role of chief technology officer of the United States. Unnamed people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg that Smith is a top candidate for the position recently vacated by Todd Park, who left the role to return home to California this month. Park is taking on a new role as a Silicon Valley-based technology adviser for the Obama Administration. Smith in 2003 joined Mountain View-based?

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