Amazon built a significant presence in Central Texas long before HQ2 frenzy

If the Austin area does somehow beat out more than 200 competitors and land Amazon’s $5 billion, 50,000-employee second headquarters project , the facility would just be the latest addition to an already significant presence Amazon has established...

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Progress slow at SpaceX’s planned South Texas spaceport

BOCA CHICA -- More than three years ago, SpaceX founder Elon Musk gathered with state leaders at this remote South Texas beach to trumpet it as the future location of the world’s first commercial spaceport.     But so far, the only liftoffs from the...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Uber fires top executive after undisclosed hack last year exposed rider, driver info

Uber customer, driver data stolen last year In October of last year, hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc. But Uber concealed this breach for over a year after paying hackers $100,000, according...

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Austin firm developing chip for smart devices that recognizes harmful pathogens 

Software industry veteran Steve Papermaster wants to disrupt the healthcare industry like ride-hailing companies are disrupting the auto industry. And Tuesday, Papermaster believes, was a beginning step in doing so. Papermaster’s Austin-based molecular...

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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...

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AT&T’s Nighthawk LTE Mobile Hotspot: great if you can keep those 5G expectations in check

Let us for a moment consider the magic and mystery of Wi-Fi. It’s all around us. Many of use it every day. Perhaps we thought it was some sort of crazy magic when it first was unleashed to us 20 years ago, but now it’s something to get annoyed at...

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Austin-based Bridgepoint Consulting is acquired by Chicago firm

Austin-based Bridgepoint Consulting has been acquired by Addison Group, a Chicago-based professional services firm. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Addison Group said Bridgepoint’s leadership team, industry experience and business...

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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...

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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...

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UPDATE: Austin software maker SailPoint raises $240M in IPO, gets a warm welcome from Wall Street

Software maker SailPoint Technologies got a warm welcome from Wall Street on its first day as a public company. The Austin-based company raised $240 million in an initial public offering on Thursday. The company priced 20 million shares at $12 each...

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In biggest deal yet, Austin’s Upland Software buys Qvidian for $50 million

Austin-based Upland Software just keeps doing what it does — growing by acquiring other software companies.  The company said Friday that it has acquired Massachusetts-based Qvidian Corporation, which makes cloud-based RFP and sales automation software...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Mashable sold, Apple’s VP of diversity exiting and Tesla’s big truck news

Happy Friday before Thanksgiving, everybody! Here are some tech stories we’re watching: Tesla unveils truck and also a surprise new Roadster On Thursday night, Tesla’s Elon Musk unveiled the company’s big new electric vehicle, a semitractor-trailer...

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‘DropMix’ changes the game with unique take on music creation

“DropMix” is a really curious attempt at throwing an intriguing gaming concept at the wall with as much style and skill as possible and seeing if it sticks. The hybrid video/music game costs $99, but I’ve seen it on sale for $69 recently online, and...

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PSA: Download Firefox’s update if you want faster browsing

The Browser Wars seems like such a quaint concept these days, like the Cola Wars or caring about how many MP3s you own. Most people decided on their favorite web browser ages ago and tend not to switch. That said, if you are a Firefox user or just...

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Social Media Week Austin is coming back in February

Social Media Week Austin, a three-day event focused on social media and digital marking, is coming back in 2018, returning to town after its 2017 debut. The event is scheduled for Feb. 26-28, and is put on by Best Practice Media. The event, which...

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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...

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Amid big growth, tech startup Opcity is moving HQ from downtown to Southeast Austin

Real estate technology startup Opcity is moving its headquarters from downtown to Southeast Austin to fuel its rapid growth. After researching options across town, the company is opening a 50,000-square-foot office at 6800 Burleson Road. The space...

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Forbes: CEO of Austin's Bumble is '$1 billion Queen Bee of Dating Apps'

Dating app Bumble is already one of Austin’s brightest break-out stars. Now founder Whitney Wolfe Herd is taking center stage. Herd, 28, will be featured on the cover of Forbes’ 30 under 30 issue in mid-December, the magazine tweeted. The cover story...

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Study: Dramatic rise of digital skills should shift job-training focus

A really nice black-and-white print. It’s about all Jana Birchum misses about analog photography. “Otherwise, to hell with it,” Birchum said. “It was a lot of standing around in the dark with smelly chemicals.” These days, she and most of her professional...

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