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Austin software maker Bazaarvoice acquires Chicago e-commerce startup

Austin-based software maker Bazaarvoice said Friday it has acquired AddStructure, a Chicago-based e-commerce startup. Financial terms of the deal were not released.  AddStructure’s technology uses machine learning and language processing technology...

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In new South Austin development, smart homes come with a roommate: Alexa

“Alexa, I’m home.” The command, given at the entry foyer of a model home in South Austin’s Enclave at Estancia, does a few things. Amazon’s voice-recognition technology, which is in a variety of devices in many homes, in this case is triggering a...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: SailPoint, Austin’s newest public company, beats the Street in Q4. Plus more tech news.

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here are the latest headlines: SailPoint, Austin’s newest public company, beats the street in Q4 SailPoint Technologies, Austin’s newest public company...

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AT&T to operate 5G testing lab in Austin

Telecommunications giant AT&T says it is building a testing facility in Austin to simulate real-world customer experiences with its evolving 5G network. The broadband provider is calling the testing facility a 5G lab. AT&T said the facility...

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VR journalist Nonny de la Peña added as SXSW keynote; Bernie Sanders and Schwarzenegger coming, too

South by Southwest on Wednesday afternoon announced another keynote speaker for the March festival and conference as well as several featured speakers including U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger...

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MassChallenge Texas unveils inaugural class of 84 startups

More than 500 startups from around the world applied to be part of MassChallenge Texas’ inaugural Austin class.  Of those, 280 were invited to pitch their ideas before a panel of experts. Today, the Boston-based accelerator is unveiling the 84 companies...

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Tech Crawl: Conservatives fear they are being targeted by #TwitterLockOut;  shakeup in Broadcom-Qualcomm deal

Happy Wednesday, Austin. Here’s a look at some of the tech-related stories making news around the Internet this morning: Is Twitter targeting politically conservative users? A trending hashtag on Twitter this morning is #TwitterLockOut -- a hashtag...

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Austin AI company SparkCognition closes on a $56.5M round of funding

Austin-based artificial intelligence company SparkCognition has raised an additional $24 million, bringing its Series B round to $56.5 million, company executives said Tuesday. The Austin-based company previously raised $32.5 million in June from...

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Check out SpareFoot’s new Austin headquarters, where in-house chefs prepare lunch and employees’ dogs roam the halls

Chuck Gordon got the idea for SpareFoot in 2007 when he was a student at UCLA getting ready to study abroad. He looked for a temporary storage space, but soon realized it would cost thousands of dollars to store his possessions. So he used friends’...

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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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Amazon backlash? In Austin, many are 'meh' over HQ2 pursuit

Amazon’s second headquarters coming to Austin could be the best thing to ever happen to our city. Or it could be the worst.  Depends who you ask.  While residents of many of the 200-plus cities that initially submitted proposals – since whittled...

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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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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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