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A reader asks: how safe are fingerprint scanners?

A reader, Gina, asks, “I heard something on the radio that for security reasons it is not safe (secure) to use your thumbprint to log into your phone or any of your email or other accounts that have this choice. Could you answer this for me?" The...

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Tech Crawl: Uber pays millions to NY drivers it shorted, the UK takes on social media giants after terror attack, and why posh corporate headquarters don’t always pay off

Good morning, Austin! We scanned the internet to bring you the latest in tech news. Here’s what’s going on: Uber plans millions in back pay after shorting NY drivers Uber Technologies says it shorted its New York City drivers by improperly calculating...

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Done Deal: RetailMeNot completes sale to San Antonio firm, becomes privately held

It’s a done deal: Online coupon company RetailMeNot is part of San Antonio-based Harland Clarke Holdings of San Antonio. Last month, RetailMeNot, one of Austin’s most high-profile publicly traded software companies, agreed to be acquired by Harland...

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South by Southwest extending brand to Europe with ‘me Convention’

South by Southwest is extending its brand further than it ever has before: to Europe. On Tuesday, SXSW announced more details about a new event called “me Convention” it will host in September in partnership with Mercedes-Benz. It takes place Sept...

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Tech Crawl: Apple and Nokia settle patent fight, Microsoft upgrades its Surface Pro tablet

Happy Tuesday, Austin tech fans. Here’s hoping your work week is off to a good start, and that your boss is not behaving too badly. As we head off on a Tuesday, here’s a look at some of the tech-related stories making news and generating buzz around...

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How much money were Dell executives paid last year?

Want to know how much money Dell Technologies executives made last year? You’ve come to the right place.  We’ve analyzed an annual filing from Dell Technologies with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which discloses how much money their...

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Tech Crawl: A $100 billion tech fund, Twitter co-founder regrets and Ford’s new CEO

Happy Monday, Austin! Let’s shake off the weekend rain and get back to work. Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading today. Softbank’s big fund A partnership between Japanese tech company SoftBank and Saudi Arabia has yielded the world’s largest...

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Dell leaves beige boxes far in the rearview with its design reinvention

Let’s think together for a moment about all the things you and I wish for when we’re buying a new laptop. It should be fast and powerful, at least capable enough to run the apps we need. It should be quiet, because no one wants to hear a jet engine...

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XBiotech is officially told ‘No’ in its effort to gain European approval for its lead cancer drug

Austin biotech startup XBiotech finally got an answer from European regulatory officials about whether it  can sell and market its lead cancer drug, Xilonix, in Europe. The answer was no. The company said in a written statement that it plans to request...

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Hey, people who create for a living -- what keeps you going through the tough times?

I have a question for coders, poets, painters, scientists, novelists, composers and others who attempt to create: What keeps you going when things get difficult -- when you fear you might not be able to create the thing you’re trying to create? Seriously...

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Gadgets galore at B8ta, a new boutique for techies at The Domain

Starting Saturday, Austin gadget hounds will have a new place to sniff out and try gear.  B8ta, a new retail chain based out of of San Francisco that sells technology products that largely fall into the “Internet of Things” category, is expanding...

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Austin slips from top spot on national startup activity index

Austin’s rapid growth of entrepreneurs and new businesses with employees eased a bit last year, opening the door for Miami to take the top spot on an annual index of startup activity released today. According to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s...

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Meet Austin’s newest tech incubator, brought to you by Concordia University 

As business incubators have thrived downtown and around Austin, the northwest part of the city has been mostly left out of the action. Concordia University Texas wants to change that with the launch of a program called the Incubator for Innovation...

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The New York Times features the CEO of Austin startup YouEarnedIt in its Corner Office column

Austin startup founder Autumn Manning is on a roll. In January, her company, YouEarnedIt, raised its first round of venture capital -- a $6.5 million infusion from Austin-based Silverton Partners and San Francisco-based IDG Ventures USA. The fast-growing...

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How has the merger with EMC affected Dell’s PC business? That and other burning questions for one of Dell’s top executives

We sat down with Sam Burd, the vice president and general manager of Dell’s PC division, to ask all of our burning questions about the company’s personal computing business, which makes up nearly 60 percent of its revenue in the most recent quarter...

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Synlogic buys struggling Austin biotech company in reverse merger deal

Struggling Austin biotech company Mirna Therapeutics has found a buyer.  Cambridge, Mass.-based Synlogic has agreed to take over Mirna Therapeutics in a reverse merger deal. That means Synlogic will receive all of Mirna’s publicly-traded shares and...

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Black Angels in VR: frustrating, super cool and a possible glimpse at a future for concerts

It’s likely that five years from now, attending concerts via virtual reality will be a thing.   It’s plausible that superstar artists booking one-off live performances, and big ticket festivals — the Coachellas and the Lollapaloozas of the world —...

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How the Nintendo Switch defied skeptics (including this one) to become the most-wanted console

I was wrong. I can admit that now with the comfort of knowing that I don’t have to be wrong any longer and with a Nintendo Switch gripped tightly in my hands. Back on March 3, gaming titan Nintendo released Switch, a frankly weird video-game device...

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Tech Crawl: The weekend when global cyberattacks were a ransomware wake-up call 

Happy Monday, everyone who managed to get on a computer or phone this morning without being hacked. You’re among the lucky ones! Here’s the tech news we’re following today: Cyberattacks: the next wave The weekend was very bad for those who were hit...

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