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Tech crawl: Fridges that order food for you, and more trouble for Samsung

Hello, Austin. A happy wet Wednesday to you. Here’s a look at some of the stories generating buzz around the Internet this morning: Vision: A fridge that re-orders food for you Over at The Verge, they are floating an interesting idea: How about...

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Austin mobile security firm Hypori raises millions for growth

Austin-based Hypori Inc., which develops security software for mobile devices, has received $6.6 million in new investment. Thirteen investors participated in the deal, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The names...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook may stop paying publishers for Facebook Live content

Happy Tuesday, Austin! For many of us who had Martin Luther King Jr. Day off work, it’s like a Monday. We’ve brought you the best tech news from around the Web that broke over the three-day weekend. Facebook Live is so 2016 Recode reports that several...

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'Austin Remembers: MLK’ app uses augmented-reality tech ahead of 2017 celebration 

In advance of Monday’s celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an Austin company has released an iOS and Android app, “Austin Remembers: MLK.” The app uses augmented reality technology (made popular last year by “Pokemon Go”) to give users a...

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Austin’s patent activity grew 11.2 percent last year

The number of patents issued to Austin inventors grew 11.2 percent in 2016 to over 4,000, according to a report put out by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce this week.  Patents are considered a key indicator of entrepreneurial activity in a region...

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Talking about 2017 tech prognostications with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we borrowed some notes from soothsayer Omarstadamus, and peeked into the future of technology for 2017. You can hear some predictions about Apple, Uber and Lyft in Austin, and whether Amazon’s Echo devices...

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Tech Crawl: Nintendo Switch pricing and launch date set, Consumer Reports change tune on Apple laptops and an Amazon talent poaching

Happy Friday! Here’s tech news we’re following this morning. Nintendo reveals more Switch details The next Nintendo console, Switch, was shown more detail in an online presentation last night. The company revealed that the home TV/portable hybrid...

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When Intel employees worked 50-hour weeks

In the early 1980s, Austin was a burgeoning hub for technology firms.  One of the handful of tech companies that had an Austin presence was Intel. Its Austin workforce focused on developing database-management software. But on January 12, 1982, Intel...

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Amazon plans to hire 100,000 over the next 18 months

Amazon plans to hire 100,000 full time workers over the next 18 months, highlighting its ambitious expansion plans — and the sharp contrast the e-commerce powerhouse strikes against traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, many of which are cutting...

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Meme watch: who is this suave, Turkish #SaltBae meat slicer?

Even for a town obsessed with where to find the best BBQ, the attention might seem a little much. But Austin, like the rest of world, is not immune to the charms of Nusret Gökçe, a Turkish restaurant owner and butcher who has a way with meats. Gökçe...

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Amid stagnating PC sales, Dell grew shipments last year

Even in a year when Dell Technologies was distracted by its $58 billion merger with data storage giant EMC Corp. the Round Rock-based company managed to grow its market share in PC shipments.  According to quarterly reports released Wednesday by two...

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Marie Kondo, ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners, Ray Kurzweil and Van Jones among SXSW lineup additions

South by Southwest on Wednesday morning released another round of featured speakers for the March 10-19 conference, including decluttering author Marie Kondo (”The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”); David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners...

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University of Texas professor gained early access to President Obama’s social media archive

Last fall, University of Texas Professor Amelia Acker quietly received early access to an immense trove of data on U.S. President Barack Obama’s activities. And no, she wasn’t colluding with Russian hackers.  Acker was part of a White House project...

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Austin's Upland Software acquires Massachusetts company

Austin-based Upland Software, which secured $90 million in financing last year to allow it to continue its strategy of acquiring more companies, said Wednesday that it has acquired Massachusetts-based software company Omtool. Founded in 2013 by Austin...

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Austin’s Main Street Hub lands millions in debt refinancing to launch ambitious growth plan

Online marketing firm Main Street Hub has secured a $27 million debt refinancing to launch a growth plan that includes hiring 200 workers. The Austin-based company, which manages social, web and email marketing for small businesses, received the financing...

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Game designer Richard Garriott’s big life of adventure detailed in new book, ‘Explore/Create’

If you are going to title a book about your life “Explore/Create,” a kind of memoir that ties together the threads of how life experience fuels creative output, you’d better have: A. Interesting life experiences, and   B. A body of creative work worth...

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Analysis: Few women spoke at Austin’s tech meetups

Just how male-dominated are Austin’s tech meetup groups?  Very, according to an analysis done by Amalie Barras, a co-organizer of the Open Austin meetup.  According to her study of 15 Austin tech meetups from 2016, she found 255 speaking spots, with...

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What’s ahead in 2017 for tech? Only Omarstadamus knows

Hello, seeker of knowledge! It is I, Omarstadamus, the great seer, soothsayer and, uh... soothseer, returned to share with you the secrets of what will be in the year ahead. “But Omarstadamus,” you might say, “we’re deep into January already and much...

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Austin medical device company Luminex announces layoffs

Austin-based medical device company Luminex said Monday it has laid off more than 50 employees as part of a restructuring plan related to its acquisition of Nanosphere last year.  Company spokeswoman Christine Valle said the reorganization is “companywide”...

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