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Dog owners, engineers work on tech to make pets safer in cars

Dog owners, engineers work on tech to make pets safer in cars

A global auto supplier and a small nonprofit organization have joined forces to make cars safer for man’s — and in this case, a woman’s — best friend.
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

DELL DEALEMC shareholders overwhelmingly approve Dell purchase: The road to closing a major acquisition is often lined with potentially deal-killing obstacles, from fighting off shareholder lawsuits to gaining the approval of regulators and finding the money to pay for it.

Up the Ladder

InsuranceCombined Agents of America has named Peter Cross chief executive officer.SoftwareCivitas Learning has named Alex Victoria chief technology officer.
Pro-medical marijuana legislators have more ammo

Pro-medical marijuana legislators have more ammo

Legislators who want to expand the use of medical marijuana in Texas — as well as the green-seeking entrepreneurs who could benefit financially from more state-approved, pot-derived treatments for what ails Texans — might be able to lean on a new study to bolster their argument when the Legislature convenes in January.
Salt Lick owner bringing mixed-use Driftwood project to life

Salt Lick owner bringing mixed-use Driftwood project to life

Decade-old plans to develop several hundred acres near the Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood are becoming reality at last for Scott Roberts, who owns the popular restaurant and whose family ties to the area date to 1881.

Massive Southwest glitch makes traveling a nightmare for Austin family

Because the Cohens had the bad luck of having a flight on Southwest Airlines the day after the carrier suffered a massive router failure, the family dealt with lost sleep, misinformation at airport gates and an unexpected road trip as they worked to get from Austin to Spokane, Wash.
Austin job creation jumps in June

Austin job creation jumps in June

In June, Austin’s labor market produced another month of strong job creation, which in turn helped keep unemployment rates in check, according to data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Austin job creation surges in June

Austin job creation surges in June

In June, the Austin’s labor market produced yet another month of strong job creation, which in turn helped keep unemployment rates in check, according to data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.
AMD's stock soars after company reports profit

AMD's stock soars after company reports profit

Investors gobbled up Advanced Micro Devices' stock in after-hours trading on Thursday after the chipmaker reported better-than-expected profit and sales for the second quarter and projected continued sales growth for the rest of the year.
Businesses, advocates submit rate proposal to Austin Energy

Businesses, advocates submit rate proposal to Austin Energy

Several businesses and organizations in Austin — including some of the region’s heaviest energy users along with a few consumer advocates — have pitched a proposal to Austin Energy that could lower rates across all groups of customers.

2 downtown Austin hotels listed for sale

Two recently completed hotels in downtown Austin’s Red River Cultural District are up for sale.The 171-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown/University and the 134-room Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown/University share a building at the corner of East Ninth and Red River streets, adjacent to a number of restaurants and live music venues.
Samsung expands its Austin operations

Samsung expands its Austin operations

Samsung Electronics is expanding its Austin presence, doubling the size of its research and development facility.
EMC shareholders overwhelmingly approve Dell purchase

EMC shareholders overwhelmingly approve Dell purchase

The road to closing a major acquisition is often lined with potentially deal-killing obstacles, from fighting off shareholder lawsuits to gaining the approval of regulators and finding the money to pay for it.
Jacoby’s team expands East Austin offerings

Jacoby’s team expands East Austin offerings

To find a spot for their next culinary creation, all the team behind Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile had to do was look out the East Austin restaurant’s front window.
Austin-based HID Global grows again with an acquisition

Austin-based HID Global grows again with an acquisition

Austin-based HID Global said Monday it has acquired Texas-based DemoTeller, which develops systems that let financial institutions instantly issue financial or payment cards.

Shooting 360 videos: Ditch all you learned with cameras

As cameras that shoot 360-degree photos and videos become affordable, users will face a new challenge: Figuring out how to take meaningful and compelling shots in what’s effectively a new medium.
Wal-Mart's owls have returned to America, but the jobs haven't

Wal-Mart's owls have returned to America, but the jobs haven't

Wal-Mart Stores has been good to America's Great Horned Owl. Not the real bird -- the plastic one. As part of a much-hyped effort to bring factory jobs back to the United States, Wal-Mart persuaded tiny Dalen Products, of Knoxville, Tennessee, to shift production of the garden scarecrow back home from China.
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

VENTURE CAPITALAustin venture capital edges up in 2nd quarter, but still slow: Venture capital investments in Austin companies regained a little steam in the second quarter, but activity during the first half of the year remains far below last year.

The dark side of reverse mortgages

In the past few months I’ve written some positive columns about reverse mortgages.I promised to follow up with their downsides.

Up the Ladder

EnergyMTPV Power Corporation has named Colin Lacey executive vice president of product management and marketing.
Pour House, other tenants filling up space at Burnet Marketplace

Pour House, other tenants filling up space at Burnet Marketplace

Pour House Pub is back after a two-year break.The watering hole at 6701 Burnet Road in North Austin closed in 2014 to make way for Burnet Marketplace, a five-story mixed-use project featuring 343 apartments with ground-floor retail.
Pokemon Go puts Nintendo’s name back in spotlight

Pokemon Go puts Nintendo’s name back in spotlight

Nintendo suffered as a latecomer to smartphone games but is seeing the deep wealth of its franchise characters pay off with the success of “Pokemon Go,” even without a launch yet in Japan.
How and why did 'Pokemon Go' happen?

How and why did 'Pokemon Go' happen?

Yes, a weird thing has happened and if you are struggling to understand it, you are not alone. "Pokemon Go" has happened and it is the rare technological phenomenon that with very little warning became so popular and mainstream so quickly -- within one week, more than 10 percent of Android mobile devices had it installed, an order of hundreds of million -- that even early adopters hooked on the game were stunned.
Energy woes ease, but U.S. election, Brexit vote temper region’s growth

Energy woes ease, but U.S. election, Brexit vote temper region’s growth

A growing belief that oil prices have stabilized sent some relief throughout the regional economy, but uncertainties about the presidential election and the British vote to leave the European Union kept demand in check, according to a report Wednesday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
Talking about making money on Twitch with Texas Standard

Talking about making money on Twitch with Texas Standard

Our recent story about Austin Twitch gamers making a living (or close to it) on the streaming video platform was the subject of a recent tech segment on the Texas Standard radio show.
Behind the scenes with Austin Twitch streamers

Behind the scenes with Austin Twitch streamers

"We have 10 seconds. All right. I'm ready, let's do it." The swiped launch sequence is from NASA and it introduces Ashley Ford, an Austinite better known to her online viewers as "Crasskitty.
Talking about making money on Twitch with Texas Standard

Talking about making money on Twitch with Texas Standard

Our recent story about Austin Twitch gamers making a living (or close to it) on the streaming video platform was the subject of a recent tech segment on the Texas Standard radio show.
Behind the scenes with Austin Twitch streamers

Behind the scenes with Austin Twitch streamers

"We have 10 seconds. All right. I'm ready, let's do it." The swiped launch sequence is from NASA and it introduces Ashley Ford, an Austinite better known to her online viewers as "Crasskitty.
Conversable builds Facebook chatbot for Whole Foods

Conversable builds Facebook chatbot for Whole Foods

The newly launched Austin and Dallas-based startup that just gave Wingstop more messaging capabilities has new clients on its roster including Whole Foods and Pizza Hut.
Zynga picks up  Team Chaos and PlayStudios co-founder for casino games

Zynga picks up Team Chaos and PlayStudios co-founder for casino games

Zynga Inc. is drawing in Austin talent for its casino-style social mobile games.  The San Francisco company has hired PlayStudios co-founder Monty Kerr as a senior vice president and is acquiring Team Chaos, a 10-person Austin studio co-founded by Zynga vet Andrew Busey and former Chaotic Moon CEO Ben Lamm in 2013.
What Austin's Chaotic Moon was up to during SXSW 2016

What Austin's Chaotic Moon was up to during SXSW 2016

Chaotic Moon Studios, the company that has in the past shown off large-scale outdoor installations and fire-breathing drones at past South by Southwest Interactive events quieted down a little from those attention-grabbing stunts for 2016.
Austin startup Conversable looks to make biz bots better

Austin startup Conversable looks to make biz bots better

Ben Lamm and Andrew Busey, who worked together as partners at Accenture-owned Chaotic Moon Studios among their other ventures, are launching a new b-to-b startup in Austin and Dallas, Conversable, Inc.
Dell tops HP in PC shipments

Dell tops HP in PC shipments

Ending a seven-year slump, Dell shipped more PCs in the first quarter of this year than any other computer maker.

Brexit vote roils London real estate market

Henry Pryor, who has helped people buy homes in London for more than 30 years, says only war would be a bigger threat to the housing market than the conditions it faces now after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
Checking out the cars of summer

Checking out the cars of summer

Long summer nights and bright early mornings mean our favorite season is here: driving season. No machine embraces the sun quite like the convertible, but our favorite summer cars also include road warriors that can drive through the night in refined repose, double-duty vehicles that can hit the road as capably as the trail, and sports cars that are as cool as July is hot.

Looking for ways to spur Americans’ retirement savings

The race is on to save Americans’ golden years. The aging of baby boomers, the looming funding crisis for Social Security and the meager size of many workers’ nest eggs — if they have them at all — have spurred candidates, lawmakers and experts to propose ways to boost retirement savings.

The tax torpedo and the middle class

The reader was upset. He didn’t know it yet, but the “tax torpedo” had just hit his retirement.That’s the name I gave the taxation of Social Security benefits back in 2003.
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

INSURANCE BATTLEInsurer, critics clash over push for arbitration policy:A hearing room packed with lobbyists, insurance industry executives and lawyers last week demonstrated the weightiness, potential impact on consumers and the politically charged nature of an issue being considered by the state’s top insurance regulator.

Up the Ladder

BiomedicalMirna Therapeutics has named Perry Nisen to its board of directors.Health careCentraForce has named Stephen Newman chairman of its board.
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