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Austin biotech firm gets $4M in drug development grants

Austin-based Pain Therapeutics has received two grants totaling $4 million to continue its development of two drugs. The news sent shares of the company up more than 8 percent. The drug development company, which was founded in 1998, was awarded a...

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This Austin software startup has a new name and a fresh infusion of cash 

An Austin startup that wants to help sales professionals do their work has a new name and a fresh infusion of cash. Olono, formerly Nexd, says its enterprise software tool automates the process of pursuing and closing deals, letting sales reps save...

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Apple’s disconnect: $1,000+ phones in a devastating hurricane season

The Apple Event on Tuesday, in which the world’s largest tech company debuted several significant new products, begins with a tribute to late founder Steve Jobs, then pivots about six minutes in to an acknowledgment of the devastation brought by Hurricane...

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Austin’s FloSports races ahead with expansion plans

Austin-based FloSports is racing ahead with expansion plans. The company, which provides digital coverage of sports that don’t typically get network coverage, is launching FloBikes.com, a site dedicated to in-depth coverage of competitive cycling...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Facebook enabled anti-Semitic ads, Alphabet may invest $1 billion in Lyft and what social-media influencers get paid

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re watching this morning: Facebook shifts course after anti-Semitic ads go through After the news site ProPublica investigated how easy it is to get ads targeting users with anti-Semitic...

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Did last night’s ‘South Park’ give your Alexa a potty mouth? You’re not alone

“South Park” returned for its 21st(!) season premiere Wednesday night, carrying on creators Trey Stone’s and Matt Parker’s irreverent skewering of American culture.  Related: Alexa, Cortana talk to each other in Amazon-Microsoft deal But Wednesday...

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Kahoot, education company with Austin ties, rolls out new quiz app

Just two months after Kahoot, a company with Austin ties, landed a $10 million round of funding and an acceptance into the Disney Accelerator program, it has unveiled a revamped quiz app for iOS and Android. The Oslo, Norway-based company, which launched...

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My week as a part of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk army

Mark Zuckerberg was being interviewed about the early days of Facebook, and I — metaphorically speaking — had my ear to the door, listening to every word. I don’t know where this interview took place, when it happened, or how it got into the hands...

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Apple introduces iPhone 8 and X, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K in first Steve Jobs Theater event

Apple on Tuesday rolled out new iPhone models including an advanced “iPhone X,” showcasing changes and improvements to the product line that has driven much of the company’s success over the last 10 years.  The iPhone 8 and 8+ have a new design with...

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Lyft to give UT students free late-night rides 

Ride-hailing company Lyft has partnered with the University of Texas to begin offering free late-night rides to students from the campus to several residential areas.  Named Sure Ride, the one-year pilot program operates daily from 11 p.m. to 4 a...

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Report: Semiconductor sales growth highest in three years

Sales from the semiconductor revenue reached $101.4 billion in the second quarter, up over 6 percent over the year before, according to IHS Markit research. These figures were first reported by industry publication Digitimes. This is the highest...

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Modem security issues dubbed ‘SharknAT&To’ could be bad news for AT&T U-verse customers (Updated)

UPDATED: (See below) AT&T U-verse users and customers of other Internet service providers may be in danger of hacking due to vulnerabilities in routers made by Arris According to a blog post from cybersecurity firm Nomotion Software, which...

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Two tech companies to eliminate nearly 200 Austin-area jobs through layoffs

Nearly 200 Austin-area workers are being laid off as part of job reductions by Oracle America and Novitex Enterprise Solutions. Oracle America, which is a subsidiary of Oracle Corp., is eliminating 108 jobs, according to a WARN letter the company...

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SXSW Gaming sets dates, announces esports-focused round of speakers for 2018

South by Southwest has announced the dates and some of the initial speakers for its 2018 Gaming conference. In keeping with changes it made last year, the event will take place at the tail end of SXSW, Thursday to Saturday, March 15-17, 2018 at the...

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‘Metroid’ and ‘Dishonored’ franchises return with new games this week

New video games out this week “Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.” This side story from Arkane Studios set in the “Dishonored” universe continues the open-ended gameplay refined in “Dishonored 2” with additional supernatural powers and weapons. It’s...

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Monday Tech Crawl: The app that’s helping Irma victims stay connected, and Apple’s new phone to be named ‘iPhone X’ 

A walkie talkie app has become a big deal for those in Hurricane Irma’s path As Hurricane Irma barreled its way through several Florida cities on Sunday, a phone app named Zello helped keep people there informed. Zello, which was founded in 2012 and...

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In Harvey’s wake, tough task of recovering data and getting it back online has begun

Kelly Klodzinski, owner of flooring store Floor Care & Interior in the East Texas town of Lumberton, did not have flood insurance when Hurricane Harvey destroyed his business. “It had never flooded here in over 100 years,” Klodzinski said. “It...

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How the city’s innovation fellows program is applying private-sector design thinking to public sector problems

Austin Resource Recovery had a problem. The city department responsible for collecting waste and recycling had set a goal of reaching “zero waste,” which means keeping nearly all materials out of the landfills, by 2040. But it wasn’t going very well...

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Chamber chief: Austin will go after Amazon’s $5 billion ‘second headquarters’ 

Internet giant Amazon.com is in the market for a location for a second headquarters that it plans to build away from its Seattle hometown, and Austin economic development leaders say they want to lure it to Central Texas. Mike Rollins, president and...

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