Last week Governor Jerry Brown announced that he signed two bills that make it illegal for universities and employers to demand your passwords to social media and email accounts. The announcement, which the Governor made through his Facebook page, brings privacy laws into the 21st century. No longer can your university, your employer, or a potential employer ask you for access to your personal accounts. Those embarrassing pictures set to private are a little safer. read more »

UC Berkeley professor Dr. Walter Alvarez will be honored with the prestigious Vetlesen Prize for his theory on the final wipe-out of dinosaurs and other pre-historic Earth-dwellers. One giant meteor, he says. Funny, the theory sounds a bit familiar to us. [KCBS]

UC researchers criticized Governor Schwarzenegger for cutting labor funding for the Miguel Contreras Labor Program by 100 percent. That’s $5.4 million less money than expected that lab workers will be seeing. Hoo-ha, that’s a lot of money. [Cal Aggie]

Ex-UC Berkeley employee just earned himself eight years in the slammer. Apparently, it isn’t a good idea to send “disturbing child pornography” through a university computer, even if your partner won’t allow it at home. [Mercury News]

Earlier: Blood and Bloodlessness

We happily welcome another law that shows our society’s need for common sense. The new measure to forbid drivers from this cell phone use will come into play Jan. 1, 2009. It will be $20 for a first offense and $50 each time after that — chump change, we’re sure, compared to your text messaging bill. read more »