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These three websites will scare you silly for Halloween

You could go see a scary movie or terrify yourself by simply viewing the day’s headlines, but why not enjoy some more old-fashioned creepy vibes from the nearest web browser? Here are three sites you may have missed that will get you in the Halloween...

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In early days, merger with Amazon ‘challenging,’  Whole Foods CEO Mackey says

While Austin-based Whole Foods Market has only been a part of Amazon for less than two months, John Mackey, the grocer’s CEO, recently said that the merger has been less than perfect, describing it as “challenging.” Mackey spoke at the American Production...

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Techstars will launch its first ‘impact’ accelerator in Austin

Want to tackle social and environmental issues with a startup? There’s a new accelerator for that. Techstars, a Boulder, Colo.-based accelerator, has chosen Austin for its first program aimed at “impact” startups.  The Techstars Impact Accelerator...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Internal email details Twitter’s new rules for sexual content. Plus more tech news.

Good morning, Austin! We have scanned the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s going on: Internal email details Twitter’s new rules for sexual content Twitter will take a tougher stance on moderating "non-consensual"...

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More human than ‘Humans,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ concludes with the hope of big ideas

Like a lot of television shows that go on to do great things, AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” started off a little rough.  Its first season, which debuted in June 2014 a few months after screening at South by Southwest, was a fictionalized account of...

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Now accepting applications: Startup accelerator MassChallenge launches in Austin

Now Accepting Applications: That’s the message from MassChallenge, the Boston-based accelerator that officially launched its Texas program on Monday. At an event at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, MassChallenge celebrated its new presence...

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Former first lady Michelle Obama is back in Austin to speak at social media conference

Former first lady Michelle Obama will be in Austin today to speak at a social media conference hosted by  Spredfast. Called “Smart Social Summit,” the three-day event runs through tomorrow at the W Hotel in downtown Austin.  Obama is scheduled to...

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Austin marketing firm Threshold acquires Canadian boutique agency 

Austin-based marketing firm Threshold has acquired Canadian boutique agency Carve Creative + Strategy to form Threshold/Carve, a digital marketing agency for clients in retail, technology, healthcare and financial service and other industries. Threshold...

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Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies buys $10 million stake in Austin’s Certain Affinity game studio

Austin indie video game studio Certain Affinity  -- the company behind a successful reboot of  “DOOM” and a player on the “Halo” and “Call of Duty” franchises -- said Monday that it has landed a new investor. Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies Holdings...

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South by Southwest releases list of more than 700 panels, adds two-day blockchain series

South by Southwest has announced the bulk of its March 2018 programming in a panel drop Monday, adding a two-day series of blockchain-related panels and more spread over 24 different tracks. The blockchain programming, focused on the tech behind cryptocurrencies...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Microsoft builds tree houses for workers, and Amazon is entering the sportswear business 

Work spaces are getting very unique, thanks to Microsoft  The tech giant has opened two tree house work spaces for its employees at its Redmond, Washington headquarters, with another tree house on the way. As more companies look to create unique spaces...

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As code schools gain in popularity, the University of Texas hopes to mimic their success

A few months ago, Patrick Holtzman was slinging drinks at Lucy’s Friend Chicken as a bartender. But with a baby on the way, Holtzman, 29, started searching for a new career, something that would offer more stability and allow him to use his creative...

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Austin, Atlanta are favorites to win Amazon HQ2, Moody’s Analytics says

Austin could emerge the winner in the nationwide beauty pageant to become the location for Amazon’s second headquarters – at least according to financial services firm Moody’s Analytics. The Austin metro tied with the Atlanta metro area for first...

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Austin venture capital investing falls in third quarter, but internet activity stays strong

Venture capital investing in Austin companies fell in the third quarter, but activity in the internet sector remained strong. A total of $151 million was raised by 20 companies during the quarter, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers and...

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An Austin reader charmingly turns a tech reporter into the ‘Department of Strange Tech Questions’

One day, I found two identically addressed letters in my work mailbox. My name wasn’t on either envelope. Instead, they were each addressed to the Austin American-Statesman’s “Department of Strange Tech Questions.” And so they came to me. Both letters...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Samsung predicts record profits, and its CEO resigns

Samsung: We’re expecting record profits next quarter Samsung said on Friday it is expecting record operating profits for its September quarter. Its CEO also unexpectedly resigned, sending its shares down. CNBC reports that Samsung’s “booming semiconductor...

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What happens when Facebook’s Order Food joins the restaurant-delivery scene?

The on-demand economy continues to get more demanding: Friday morning, Facebook is announcing its getting into the food-delivery game, at least as a conduit to existing delivery options. With the introduction of a new feature, “Order Food” that debuts...

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The chase for funding a key topic during Austin Startup Week

As developers, entrepreneurs and job-seekers descended on downtown Austin this week for Austin Startup Week, sessions on startup funding drew interest from founders and those hoping to launch startups. At the “Entrepreneurs Workshop” by the Central...

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Startup Viridis Learning moving headquarters from New York to Austin

Education technology startup Viridis Learning is moving its headquarters from New York to Austin. Founded in 2009, the company uses data analytics to match community college students with employers. Viridis helps connect the colleges with local employers...

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