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

Study: Americans worried about AI and its impact on data security  
 You’ve heard it before. Artificial intelligence is here to take your jobs and steal your privacy. With the advent of facial recognition technology in products like iPhones, and recent data breaches at major companies such as Facebook, concern over the effects of AI in daily human life is as strong as ever. A survey released this week...

Posted: 2 days ago

You’ve heard it before. Artificial intelligence is here to take your jobs and steal your privacy. With the advent of facial recognition technology in products like iPhones, and recent data breaches at major companies such as Facebook, concern over the effects of AI in daily human life is as strong as ever. A survey released this week...
Austin’s Pensa Systems, builder of automated inventory tracker, raises $2.2 million   
 Austin-based Pensa Systems, a startup that is building tech to automate the shelf restocking process for retailers and manufacturers, has raised $2.2 million to continue its growth, the company said Tuesday. The $2.2 million funding is the first significant funding round for Pensa Systems. It was led by Austin-based ATX Seed Ventures, an...

Posted: 4 days ago

Austin-based Pensa Systems, a startup that is building tech to automate the shelf restocking process for retailers and manufacturers, has raised $2.2 million to continue its growth, the company said Tuesday. The $2.2 million funding is the first significant funding round for Pensa Systems. It was led by Austin-based ATX Seed Ventures, an...
Take our survey: How is Amazon Prime impacting your Whole Foods shopping experience?
 Last week, Amazon revealed the next phase of its Whole Foods Market takeover: A 10 percent added discount for Amazon Prime members on grocery items already on sale at Whole Foods.  Now, we want to hear how the Prime discounts might affect you.  Take our four-question survey  to help us gather insight on how Whole Foods&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Last week, Amazon revealed the next phase of its Whole Foods Market takeover: A 10 percent added discount for Amazon Prime members on grocery items already on sale at Whole Foods.  Now, we want to hear how the Prime discounts might affect you.  Take our four-question survey to help us gather insight on how Whole Foods&rsquo...
Monday Tech Crawl: Facebook enlists Qualcomm for high-speed internet project, and tech firms make gains in this year’s Fortune 500 list
 Facebook and Qualcomm are teaming up Chipmaker Qualcomm is joining Facebook in its quest for better data sending efficiency and speed on wireless routers, according to a report in The Verge. Facebook has been working on the project, named Terragraph, since 2016. The project will now feature chipsets from Qualcomm that could reportedly send...

Posted: 5 days ago

Facebook and Qualcomm are teaming up Chipmaker Qualcomm is joining Facebook in its quest for better data sending efficiency and speed on wireless routers, according to a report in The Verge. Facebook has been working on the project, named Terragraph, since 2016. The project will now feature chipsets from Qualcomm that could reportedly send...
Early in 2018, sales tougher to come by for Austin-area auto dealers
 After several strong years, some headwinds are starting to appear for Austin-area auto dealers. Following a national trend, local sales of new vehicles declined in the first four months of 2018, bearing out market forecasts that projected a dip following several record-setting years. Sales of new vehicles in Central Texas decreased by 4.4...

Posted: 7 days ago

After several strong years, some headwinds are starting to appear for Austin-area auto dealers. Following a national trend, local sales of new vehicles declined in the first four months of 2018, bearing out market forecasts that projected a dip following several record-setting years. Sales of new vehicles in Central Texas decreased by 4.4...
Wednesday Tech Crawl: Dell EMC to pay $2.9 million in pay discrimination settlement, and Robert Downey Jr. making YouTube series about AI
 Dell EMC will have to pay more than $2.9 million in back wages to settle pay discrimination violations  The U.S. Department of Labor said this week that beginning in 2014,  Dell EMC allegedly violated federal pay discrimination rules  at facilities in California and North Carolina. “Dell EMC systemically discriminated...

Posted: 10 days ago

Dell EMC will have to pay more than $2.9 million in back wages to settle pay discrimination violations  The U.S. Department of Labor said this week that beginning in 2014,  Dell EMC allegedly violated federal pay discrimination rules at facilities in California and North Carolina. “Dell EMC systemically discriminated...
Amazon launches discount program for Prime members at Whole Foods
 Amazon Prime has officially arrived at Whole Foods Market.  The online retailer on Wednesday launched a new discount program that will allow Amazon Prime customers to receive an additional 10 percent off items that are already on sale at Whole Foods.  Amazon said the program will affect hundreds of products throughout each Whole...

Posted: 10 days ago

Amazon Prime has officially arrived at Whole Foods Market.  The online retailer on Wednesday launched a new discount program that will allow Amazon Prime customers to receive an additional 10 percent off items that are already on sale at Whole Foods.  Amazon said the program will affect hundreds of products throughout each Whole...
Amazon has been reducing Instacart’s branding at Whole Foods
 Instacart, a pioneer in on-demand grocery delivery, has had its branding reduced within Whole Foods Market since the grocer was sold to Amazon last fall. Once close partners, Instacart and Whole Foods have been on uneasy terms since Amazon bought Whole Foods. Amazon in February began its own delivery service for Whole Foods products in select...

Posted: 11 days ago

Instacart, a pioneer in on-demand grocery delivery, has had its branding reduced within Whole Foods Market since the grocer was sold to Amazon last fall. Once close partners, Instacart and Whole Foods have been on uneasy terms since Amazon bought Whole Foods. Amazon in February began its own delivery service for Whole Foods products in select...
Amazon has been reducing Instacart's branding at Whole Foods 
 Marianne Daugherty first heard about changes to Instacart’s presence within Whole Foods Market soon after the grocer closed its $13.7 billion deal with Amazon last August. Daugherty, an Instacart shopper stationed at the Whole Foods store in Southwest Austin at MoPac and William Cannon Drive, said she found out that Instacart was told...

Posted: 11 days ago

Marianne Daugherty first heard about changes to Instacart’s presence within Whole Foods Market soon after the grocer closed its $13.7 billion deal with Amazon last August. Daugherty, an Instacart shopper stationed at the Whole Foods store in Southwest Austin at MoPac and William Cannon Drive, said she found out that Instacart was told...