Sebastian Herrera

Business and technology reporter

Sebastian Herrera is a business and technology reporter at the Austin American-Statesman. He is a journalism graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, and his previous work includes the Houston Chronicle, NPR’s Austin affiliate KUT public radio and ESPN The Magazine.

Latest from Sebastian Herrera

Google Fiber installations experience delay in Mueller development
 Google’s high-speed Internet and cable TV Google Fiber service has experienced installation delays at the Mueller master-planned development in Austin, a Google Fiber spokesperson said. While the company did not provide details about what specifically caused the issue, it said it was “working hard to complete construction...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Google’s high-speed Internet and cable TV Google Fiber service has experienced installation delays at the Mueller master-planned development in Austin, a Google Fiber spokesperson said. While the company did not provide details about what specifically caused the issue, it said it was “working hard to complete construction...
Monday Tech Crawl: PayPal launches investment service, and holiday sales begin online 
 A year after taking a small stake in investment firm Acorns Grow Inc., PayPal is beginning to offer Acorn’s service on its platform  Beginning today, some PayPal users will be able to put funds into their Acorns account and manage them through PayPal.  PayPal is rolling out the automated service in phases. It will be available...

Posted: 18 hours ago

A year after taking a small stake in investment firm Acorns Grow Inc., PayPal is beginning to offer Acorn’s service on its platform  Beginning today, some PayPal users will be able to put funds into their Acorns account and manage them through PayPal.  PayPal is rolling out the automated service in phases. It will be available...
Whole Foods reports big drop in profit for fiscal 2017  
 Whole Foods Market saw a big decline in profit during the past year, according to financial documents the Austin-based grocery chain filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. Whole Foods, which was acquired by Amazon earlier this year, posted $245 million in profit for its fiscal year that ended on Sept...

Posted: 3 days ago

Whole Foods Market saw a big decline in profit during the past year, according to financial documents the Austin-based grocery chain filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. Whole Foods, which was acquired by Amazon earlier this year, posted $245 million in profit for its fiscal year that ended on Sept...
Amazon says it’s lowering prices on more items at Whole Foods  
 About two and a half months after Amazon shook up the grocery industry by announcing lower prices on some items at its newly acquired Whole Foods Market, the online retailer said Wednesday that it is cutting prices on more items at Whole Foods stores.  Prices will be lowered for customer favorites such as “Value Pack Boneless...

Posted: 5 days ago

About two and a half months after Amazon shook up the grocery industry by announcing lower prices on some items at its newly acquired Whole Foods Market, the online retailer said Wednesday that it is cutting prices on more items at Whole Foods stores.  Prices will be lowered for customer favorites such as “Value Pack Boneless...
Tuesday Tech Crawl: Qualcomm denies Broadcom’s merger offer, and Google to fix Pixel 2 XL touchscreen problem 
 A deal between chip makers Qualcomm and Broadcom is off (for now) A week ago, semiconductor firm Broadcom offered roughly $105 billion to take over competitor Qualcomm in what was hailed as potentially the largest technology merger ever. But on Monday, Qualcomm rejected Broadcom’s offer, an unsurprising move that could just be a negotiating...

Posted: 6 days ago

A deal between chip makers Qualcomm and Broadcom is off (for now) A week ago, semiconductor firm Broadcom offered roughly $105 billion to take over competitor Qualcomm in what was hailed as potentially the largest technology merger ever. But on Monday, Qualcomm rejected Broadcom’s offer, an unsurprising move that could just be a negotiating...
Monday Tech Crawl: Uber approves major investment deal, and Nintendo plans increased production of Switch consoles  
 Uber has approved Softbank’s multi-billion offer The ride-hailing giant has agreed to let Japanese telecommunications firm Softbank take a major stake in the company. Softbank and other firms will be able to invest up to $1 billion into Uber and purchase up to $9 billion shares from current shareholders. If the deal closes, it...

Posted: 7 days ago

Uber has approved Softbank’s multi-billion offer The ride-hailing giant has agreed to let Japanese telecommunications firm Softbank take a major stake in the company. Softbank and other firms will be able to invest up to $1 billion into Uber and purchase up to $9 billion shares from current shareholders. If the deal closes, it...
Dozens of jobs to be eliminated as tech company shuts down Austin operations 
 Austin software company Overwatch Systems, which provides computer programming and other services, will soon begin to wind down its operations and eventually stop service, Overwatch’s parent company Textron Systems confirmed on Friday. The shutdown will affect 46 positions at the company’s offices at 5301 Southwest Parkway in...

Posted: 10 days ago

Austin software company Overwatch Systems, which provides computer programming and other services, will soon begin to wind down its operations and eventually stop service, Overwatch’s parent company Textron Systems confirmed on Friday. The shutdown will affect 46 positions at the company’s offices at 5301 Southwest Parkway in...
Former RideAustin driver’s rape case reignites debate over ride-hailing background checks
 When Osmani Limonta Diaz applied to become a driver for ride-hailing nonprofit RideAustin, his criminal record looked clean. It gave no sign of the legal trouble he faces now. Diaz is accused of raping a female passenger while working for RideAustin on June 10. He was formally charged on Oct. 13. Diaz, however, had passed fingerprint-...

Posted: 10 days ago

When Osmani Limonta Diaz applied to become a driver for ride-hailing nonprofit RideAustin, his criminal record looked clean. It gave no sign of the legal trouble he faces now. Diaz is accused of raping a female passenger while working for RideAustin on June 10. He was formally charged on Oct. 13. Diaz, however, had passed fingerprint-...
Amazon to sell Kindles, Echos, other products in Whole Foods stores 
 So far, the most visible sign of Amazon’s ownership of Austin-based Whole Foods Market has been orange Amazon price labels inside the grocer promoting lower prices. Soon, though, shoppers will be seeing some of Amazon’s most popular items in Whole Foods stores.  Amazon and Whole Foods said Thursday that the grocer will begin...

Posted: 11 days ago

So far, the most visible sign of Amazon’s ownership of Austin-based Whole Foods Market has been orange Amazon price labels inside the grocer promoting lower prices. Soon, though, shoppers will be seeing some of Amazon’s most popular items in Whole Foods stores.  Amazon and Whole Foods said Thursday that the grocer will begin...
Pence, Abbott visit Sutherland Springs as all victims’ names released
 Hours before Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Texas to mourn the shooting deaths of 26 people killed Sunday inside a rural church, officials released the names of those who died. Nine children were shot to death, including the 16-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor. The death toll includes the fetus of Crystal Holcombe...

Posted: 12 days ago

Hours before Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Texas to mourn the shooting deaths of 26 people killed Sunday inside a rural church, officials released the names of those who died. Nine children were shot to death, including the 16-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor. The death toll includes the fetus of Crystal Holcombe...
‘Our faith is unwavering’: Hundreds attend vigil for shooting victims
 10 p.m. update: Hundreds gathered Wednesday evenin at Floresville High School and packed stadium bleachers to hear songs and words of worship in honor of the 26 killed on Sunday at First Baptist Church in nearby Sutherland Springs. They sang along as “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin was played. They listened intently as...

Posted: 12 days ago

10 p.m. update: Hundreds gathered Wednesday evenin at Floresville High School and packed stadium bleachers to hear songs and words of worship in honor of the 26 killed on Sunday at First Baptist Church in nearby Sutherland Springs. They sang along as “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin was played. They listened intently as...