Trump invites tech leaders to talk after industry opposition

President-elect Donald Trump has invited technology leaders, many of whom supported his opponent, to a discussion next week in New York as Silicon Valley seeks new relationships with the incoming administration. Oracle Co-Chief Executive Officer Safra...

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Why privately owned Dell is about to publicly discuss its finances

Michael Dell, the CEO of Dell Technologies, likes to boast about how great it is to be privately controlled. No more 90-day shot clock. No more quarterly earnings reports. No more fretting over the gyrations of the company's share price. Dell went...

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Long-awaited 'The Last Guardian' finally finds its way to gamers

New video games out this week: “The Last Guardian.” This long-in-development adventure game from the makers of “Ico” and “Shadow of the Colossus” had been delayed and delayed again for years. Gamers will finally get their hands on what promises to...

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Tech crawl: High court sides with Samsung in patent fight with Apple; Microsoft-LinkedIn deal moves forward

Good morning, Austin.  Here's a look at some of the technology-related stories generating news around the internet today: Latest on Samsung, Apple patent fight The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with Samsung in its patent dispute with Apple over design...

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Powers honored for helping make Austin 'a high-tech powerhouse'

Longtime Austin lawyer and business leader Pike Powers makes sure that almost every public gathering he attends has a tie to his desire for Austin to keep pushing and expanding its high-tech community. That’s why a group of Powers’ friends and business...

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Austin's Perk Inc. being acquired by California digital media firm RhythmOne

Austin-based Perk Inc., which makes mobile rewards software, has agreed to be acquired by  San Francisco-based digital media company RhythmOne in a deal worth $42.5 million, the companies said Monday. Upon completion of the all-stock transaction...

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Reshaping the pipeline in tech hiring

Lest you think that diversity hiring in the tech industry — the idea that there should be a so-called “pipeline” of capable, diverse candidates to fill jobs — is a new concept, Colette Pierce Burnette is here to tell you differently. “I graduated...

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One-Question Interview: Why tech startups should worry about patents

Stephen Mason is an Austin-based patent attorney with the Michael Best & Friedrich law firm. He spoke to the American-Statesman recently about why technology startups should focus on securing patents.  Why should a tech startup worry about patenting...

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Austin's HID Global grows again through an acquisition

Austin-based HID Global is continuing its buying spree with the purchase of Bluvision, a developer of Bluetooth low energy products. Financial terms were not released. Bluvision, founded in 2014 and based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., sells Internet-of-things...

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After 14 years at the helm, uShip co-founder and CEO is stepping down

After nearly 14 years, fast-growing uShip will have a new leader. Matt Chasen, who co-founded the Austin-based online shipping company in 2003, is stepping down from his role as CEO. "As you can imagine, the decision to hand over the helm isn't an...

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Austin software maker Bazaarvoice sees revenue inch up, net loss narrows

 Revenue at Austin software maker Bazaarvoice Inc. inched up in the second quarter, while the company's net loss narrowed, the company reported Wednesday. The online and social media marketing company said it posted revenue of $50.4 million for the...

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Yep, there might be spam in your digital calendar, too

If you're one of people who has recently come to find spammy, unsolicited messages in your digital calendars (iCal, Google Calendar, for instance), you should know that it's a widespread problem. Black Friday and Cyber Monday brought a wave of spam...

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Austin health care startup Medici collects $24.2 million in new funding

Medici, an Austin startup whose mobile app connects doctors and patients, has raised $24.2 million in new funding. The company received the money from 10 investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Medici previously...

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Austin ride-hailing service ScoopMe plans to shut down

Central Texas ride-hailing service ScoopMe plans to shut down Wednesday, according to a message posted on the company’s Facebook page. ScoopMe was one of several startups that raced to fill the void earlier this year when Uber and Lyft left Austin...

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We've reached a turning point for Facebook -- and its users

At one time in the past, maybe before Nov. 8, Facebook felt pretty familiar and comfortable. It wasn’t always perfect: I’ve complained over the years about its quirks, its tendency toward creating an echo chamber where you only see what you want to...

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'Final Fantasy XV,' 'Super Mario Maker' for 3DS lead this week's new games

New video games out this week: “Final Fantasy XV.” Once known as “Final Fantasy Versus XIII,” this action-oriented take on the franchise involves a road trip, an unexpected invasion, a crown prince named Noctis, and a big open world to explore with...

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Video walkie-talkie 'Marco Polo' combines the best of several app features

The last thing most of us need in our life is another chat app and an additional list of contacts to keep track of. But about a month ago I accepted a friend's invite to "Marco Polo" (available at marcopolo.me)which works like a video walkie-talkie...

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Tech Crawl: Online shopping soars during Black Friday weekend

Good  morning, Austin!  We've looked through the interwebs to find the best tech news: Everyone's talking about going online  to shop  this year Yes, it's Cyber Monday, but all weekend retail experts said signs point to a big year for online sales...

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After raising millions, Austin's TurnKey Vacation Rentals is in expansion mode

Eight months after raising $10 million, Austin's TurnKey Vacation Rentals is in expansion mode. The startup, which manages short-term vacation rentals for property owners, is breaking into new markets, adding new listings and recently moved into a...

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