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

AT&T to operate 5G testing lab in Austin
 Telecommunications giant AT&T says it is building a testing facility in Austin to simulate real-world customer experiences with its evolving 5G network. The broadband provider is calling the testing facility a 5G lab. AT&T said the facility will open in North Austin in the spring and be used to test 5G network equipment and devices before...

Posted: 2 hours ago

Telecommunications giant AT&T says it is building a testing facility in Austin to simulate real-world customer experiences with its evolving 5G network. The broadband provider is calling the testing facility a 5G lab. AT&T said the facility will open in North Austin in the spring and be used to test 5G network equipment and devices before...
Legislature expected to weigh in on Austin sick leave rules
 Debate over a requirement that businesses in Austin provide employees with up to eight days of paid sick leave annually might be just getting started, despite the City Council’s approval of the measure early Friday. But the setting for the next fight is likely to be the Texas Capitol, not City Hall, according to representatives of a...

Posted: 5 days ago

Debate over a requirement that businesses in Austin provide employees with up to eight days of paid sick leave annually might be just getting started, despite the City Council’s approval of the measure early Friday. But the setting for the next fight is likely to be the Texas Capitol, not City Hall, according to representatives of a...
Weighing the impact Amazon’s HQ2 could have on Austin — and its people
 The Austin area is one of 20 finalists for Amazon’s planned second headquarters2, a development expected to create 50,000 high-paying jobs and upend the winning city’s economy during coming years. The mere possibility of such a project has already reverberated across the Austin metro area, where residents and influences throughout...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Austin area is one of 20 finalists for Amazon’s planned second headquarters2, a development expected to create 50,000 high-paying jobs and upend the winning city’s economy during coming years. The mere possibility of such a project has already reverberated across the Austin metro area, where residents and influences throughout...
From education to transportation to cost of living, weighing the impact Amazon’s HQ2 could have on Austin -- and its people
 By now, it’s common knowledge that Austin is a potential site for Amazon’s planned second headquarters. The Austin area is one of 20 finalists in the U.S. and Canada where the online retailer could build the project known as HQ2, a development expected to create 50,000 high-paying jobs and upend the winning city’s economy...

Posted: 5 days ago

By now, it’s common knowledge that Austin is a potential site for Amazon’s planned second headquarters. The Austin area is one of 20 finalists in the U.S. and Canada where the online retailer could build the project known as HQ2, a development expected to create 50,000 high-paying jobs and upend the winning city’s economy...
Does sale of subsidiary Mozy give any clues about Dell’s longer-term plans?
 As Dell Technologies continues to examine the potential for major changes in its operational strategy, the Round Rock-based tech giant is also making smaller moves. Dell has agreed to sell one of its subsidiaries, cloud backup firm Mozy Inc., to  Carbonite for $145.8 million in cash. Based in Boston, Carbonite also performs cloud backup and...

Posted: 6 days ago

As Dell Technologies continues to examine the potential for major changes in its operational strategy, the Round Rock-based tech giant is also making smaller moves. Dell has agreed to sell one of its subsidiaries, cloud backup firm Mozy Inc., to Carbonite for $145.8 million in cash. Based in Boston, Carbonite also performs cloud backup and...
Monday Tech Crawl: Facebook loses millions of young users, and Oracle plans big expansion 
 A new report highlights Facebook’s problem with young users  The report by market research firm eMarketer says the use of Facebook by 12-17-year-olds in the U.S. declined by 9.9 percent last year. In total, Facebook lost about 2.8 million U.S. users under 25 in 2017. While Facebook is still overall the most popular social...

Posted: 9 days ago

A new report highlights Facebook’s problem with young users  The report by market research firm eMarketer says the use of Facebook by 12-17-year-olds in the U.S. declined by 9.9 percent last year. In total, Facebook lost about 2.8 million U.S. users under 25 in 2017. While Facebook is still overall the most popular social...
Gas prices heading higher across Texas
 Gas prices in Texas have gone up recently as part of a surge in the oil market that has pushed costs higher across the country. The average price of unleaded fuel in Texas was $2.35 per gallon as of Thursday, a 26-cent increase over the same week last year, according to auto club AAA Texas. In Austin, the average price was $2.35 per gallon...

Posted: 13 days ago

Gas prices in Texas have gone up recently as part of a surge in the oil market that has pushed costs higher across the country. The average price of unleaded fuel in Texas was $2.35 per gallon as of Thursday, a 26-cent increase over the same week last year, according to auto club AAA Texas. In Austin, the average price was $2.35 per gallon...
Whole Foods rolls out first ad campaign since Amazon merger 
 After almost six months of being owned by Amazon, Austin-based Whole Foods Market has launched a new TV and digital advertising campaign that appears to be aimed at showing off the variety of products and services that the grocer offers.  Each of the ads are short segments. One ad depicts a man shopping for cheese and being served...

Posted: 14 days ago

After almost six months of being owned by Amazon, Austin-based Whole Foods Market has launched a new TV and digital advertising campaign that appears to be aimed at showing off the variety of products and services that the grocer offers.  Each of the ads are short segments. One ad depicts a man shopping for cheese and being served...