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Tech Crawl: Amazon’s stock hits $1,000, and check out the ‘flying motorbike’
 Happy Tuesday, Austin. Here’s hoping your Memorial Day long weekend was a great one, filled with friends, family and good times. As you head back into the work week today, here’s a quick look at some of the tech-related stories that are making news and generating buzz around the Internet today: Looks like a whole lot of us are...

3:10 PM Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

Happy Tuesday, Austin. Here’s hoping your Memorial Day long weekend was a great one, filled with friends, family and good times. As you head back into the work week today, here’s a quick look at some of the tech-related stories that are making news and generating buzz around the Internet today: Looks like a whole lot of us are...
Our ongoing search for the best financial advice

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017

Some of you have been wondering: What’s the deal with the recent parade of personal finance columnists in the American-Statesman’s Sunday Business section? It’s a fair question, so here’s a deeper explanation for what are we doing with our Sunday Business section, why we are doing it — and what we are trying...
Join us in celebrating birthday No. 1 for 512tech.com
 At 512tech.com, today is a day for celebration. One year ago today -- March 8, 2016 -- 512tech was officially launched by the Austin American-Statesman. So that makes today our first birthday. Our mission from Day One was to become the go-to site for news on Austin’s technology sector.  Along with the new site, we created...

5:00 PM Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2017

At 512tech.com, today is a day for celebration. One year ago today -- March 8, 2016 -- 512tech was officially launched by the Austin American-Statesman. So that makes today our first birthday. Our mission from Day One was to become the go-to site for news on Austin’s technology sector.  Along with the new site, we created...
Hundreds rally at Austin airport to protest Trump immigration order
 Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Sunday afternoon to express their opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Airport authorities placed cones in the terminal roadway to...

11:26 PM Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Sunday afternoon to express their opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Airport authorities placed cones in the terminal roadway to...
Hundreds protest #MuslimBan at Austin airport
 Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Sunday afternoon to express their opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Airport authorities placed cones in the terminal roadway to...

9:52 PM Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Sunday afternoon to express their opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Airport authorities placed cones in the terminal roadway to...
Protesters gather at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
 Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Sunday afternoon to express their opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. Airport Authorities placed cones in the terminal roadway to separate protesters...

8:53 PM Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Sunday afternoon to express their opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. Airport Authorities placed cones in the terminal roadway to separate protesters...
Tech crawl: Sick of Pokemon Go? Here's how to escape it
 Good morning, Austin. Here's a quick look at some of the tech-related stories crating buzz around the Internet today: Enough with the Pokemon Go thing If you’re sick of hearing, reading and talking about Pokemon Go, there is a way to achieve at least a partial escape. Web browser Google Chrome has several extensions you can install...

2:53 PM Thursday, Jul. 14, 2016

Good morning, Austin. Here's a quick look at some of the tech-related stories crating buzz around the Internet today: Enough with the Pokemon Go thing If you’re sick of hearing, reading and talking about Pokemon Go, there is a way to achieve at least a partial escape. Web browser Google Chrome has several extensions you can install...
Morning tech crawl: Streaming TV services skeptical about VR, and meet a super-smart fridge
 Good morning, Austin. Hope your Thursday is off to a good start. Here's a look at some of the stories making news and creating buzz around the tech world: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says his streaming service isn't ready to invest heavily in virtual reality technology -- mainly because he thinks people won't binge watch shows using VR platforms...

2:52 PM Thursday, May. 05, 2016

Good morning, Austin. Hope your Thursday is off to a good start. Here's a look at some of the stories making news and creating buzz around the tech world: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says his streaming service isn't ready to invest heavily in virtual reality technology -- mainly because he thinks people won't binge watch shows using VR platforms...
Samsung, Edbacker partnership giving $13,000 to Manor schools
 A partnership between Samsung Austin Semiconductor and Edbacker, a funding platform for educators, will lead to the distribution $13,000 dollars to the Manor Independent School District.  Edbacker is an online platform designed to connect corporate partners directly to school districts. Through the program, Samsung will distribute $1...

4:25 PM Friday, Mar. 25, 2016

A partnership between Samsung Austin Semiconductor and Edbacker, a funding platform for educators, will lead to the distribution $13,000 dollars to the Manor Independent School District.  Edbacker is an online platform designed to connect corporate partners directly to school districts. Through the program, Samsung will distribute $1...
3/15 Morning Tech Crawl: So long to SXSW Interactive
 Good morning, Austin.  Typically, our Morning Tech Crawl gives you a sampling of interesting technology stories from outside our fair city.  But today, on the final full day of SXSW Interactive, we thought we’d remind you of a few of the day’s Interactive highlights, while you still have time to enjoy them:   ...

2:02 PM Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2016

Good morning, Austin.  Typically, our Morning Tech Crawl gives you a sampling of interesting technology stories from outside our fair city.  But today, on the final full day of SXSW Interactive, we thought we’d remind you of a few of the day’s Interactive highlights, while you still have time to enjoy them:   ...
03/09 Morning Tech Crawl
 Good morning, Austin. Here's a look at some of the stories generating buzz around the technology world this morning: Various technology media outlets are reporting that Round Rock-based Dell Inc. is closing in on a deal to sell its IT services business unit Perot Systems to Japanese telecom giant NTT for $3.5 billion. There's been...

3:42 PM Tuesday, Mar. 08, 2016

Good morning, Austin. Here's a look at some of the stories generating buzz around the technology world this morning: Various technology media outlets are reporting that Round Rock-based Dell Inc. is closing in on a deal to sell its IT services business unit Perot Systems to Japanese telecom giant NTT for $3.5 billion. There's been...
Welcome to 512Tech
 The technology industry -- and the culture that surrounds it -- is a big deal in Austin.  The high-tech sector is one of the key pieces of our area's economic foundation. It employs tens of thousands of Central Texas workers, and directly pumps billions of dollars into the local economy each year. It's safe to say the tech sector's indirect...

3:33 PM Tuesday, Mar. 08, 2016

The technology industry -- and the culture that surrounds it -- is a big deal in Austin.  The high-tech sector is one of the key pieces of our area's economic foundation. It employs tens of thousands of Central Texas workers, and directly pumps billions of dollars into the local economy each year. It's safe to say the tech sector's indirect...
03/07  512Tech morning briefing
 Good morning, Austin.  Here's a look at some of the stories generating buzz around the technology world this morning: How hot is the Augmented reality/virtual reality sector? In the first two months of the year, investors have already poured $1.1 billion into those fields.  Tech Crunch takes a look at what that means.   ...

6:23 PM Monday, Mar. 07, 2016

Good morning, Austin.  Here's a look at some of the stories generating buzz around the technology world this morning: How hot is the Augmented reality/virtual reality sector? In the first two months of the year, investors have already poured $1.1 billion into those fields.  Tech Crunch takes a look at what that means.   ...
Top workplaces’ shared traits: Flexibility, strong values

6:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

What are the best places to work in Central Texas? For the fifth consecutive year, the Austin American-Statesman is helping answer that question. After surveys of more than 22,000 workers at 159 companies, the American-Statesman’s 2014 Top Workplaces of Greater Austin project narrowed it down to 100 Central Texas employers worthy of...
Surveying company raises $36 million

10:01 PM Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014

Surveying and Mapping Inc., an Austin-based surveying, mapping and geospatial solutions company, has raised $36.7 million from Austin Ventures to continue its rapid growth, the company said Wednesday. The investment is the first outside funding for the 20-year-old company, which is known in the industry as SAM Inc. Bob Huston, adviser to...
To be a Top Workplace, companies offer more than a paycheck

4:00 AM Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

What are the best places to work in Central Texas? For the fourth consecutive year, the Austin American-Statesman is helping answer that question. After surveys of more than 22,000 workers at 143 companies, the American-Statesman’s 2013 Top Workplaces of Greater Austin project narrowed it down to 85 Central Texas employers worthy of...
2013 Top Workplaces special awards

4:00 AM Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

All of the companies making the American-Statesman’s 2014 Top Workplaces list got high marks from their employees. But even among these top companies, some performances stood above the rest, earning them special awards in our Top Workplaces Project. The special awards were chosen by the American-Statesman’s partner in this project...
Sales tax collections rise by 2.7 percent in September

8:54 PM Wednesday, Oct. 09, 2013

Texas saw its sales tax collections rise in September, with revenue of $2.01 billion, an increase of 2.7 percent over the same month last year, the state comptroller’s office said Wednesday. September 42nd consecutive month in which sales tax revenue has increased, according to data from the comptroller’s office. Sales tax collection...
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