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PanelPicker is ready for your SXSW 2018 ideas

The long, yet here-before-you-know it trek toward South by Southwest 2018 has begun with Monday’s opening of the PanelPicker, the mechanism by which the bulk of SXSW’s panels and programming gets chosen. PanelPicker is open for submissions through...

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EU announces record $2.7 billion antitrust fine on Google over search results

BRUSSELS - The European Union's antitrust chief announced a record $2.7 billion fine against Google on Tuesday, saying that the powerful company illegally steered users toward its comparison shopping website. The fine is the largest the European Union...

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In Austin’s biggest VC deal of 2017, AI startup SparkCognition raises $32M 

In the biggest venture investment in an Austin company so far this year, artificial intelligence startup SparkCognition has raised $32.5 million. Verizon Ventures was the lead investor in the deal, with participation from The Boeing Company, through...

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Q&A sessions reveal some details on game guru Richard Garriott’s new ‘Shroud of the Avatar’

As development of the first full release of his new game, “Shroud of the Avatar” hits the home stretch this year, Portalarium Inc.’s CEO and creative director Richard Garriott de Cayeux is inviting equity investors to help raise another $2 million...

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Exclusive: HomeAway launches a major expansion that will add 2,000 workers in Austin

Austin-based HomeAway said it is planning a major expansion at The Domain in North Austin, where the nation’s largest vacation rental company will establish its global headquarters in a 16-story office tower that will house more than 2,000 additional...

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This Chicago venture capital firm has its eye on Austin, and it's looking for deals.

Chicago Ventures has its eye on Austin. Since its launch in 2012, the Chicago-based venture capital firm has backed five Central Texas startups, and it’s looking for more deals. The firm is currently investing a $66 million fund, and partner Stuart...

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Tech Crawl: Uber starts search for a new CEO

Good morning, everyone. There’s lots happening today in tech news. Here’s what you need to know: Uber has started the search for a new CEO Recode has tallied the names on the short list for the next CEO of Uber. Earlier this week, founder and CEO...

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Can AMD compete with Intel? AMD’s stock soars as it jumps back into profitable chip server market

Standing on a stage at Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts,  Lisa Su beamed down at the invite-only audience as she announced the long-awaited news that Advanced Micro Devices was elbowing its way back into the profitable server business...

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Tech firm shows off new video-relay device to Austin’s deaf community

On Tuesday night, in the lobby of Austin’s Topfer Theatre on South Lamar, about 350 members of Austin’s deaf community gathered to learn about a new device being offered from Sorenson Communications, a video-relay device called the ntouch VP2. The...

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Tech Crawl:  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is out after shareholder revolt. Plus, which Silicon Valley CEOs attended Trump’s ‘tech week,’ and more technology news.

Good morning, Austin! We have scanned the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s going on: Report: Investors demanded Uber CEO’s ouster Travis Kalanick resigned Tuesday as Uber CEO after a shareholder revolt made it impossible...

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Dell: Progress slow as it aims to increase number of women, people of color in workforce

Dell Technologies hasn’t made significant progress in increasing the number of women and people of color that it employs, according to its latest report on the diversity of its workforce.  The Round Rock-based company said on the second-to-last page...

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Texas A&M System proposes Bryan data center

Texas A&M University System officials said Monday they are looking to partner with private companies to build a data center on the system’s research and education campus in Bryan. The proposed data center would target the Houston market, but would...

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Tech Crawl: Amazon/Whole Foods fallout, Google’s plan against extremism and a two-factor how-to

Happy Monday, Austin! Back to work we go. Here are some tech stories you may have missed this morning or over the weekend: Whole Foods under the microscope with Amazon deal You probably didn’t miss Friday’s huge news, that Amazon is buying Whole...

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Why Facebook has hired 700 Austin workers and is getting ready for another wave of expansion

In 2010, Facebook Inc. opened a seven-person office to explore whether the city was a good fit for its young, hard-driving workforce. It turned out it was, and over the past seven years, the social media giant has grown its Austin team to 700 people...

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Austin man wins a $100,000 Thiel Fellowship

A twenty-year-old Austin resident named Micah Green, who has started a housecleaning robotics company called Maidbot, has won a coveted $100,000 Thiel Fellowship. The popular fellowship helps young entrepreneurs pursue their passion instead of going...

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SXSW says it had 421,900 at 2017 events as it continues unifying conferences

(Updated, 11:55 a.m.)  Three months after South by Southwest 2017’s conclusion, the organization behind its events has released a six-page report on how many people participated this year, among other statistics. Clouding the picture is that for the...

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A retro-styled return of party video games

There used to be a kind of video game that invited (mostly innocent) trash talk, victorious fist pumps and very loud involuntary noises (grunts, yelps, the occasional guttural scream) from its players. They were played on shag-carpeted living-room...

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High-profile backers including Microsoft Ventures and USAA pump $15M into Austin’s CognitiveScale

High-profile backers including USAA, Microsoft Ventures and Intel Capital are pumping $15 million into Austin artificial intelligence startup CognitiveScale. The company, founded by members of the IBM Watson team, received the money from additional...

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Want to create a podcast but don’t have the budget for expensive audio equipment? Enter Adam Curry.

Podcaster Adam Curry has been on a quest for over a decade to create the perfect podcasting device.  Curry, who rose to fame as an MTV host in the 1980s and 1990s, now lives in Austin. He’s spent the last 13 years producing various podcasts, including...

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