Austin's uShip plans move to a larger campus to ramp up hiring

Austin-based uShip has outgrown its two downtown offices and is moving to a new headquarters on East Riverside as it launches an aggressive hiring plan. The company, which runs an online shipping marketplace, will move to a three-story, 45,000-square-foot...

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Tech Crawl: iPhone 6 design flaw, hackers hit the news and the best smart bulbs

Happy hump day and happy day-after-Trump in Austin day! Here's some of the top tech stories catching our eye this morning: Does the iPhone 6/6+ have a fatal flaw? Just ahead of the expected Sept. 7 announcement of a new iPhone model, Apple may have...

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Austin's S3 Ventures raises a new fund to invest in startups

At a time when some venture capital firms are pulling back, Austin's S3 Ventures has closed on a new $75 million fund to invest in technology startups, according to securities filings. S3, which is one of Austin's most active venture capital firms...

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Study: Austin is the best value for tech workers

Let's say you work as an app developer in Austin, making $87,700 a year. Life is good -- you can afford all the breakfast tacos your heart desires.  But wait! A company based in San Francisco has offered you $108,000 a year to do the same job.  It...

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Notes from an Austin Free-Net panel on fixing the tech skills gap

Thursday night, Austin Free-Net hosted a panel at the Google Fiber Space, "Solving the Emerging Technology Skills Gap." Moderated by Hugh Forrest from South by Southwest, the panel was a speed-format effort to discuss solutions to a shortage of tech...

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Google Fiber expanding service into Southwest Austin

Google Fiber is once again expanding its footprint in the Austin area.   The company, which already offers super-fast 1-gigabit internet service in parts of South and Southeast Austin, said Friday that it is now signing up customers in much of Southwest...

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Tech crawl: Is today the day for Dell-EMC deal to close?

Happy Friday, Austin. Before you slip off into the weekend, here's a look at some of the stories generating buzz around the tech world today. Awaiting word on Dell-EMC deal Like many of you, we're on standby, awaiting word on whether today will be...

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VUV Analytics nets $6.5 million to ramp up growth

VUV Analytics, a Cedar Park-based scientific instruments company, has raised $6.5 million to expand development and break into new markets. The company, which focuses on molecular spectroscopy, sells optical lab instruments that use short wavelengths...

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Austin agency White Lion wrestles publicly with its office-space dilemma

If you're a startup in Austin with more than a handful of employees and you have office space downtown, you probably are familiar with some ongoing challenges.  Traffic seems to be getting worse, making it harder and harder for workers to get to the...

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Commentary: Austin's smart wireless strategy needs an upgrade

Austin was recently named one of seven finalists in the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart City Challenge. We ultimately lost the title to Columbus — along with a promised $40 million grant — but the Challenge did accentuate the essential need...

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Can an Austin startup change the world with its 3D printing technologies?

It's not an exaggeration to say that Samantha Snabes wants to change lives through 3D printing.  Three years ago, she was working at NASA as a strategist and volunteering for Engineers Without Borders at Johnson Space Center. She met NASA engineer...

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Austin's Magnitude Software scoops up another company

Continuing its strategy of buying smaller companies, Austin-based Magnitude Software has acquired  Simba Technologies of Vancouver. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Magnitude was founded in 2014 through the merger of two software firms...

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A 'Stranger Things' title generator is finally here

The hit summer TV show "Stranger Things" from Netflix has inspired lots of '80s nostalgia, some of it directed at its Stephen King novel-like opening title font. (Incidentally, the sequence features music from Austin band Survive.) You can read more...

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Report: Dell Inc. near final OK on EMC merger; deal could close by end of this week

Dell Inc. is expected to gain regulatory approval from China’s government this week, the last remaining hurdle for its planned takeover of EMC Corp., according to a report from the New York Post.  Once the approval is finalized, Dell Inc. could close...

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The One Question Interview: Karen Bantuveris on VolunteerSpot becoming SignUp.com

Austin entrepreneur Karen Bantuveris founded VolunteerSpot in 2009 as a way to organize volunteers for community activities. It grew to nearly 10 million users. This summer, Bantuveris decided to rename the company SignUp.com. 512tech: What factors...

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'F1 2016' and co-op squad game 'Metroid Prime: Federation Force' are new this week

New video games out this week:  “F1 2016.” This year’s Formula One game adds the new Baku circuit from Azerbaijan, and updated drivers and teams. There’s also an expanded career mode that lasts over 10 seasons.$60. Rated E for Everyone. For PlayStation...

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Load up on free and cheap back-to-school apps, online resources

Typically around this time of year, I put together a guide to gadgets you might want to buy your kids or college-bound young adults to ease the transition into another school year.  But by August, most of those kinds items are already purchased off...

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Commentary: Building innovation hubs requires diverse research funding

America’s most successful innovation hubs tend to have one powerful attribute in common: They are located in regions with great research universities.  Silicon Valley might have been founded by early pioneers of the semiconductor business, but the...

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Austin-based FloSports raises $21.2 million to expand coverage of niche sports

Ten years ago, brothers Martin and Mark Floreani saw a business opportunity in covering niche sports that have die-hard fans. So Martin Floreani, who wrestled for California Polytechnic State University, and Mark Floreani, a former University of Texas...

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