In bid for Amazon’s HQ2, is Austin’s labor market a plus or a minus?

Despite all the bluster about tax incentives, site selection and economic development experts insist that more mundane factors — especially workforce criteria – still hold the greatest sway over corporate relocation and expansion decisions.  Of course...

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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...

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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 ...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Dell sells Mozy subsidiary for $145M, and analysts say Dell reverse merger with VMware is ‘worst case scenario.’ Plus more news.

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here are the today’s headlines: Dell sells subsidiary Mozy for $145 million Dell Technologies Inc. has sold subsidiary Mozy Inc. to competitor Carbonite...

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SXSW: One month out, 2018 edition is taking shape

Here it comes. In less than a month, downtown Austin will again be transformed and foot-trafficked into exhaustion when South by Southwest begins on March 9. How many people will there be?  Last year, SXSW conference events attracted 70,696 attendees...

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Cedar Park lures transportation tech startup Hyliion from Pittsburgh

A Pennsylvania-based startup that develops electric hybrid technology for the trucking industry is moving its headquarters to Cedar Park with plans to create more than 200 new jobs. Hyliion is relocating following an economic incentives package of...

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SpaceX cancels one incentives contract with state; Musk says South Texas site still in company’s plans

SpaceX has canceled the smallest of its incentives agreements with the state that have provided taxpayer money to help it build a spaceport in South Texas, although company founder Elon Musk indicated recently that the launch site remains in his plans...

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Oracle picks Austin as home for its first U.S. startup accelerator

Software giant Oracle has chosen Austin for its first U.S. startup accelerator program. The Startup Cloud Accelerator announced today follows the recent completion of Oracle’s 560,000-square-foot campus southeast of downtown Austin.  Oracle, the...

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Austin’s first Whole Foods 365 store planned for Plaza Saltillo

Lots of restaurants have popped up in East Austin in recent years, offering residents a plethora of dining options – with even more on the way. But despite all that development, there are still few options for folks looking for a place to buy fresh...

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Venture capitalist Peter Thiel cancels on SXSW panel talk

Peter Thiel, the controversial Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist, has canceled a scheduled appearance at this year’s South by Southwest. Thiel was scheduled to appear at 5 p.m. March 10 on a panel titled, “Conspiracy?! Peter Thiel...

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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...

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Five lessons from successful Roblox game developer Andrew Bereza

Andrew Bereza, an 18-year-old student at the University of Washington, had more success as a game developer before he got to college than many who’ve spent their entire careers working in the industry. He started early, playing on the popular gaming-for-kids...

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Walmart gets creative with new tech design center in downtown Austin

The latest corporate giant tapping into Austin's tech talent pool just happens to be the world’s largest retailer.  Walmart has opened an engineering hub downtown that features all the perks you’d find at a young, cutting-edge startup. Located at...

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Survey gives Austin high marks for tech workers’ cost of living. Could that help its chances at Amazon’s HQ2?

As Amazon ponders its final decision on where to locate its $5 billion second headquarters project, will the retail giant factor in how far its workers’ salaries would go in whatever city it chooses? If so, a new study by online jobs marketplace Hired...

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With $20 million raised, makers of ‘Crowfall’ want to give demanding gamers what they’ve been missing

About five years ago, two guys who had worked in the Austin video games industry for a very long time and who were at separate companies decided to leave their jobs at roughly the same time. J. Todd Coleman was creative director at KingsIsle Entertainment...

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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...

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Under Amazon, what does the future hold for Whole Foods’ 365 brand stores?

Prior to its sale to Amazon, Whole Foods Market envisioned its own innovation through the launch of a new store concept. Named after the grocer’s private label brand, 365 by Whole Foods Market was promoted as a smaller, more value-driven option that...

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Tech Crawl: More on the Dell merger talks, and will ESPN Plus be worth your time?

Good morning, Austin techsters. A happy Wednesday to you. As we hit the midpoint of the work week, here’s a look at some of the tech-related stories making news and generating buzz around the Internet today. More on the Dell IPO/sale/merger talks...

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UPDATE: Amazon says Super Bowl ad wasn’t a hint that HQ2 is coming to Austin

Take a step back, everyone. Amazon’s Alexa Super Bowl ad -- which opens with a woman asking Alexa for the weather in Austin -- led to much speculation and Twitter debate. At question: Was the spot a hint at the future location of the online retail...

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