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Business Digest: Texas A&M System plans Bryan data center


A&M System plans Bryan data center

Texas A&M System officials said Monday they are looking to partner with private companies to build a data center on the system’s research and education campus in Bryan.

The proposed data center would target the Houston market, but would also be an option for companies in Austin, Dallas and the Bryan-College Station area, system officials said.

A pre-proposal conference is set for Tuesday for companies or entities interested in developing the center, with formal proposals due on July 28.

The university system would provide about 30 acres for the data center on its RELLIS campus, officials said.

RELLIS is an acronym of the A&M core values of respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity and selfless service.

System officials announced plans for the 2,000-acre RELLIS campus last year.

“We’ve been considering a data center since 2013, but the land and power supply wasn’t readily available,” Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said in a written statement. “After the creation of the RELLIS campus last year, several companies approached us about the possibility of a public-private partnership to build it.”


Austin entrepreneur lands $100,000 fellowship

Austin resident Micah Green, who has started a housecleaning robotics company called Maidbot, has been awarded a coveted $100,000 Thiel Fellowship.

The popular fellowship helps young entrepreneurs pursue their passion instead of going to college. To apply, you have to be age 22 or younger.

Green, 20, was one of 25 people to win the fellowship this year.

The former Cornell University student dropped out of college to focus on building Maidbot, which has developed a robot that performs hotel housecleaning chores. The fellowship won’t require Green to move his company from Austin.

The Thiel fellowship was launched in 2011 and is run by The Thiel Foundation, which is funded by billionaire Peter Thiel.


UPS adds new fee for peak-period deliveries

ATLANTA — UPS is adding a new charge of under $1 for shipments to residential customers during peak delivery periods in November and December.

United Parcel Service Inc. said Monday it will add 27 cents for residential deliveries from Nov. 19 to Dec. 2 and Dec. 17-23. UPS will add a fee of between 81 cents and 97 cents to overnight, second- or third-day deliveries for residential deliveries Dec. 17-23.

It will also add a new peak surcharge of $24 for oversized packages — if width plus length times two is more than 130 inches — and $249 for packages weighing more than 150 pounds, from Nov. 19 through Dec. 23. Those seasonal fees are on top of regular surcharges for large or heavy items.

UPS will also charge a peak surcharge on some international air-shipping routes.


Report: Time Warner to invest $100M in Snapchat shows, ads

Time Warner will invest $100 million in producing TV-like shows and advertising on Snap Inc. over the next two years, in a push by the the media giant to reach young audiences on the social network, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The deal will see Time Warner make shows for Snapchat in a range of genres, including scripted dramas, comedies and documentaries, according to a statement from both companies. Time Warner’s properties like HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. will also invest in advertising on Snapchat.

The partnership will help boost the number of shows on Snapchat, which are three- to five-minutes long, to three a day from one. Eventually, New York-based Time Warner will make as many as 10 shows a year, according to the person, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. Warner Bros. will likely market its upcoming movies on Snapchat as part of the deal and revenue from ads sold during the Time Warner shows will be split evenly with Snap, the person said.

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