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Austin on short list for Amazon’s second headquarters 
 Amazon announced Thursday that Austin made its short list of 20 cities that could become the site of the retail giant’s planned second headquarters project. Dallas was the only other Texas city that made the cut. "We are pleased that the Austin region has advanced to the second round,"  Mike Berman, spokesman for the Greater...

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Amazon announced Thursday that Austin made its short list of 20 cities that could become the site of the retail giant’s planned second headquarters project. Dallas was the only other Texas city that made the cut. "We are pleased that the Austin region has advanced to the second round," Mike Berman, spokesman for the Greater...
Lawsuits filed against AMD over security flaws 
 Two law firms have filed suit against Advanced Micro Devices after researchers found security flaws affecting products by AMD and other computer chipmakers.  The complaints, which seek class action status, were filed by Rosen Law Firm and the Pomerantz law firm in U.S. District Court in Northern California. AMD is based in California...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Two law firms have filed suit against Advanced Micro Devices after researchers found security flaws affecting products by AMD and other computer chipmakers.  The complaints, which seek class action status, were filed by Rosen Law Firm and the Pomerantz law firm in U.S. District Court in Northern California. AMD is based in California...
Whole Foods products boosted Amazon's online grocery sales last year, report finds
 Amazon’s purchase of Austin-based Whole Foods Market last year is already bolstering the online retailer’s sale of groceries, according to a new report.  Sales of Whole Foods’ store brand, called 365 Everyday Value, helped sales on Amazon’s line of consumables grow by 35 percent year-over-year in 2017, according...

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Amazon’s purchase of Austin-based Whole Foods Market last year is already bolstering the online retailer’s sale of groceries, according to a new report.  Sales of Whole Foods’ store brand, called 365 Everyday Value, helped sales on Amazon’s line of consumables grow by 35 percent year-over-year in 2017, according...
Wednesday Tech Crawl: Congress to probe Hawaii missile message, and Apple supplier denies charge of unsafe factory conditions  
 The U.S. Congress is looking into the erroneous mistake by Hawaii officials last weekend On Saturday, Hawaii officials sent out an emergency message to residents’ smartphones that warned of an incoming ballistic missile. The message sent panic throughout Hawaii’s islands before officials said the message had been sent out in error...

Posted: 23 hours ago

The U.S. Congress is looking into the erroneous mistake by Hawaii officials last weekend On Saturday, Hawaii officials sent out an emergency message to residents’ smartphones that warned of an incoming ballistic missile. The message sent panic throughout Hawaii’s islands before officials said the message had been sent out in error...
Key Texas lawmaker supports Medicaid policy change

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An influential Texas lawmaker says he supports a new federal policy that allows states to impose work requirements for Medicaid recipients. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, who chairs the Texas Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee, said the policy change will allow states more flexibility with their health care systems...
Uber made policy changes for drivers. Did they actually help? 
 For the past half-year, San Francisco-based ride-hailing company Uber has been trying to mend what at times has been a strained relationship with its drivers. After years of complaints from drivers that the company was not adequately supporting them, Uber from June until the end of last year changed policies and added features to its smartphone...

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For the past half-year, San Francisco-based ride-hailing company Uber has been trying to mend what at times has been a strained relationship with its drivers. After years of complaints from drivers that the company was not adequately supporting them, Uber from June until the end of last year changed policies and added features to its smartphone...
AT&T to roll out full 5G service this year; will Austin be among first cities to get it? 
 Telecommunications giant AT&T said Thursday that it plans to launch a full mobile 5G service by the end of the year in a dozen U.S. cities.  AT&T officials declined to say if Austin would be one of those 12 markets. Since last year AT&T has been testing a similar service in Austin and 22 other metro areas. The term “5G” ...

Posted: 13 days ago

Telecommunications giant AT&T said Thursday that it plans to launch a full mobile 5G service by the end of the year in a dozen U.S. cities.  AT&T officials declined to say if Austin would be one of those 12 markets. Since last year AT&T has been testing a similar service in Austin and 22 other metro areas. The term “5G” ...
Austin-based Accruent continues international expansion, acquires UK company
 Austin-based software maker Accruent has expanded its European presence  by purchasing United Kingdom-based software company Kykloud, the company said Wednesday.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  The acquisition is the second international deal in the past two months by Accruent, which develops real estate, facilities...

Posted: 14 days ago

Austin-based software maker Accruent has expanded its European presence by purchasing United Kingdom-based software company Kykloud, the company said Wednesday.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  The acquisition is the second international deal in the past two months by Accruent, which develops real estate, facilities...
Austin’s role in the rise of autonomous vehicles
 As high-tech and automotive companies head toward a future where driverless vehicles dominate the market, Austin’s tech sector is playing a significant role in that progress. “Austin should be to automated vehicles what Detroit was to the last century of automakers,” Mayor Steve Adler said earlier this year. The city has...

Posted: 22 days ago

As high-tech and automotive companies head toward a future where driverless vehicles dominate the market, Austin’s tech sector is playing a significant role in that progress. “Austin should be to automated vehicles what Detroit was to the last century of automakers,” Mayor Steve Adler said earlier this year. The city has...
Austin's role in the rise of autonomous vehicles        
 At a news conference in the spring, Austin Mayor Steve Adler made a bold statement about the city’s future in innovative technology -- specifically, its future in the automotive industry.   “Austin,” Adler said, “should be to automated vehicles what Detroit was to the last century of automakers.” ...

Posted: 22 days ago

At a news conference in the spring, Austin Mayor Steve Adler made a bold statement about the city’s future in innovative technology -- specifically, its future in the automotive industry.   “Austin,” Adler said, “should be to automated vehicles what Detroit was to the last century of automakers.” ...
A look at how Amazon’s Prime Now service delivers packages in one hour in Austin
 Amazon’s strategy to deliver packages to customers in one hour is based on a simple, but technologically advanced operation that relies heavily on an internal system that runs through a bar-code scanner. Launched in 2014, Prime Now is now reportedly available in more than 45 cities. Its capabilities of delivering packages to customers...

Posted: 26 days ago

Amazon’s strategy to deliver packages to customers in one hour is based on a simple, but technologically advanced operation that relies heavily on an internal system that runs through a bar-code scanner. Launched in 2014, Prime Now is now reportedly available in more than 45 cities. Its capabilities of delivering packages to customers...
Tax changes to have impact on Dell's debt payments 
 When Dell Technologies bought data storage giant EMC Corp. last year, it took on significant debt, doing so in a tax system that has generally allowed Dell to fully deduct the payments it was making toward the interest on that debt.  But that system is about to significantly change.  After U.S. lawmakers passed a sweeping overhaul...

Posted: 27 days ago

When Dell Technologies bought data storage giant EMC Corp. last year, it took on significant debt, doing so in a tax system that has generally allowed Dell to fully deduct the payments it was making toward the interest on that debt.  But that system is about to significantly change.  After U.S. lawmakers passed a sweeping overhaul...
Ride-hailing app GetMe suspends service in Austin  
 Ride-hailing firm GetMe has temporarily shut down its phone application in Austin, the company confirmed on Thursday. GetMe said its app is being revamped for a re-launch, though the company did not say when that would happen.  “Our current app is unavailable as Get Me evolves and transforms its team and technology,” GetMe...

Posted: 27 days ago

Ride-hailing firm GetMe has temporarily shut down its phone application in Austin, the company confirmed on Thursday. GetMe said its app is being revamped for a re-launch, though the company did not say when that would happen.  “Our current app is unavailable as Get Me evolves and transforms its team and technology,” GetMe...
Spectrum launches high-speed, 1 gigabit internet service in Austin  
 Broadband provider Charter Communications on Wednesday announced that it has launched  high-speed 1 gigabit internet service in Austin through its suite of broadband services named Spectrum. Priced at $104.99 for new customers, the service will provide 1 gigabit, or 1,000 megabits, per second of high-speed internet. At 1 gigabit, a user...

Posted: 28 days ago

Broadband provider Charter Communications on Wednesday announced that it has launched high-speed 1 gigabit internet service in Austin through its suite of broadband services named Spectrum. Priced at $104.99 for new customers, the service will provide 1 gigabit, or 1,000 megabits, per second of high-speed internet. At 1 gigabit, a user...
Monday Tech Crawl: Survey shows Snapchat still most popular among teens, and Facebook demotes posts asking for likes or shares  
 Snapchat still rules among teens Despite Snapchat’s recent struggles, which include stagnant finances and a dwindling stock, investment firm RBC Capital Markets found in one of its regular surveys that Snapchat remains more popular among teens than any other social media app. About 79 percent of the 13-18-year-olds surveyed said...

3:03 PM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Snapchat still rules among teens Despite Snapchat’s recent struggles, which include stagnant finances and a dwindling stock, investment firm RBC Capital Markets found in one of its regular surveys that Snapchat remains more popular among teens than any other social media app. About 79 percent of the 13-18-year-olds surveyed said...
A milestone for Austin-based Car2go: 1 million users 
 Car2go, the car-sharing company based in Austin, says it has hit a milestone: It has topped 1 million users in North America. The milestone comes nine years after Car2go launched its North America operation in Austin as a pilot program with 200 cars. Paul DeLong, CEO for the company’s North America operations, said the growth ...

6:14 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Car2go, the car-sharing company based in Austin, says it has hit a milestone: It has topped 1 million users in North America. The milestone comes nine years after Car2go launched its North America operation in Austin as a pilot program with 200 cars. Paul DeLong, CEO for the company’s North America operations, said the growth ...
Friday Tech Crawl: F.C.C. repeals net neutrality rules, and AIM has officially shut down   
 The Federal Communications Commission tossed out Obama-era rules that governed the internet  Known as net neutrality, the regulations, approved in 2015, were meant to provide oversight to America’s broadband providers. The commission’s decision on Tuesday has caused a public stir. Critics of the move say consumers could have...

4:00 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission tossed out Obama-era rules that governed the internet  Known as net neutrality, the regulations, approved in 2015, were meant to provide oversight to America’s broadband providers. The commission’s decision on Tuesday has caused a public stir. Critics of the move say consumers could have...
UT-spawned tech startup GenXComm raises $7 million  
 Austin-based startup GenXComm, which creates technology to boost wireless and wired communication networks, said Tuesday that it has raised $7 million to expand operations and add staff members.   The funding, led by Intel’s investment branch, is GenXComm’s second significant round of investment since researchers at...

7:12 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Austin-based startup GenXComm, which creates technology to boost wireless and wired communication networks, said Tuesday that it has raised $7 million to expand operations and add staff members.   The funding, led by Intel’s investment branch, is GenXComm’s second significant round of investment since researchers at...
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